3 Kings Tavern closes after 14 years on South Broadway

The rock venue had run out of money and was behind on rent during the COVID-19 shutdown.

Colfax Speed Queen plays 3 Kings Tavern.  Underground Music Showcase, July 27, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Colfax Speed Queen plays 3 Kings Tavern. Underground Music Showcase, July 27, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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Rock fans, this one’s gonna hurt: 3 Kings Tavern, a mainstay music venue and bar on South Broadway, announced on Friday that it wouldn’t reopen.

“We were very fortunate to have a long run and host some insane shows and events over the years, and made more friends than we could ever list off,” 3 Kings wrote in an Instagram post announcing its closure. “The spirit of Kings will never die.”

Co-founder Marty Killorin told Westword that the venue had run out of money and was behind on rent during the COVID-19 shutdown.

“I could come out of pocket to pay it, but it’s kind of like throwing out good money after bad,” Killorin says. “But these things happen. It was a good fourteen-year run, but nobody could really see this coming.”

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