Head tableBuckhorn Exchange, Denver, CO

Buckhorn Exchange sketch by Chandler O'Leary

Well, I wouldn’t recommend this place to a vegan, but if you like Wild West kitsch (or you use antlers in all of your decorating), this is the place for you.

The Buckhorn Exchange is the oldest restaurant in Denver: it holds liquor license number one! It has served dinner to both Teddy and Franklin Roosevelt, Buffalo Bill Cody, Will Rogers, and numerous other historic guests. The menu of various game dishes is pricey but excellent—I recommend anything with the prickly pear glaze on it. And of course I ordered a Sioux City Sarsaparilla with my meal—all the while wishing I could do a decent impression of Sam Elliott in The Big Lebowski.

Oh, and ladies: if you go, be sure to check out the upstairs washroom. Not only are there two antlered buck heads in there, but the heads are jousting each other. I really should have sketched that, shouldn’t I?

Ah, well. A reason to return.

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Comments (3)

  1. Jess


    I just stumbled onto your site, and it is amazing! What a great idea to commemorate your trips this way, I wish that I had the artistic talents to pull this off. Thank you for sharing!

  2. Marsha

    Delightful kitsch! As for the comment about wondering “how fast they were going”? Clever, funny, evocative. LOVE it!

  3. Marsha

    P.S. I missed your Beauty and the Beast reference on first read. The fact you included it just makes me love this site even more. Looking forward to seeing your perspective of Victoria!

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