The Tributary at 244

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Don't be afraid to pull off the highway at this former biker bar. It's a classic Colorado road house that's truly worth experiencing.

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Aaron Bible


You might not immediately recognize the name “The Tributary” even if you’ve lived in Denver your whole life.

That’s because for the 30-odd years before now, it was the legendary Kermits -- part biker bar, part ski-bum respite. It was a rowdy and baudy highway stop for people on scenic day tours and for skiers trying to kill time after skiing on Berthoud Pass.

Kermits was legendary for its atmosphere and live music, and their food wasn't half-bad either. In fact, they were rather famous for their homemade chili. Recently, the establishment has been cleaned up a bit and is now known as the 'Tributary at 244.' To my understanding, it is still run by the same family, so the food, drinks and service have not lost any of their old appeal. In fact, they may even be slightly improved.

You’ll find live music almost every weekend, which resonates off canyon walls in an intimate mountain setting. You might even be joined by mountain goats in the background.

Don’t be afraid to pull off the highway for this truly classic Colorado road house. Even if you stick out like a turd in the punchbowl for a moment, they’ll make you feel right at home. And at the very least it will give you a good tale to take home to your friends.

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The Tributary at 244

33295 U.S. Highway 6
Idaho Springs, CO, 80452
39.746635, -105.438041

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