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The Old Man

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4381 W. 120th Ave, Broomfield, CO 80020
720-536-4821
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11:00 am - 1:00 am
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Hours:
Sun 9:00 am - 1:00 am
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 1:00 am
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 2:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for: Bar scene
Description: Let’s get one thing clear from the get-go: This place is a Road House, and...
Let’s get one thing clear from the get-go: This place is a Road House, and I use that term in a most complimentary way. The Old Man is like the Kathmandu Market of pubs – lots of variety, something for everyone, and always a screaming deal to be had, including great $2 cans every day. Olympia, Keystone Light, even Old Milwaukee – which regularly blows the doors off high priced American lagers in blind taste tests. (I’m talking to you, every brand out there with a 7-figure marketing campaign)

Pulling into The Old Man on a Wednesday at 8pm, there are more than 50 cars in the lot, forcing me to park way out on the gravel. I’m thinking it must be booked for a private party or something. Nope – it’s just Wednesday. Groups of dudes finishing up BBQ (no table service here – just walk yourself up to the window and go for Pulled Pork with Kansas City Sweet, side of Hot Links), a zesty bodybuilder chick playing pool, people gearing up for some volleyball in the big back yard. Every type of hat is worn in this place – from cowboy to baseball and everything in between – including tuque (that’s a Bob and Doug McKenzie reference – just to see what it does to our Google search metrics).

The Old Man is a classic old joint amidst the sea of strip-center hell that 120th Avenue has become. Yes, there might be a rusty El Camino in the parking lot, and Grand Funk Railroad may be cranking when you walk in. But that’s the point. This is America, and you embrace it with all your heart. Your Barman JJ Abbey grew up a wrist rocket shot away in West Lake, went to Northglenn High, and is an affable, fun-loving wiseguy. If he’s busy counseling the shagadelic cougar at the end of the bar, Kristy will get you what you need with style and grace. Enjoy the initials and messages carved into the paneling, check out the vintage photos of some classic Old Men, and if you ask real nice you might even get your own beer coozy to store in JJ’s beer coozy room. Just try to find this positive vibe and color in any of the cookie-cutter joints down the way. Bet you an Old Mil that you can’t. No nearby megabar – even one with a supposedly cool rooftop patio – can touch The Old Man. $2 beers and thick green grass under your flip flops – tell me there’s a Pub Heaven, and I’ll tell you it probably looks like this.

We support the Saints, Nuggets, Rockies, Avalanche and the Broncos/Raiders rivalry, in addition to all of Colorado's college teams.
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Best Burgers & BBQ You'll Ever Find in a Dive Bar

The building looks like it's been there for 50 years. It also looks like it needs some TLC on the outside. The inside is a bar. Neon, TV's, rough wood seats and booths. Sign on the door says "No table service". It's clean though, and not as seedy as they want you to believe on the outside... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Gypsywych
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South Carolina
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76 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The building looks like it's been there for 50 years. It also looks like it needs some TLC on the outside. The inside is a bar. Neon, TV's, rough wood seats and booths. Sign on the door says "No table service". It's clean though, and not as seedy as they want you to believe on the outside. But the beer... More 

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South Bend, Washington
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45 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016 via mobile

My wife and stopped for the first time yesterday. I ordered the brisket platter and my wife ordered pulled pork platter. We had the baked beans, pub chips and onion rings. Waitresses were attentive and prompt. We both loved our food and felt the prices were reasonable. As a geezer, my only complaint was it was a little too loud,... More 

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Thank Gm1946
Westminster, Colorado
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163 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

We had really good food here, with nice Barbecue, and enjoyed the menu, which was great.Interesting combination of "Cheers" and Texas barbecue.

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Thank judith l
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27 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2015 via mobile

The Old Man appears as just a hole in the wall but it is my favorite BBQ establishment by far. My favorite meal is the Brisket sandwich with Kansas Sweet but my friends also love their wings. Make sure to get chips as your side; they're homemade and covered in a tasty seasoning. And their prices can't be beat!

