Denver's Best Sports Bars: Top Spots to See Your Favorite Team Score

The Broncos might be the most famous franchise in Denver, but the Mile High City is actually home to seven professional sports teams. There are the usual four major league suspects: NFL (Broncos), MLB (Rockies), NBA (Nuggets) and NHL (Avalanche); as well as professional soccer, lacrosse and hockey teams. What this all boils down to is no off season in the Mile High City, meaning sports fans can get a live fix year round. And as much as Denverites love their sports teams, they also love to eat and drink. The city's first permanent structure was a bar, actually, when it was founded in the late 1800s and the number of saloons in the city exploded to more than 400 during its first quarter century. Today, the Mile High City is still a hard drinking town, most famous for its craft breweries, an industry that exploded at the beginning of this century. So when it comes to sports bars, it's pretty easy to see why Denver excels in this department as well. The city is home to dozens of great spots to watch the game, and choosing the 10 Best was not easy. So we opted for places boasting not only multiple high end TVs and an excellent craft beer line-up, but also had an extra something – be it above average pub grub like they do at Jackson's, the greasy staples at the Cherry Cricket or the TV in the bathroom at Chopper's Sports Grill so you never have to miss a major play.

Yard House

It's part of a national chain, but the Yard House, inside the Sheraton Hotel located right on the 16th Street Mall, is one of the most popular spots in the city to watch the big game. Not only are the environs spacious and the giant televisions...  Read More

Cherry Cricket

This longstanding dive in the chic Cherry Creek North shopping district is famous for its greasy food, beer menu and loyal customers. It also has multiple rooms for dining with TVs splashed about them and a long bar in the main room with more...  Read More

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ViewHouse creatively combines a 7,000-square-foot rooftop patio, live music and DJs with an expansive green on which patrons can play volleyball, badminton, bocce and other games and activities or sit in 10-person field-side cabanas to watch and...  Read More

Home to some 70 TVs, Jackson's is THE place to kick back, relax, and catch a game. A favorite of Rockies fans before and after the ballgame (it's located just across the street from Coors Field), Jackson's also caters to lovers of football,...  Read More

It's been in business in the Uptown neighborhood for more than a decade now, and during major game days this sports bar has a fantastic vibe as fans gather to watch their team play on numerous HD TVs throughout the bar and restaurant. And if...  Read More

Bull & Bush Pub & Brewery

Denver's Bull & Bush mirrors Britain's best pubs, down to its cozy furnishings and characteristic memorabilia. Guests revel in the comfortable, dim interior as well as in the microwbrews, which flow freely and are apt complements to...  Read More

In the Zone Sports Bar & Grill features live music Friday and Saturday nights year round – and Wednesdays April to September – with local bands playing classic rock, country, and all danceable tunes. Take the fun outside (weather...  Read More

On game days, the air at Sports Column is absolutely electric. You'll find the place packed with dedicated sports fans, whose eyes stay glued to the many TV screens, willing their teams to victory. The menu offers traditional bar eats, including...  Read More

Blake Street Tavern
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Just a block from Coors Field, Blake Street Tavern is a favorite local bar to watch the game. It's a giant space that's home to three bars and dozens of HDTVs on the property as well as a game room for playing pool, shuffleboard or ski-ball. The...  Read More

Chopper's Sports Grill
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Tucked away on a quiet street just a few blocks southeast of the Cherry Creek Mall, Chopper's is one of the top sports bars in Denver. There are more than 50 HD televisions lining the interior walls and on the outdoor patio to watch the game....  Read More


Meet Becca Blond

Becca Blond is an award-winning Denver based freelance travel writer. She has authored more than 30 Lonely Planet guides on five continents. She also writes about Colorado and the world for...  More About Becca