Former Rockstar could turn Irish by St. Patrick's Day

The former Rockstar Bar in January 2013.
While waiting, and waiting, for a table at Highland Tavern on Saturday, we strolled around the neighborhood, looking at all the projects under way in this section of LoHi. When Highland Tavern opened here seven years ago, it was a pioneer in an area where the Arabian Bar was still a down-and-dirty dive; last year it was transformed into The Classic, a Little Pub watering hole. A block away, the building that held Pagliacci's for five decades has disappeared, leaving a giant hole. And down the street at 3358 Mariposa Street, the former Rockstar Bar is completing its transformation into an Irish saloon, courtesy the crew behind Katie Mullen's.

See also: Katie Mullen's crew takes over the former Rockstar Bar

When that construction project started last January, managers predicted that a new Irish bar would open there within two months -- perhaps by St. Patrick's Day? Now it looks like the work could finally be coming to a close. In time for Guinness here on March 17?

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Rockstar Bar - CLOSED

3358 Mariposa St., Denver, CO

Category: Music

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patricia.calhoun moderator editortopcommenter

thanks, tony: I should have been clear that the Highland Tavern is a pioneer in this latest wave -- came in at the same time as Lola.

I thought it was pretty clear I was talking about restaurants - love the artists/studios/galleries of Navajo, but they don't serve brunch.


Sorry Patty, 

Have to take issue with the Highland Tavern being described as a Pioneer. Navajo street was home to two of the oldest restaurants in the city long before any developer or restaurant group saw gold. Anyone who lived and breathed that block and neighborhood would agree. Chubby Aiello would turn in his grave if he read that cut,. Not to mention the artists who have been on that street for more than 30 years 


That place really needs some lawn maintenance. I always assumed it was an abandoned building.

Mantonat topcommenter

Wow, that is one ugly building. It looks like a cross between a small-town church and an 80's suburban tract home. Although the Rockstar was one of the few dive bars that hadn't become hipsterized (I once saw a man and a woman get in a fist fight out front), I fail to see how this is an improvement.

TheFabulousMarkT topcommenter

If they have yet to come up with a name, I think "Begorra" would be suitable :)

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