Reader: Highland Tavern could be the last true neighborhood bar in Highland

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Highland Tavern, a real neighborhood bar.
Get over Guy Fieri, readers advise, so we are. But the appearance of Highland Tavern -- "a real neighborhood bar," says one -- on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives Monday night has led to an interesting discussion of places new and old in Highland. Complete with an accusation that one popular new establishment, Old Major, is overrun with douchebags who make Fieri look tame.

See also:
- Watching Guy Fieri is true torture

- Watch Guy Fieri eat a pastrami sandwich at Highland Tavern tonight
- First look: Old Major now open in Highland

Says WillieStortz:


Guy may be a huge D-Bag but I'll give Highland Tavern a pass for his visit because they may be the last true neighborhood bar left in the area.

If 100 Guy Fieris were at Highland Tavern it still wouldn't have 1/10 as many douchebags as you find at new places like Old Major....


Have you been to Old Major? Highland Tavern? How would you compare the two? And what's your favorite spot in Highland?

You can join the conversation under way here, or just post your thoughts below.



Location Info

Highland Tavern

3400 Navajo St., Denver, CO

Category: Music

Old Major

3316 Tejon St., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

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Cap_Hill_Cowboy
Cap_Hill_Cowboy

Laying a blanket statement upon an entire clientele of people because you're judgemental and have nothing better to do with your time is the essence of "douche," LittleWillieStortz. Pot, say hi to that kettle over there and belly up to your neighborhood bar for a few more weeks of feeling superior.

helkins
helkins

Both are two of my favorites. Depends on your mood or preference. I don't think Old Major is douchey. They are very accomodating. I think someone might get that impression due to the clientele, their immediate popularity or their desire to look and act the part of a more upscale establishment. It's not white table cloth but any place you walk out having a $75-$100 bill for two is upscale in my book. But I love stopping in for  a great dinner and plan on checking out their happy hour if I can make it there before 5. I've also stopped in after a game and we snacked on brussel sprouts, duck fat fries and their amazing bread. That was realitively inexpensive. Highland Tavern also has a very special place in my heart. They've been around. They've got some delish things on their menu and the bartenders know what they are doing for sure! Great place for brunch, Sunday happy hour or to watch a game. Both are not to be missed places! 


chuckroast
chuckroast

HT is my go to watering hole, but I'm a huge fan of Old Major as well.  HT actually ran out of food yesterday and had to close for a couple of hours becuase of DDD.  They're going to expand, as a result of all the publicity.  They're planning a roof top patio, a back patio and a small game room in the basement.  The loan has already been approved.  The downside is that the regulars are going to have a tough time getting a seat at the bar.

AceRanchero
AceRanchero

I really don't see the point of debating Old Major against Highland Tavern given their apparent differences in style, menu, concept, etc. I would no more go to OM for tater tots and a PBR than I would got to HT for a designer cocktail with lamb orecchiette. (And I've done both.) 

A d'bag is a d'bag, whether waxing a twirly mustache, farming a beard, or swaddled in fleece with a Carhartt diaper. However, if you really want put together a determined demographic of d'bags, sit in the window at LoHi SteakBar and watch watch goes in and out of Williams & Graham. 

Holly Elkins
Holly Elkins

Love Highland Tavern. They have much better food and drinks than your typical neighborhood bar.

JPhine
JPhine

The last time we were in the Highlands, we did drinks at Old Major before trying to catch Gr@wlix at The Bug (and didn't get in; they wouldn't sell tickets early and when we went back later they had sold out) and then went to Highland Tavern for sliders and beer. We have loved Highland Tavern since the first time we walked in and the owner bartender reached across the bar and shook our hands to introduce himself. Their brunch menu's pig and grits is the best thing I've ever eaten. Old Major's staff is professional and accommodating, it's a beautiful place when you're looking to spend that kind of money. Their bartender also offered some good conversation. Don't go there thinking you're going to socialize. That's what TAVERNS are for.

Greg Zollo
Greg Zollo

Looks like you linked to the wrong HIGHLAND TAVERN

kosslerj
kosslerj

Exceptional burgers there.  Way underrated in that regard.

mini-d
mini-d

Best tater tots in town, good moscow mules. Love the Highland Tavern! Can't speak to the douchiness of Old Major though.

seankenyon13
seankenyon13

@AceRancheroAceRanchero,

I am the proprietor of Williams and Graham. The view from your ivory tower must be glorious. It is amazing that you can judge someone based on their appearance and decide that they are a D-bag. Which factor defines a D-bag? Clothes? Hairstyle? Skin tone? What car they drive? This is all you can see as you sit in the window at LoHi. Generally, I don't respond to these things but I was compelled by the insults that you hurled at our guests. I interact with over a thousand guests a week at our establishment and you are absolutely wrong. Our guests come from all walks of life. Restaurant industry, professionals, artists, neighbors... everyday people. I will vehemently defend them against your shallow and unwarranted attacks. As well, our friends at Old Major and Highland Tavern (and their guests) deserve better than your petty barbs. As easy as it is for you to hide behind a screen name and the anonymity of a web post, I'm going to call you out of hiding. I invite you at any time to come to Williams & Graham. Come meet me, our staff and especially our guests. I will buy you dinner and drinks, and also serve you up a nice serving of crow after you realize that your judgments were incorrect. I offer this in all sincerity and in the interest of harmony.  I will join you for a drink. As well, we will walk over to Old Major and Highland Tavern to enjoy their own brand of hospitality.

Sincerely,


Sean Kenyon

Sean@williamsandgraham.com


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