Two LoDo late-night institutions — Cowboy Lounge and Tavern — close following building sale

And it’s not clear if anything is replacing them.

Outside Tavern's downtown location on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019, in Denver. (Esteban L. Hernandez/Denverite)

Outside Tavern's downtown location on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019, in Denver. (Esteban L. Hernandez/Denverite)

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Cowboy Lounge and Tavern Downtown, two longstanding LoDo mainstays, are closing for good.

Closed signs were visible outside both buildings on Market Street on Wednesday. The signs encouraged people to visit Tavern’s other locations in the metro area. Both bars are owned by the same Denver-based parent company, Tavern Hospitality Group.

Online property records show the building was sold in February for $11.3 million. The owner is listed as an LLC using the building address and based in Independence, Ohio.

According to their website, Tavern Downtown opened in 2006 after the restaurant and bar supplanted The Soiled Dove, which moved to a larger space. Tavern Downtown got a lot of recognition for its rooftop bar, which was named among the country’s best by publications like Playboy and Metromix.

Cowboy Lounge on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019, in Denver. (Esteban L. Hernandez/Denverite)

Cowboy Lounge on Wednesday, Oct. 9, 2019, in Denver. (Esteban L. Hernandez/Denverite)

The rooftop bar went through extensive renovations after the company acquired the Cowboy Lounge, which it purchased in 2007. The Tavern’s website said the remodeled patio, now nearly three times larger than its original size, opened before the Rockies’ opening day in 2010.

Denverite has reached out to Tavern Hospitality Group owner Frank Schultz for additional comments. Tavern Downtown is not listed among the Tavern’s locations on the company’s website, while a link to the Cowboy Lounge leads to a mostly empty page.

This story may be updated. 

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