Monday, July 30, 2012

Best Jukebox on Colfax

According to Jon Solomon of Westword, four Colfax Avenue jukeboxes made the 10 Best in Denver list:

Streets of London Pub - Photo by Jim Wills
9. The Streets of London Pub - 1501 East Colfax Avenue
With a moniker like Streets of London, you'd think the jukebox would be U.K.-centric, but it's a lot more than that. Sure, there's a 2-Tone ska compilation, Duran Duran's Decade, Total Madness, the Very Best of the Jam and a few Led Zeppelin albums, but there's also a whole lot of American rock, including Jimi Hendrix, Joan Jett and Kiss. Blues fans might dig the selection of Albert King and John Lee Hooker, while the punk set will like the Husker Du and Helmet.
Nob Hill Inn - Photo by Jim Wills
7. Nob Hill Inn - 420 East Colfax Avenue
The jukebox here is heavy on the country, everything from older stuff like Patsy Cline to newer country like Toby Keith. And there's also some Merle Haggard and David Alan Coe, who could probably eat Keith for dinner. Sprinkled in with the country and some blues are some classic-rock mix CDs that include the likes of CCR, George Thorogood, the Stones and ZZ Top.  
P.S. Lounge - Photo by Jim Wills
6. P.S. Lounge - 3416 East Colfax Avenue
Another diverse one, the P.S. Lounge's juke sports everything from the blues -- acts like John Lee Hooker, Buddy Guy and Stevie Ray Vaughan -- to jazz players like Chet Baker, Herbie Hancock and Charles Mingus, to classic rockers like Jethro Tull and the Doors and country folks like Patsy Cline and Johnny Cash. There's enough alt-rock variety to appease most tastes, whether it be Oasis, Vampire Weekend or the Cure. There are also quite a few mixes thrown in from various decades, as well as soundtracks from, for instance, Pulp Fiction and Swingers.
Lion's Lair - Photo by Jim Wills
2. Lion's Lair - 2022 East Colfax Avenue
Winner of the best juke box last year and in 2004, Lions Lair's juke has one of the most eclectic collections in town. It's stocked with everything from Howlin' Wolf and Muddy Waters to the Stones and Zeppelin to Hendrix and Iron Maiden. Oh, and there's some Black Sabbath and AC/DC thrown in for good measure. Of course, punk is present and accounted for, too, with the likes of the Clash (Joe Strummer drank here), X (John Doe plays the Lair nearly every time he comes to town) and Iggy. And along with at least five discs by Bruce Springsteen and a few by soul singers such as Otis Redding and Curtis Mayfield, you'll even find Miles Davis's watershed recording, Kind of Blue.

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