Denver >Bars & Clubs > Boyztown
117 Broadway, Denver, CO | Directions 8020339.718911 -104.987481
Neighborhoods: Baker, Southwest Denver
The Scoop on Boyztown – If you are a typical gay or lesbian drinker on any given Friday night on the Broadway-Colfax corridor, you will probably buy three to five drinks and tip your friendly bartender $1 per bottle or cocktail. But what if you were a designated driver, a recovering alcoholic, or a newly-diagnosed HIV+ person who just started taking his Triple cocktail regiment? Or better yet, what if you just wanted to show up at a bar or club, hang out with your friends, and skip the drinking altogether?
From March 2010 to April 2010, I conducted an informal experiment. I went to Boyztown, Charlie’s, the Compound, and Tracks to see what would happen. I went to Charlie’s for the VIVID show and I stayed there two hours and watched the show – nobody questioned my sobriety. The same applies to the Wrangler where I waited near the pool table for a cub or bear to appear for the best of three games.
I took my friend Katy to a recent Drama Drag show. She ordered a Coca Cola or 7-Up at $4 a pop and I requested free water. No problem. However, when I showed up at Boyztown, I heard the following announcement from the DJ booth: “Customers must have a drink in front of them at all times.”
At all times? That means an average Boyztown customer must buy eight to 10 drinks in a two-hour period (BAC = 1.2 to 1.5). And what about the aforementioned classes of people who can’t or must not consumer alcoholic beverages?
I have been kicked out of three bars in my life—two of those times were at Boyztown. Normally, I will buy a beer or order a cocktail, but back in spring 2007, Mark – the ever vigilant straight-posing-as-gay Boyztown bartender – threw me out because I refused to buy any alcohol that night. At the time, I was not given the option to buy a soda or bottled water. Randy Long, the club’s owner, stood by and grimaced in glee. He later offered a half-ass excuse for the incident.
On another subject, be wary of picking up a hot stripper at Boyztown for you will be accused of prostitution and solicitation by Randy Long and his right-hand, 500-pound gorilla Stevo. In March, I befriended a 21-year-old Irish redhead and took him on a date at Walnut Room Pizza ($20), dancing at the Compound ($0), and getting naked at my apartment ($0). I was under the impression that sex between consenting adults was legal in the state of Colorado.
Evidently, Randy requires each stripper to sign a 15-page contract that flies in the face of the Freedom of Association clause of the U.S. Constitution. According to my friend, only existing boyfriends can have sex with his dancers. On the contrary, when I was doorman there in winter 2006-spring 2007, I was propositioned by the boyfriend of one of the more popular strippers—a 20something Latino muscleman. Of course, I declined, but this stripper was constantly standing near the back door of the club at 2 a.m. waiting for prospective “clients” to take him home on a nightly basis.
According to my sources, there are at least two strippers in the current lineup who are currently having sex with customers as fuckbuddies. As a side note, one of the Compound doormen and his entourage of five to six friends were recently kicked out of Boyztown by Stevo for no apparent reason. It appears that Stevo has a habit of kicking out paying customers at will if they don’t drink enough booze, if they don’t tip the strippers enough, and if they aren’t dressed the right way.
In summary, if you are a light to medium drinker or if you are a designated driver, a recovering alcoholic, or a newly-diagnosed HIV+ person who is adjusting to his new meds, then you might want to stay away from Boyztown to avoid any confrontation or disagreement over its excessive and unreasonable drink policy. I would opt for Charlie’s, the Compound, and Tracks. These bars and nightclubs are much more tolerant of customers’ circumstances and of nightly drinking preferences.
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