Food & Drink

The Best Sports Bars in (and Around) Denver

Published On 09/09/2015 Published On 09/09/2015
Blake Street Tavern
Jackson's Denver
Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill
Courtesy of Govnr’s Park Tavern
Hayter's & Co
The Fainting Goat
Flickr/Wally Gobetz
Courtesy of The Tavern Downtown
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
Jake's Food & Spirits
Courtesy of Jason Simmons of Noonan's
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1. Blake Street Tavern 2301 Blake St, Denver, CO 80205

A die-hard Broncos fan himself, the owner of the Five Points standby once took up a bartender on a bet she could pack the place with KC fans, and now they get their "own area with game sound", plus three bucks for a Coors and four for a Blue Moon, aka the frequency with which anyone picks Chiefs players for their fantasy team.

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2. Jackson's Denver 1520 20th St, Denver, CO 80202

Since the neighboring Coor's Field threw its first pitch in 1996, Jackson's has been wetting the whistles of many a Denverites. This bar offers daily specials and the largest outdoor rooftop patio in the Mile High city.

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3. Gibby's Big Backyard 1555 S Havana St, Aurora, CO 80012

If you are going to throw “big backyard” into your name you better be packing some serious real estate in the rear. When you grab a cold one from one of their 12 rotating taps and maybe order up a round of fried mushrooms, make your way to the back and bear witness to one of the largest outdoor areas in the city. Gibby’s Big Backyard in Aurora not only has ample seating but they also have two sand volleyball courts for all your bump, set, and spike needs.

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4. Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill 1605 Wynkoop St, Denver, CO 80202

This is the first of the gastropub's Colorado iterations, sporting 52 taps backing a menu that ranges from across-the-Atlantic faves (Scotch eggs, beer-braised corned beef & cabbage with white cheddar mash, IPA-battered fish & chips) to other worldly fare like Baja fish tacos, Kung Pao chicken, and hand-tossed brick oven pizzas.

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5. Govnr's Park Tavern 672 Logan St, Denver, CO 80203

Although two governors have chosen this watering hole to host their acceptance speeches, Govnr's Park Tavern is famous in its own right. Beyond the gubernatorial gab, this bar has two-for-one happy hours.

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6. Hayter's & Co. 1920 Blake St, Denver, CO 80202

Game day specials, the most beer pong tables in LoDo, and regular DJs make this sports bar one of a kind.

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7. The Fainting Goat 846 Broadway, Denver, CO 80203

Although slightly less exciting than YouTube's myotonic goats (look it up. Right now.), this pub serves up seasonal cocktails, local beers, and Irish-American pub fare: Irish nachos (tortilla chips with corned beef), Blarney sliders and Guinness battered fish and chips.

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8. Ester’s Neighborhood Pub 1950 S Holly St, Denver, CO 80222

Ester's is part sports bar, part family restaurant, part pizzeria, and part craft cocktail haven. It is a neighborhood pub serving everything from draft beers, house wines, and mixed drinks, to artisanal Virginia style pizza, contemporary American pub food, and hefty weekend brunch, all in a large, warmly-lit industrial space. That is to say, whether you're looking for roasted butternut squash salad, braised pork and caramelized onion topped pizza, or huevos rancheros, you can find them all under the same steel-beamed roof. And even if the vastly eclectic menu does not appeal, one of the twenty-two available draft beers will certainly do the trick.

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9. The Cherry Cricket 2641 E 2nd Ave, Denver, CO 80206

Backed by 50 years of burger history, Cherry Cricket's patties are a true legend, and its wings, sandwiches, and chilis are pretty damn good too. A champion of local beer, the bar is stocked with 27 taps of locally brewed craft beer.

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10. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot 2907 Huron St , Denver, CO 80202

Ninety whiskeys, 30 beers on tap, and elevated, home-style food set this place apart from typical sports bars.

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11. Jake's Food & Spirits 3800 Walnut St, Denver, CO 80205

In addition to all the trappings of a sports bar—beers, burgers, a happy hour bargain, and more TVs than you can count—Jake's Food & Spirits also offers a dog-friendly patio so you can enjoy a a pint with your four-legged best friend.

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12. Noonan’s Sports Bar & Grill 13521 E Iliff Ave, Aurora , CO 80014

Whether you're winding down from 18 holes at the neighboring golf course, or just looking for a casual drink and bite to eat, this local dive offers cheap fare, daily specials, and nightly events.