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Thank DUBrunette429
Denver, Colorado
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78 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015 via mobile

I'm a sucker for bbq, it's a fact, so I was quite pleased when this hole in the wall turned out to be a great hit. Had rib tips for an appetizer, they were delicious. I had sliders with 3 different meats, although they were out of the turkey so I had two pulled pork and one brisket. Both meats... More 

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Thank JSprad8
Broomfield, Colorado
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74 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015 via mobile

If you go here remember that it's a bar.... but the bar food.is awesome. Specifically the wings. They are smoked with a rub. Making them amazing not the kind that will burn your eyes out but will make you tong happy that you went there. The beer is cold and the place is dark like a bar should be. You... More 

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Thank brandainbroomfield
Virgina
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

I should have tried the wings from the sounds of the other reviews. I had the brisket and ribs. I actually ordered brisket and hot links but I got ribs... What ever, I like ribs too and I was ready to eat so I went with what I got... The ribs were tough and about as far from falling off... More 

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Broomfield, Colorado
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

Bummer #1: We brought 50 people to the Old Man yesterday (Saturday evening) around 6 pm. We brought kids with us because they have an outdoor area where the kids can play. They recently put in volleyball courts. No one was on the courts, and they told us the kids could not play on the courts (you have to be... More 

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Thank Suzanne B
Sanbornville, New Hampshire
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344 reviews
145 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 196 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

The simple, somewhat shabby and rundown outside appearance does not inspire confidence. If I had not read the Trip Advisor reviews, I would have kept on driving. Heck, I still almost skipped it after pulling into the parking area and saw the place... The Old Man is clearly a locals hangout: lots of bikers and beer drinkers. But the crowd... More 

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Thank Kmcoyle
Broomfield, Colorado
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111 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 via mobile

Well hell I have been driving by here all my LIFE - why the hell haven't I ever stopped??!? Well because I thought it was a biker bar -- OMG the BEST wings ever!!!!! Try the smokes wings - on 2nd order!!! Wowwww!!! Fried pickles are da bomb too!!! Friendly as hell staff!!!! What a find!!!! Waiting on beef brisket... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 4381 W. 120th Ave, Broomfield, CO 80020
  • Location: United States  >  Colorado (CO)  >  Broomfield
  • Phone Number: 720-536-4821

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 10
  • Cuisine: Barbecue, American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene

Description

Let’s get one thing clear from the get-go: This place is a Road House, and I use that term in a most complimentary way. The Old Man is like the Kathmandu Market of pubs – lots of variety, something for everyone, and always a screaming deal to be had, including great $2 cans every day. Olympia, Keystone Light, even Old Milwaukee – which regularly blows the doors off high priced American lagers in blind taste tests. (I’m talking to you, every brand out there with a 7-figure marketing campaign)

Pulling into The Old Man on a Wednesday at 8pm, there are more than 50 cars in the lot, forcing me to park way out on the gravel. I’m thinking it must be booked for a private party or something. Nope – it’s just Wednesday. Groups of dudes finishing up BBQ (no table service here – just walk yourself up to the window and go for Pulled Pork with Kansas City Sweet, side of Hot Links), a zesty bodybuilder chick playing pool, people gearing up for some volleyball in the big back yard. Every type of hat is worn in this place – from cowboy to baseball and everything in between – including tuque (that’s a Bob and Doug McKenzie reference – just to see what it does to our Google search metrics).

The Old Man is a classic old joint amidst the sea of strip-center hell that 120th Avenue has become. Yes, there might be a rusty El Camino in the parking lot, and Grand Funk Railroad may be cranking when you walk in. But that’s the point. This is America, and you embrace it with all your heart. Your Barman JJ Abbey grew up a wrist rocket shot away in West Lake, went to Northglenn High, and is an affable, fun-loving wiseguy. If he’s busy counseling the shagadelic cougar at the end of the bar, Kristy will get you what you need with style and grace. Enjoy the initials and messages carved into the paneling, check out the vintage photos of some classic Old Men, and if you ask real nice you might even get your own beer coozy to store in JJ’s beer coozy room. Just try to find this positive vibe and color in any of the cookie-cutter joints down the way. Bet you an Old Mil that you can’t. No nearby megabar – even one with a supposedly cool rooftop patio – can touch The Old Man. $2 beers and thick green grass under your flip flops – tell me there’s a Pub Heaven, and I’ll tell you it probably looks like this.

We support the Saints, Nuggets, Rockies, Avalanche and the Broncos/Raiders rivalry, in addition to all of Colorado's college teams.
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 1:00 am
Monday
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Tuesday
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Wednesday
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Thursday
11:00 am - 1:00 am
Friday
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Saturday
11:00 am - 2:00 am

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