Cuisine Type: Diner Food / bar food
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Number of Tables: 11–25
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular offering: 5.75 steak and eggs
Alcohol: Full bar
Delivery / Take-out Available: Takeout Only
Outdoor Seating: No
Pro Tip: On 26th and Kipling behind Davies Chuck Wagon
Are there any dishes on the menu you consider to be a hidden gem—not necessarily the most popular, but surprisingly delicious?
We serve awesome chicken fried chicken.
In your own words, how would you describe your menu?
Fast, inexpensive, good comfort and diner food.
What comes after setting a Guinness World Record for longest journey on a mini motorcycle? For Ryan Galbraith and Chris Stinson, the answer is opening a sports bar that celebrates Colorado’s thriving action-sports scene. The duo renovated Cheapskates Action Sports Bar themselves to create a haven for local sports lovers, and now pour beers for their enthusiastic customers. Fans of dirt biking, snowboarding, and other extreme sports sip Shock Top and Schlitz at Cheapskates’ two locations Aurora and Arvada, which also serve specialty shots and cocktails. In the kitchen, cooks hand-weigh and season burgers such as the AntiVegan, a bacchanalia of beef, cheese, bacon, and a fried egg, and stir homemade Hobo chili with railroad ties. Cheapskates maintains a festive atmosphere throughout the week with sports broadcasts, happy hours, karaoke performances, ladies night, industry night, and its signature birthday special, which bestows patrons with 20 pitchers of domestic beer for $25.
The bartenders at 12 Volt Tavern bolster its dive-bar cred with a daily two-for-one happy hour, pairing suds and spirits with a punk-rock-heavy jukebox that helped earn it Westword's Best Dive Bar in the ‘Burbs award in 2007. From 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., the daily happy hour lobs beer bottles ($2.75–$4.50) and cans ($2.25–$5.50) to those longing to grip longnecks or crush something other than Pringles cans against their heads. Draft beers ($2.75–$4.50) cascade from foam-flecked taps as imbibers sip to the refrain of rhythmically clacking pool balls and whizzing darts. Mad Dog 20/20 and its 10 electric libations glimmer and gleam over the bar’s pale light, headlining the top shelf of 12 Volt’s library of liquors and spirits ($3.75–$8). On weekends, local punk and rockabilly acts storm the intimate stage, blaring tunes that ricochet off the wall’s aluminum PBR signage and the ceiling’s bottle-cap frescos of Johnny Rotten’s boyhood pony (a cover charge applies to live shows).
A lively atmosphere punctuates the spacious two stories and patio of Braun's Bar and Grill, often populated by sports fans who stop by to nosh on gourmet pub grub before and after events at the neighboring Pepsi Center. Quality ingredients, including Colorado-aged beef, pepper the expansive menu. Commence inner cheek furnishing with a gargantuan salad such as the Cattleman's, which erects flank-skewer towers over field greens adorned with house blue-cheese balsamic dressing, walnuts, cheddar, and baby peas ($12.49 lunch, $12.99 dinner). Burger boosters will go ga-ga for the Cajun spices and blue-cheese crumbles of the Blackened Bleu ($10.99), while poultry patrons can cast a vote for the zesty Ha-Braun-ero Chicken Sandwich ($10.69), a succulent chicken breast that unites pepperjack cheese, habanero mayo, and bacon in a culinary harmony unseen since the California Raisins dominated the airwaves. Exemplifying the chefs' creativity is the shrimp rustica, a tantalizing sea-feast of shrimp, mushrooms, peas, and sun-dried tomatoes atop penne pasta and roasted tomato vinaigrette ($13.50 lunch, $17 dinner).
Hip urbanites, downtown denizens and multi-cultural culinary fiends all flock to Margs Taco Bistro, a trendy downtown Mexican joint known for its fresh fruit margaritas and globetrotting tacos. The urbanized interior is a mash up of exposed brick, shelves of tequila, chartreuse banquettes and eclectic light fixtures, all of which set the scene for a party vibe that extends to the streetside patio. Tacos arrive in multiple guises: pork with pickled cucumbers, scallions, sriracha and hoisin sauce; tempura-battered shrimp topped with ropes of cabbage and avocado; and lamb crowned with lettuce, cucumber-tomato relish and tzatziki sauce scented with mint. The sampler platter comes with a half-dozen different tacos, served with rice and beans. The daily happy hour, which runs from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., features $5 house margaritas and $2 cans of PBR, Tecate and Modelo Especial, making it way too easy to sneak away from your cubicle.