The NBA finals are here! Denverites everywhere will be cheering on the Nuggets in hopes of winning the championships. This week-long celebration is not one you want to miss.
Here are some of Denver’s favorite spots to enjoy the NBA Finals!
Grab a bite before you head to Ball Arena: Jovanina’s and Water Grill
Just a five-minute walk to Ball Arena, Jovanina's Broken Italian offers an elevated menu perfect for pre- and post-game day bites and drinks. Guests can indulge in wood fired pizza, with gluten free dough available; handmade fresh pasta, including Elk Bolognese, Black Trumpet Mushroom Gnocchetti; and more. Drink specials include a wine flight, available every Tuesday through Thursday, complete with three varietals for $29. For more information, visit jovanina.com.
Fuel up for a Nuggets game at Water Grill with a wide selection of surf and turf offerings, refreshing libations, wine, beer and more. Anchored in the heart of downtown and only a half-mile walk to Ball Arena, the restaurant offers several dishes perfect to share amongst friends and family including a seafood tower, Icelandic cod fish tacos, smoked Hamachi nachos, crisp calamari and much more. For more information visit WaterGrill.com.
Play a Game While Watching the Game: Rhein Haus
Rhein Haus, a Bavarian-inspired restaurant just steps away from Ball Arena in the LoDo neighborhood, features four indoor bocce ball courts and two separate bars, perfect for those who need to stay busy during tense Finals moments. Serving up house-made sausages and pretzels, as well as a selection of salads, sandwiches and entrées, Rhein Haus also offers variety of German, Belgian and American beers, with a heavy focus on lagers. With a number of Finals specials and partnerships, Rhein Haus offers plenty of entertainment, regardless of the scoreboard. For more information, visit rheinhausdenver.com.
They’re also offering $5 half-liter Haus Lagers and a $13 Nuggets Brat special throughout the Finals. Rhein Haus will be raffling off game two tickets to lucky guests during game one tonight!
Grab Breakfast/Brunch the Morning After: The OG and Snooze A.M. Eatery
Perfect after nights of rooting on the Nuggets in the NBA Finals, fans are invited to The OG – LoDo’s prime neighborhood brunch-ery located within The Rally Hotel in McGregor Square – to enjoy the restaurant’s newly refreshed menu serving up classic Americana with inventive and playful modern flair. Diners can indulge in dishes such as Maple-Bacon Pancakes; Zesty Blueberry Pancakes; French Banana Bread, made with homemade banana bread, crème brulée batter, caramelized bananas and maple syrup; a Smoked Salmon Benny; Chorizo hash; a Mushroom Frittata, with wild mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes, goat cheese, kale and green goddess dressing; a Hangover Burger, prepared with a double angus patty smash burger, lettuce, pickles, chipotle aioli and a sourdough bun; and much more. To book a reservation, visit theogdenver.com.
Fans in need of a bit of hair of the dog after a raucous night of Nuggets celebrations can make their way over to one of Snooze A.M. Eatery’s myriad Denver locations. Nurse your hangover with a Chamomile Bourbon Palmer (chamomile-infused bourbon, honey syrup, house sour mix and unsweetened tea) or a spicy Bloody Mary and dig into a hearty Double Bacon Sandwich or Juan’s Breakfast tacos. No need to wait in the lines — simply visit snoozeeatery.com to join the waitlist from home and you’ll get a notification when your table is coming up.
Watch Party: The Rally
Located within McGregor Square, The Rally invites Nuggets fans to root on the team from the hotel’s terrace, a private area to watch the screenings of the games on the Square’s giant LED outdoor screen. For $80 – without the crowds, and long bar and restroom lines – The Rally will host watch parties for the Nuggets finals games (both home and away) on the third-floor outdoor terrace starting this Thursday, June 1. Welcoming adults ages 21 and older, the watch parties provide cash and credit bar lines for drinks and alcohol, and a special Game Day food menu from The OG with items available for purchase, such as Green Chili Fries, the Buffalo Chicken Philly, the Smashburger, Buffalo Blue Fries, Game Day Nachos, The OG bacon-wrapped Hot Dog and more. Tickets for the watch parties on Sunday, June 4, Monday, June 12, Thursday, June 15 and Sunday, June 18, each at 6 p.m. can be purchased here. Tickets will be refunded if the series ends early.