At the start of the 20th century, Denver's lower downtown district teemed with warehouses and brothels. These days, it's home to sports bars and ballparks. Only steps away from Coors Field, home of the Colorado Rockies, stands Sports Column, a bar operating from a warehouse formerly occupied by the U.S. Transfer and Storage Company. To honor the space's long history, Sports Column's proprietors preserved the building's grain elevator and installed a handcrafted replica of a Gold Rush-era bar.
When they're not shooing away confused gold prospectors, bartenders serve domestic drafts, local craft beers, and a wealth of spirits. Libations complement the bar food of Chef John Armour, whose hearty dishes include brats topped with spicy beer mustard and half-pound burgers stuffed with cream cheese and jalapenos. For diners lounging on the rooftop patio or watching the game on the bar's plethora of HDTVs, John and his team whip up feasts until 1 a.m. every night.