The CU men’s basketball team reacts in 2014 while watching the TV and learning about their position in the NCAA Tournament. (credit: CBS)
With spring on the horizon, March Madness is around the corner, so basketball fans are beginning to look for the best places in town to gather and cheer on their favorite college teams. Denver is home to so many sports bars that you may have trouble deciding which one is the best. However, there are a few that rise to the top, thanks to each of them having 20, 30 or even 50 high-definition televisions, full volume and plenty of comfy seating to keep you and all your pals happy during the games. So order a craft beer, a plate of nachos and kick back at your favorite table at any of these great local sports bars.
Chopper’s Sports Grill
80 S. Madison St.
Denver, CO 80209
The Cherry Creek neighborhood loves Chopper’s Sports Grill, named for Robert “Chopper” Traviglini, the former trainer for the Denver Nuggets. One of the best draws for this bar? The 50 large televisions found throughout, including the restrooms and the patios, so you don’t have to worry about missing a single moment of any big game. In fact, Chopper’s advertises that “if it’s televised, we’ll show it” so you can pretty much be sure to catch all of March Madness at this local sports grill. With 19 local brews on tap plus 40 more local bottles and cans to try out, and plenty of truly tasty bar food, this is one of the best spots in town to catch a big game.
Wash Park Sports Alley
266B S. Downing
Denver, CO 80209
It may be a little tough to find, but you’ll definitely want to seek out the Wash Park Sports Alley. It’s literally down the alley behind Starbucks, but you’ll find lots of great reasons to seek out this hidden gem. It has tons of sports channels and 26 large televisions scattered all over the bar with lots of different specials and even several fun arcade games to keep you busy between games. Load up on game-time favorites like the Grid Iron Cheese Fries, Sports Alley Wings or even a half-pound, all-beef hot dog with all the trimmings, and you’ve got everything you need to cheer for your favorite teams.
Society Sports and Spirits
1434 Blake St.
Denver, CO 80202
Have you ever wandered into your local sports bar to catch the game, only to find out that it’s played with no volume, so you miss most of the action anyway? Well at Society Sports and Sprits, that won’t be an issue, as the biggest draw here is that all the games are played with full volume, allowing you to get all the additional action while still enjoying the atmosphere of a fun, local sports bar. If you are seeking the bar that local sports lovers flock to for all the big games, then you’ll want to visit Society Sports and Spirits for some ice cold beer, yummy food and all the games you could ever want to see.
627 Logan St.
Denver, CO 80203
Since 1976, Govnr’s Park has been an important part of the Capitol Hill neighborhood. This favorite watering hole places a large importance on local, so you’ll find lots of local beers, spirits and food used in all the menu items and delicious food offered here. You can even try a flight of Colorado craft beer, which includes beers from Oskar Blues, Dry Dock Brewery, New Belgium and Breckenridge. There are several televisions all over the large bar, and this place gets pretty packed during all the big games. If the weather is nice, head out and enjoy the large patio, and watch the games on the televisions outside. No matter how you enjoy it, it’s clear Govnr’s Park is a big neighborhood favorite.
1520 20th St.
Denver, CO 80202
With its location just across the street from Coors Field, Jackson’s is always hopping before any local game. However with 40 high-definition televisions, it’s also a great spot to watch just about any game, any day of the week. Enjoy the rooftop patio, or stay in and just cozy up to the bar with a few pals and an ice cold beer. Make sure to order a pizza, topped any way you like it, or you can even sample some truly Colorado staples, Rocky Mountain Oysters. All the food is good, and the atmosphere is friendly, enthusiastic and perfect to celebrate March Madness with a few friends.
Deborah Flomberg is a theater professional, freelance writer and Denver native. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.