As much as Denver loves her breweries, she loves her sports bars; many masquerade as both brewery and sport bar to give beer drinkers a sports outlet for all that flush-faced enthusiasm. With the Denver Broncos, the Denver Rockies, the Avalanche and the Denver Nuggets all calling Denver home, Denver sports bars have no shortage of die-hard fans. For kitschy beer yards, cocktails in buckets and an outdoor patio, Govnr’s Park is one Denver’s most popular sports bars combining the sport of binge drinking with the more traditional basketball, football and baseball games via satellite. Across the street from Coor’s Field, LoDo’s Bar and Grill is a perennially popular Denver sports bar covered in flat screen TVs and boasting drink specials and excellent comfort food, in addition to one phenomenal rooftop patio.
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America's Bar and Grill
7545 E. Iliff, Denver Colorado; Tel. 303.337.0028
America's Bar and Grill in Denver probably houses the liveliest fans of any sports bar and keeps them glued to the games by virtue of their 40 TVs. Even though America's Bar and Grill is comprised of five rooms, the sheer amount of people that drink and chow down on their seven varieties of hot wings make this Denver sports bar feel like a one room juke joint packed full of rabid fans. Also, America's Bar and Grill keeps your wallet on amicable terms with their daily happy hour action, from 4:30pm to 6:30pm and again from 11pm to 1:30am, featuring drink and food specials.
Bull and Bush Brewery
4700 Cherry Creek South Dr., Denver, Colorado; Tel. 303.759.0333
We don't know if the Bull and Bush Brewery in Denver is "America's first true sports bar" as claimed because we're really not historians, but we are drinkers and we can tell you with the utmost certainty that as one of Denver's first microbreweries, the Bull and Bush knows their craft. The extensive selection of microbrews ranges from the traditional to the seasonal and this Denver bar serves up a great menu of pub style food rivaling anything you're going to find elsewhere. Besides the beer and food, packing in the crowds, the Bull and Bush's Brit pub style and neighborly attitude keep the regulars satisfied.
Cap City Tavern
1247 Bannock St., Denver, Colorado; Tel. 720.931.8888
You'd be hard pressed to find a friendlier Denver neighborhood bar than the Cap City Tavern that not only caters to regulars, but makes everyone feel right at home and, if you're part of the Cornhusker Nation, well, consider Cap City your Saturday morning headquarters. The Cap City Tavern also puts out a good pub style menu, the cocktails are above average and both completely satisfy their expressed purpose.
Choppers Sports Grill
80 S. Madison St., Denver, Colorado; Tel. 303.399.4448
A down to earth, come as you are Denver sports bar amid the tony digs of Cherry Creek, Choppers Sports Grill is continually packed with rabid fans come game day and, well, continually packed even when there's no Local Denver sports team gracing one of their many TVs. Speaking of being so packed, if you're heading to Choppers Sports Grill to catch the game it would behoove you to go early, snag a seat and start ordering by the pitcher full when the crowds start packing in. The food at this Denver sports bar hotspot is your typical bar fare, but at Choppers it's better than most and the drinks—from beer to cocktails—are the cheapest you're going to find in Denver's Cherry Creek neighborhood.
1320 20th St., Denver, Colorado; Tel. 303.297.8300
One of the best Denver bar parties, completely infused with hottie coeds and boozed up hounds, happens nightly at the Giggling Grizzly. Located near Coors Field and absolutely jam packed on game days, the Giggling Grizzly takes care of your wallet and your liver with nightly drink specials and a freakin' rocking happy hour. Boasting the cheapest drinks around for their college aged crowd, this Denver bar also sports an excellent bar grub menu that offers huge portions of all your favorites to the beat of some classic rock and mainstream DJ nights.
672 Logan St., Denver, Colorado; Tel. 303.831.8605
Govnr's Park is a popular Denver sports bar that offers two of the best specialty drinks that we can think of. First, Govnr's Park is one of the understandably few places that offer beer yards that make getting sauced a unique adventure in liquid tensile physics and general moxie. Two, this Denver bar has a cocktail that will make any well conditioned sot run screaming for the hills and dig out that AA card their mom mistakenly gave them when she found their collective heads scanning the inside of a toilet bowl, The Cheesman—a sand pail filled with more liquor than a bathtub gin party and it can probably take the tarnish off of anything. Also, Govnr's Park does an excellent bar food menu spanning your traditional favorites and the poolroom and the back patio are always completely packed with boozy revelers.
