This has for years been the best dive in Denver (and I've been to just about all of 'em). To me this is THE dive to end them all and I always loved the transition from bleary-eyed old men to punk rock sneer that came with dusk. The drinks are cheap, the bartenders are just what you'd expect (a bit surly but efficient). I never came here for the music personally, I came for those hazy old Denver afternoons when the hustlers, homeless and Capitol Hill hipsters wandered by on the sidewalk outside and I could get more than a little stewed watching it. I live in New York now, but I still have a soft spot for the Lair (one of the few places I miss in the now sterile corporate wasteland that Denver has become).