Denver's ten best jukeboxes

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Jim Wills
4. Skylark Lounge, 140 South Broadway
The music on the Skylark's juke perfectly complements the rest of the retro-centric spot, which is lined with vintage movie posters. There's plenty of rockabilly and country a la Johnny Cash, Bob Wills and Hank Williams, but there ain't a whole lot of stuff that's been released in the past few decades. Depending upon your perspective, that can be a damn good thing.

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Jim Wills
3. The Cruise Room, 1600 17th Street
Out of this top-ten list, the Cruise Room is the only juke that plays vinyl. The Seeburg Select-O-Matic 100 from the '50s doesn't skimp on crooners like Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett, or legendary jazzers like Louis Armstrong or Woody Herman. But it's also got a little bit 'o soul with Sam Cooke and Aretha Franklin. Although there are coin slots on the juke, it's actually free.

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Jim Wills
2. Lion's Lair, 2022 East Colfax Avenue
Winner of the best juke box last year and in 2004, Lions Lair's juke has one of the most eclectic collections in town. It's stocked with everything from Howlin' Wolf and Muddy Waters to the Stones and Zeppelin to Hendrix and Iron Maiden. Oh, and there's some Black Sabbath and AC/DC thrown in for good measure. Of course, punk is present and accounted for, too, with the likes of the Clash (Joe Strummer drank here), X (John Doe plays the Lair nearly every time he comes to town) and Iggy. And along with at least five discs by Bruce Springsteen and a few by soul singers such as Otis Redding and Curtis Mayfield, you'll even find Miles Davis's watershed recording, Kind of Blue.


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Barry's on Broadway

58 Broadway, Denver, CO

Category: Music

The Streets of London Pub

1501 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, CO

Category: Music

Carioca Cafe (Bar Bar)

2060 Champa St., Denver, CO

Category: Music

Nob Hill Inn

420 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, CO

Category: Music

P.S. Lounge

3416 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, CO

Category: Music

P.S. Lounge

3416 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, CO

Category: Music

Lancer Lounge - CLOSED

233 E. 7th Ave., Denver, CO

Category: Music

Skylark Lounge

140 S. Broadway, Denver, CO

Category: Music

The Cruise Room

1600 17th St., Denver, CO

Category: Music

Lion's Lair

2022 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, CO

Category: Music

3 Kings Tavern

60 S. Broadway, Denver, CO

Category: Music

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4 comments
Chris Earls
Chris Earls

Surprised that 12volt tavern is not among this list.....

R D
R D

Goat Soup and Whiskey.  Best. Jukebox. Ever.

Bree Davies
Bree Davies

My favorite jukebox is dead, killed in the gentrification of Gabor's. 

John Wenzel
John Wenzel

 Yup. Often some good local stuff in that one too.

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