Being in the midst of March there was one thing on my mind as I ventured out to the Denver streets in search of good wine, dine, and everything in between. That thing was called March Madness. It’s once a year and calls for endless good times, especially while out in public cheering for your favorite team with locals, and maybe even shouting some boo’s at those who favor an opposing team. With basketball on my mind I made my way out of my down town Denver apartment, and found myself just past Speer Boulevard on Lincoln. An area called Capital Hill was where I found an illuminated sign for a bar/grill that particularly caught my eye. The sign read Stoney’s Bar and Grill. As quickly as I was attracted towards the sign and name, my attention was thwarted by the masses of people at the bar’s outdoor patio. With bright light and sound coming from every facet of this place I knew I had found my destination. As a sport’s fan going out for food I especially knew that I wanted a location with TV’s broadcasting the major NCAA tournament games. Little to my knowledge I had found just that place. As I made my entrance there was cheer coming from every corner of the restaurant/bar, and it was spilling out to the outdoor balcony. In my site was more than twenty five TV’s all of which were streaming basketball games from the tournament. With almost an instance I was greeted at the door and reception area by two lovely hosts. With college gear on they lead me through the masses to a high seated booth in fine site of all the games. As the host handed me my menu she stated how all of their dishes were new and upgraded, and that a server would be with me in just a minute. Peering down towards the menu I noticed mainly bar food, however it was high class. From grilled Ahi, to American Deluxe Sliders, they had all the essentials of high class bar food covered. And not to mention prices that were more than fair considering the place, and more importantly location. Being a burger fan I went with the sliders. Amongst the vast menu, there was a drink menu that was twice as pleasing. It was full of specials on specials. Three for one deals on select mixed drinks, and countless other deals flooded the pages of the drink menu. Win. After a few minutes of having my menu down I was waited on and my orders were in. My drink was delivered promptly and so were the refills. Lounged in a comfy bar chair with a drink in one hand, and my tournament bracket in the other, life was good. As I watched Louisville pursue a twelve point come back against Michigan State my food was served and it exceeded my expectations by far. With all the festive decor of random sports teams, college flags, ski gondolas, and scattered random items I figured the place was mainly known as a drink hang out. Oh and the skee ball set up in the back. None the less the food was delicious and I was one full, and pleased man. As I sat digesting my meal the game was near ending. My team was winning and so was I. I got to go out on a beautiful Colorado day to a bar and grill that was more than pleasing. The youthful party atmosphere was immediately welcoming, especially with the NCAA games on full blast. I had more than a enjoyable experience, and knew upon my arrival that I would be coming back. If you’re someone like me who likes to go out to watch sporting events, enjoy a little sun on the patio, and drink specials for exclusive hours, then this is a place for you. With a glamorous menu, and endless entertainment Stoney’s Bar and Grill is hard to beat.
There seem to be many conflicting reviews about Vinyl... First I'd like to clear One thing up... If you are going to dog club Vinyl and want to send a strong message don't include "I recommend you go to the Church instead" as part of your review because the Church and Vinyl are both owned by the same person "Regis" All you are doing is sending money to him via a different route. My personal point of view of Vinyl is they have good nights and they have bad nights, it all depends on what you are looking for. Vinyl and Church are both known for bringing in great electronic DJs and Hip Hop DJs like DJ Craze, Miguel Migs, Diplo, Kid Capri, Qbert, etc... But you have to realize this also means on certain nights they don't have a consistent DJ that plays everyweek . On other nights the DJs are more local, and on some nights the club actually rents out part of the club to private parties that bring in their own DJs. I've attended several of each of these kinds of parties. The DJ Craze event was one of my favorites he totally rocked the crowd and killed it on the turntables. There are a few nights wher I have been left very unimpressed by their DJs, their crowd control at the end of the night or by their bar staff, and other nights where they do everything perfectly and their DJs are on top of their game. The Breakz Party (the one people were talking about somewhere on here with the breakdance competition) was a great overall party, loved the DJs on that night, DJ Chonz was doing his thing, DJ Emir was killing it with hot remixes and DJ Sound Supreme warmed up all the breakdancers with some great breaks and oldschool hiphop. This was a great night with the rooftop completely packed out and great music that differed on three floors with house music on the first floor, techno breaks on the second and Hip Hop and reggae on the third floor rooftop. You don't find that kind of diversity at many Denver nightclubs. Now if you visit Vinyl on another night you might not get the same experience. Many times they only have two floors of music running with the top floor usually feeding a music downstairs to the second floor as well so you wont have as much diversity in the music. Especially on a night like reggae on the roof thursdays where despite the name of the night, the music is mostly Hip Hop and does not vary from floor to floor. My point is, you can't judge any club based on any One night in particular. granted anyone that has a bad experience will most likely not return unless they have also had a good expreience in the past. So my advice to all nightclub owners is to make sure your entertainment is top notch and make sure your staff, bartenders and bouncers all understand that treating your patrons well and providing great entertainment is the golden ticket to longevity in the nightclub industry.
The food was awesome, the drinks were good and the comedians were hilarious at least on the nights we went. The only thing I really hated was the spacing between the seats and the uncomfortable nature of the seats themselves. I'm a skinny lil gal myself and just having an average sized guy and average sized girl next to me made me feel clostrophobic due to the extremely packed nature of their seating. The first time we went I was utterly disapointed that the seating arrangements weren't set up as actual tables or booths but rather like ultra cheap movie seats (not the cool big ones they have these days) or worse yet school auditorium seating. After seeing comedy venues on TV in shows like Seinfeld and Family guy, as well as in reviews and magazines always looking more like a lounge setting with round tables, I was extremely disapointed in the seating arrangements, but that was my only complaint.