Hanson's Grill and Tavern
1301 Pearl St., Denver, Colorado; Tel. 303.744.0210
Hanson's Grill and Tavern isn't your typical Denver sports bar because, even though it can get unruly when a good game is on, the patrons come more for the excellent food and local camaraderie. Hanson's Grill and Tavern serves an upscale bar menu full of American comfort food with some offshoots, but stick to the meat and potatoes classics and you'll never be disappointed. The beer and liquor selection is good and this two-story Denver bar also sports a separate poolroom with foosball for some healthy competition and the upstairs lounge at Hanson's Grill and Tavern has a slew of board games, so when your date whoops your sorry butt at pool you can exact your revenge by sinking their battleship.
Jackson’s Sports Rock
1520 20th St., Denver, Colorado; Tel. 303.298.7625
Jackson’s Sports Rock is a heavyweight on the Denver sports bar scene due in no small part to their proximity to Coors Field, so you know when there's a home game, this two-story testament to beer swilling and sandwich munching is wall to wall. Well, actually, Jackson's is pretty much packed all of the time because the upstairs of this Denver bar houses a dance club where the music is loud and the crowds of twenty-something clubbers are propped up by some well poured cocktails at one of Jackson's numerous bars. The menu at Jackson’s Sports Rock is firmly rooted in American meat and potatoes bar fare, but this extensive list does have vegetarian options for the booze loving yet health conscious set and this Denver sports bar has more TVs than we can count.
Lazy Dog Sports Bar and Grill
4100 E. Mexico Ave. Ste G, Denver, Colorado; Tel. 303.300.6666
The only thing bigger than sports on the tube at the Lazy Dog sports bar in Denver are the monstrously portioned fare that is served up by its grill. The Lazy Dog holds more TVs than your local electronics store, the bar pours out some heady cocktails and requisite beer pints and if you're not full after eating at this comfortably relaxed Denver sports bar then they're probably going to have to bury your gluttonous butt in a baby grand.
LoDo's Bar and Grill
1946 Market St., Denver, Colorado; Tel. 303.293.8555
Sports fans revel in LoDo's Bar and Grill for its location just down the street from Coors Field that makes this Denver sports bar the perfect place to catch a pre or post game beer, so you know on game days LoDo's is packed. On the weekends, even when the home team's not slugging it out, this Denver bar still gets wall to wall with boozy twenty and thirty-somethings that crowd in for the drink specials and the live entertainment. Also, LoDo's Bar and Grill does an excellent bar menu that spans the comfort food range and, during the summer months, you've got to check out their roof top patio for a little al fresco partying.
SOBO 151 Bar & Grill
151 S. Broadway, Denver, Colorado; Tel. 303.778.1560
SOBO 151 Bar and Grill packs more TVs into their bar than you're gonna find at your local electronics store and they're always tuned to sports for the fans that crowd into this amicable Denver bar to catch the game. Also, SOBO 151 Bar and Grill is probably the only place in Denver to get authentic Czech cuisine, along with traditional bar grub, to soak up the heavy cocktails from their well-stocked bar or myriad of beers from their extensive import and domestic list. On the weekends, SOBO 151 brings you some karaoke action to guffaw at and on Fridays rotating DJs take over.
1930 Blake St., Denver, Colorado; Tel. 303.296.1930
Located within a stone's throw to Coors Field, it's no wonder why the Sports Column bar in Denver is one of the best places to grab a pre or post game beer and some excellent bar grub. The Sports Column has scores of TV sets if you can't make it to the game in a physical sense and, so far as other diversions go, this rowdy Denver bar has pool tables and arcade games for a bit of bar competition. After the sun sets, the Sports Column turns into a partying singles scene complete with DJ tunes and a packed dance floor full of boys and girls looking to hook up. The Sports Column also has a rooftop patio for the summer months and during weekend games, get to this Denver sports bar early if you want a place to park your kiester 'cause usually it's standing room only.
538 E. 17th Ave., Denver, Colorado; Tel. 303.830.9210
The biz pro set and local denizens from the neighborhood congregate in Tavern Uptown's upscale, yet homey interior for well-poured drinks and bar grub that's a step or two above your normal Denver bar fare. While technically a sports bar and sports are proudly broadcast on their numerous TVs, Tavern Uptown presents a more sophisticated atmosphere than the typical beer and jersey joints. With a stone fireplace, leather couches, level pool tables and a backyard patio complete with a rose garden you're more likely to find trendsters and yuppies imbibing the well priced cocktails at Tavern Uptown rather than armchair quarterbacks at this Denver neighborhood bar.
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—Denver bar and club reviews by Ryan Osterbeck