By Steven Bonifazi
(DENVER, Colo.) Live sports are underway and Denver has no shortage of great sports bars to watch the state's teams play while enjoying a tasty beverage.
With the MLB season midway, the NBA playoffs starting Tuesday, the Stanley Cup playoffs starting last Saturday and the NFL season starting in September, here are some considerable mile-high spots to grab a cold beer and catch some local live sports:
- Blake Street Tavern (2301 Blake St)
Taking the title of Westword's best sports bar for playing games for the past four years consecutively, Blake Street Tavern has established itself as one of Denver's best sports bars. The 18,000 square foot bar features five rooms with game sound, 65" plasma televisions and a total of three bars.
Offering both indoor and outdoor dining, Blake Street Tavern also has a beer garden situated outside for those hot summer days approaching. The sports bar has also returned to seating the bar fully with no social distancing rules on Sunday for the first time in over a year.
- Jackson's LODO (1520 20th St)
From locally sourced beef burgers to a fun bucket featuring two Patron Margaritas and three corona extras with limes, Jackson's LODO has the perfect game day eats.
Head up to the rooftop for a glorious view of Coors Field and the city's skyscrapers with an outdoor seating area and a live DJ set right in front of a plasma TV streaming live games. The DJ will ask patrons to remain at their tables and not crowd together in front of the stage due to concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Sports Column (1930 Blake St)
With a bar, grill and rooftop serving Coors Light on Draft, Craft Beers and Happy Hour Cocktails, there is plenty of fun to be had at Sports Column. This Blake St. sports bar has a total of 35 flat screens throughout the building for all of your live sports viewing needs.
With outdoor patio seating available, happy hour at Sports Column are a total score. Stop by to take advantage of Avalanche and Rockies pre-game specials such as Coors and Coors Light $4 pints and $12 pitchers.
The second floor was also recently remodeled, with an abundance of natural light, modern additions and 17 TVs. Seating is currently first-come, first-serve unless reservations are made ahead of time.
- Society Sports and Spirits (1434 Blake St)
Implementing a new fan cave downstairs and sportsbook-style TV wall, this Denver sports bar has everything from a long list of Colorado whiskeys to hickory-smoked wings. Open Monday through Friday from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. during the NFL playoffs, Society Sports and Spirits is an alumni bar of the Broncos, Avalanche and the Nuggets.
With private booth seating, multiple rooms, a total of three projectors, 28 flat screens and four sound zones, this Denver sports bar has the ability to stream 16 games at one time so you don't miss one second of your favorite sports.
There is currently a $5 cover charge due to capacity limitations regarding COVID-19.
- ViewHouse Ballpark (2015 Market St)
Opened in March of 2013, ViewHouse Ballpark is situated right across from Coors Field, offering a lively atmosphere with indoor and outdoor flatscreens, bar activities, backyard games and casual dining. Private parties are also available for anyone looking to celebrate anything from corporate functions to birthdays and sporting events & watch parties.
Happy hours runs Monday through Friday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., with cocktail specials like a strawberry jack to a wine and board pairing where patrons can pick a bottle of wine and a flatbread to be enjoyed together. They also have sports tailgate menus featuring flights of four tap beers for $8.50 and tailgate foods including pretzel bites, a chicken tender platter, a Nutella dessert pizza and much more.
Starting May 30, the ViewHouse Ballpark will host Sunday Funday every Sunday with games, a live DJ, drinks and plenty of fresh air.