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Bar Bar Crowdsources Funds to Save Denver Dive Bar From Licensing Closures

Denver’s Carioca Cafe and Bar dive bar – known to most as Bar Bar – needs help as it faces forced closures and new licensing requirements, bringing events to a halt live musicals that have kept the place going for the past few years.

“We’ve made it through the COVID shutdowns with no fundraising, but now we really need your help,” wrote Richard Granville, organizer of a new $10,000 campaign to shore up beloved scuba diving. east end of downtown Denver, on a GoFundMe page.

Granville is a local musician and Bar Bar bartender who launched his campaign on Monday. It has already raised more than a third of its target funds, with $3,701 to date and 87 individual backers.

All funds for the century-old cash-only business will be used to cover rent, utilities and other basic bills; buy stocks to sell at the bar; pay fees associated with licenses required for live music events; and finally, maintenance and renovations — “particularly that which is necessary to meet the aforementioned licensing requirements,” Granville wrote.

Granville hadn’t responded to requests for comment at the time of this writing, but Carioca’s mission is clear.

“We care (damn) about supporting the local arts scene because we’ve been around at Five Points for over 100 years,” according to the bar’s website.

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