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9 of the best sports bars in Denver – The Denver Post


Sports bars seem to come and go in Denver, but a few have become institutions. One of them was LoDo’s Blake Street Tavern, MVP of the sports bar scene for two decades before suddenly announcing earlier in March that it would be closing on April 9.

And while Blake Street Tavern is the first bar many people think of when looking for a place to catch the game, there are plenty of other great places in Denver to cheer on your favorite team or root for your most hated enemy. . March and April are particularly good times to do so as the NCAA Final Four wraps up, Major League Baseball begins, and the NBA and NHL head into playoff season.

Here are nine of our favorites:

Sports + Spirits Company

LoDo sports bars can sometimes be as two-dimensional as their big-screen TVs. But Society goes way beyond bland beer and bro-ish feeling with two floors of sports bliss. With three huge projectors, 28 flat screens and four “sound zones”, Society will always have the game you need to see. (Denver sports are in the spotlight, though you’ll find fans of the Houston Texans, University of Texas, Pittsburgh Steelers, Iowa State Hawkeyes and others.) The menu includes chicken fried bacon , sandwiches on Texas toast and wings, wings, wings. 1434 Blake Street, Denver

Calling all Colorado Avalanche fans: there’s a new sports bar in Arvada dedicated to beating the ban restrictions. Head to STiX Crafthouse (5777 Olde Wadsworth Blvd.) to catch the puck this season. (Provided by STiX Crafthouse)

STiX craft house

Some sports bars in the metropolitan area specialize in specific sports, such as basketball, soccer or hockey. STiX Crafthouse, which opened last fall, is one of them. But while fans here love donning their NHL jerseys, they also show up for just about every other sport, as STiX shows them all on 20 different TVs and a 108-inch projection screen. On the menu, you’ll find craft beer and bar food, such as burgers, wings and sandwiches, as well as poutine in honor of Canada. 5777 Olde Wadsworth Blvd, Arvada

College Inn

You could say that the College Inn is nothing special. It doesn’t have the biggest TVs, the hippest food, or a hip location. But that lack of hyperbole is what makes it what it is: one of the last old-fashioned places to watch a game in Denver. Situated along a commercial strip that adjoins several neighborhoods, the College Inn has undergone ownership changes and renovations over the years, but its drink specials, large TVs, pool tables and sticky floors have remained a charming constant. Order an $11 pitcher of beer, green chili nachos and root for the home team. 4400 E. 8th Ave; denver

DENVER, CO - JULY 7: TomÕs Watch Bar, the official bar of the Colorado Rockies, features 100 TVs inside and outside their new restaurant at McGregor Square on July 7, 2021 in Denver, Colorado.  Spanning an entire city block, the McGregor Square complex includes The Rally Hotel, McGregor Square Residences, restaurants and outlets, a food court and a sprawling outdoor plaza with a big-screen outdoor jumbotron for watching the sports.  The plaza is in the heart of Lower Downtown Denver (LoDo), adjacent to Coors Field.  Spanning an entire city block, the complex includes The Rally Hotel, McGregor Square Residences, restaurants and retail outlets, a food court, a sprawling outdoor plaza, and modern offices.  (Photo by Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post)
Tom’s Watch Bar, the official bar of the Colorado Rockies, offers 150 or more TVs inside and out. (Photo by Helen H. Richardson/The Denver Post)

Toms watch bar

There really is nothing but Tom’s Watch Bar. The sprawling two-story venue is tucked into the larger MacGregor Square complex across from Coors Field (and backed by Colorado Rockies owner Dick Monfort). But the real reason to go is the 150 TVs (or more), the giant screen TV outside on the patio, the electric vibe, and the unusual selection of Coors-produced beers served upstairs in the AC Golden Tank Room. 1601 19th Street, Denver

Stoney’s Bar & Grill

Stoney’s has been many things to many people over the years since opening its first location on Lincoln Avenue in 2010. And its flexibility – Stoney’s does Taco Tuesday as well as St. Christmas — is its charm. But the house specialty is getting you ready for game day, no matter the sport. The massive original location, as well as Stoney’s Uptown on 17th Avenue, are both great places to show off your team spirit. 1111 Lincoln Street; 1035 E. 17th Ave; plus Stoney’s Cantina on South Broadway and a location in Winter Park

Tap & Burger

Customers pack Sloan's Lake Tap & Burger for March Madness on March 21, 2019. (Know)
Customers pack Sloan’s Lake Tap & Burger for March Madness on March 21, 2019. (Know)

There are sports bars for making a fuss, sports bars for fans of specific teams, and sports bars for drowning your sorrows in cheap beer. But to impress on a date or just live a little bigger, there’s Sloan’s Lake Tap & Burger and its sister bar, Highland Tap & Burger. At Sloan’s, it’s impossible not to get a view of the game (or games) because of the plethora of TVs, but more importantly, the food, beer, and cocktails are absolutely top-notch. Four locations in Denver, DTC and Westminster

DNVR bar

Sports nerds congregate at DNVR, a brightly lit bar that shares space with DNVR’s podcasting team, which focuses on Colorado teams like the Broncos, Nuggets, CU Buffs and CSU Rams. Not only will you find conversations about yards per rush and triple-doubles, but also a menu stacked with Forsburger, Mecklenburger and other classic sports bar fare named for local players. 2239 E. Colfax Ave, Denver

Wally's Wisconsin Tavern offers cheese curds, sausages, and plenty of TVs, making it one of the best sports bars in Denver.  (Adam Larkey Photography)
Wally’s Wisconsin Tavern offers cheese curds, sausages, and plenty of TVs, making it one of the best sports bars in Denver. (Adam Larkey Photography)

Wally’s Wisconsin Tavern

There are arguably more fans of Wisconsin sports teams in Colorado than any other out-of-state group (although fans in Chicago and Buffalo give them their money’s worth). But Wally’s Wisconsin Tavern is more than cheese curds, pretzels and bratwurst. Well, there are plenty of them, as well as fans of the Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Bucks, Marquette and the University of Wisconsin. But there’s also that friendly Midwestern atmosphere, with good service, darts, lots of TVs, and great beer. 1417 Market Street, Denver

Sportsbook Bar & Grill

Each of the Sportsbook locations is different, though they pretty much share the same menu of burgers, wings, beers, and fan-favorite totchos (tater tot nachos). They also share a buzzy, loud vibe that’s perfect for those times when you want to let your fandom out. All three spots are loaded with TVs on each wall, though the Wash Park spot is more like a dive into the neighborhood and is located on garden level with an entrance from the alley. Three locations: Denver, DTC and Highlands Ranch

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