Getting down " downvalley |

Getting down " downvalley

Amanda Holt Miller
Western Garfield County Staff

Purvi Desai, a physical therapist at Valley View Hospital, has craved an active lifestyle since moving to Glenwood Springs from Vancouver, British Columbia, about two years ago.

Since she doesn’t think there’s enough to keep her busy in Glenwood Springs, she travels to Denver, Vail, Aspen ” and even Silt and Rifle.

“When I moved to Colorado, I knew I couldn’t live in Rifle,” Desai said. “I’m a city chick. But the people here are awesome.”

Ryan Conrad, a teacher at Glenwood Springs Middle School, said he never thought to go out on the town in Silt or Rifle either.

“Then I met some people with some good local knowledge, and they knew where to go,” Conrad said. He’s made several trips to Rifle in the last few months.

Conrad and Desai have both visited the Brickyard Square on Third Street in Rifle more than once.

“I really enjoy the smoke-free atmosphere there,” Conrad said. “And it’s relaxing and there’s usually a pretty good crowd ” good people.”

The Brickyard has a large marble bar and wooden floors. On Friday and Saturday nights, the staff clears tables and chairs to make a dance floor.

When Conrad makes the drive to Rifle, the only downvalley place he’s visited for nightlife, he usually goes to the Brickyard on Thursday evenings, Ladies’ Night. Ladies get free house wine on Thursdays.

Bob Harris, a local piano player, performs the music of Billy Joel, Rod Stewart, Marvin Gaye and others on Thursdays.

“Thursday nights are fantastic for us,” said Christian Harra, one of the Brickyard owners. “It’s usually a more mature crowd and it’s a relaxed atmosphere.”

Desai visits Rifle more often on the weekends than on Thursdays because she doesn’t like to go so far away when she has to work the next day. Desai and Conrad typically stay with friends when they go out downvalley.

The Brickyard features DJ Brian and DJ Jumpin’ John from Grand Junction on Friday and Saturday nights.

“We call Friday our rookie night,” Harra said with a smile. “It’s a pretty young crowd, 21- 26-year-olds.”

Conrad likes to head across Third Street to O’Leary’s Saloon after socializing at the Brickyard for a while.

“I enjoy the karaoke there,” Conrad said. “It’s great to go to a town where no one knows you and you can take advantage of that anonymity.”

O’Leary’s has a few pool tables and often hosts live music performances.

Conrad has also made one visit to the new WingNutz in north Rifle. WingNutz is a small sports bar and restaurant that features a variety of Buffalo wings. It will have its grand opening Saturday and Sunday.

Just seven miles closer is the Miner’s Claim, which Harra also owns. Desai visited that spot a few weeks ago for the restaurant’s two-for-one martinis on Tuesday nights.

Harra said Tuesday night is just as busy as weekend nights, thanks to the appeal of the martinis.

“I thought that was pretty cool,” Desai said. “It’s similar to the Brickyard.”

Neither Desai or Conrad has been to other places downvalley, but Desai said she’s heard good things about the White Buffalo in Parachute, which has DJs on Friday and Saturday nights. She’s also heard about The Dish in Silt, which has open-mic night and live music simulcasts on the River, 95.5 FM, Saturday nights. The Dish does not serve alcohol.

“I travel a lot,” Desai said. “I can’t just stay in Glenwood. Otherwise I would be bored.”

Contact Amanda Holt Miller at 625-3245 ext. 103

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