Denver >Bars & Clubs > Benders Tavern
314 E 13th Ave, Denver, CO | Directions 8020339.736840 -104.983153
Neighborhoods: Southeast Denver, Capitol Hill
rocks! – This is one of the hippest bars in Capitol hill, check it out!
Worst Sound In Town! Aggressive and Rude Staff! – ...
Bender's it Rock and Roll sissy – This is a rock and roll bar, not your lodo club. I like going to a place where i dont see 50 dudes all wearing two polo shirts with their collars popped up having a bro -tastic time. The music does'nt just come from the juke box.....or some one spinin on their I-pod. You get live raw music, local favorites, and cold drinks. Shake and Bake
worst night I've ever had in Denver! – My friends and I finally had a night off from school and ended up at Bender's. In short, the girl in charge of karaoke "Alison" was incredibly rude to my friends, basically calling them stupid because they couldn't find the paper to write their request on. The owners were very helpful, spoke to Alison and eventually ended up firing her, and offered to buy us drinks. My friends finally got on stage to sing and Alison proceded to announce into the microphone that they had better be good and that they were the ones that got her fired. After that everyone in the bar was yelling at us and saying that we ruined the night. We finally left, and on the way out this guy actually told us that we shouldn't have come there in the first place and why didn't we just stay at a bar in LoDo where we belonged. People were even trying to start fights with us outside! I'm appalled at how rude and un-welcoming these people were, not to mention judgmental!! I will never go back to this establishment again!
Nothing special.. – Sure, I frequent dark, dive bars.. no problem there. There is just nothing special about it. If you are looking for a place that serves cheap beer.. this is one of many bars in Denver that do just that. Yawn!
a band's nightmare – hey
was there saturday night for devil doll and 2 other bands. let me start by saying we got there 30 mins early - wasnt a good idea... they opened the doors to the music venue 45 mins late. the bar area was ok, bar staff were nice and chatty. beer was CHEAP CHEAP and real cold. restrooms were clean. thats where the 'nice' ended. after we got into the venue area, WOW, NO SETTING!!!! yea i mean it, everyone had to stand. the only place ppl could stand was on the dance floor which left no place to dance and rockabillies love to dance. THAT SUCKED!!! so, no place to sit, no place to dance AND worst of all was the noise... yea, i mean noise! i like my music loud!!! but what the sound guy did to those bands was just short of MURDER! he cranked up the sound system until one couldnt hear the bands, all one heard was noise. why the band ppl didnt string that fool up is beyond me??? shoot, i would have helped!!!
1. make the staff open the venue on time!
2. buy some chairs - and maybe a few tables!
3. turn it down - tune it up. make it right for the size of the room!!!
4. STRING the sound guy up! will i go back??? DONT THINK SO!!!
Beware of some unstable personalities "particularly the owner' – i tend to frequent the moodier, darker, grungier bars... so, i made the mistake of dropping into bender's.
i'd say there were about 9-10 people inside when i walked into the bar side... so, plenty of seating at the bar.
i was one of 3 sitting at the bar and waited on service... but, it never came... there were 2 bartenders and a manager/owner behind the bar taking shots and talking to the only girl in there. i know they saw me because i made eye contact many times. they just ignored me and kept flirting with the girl. i stood at the bar for about 10-15 minutes before one of the male bartender's (who seemed annoyed that i even sat at the bar) finally came up and asked me what i wanted. i had 2 beers over the course of an hour and wanted to ask the owner about the cool mural out front before i left. i grabbed his attention and started a friendly conversation about... well...... 'art'. within 2 minutes of what i thought was a casual conversation, he flicked the shades off of his face and whipped them to the bar in a rage.... his eyes were bloodshot red and he looked like he was going to jump over the bar and strangle me.....( i looked to the other bartenders in confusion but they weren't paying attention) .... the owner proceeded to rant and called me a pathetic bar fly... and pointed to the door. i've never been asked to leave any bar/club/ or library in my life... it was the oddest thing that has happened to me in years. i walked out without any questions asked... i'm just not the troublemaker type. in closing, all i would like to say is this: Bender's Tavern needs a sign out front that say 'Beware of Owner". and also, the topic of art is a very sensitive subject for the bi-polar or bi-something owner. you have been warned.
Not 18 an up – its a 21 and up joint, found this out the hard way, man it $ucks being 20
Cool music venue, best karaoke in town. – The right mixture of seedy, dirty, and perfect. The music stage side is awesome, the other side is grimy, but they compliment each other nicely.
Trendy live-music dive bar features local acts, drink specials and grub. – In Short
This little sweaty venue has played host to some of Denver's most beloved acts, as well as the latest tours. With bands like Slim Cessna's Auto Club and the Railbenders and the blistering Reno Divorce, this is one venue that remembers what rock is all about. Local rock scenesters file in for the music and the daily bar specials, then stay for the food. Grilled grub includes burgers and buffalo chicken wraps.
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