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Billy's Inn, Denver—pretty cool

Guess it just reopened under new owners. Mex-American bar-and-grill with real promise, seems to me, though I just had a bite (details on my blog, address in profile, etc.).

Burgers/tacos/quesadillas seem to be the mainstay; they also have a fair number of tequilas accompanied by sangrita (yay), pink grapefruit juice (more yay), or salt & lime. Crowd was big early.

Looking forward to returning. If anyone else has checked it out yet, would love your impressions.

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  1. My husband's friend's brother (catch that? ha ha) is the new owner and it does look great. I'm hoping for a grand re-opening of some sort.
    Also, they bought a smaller place across the street, which will be Native American fare - fry bread among other things.

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    1. Born and raised in North Denver and drank a few beers and ate a few burgers at Billy's. Was a traditional neighborhood joint but had gone to the dogs. Last time I was in Denver I drove through the old neighborhood and was sad to see the place shuttered. Glad it's getting a new lease on life.

        1. re: Kitt

          44th and Lowell in North Denver

          1. re: Pastajohn

            Thanks! I could've googled, but I think it's helpful to have the location in the discussion.

            1. re: Kitt

              Jason Sheehan seems to be writing about its reopening every week!

              1. re: ClaireWalter

                Didn't ring a bell. But I haven't been reading Sheehan lately, so.

        2. TTMG- that was my old stomping ground. I loved the idea of the place but could never go in there since I'm a smoke-a-phobe in the worst way. I can't imagine they were able to change the smell of the place! Does it still smell like an ashtray filled with sour beer?

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          1. re: e_bone

            Ha! Well, I live with a smoker, so I may not be the best judge. But I didn't notice any lingering odor...

          2. Haven't been to Billy's for over 20 years...the cigarette smoke was horrible and it would give me a migrane. So happy to see it turned into something nice for our neighborhood. It will be nice going in there under pleasant circumstances. We are really looking forward to the Native American place. We have lots of Mexican and Italian over here, so it will be fun having something new and different..

            1. So I stopped in last night to check out Billy's. Killer food, tasty margs, very friendly and informed waitstaff, can't wait to go back again and have some more of Troy's Fish Taco's. My wife had a chicken sandwich with sweet potato fries which was delicious. For our app we had 1 lb of peel & eat shrimp that was prepared in a new way that i had never experienced before, excellent. Next time if the bar isn't so packed i may start my task of tasting the huge selection of tequilias. Can't wait to go back again next week. Get there early, because this place gets busy fast. Great job guys at bringing this place back to life in a whole new way. Cheers.

              jvan