Sharing boozy shots of joy traditionally has been the way to toast to your team scoring a touchdown, basket, or goal, but bars all over Denver have some other methods of celebrating. From ringing a cow bell with each point to serving a special shooter to offering unique dishes only during game days, these 10 Mile High City establishments have made visiting a sports bar even more fun.
Rocky Mountain Top Tavern
Want to celebrate each Denver Broncos touchdown with the sound of a bell and a shot? Well this cozy neighborhood joint offers just that, plus there’s weekly specials like all-you-can-eat wings on Wednesdays, $1 street tacos on Fridays, and weekday Jameson shots for $4. Sip a copper mug filled with a Jameson Irish Mule or pair Jameson Caskmates Stout Edition with your favorite stout while you take in the game — and if you’re lucky, the team will score.
Rocky Mountain Top Tavern; 4907 Lowell Boulevard, Denver; rockytopdenver.com
Wally’s Wisconsin Tavern
It’s pretty obvious which state this cheery bar caters too, and every Friday it drives home the Midwestern love by hosting a fish fry. Any time there’s a Badgers or Green Bay Packers game you can bet it will be showing on the 11 televisions here and that the bar will be packed with fellow fans. To drink, try the Lambeau Mule, which is made with Jameson and pays homage to Earl Louis “Curly” Lambeau and Green Bay’s Lambeau Field. Wally’s also carries a handful of Wisconsin beers along with local craft brews, the perfect accoutrement to a plate of fried cheese curds.
Wally’s Wisconsin Tavern; 1417 Market Street, Denver; wallyswisconsin.com
LoDo’s Bar & Grill
Get a dose of fresh air as you take in a game at this rooftop hotspot. Aside from the Colorado teams, this airy downtown bar hosts fans rooting for the University of Michigan. During games the staff will strike a cowbell with each score and you can expect chants of “build a bonfire” to ring as well. Sooth your throat from all the shouting with a Jamie and ginger. Pair that with a hot pretzel and cheese sauce made with Avery Brewing Co.’s White Rascal ale and an elk burger with smoked gouda.
LoDo’s Bar & Grill; 1946 Market Street, Denver; lodosbarandgrill.com
Highland Tap & Burger
The next time you’re itching to catch a game, sidle up to the long bar and ask the server to pour you a pint of Dale’s Pale Ale by Oskar Blues Brewery to go with that anticipatory celebration shot. Televisions line the bar, and you can expect the eager neighborhood crowd to be cheering on Kansas State and New England teams when not rooting for the Colorado players. While you watch, delve into game-day specials such as a classic smash burger or nachos laden with avocado salsa, black beans, queso blanco, and pickled jalapeños.
Highland Tap & Burger; 2219 West 32nd Avenue, Denver; highlandtapdenver.com
During college basketball season, this trendy, Prohibition-style bar fills up with Kansas Jayhawk fans, including owner Greg Gallagher’s fiance, who is a third-generation Jayhawk. Her mother also has a mural up in the Allen Field House, so you can discuss art, basketball, and how well that dram of Jameson Caskmates goes with one of the Colorado craft beers offered on tap. In between plays, check out the stunning mural by local street artists Jaime Molina and Pedro Barrios, and then order a Jameson Caskmates IPA Edition neat, and toast to your team scoring.
Canopy; 8 South Broadway, Denver; canopybardenver.com
If you want to go to a bar that’s all about the Colorado Rockies, this is it. Not only is the spot right across the street from Coors Field where the baseball team plays, it’s also decked out in Rockies memorabilia from wall-to-wall, ceiling-to-floor. Watch a game on one of the 70 flat-screen TVs and try one of the eight burgers or 12 wing sauces found on the vast food menu. Order a pint and a shot to go with that platter of fried food, and wait for the next pitch.
Jackson’s Denver; 1520 20th Street, Denver; jacksonslodo.com
Larimer Beer Hall
As any Eagles or Penn State fan will attest to, all games need a cheesesteak to go with a shot and a pint of craft beer. Lucky for transplants, this downtown bar makes sure that happens with each inning. While you won’t find any East Coast brews on the menu, the list comes chockfull of Colorado favorites and the bartenders will happily whip up a special whiskey cocktail on demand.
Larimer Beer Hall; 2012 Larimer Street, Denver; larimerbeerhall.com
Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, and Dakota fans rejoice: You can fill up on tater tots, Wisconsin cheese curds, and Juicy Lucy burgers anytime you want at this cozy pub, especially during games. Beer also proves popular here and the list features local brews as well as Old Style, the Midwestern classic out of Chicago. If the big game happens on a weekend between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., you can order special pitchers brimming with mimosas or a bacon-laden Bloody Mary. Skip the vodka and try the latter with Jameson for a drink that packs a big brunch-y bite.
Midwestern Saloon; 3961 Tennyson Street, Denver; midwesternsaloon.com
Greenfield’s Pool & Sports Bar
With 15 billiards tables, this Lakewood sports bar is the place to be if you want to shoot some pool while catching the big game. Just because there’s action on the pool table doesn’t mean you can’t get excited for football as well. After all, during Bronco games, Greenfield’s offers two-for-one pitchers of certain beers and gives out free Jell-O shots when their home team scores a touchdown.
Greenfield’s Pool & Sports Bar; 3355 South Yarrow Street, Lakewood; greenfieldsbar.com
Sobo 151 Czech Bar and Grill
Hockey is the main sport at this Czech-themed sports bar, and when the Avalanches are playing you can try to win a free pair of tickets for the next game. During those plays, and when the Broncos are up, the staff also likes to give out free kamikaze or Jell-O shots, either because the team scores or the bartender just feels like it. When not getting free booze, try a Jameson Caskmates Stout Edition with a Czechvar Dark. Also grab some traditional Czech grub, such as the Game 7 Overtime Platter, which features a big pile of schnitzel, smazak, bratwurst, frankfurters, kielbasa, sauerkraut, and potato salad.
Sobo 151 Czech Bar and Grill; 151 South Broadway, Denver; websitesbykate.wixsite.com/sobo-151