Denver police sting nabs four bars for selling liquor to minors
The Denver Police Department's Vice 50 team, working with the District 4 SCAT unit, conducted an underage-compliance operation last Friday, October 19. Out of 53 establishments visited by underage, undercover cadets, nine locations sold them alcohol -- resulting in nine arrests for the sale of alcohol to a minor, and one bonus arrest for "urinating in public," to an unlucky fellow who happened to be on West Alameda Avenue.
A Highland Tavern employee was cited for selling alcohol to a minor...police cadet.
The DPD has stepped up enforcement lately, which explains why so many bars and restaurants around town are diligent about carding -- just about everybody. And 44 liquor establishments were found to be in compliance, including the beleaguered El Diablo -- although an employee at Boyz Town, right next door at 117 Broadway, got popped for selling alcohol to a minor.
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Other familiar names that got stung in the sting: Highland Tavern, at 3400 Navajo Street; Denver Wheel Club 404, at 404 Broadway; and Aqua Lounge, at 1417 Krameria Street. (The other spots that failed the test were all liquor stores.)
But many more bar/restaurants passed the test with flying colors, including The Elm, Bar Car, College Inn, Chinook Bar & Grill (the Chinook at 1950 South Holly Street, not to be confused with the Chinook Tavern in Greenwood Village -- although the DPD memo did just that), Stadium Inn, Prohibition, Wrangler, Williams Tavern, Highland Pacific and El Padrino.
Here's the entire DPD document: