What comes after setting a Guinness World Record for longest journey on a mini motorcycle? For Ryan Galbraith and Chris Stinson, the answer is opening a sports bar that celebrates Colorado’s thriving action-sports scene. The duo renovated Cheapskates Action Sports Bar themselves to create a haven for local sports lovers, and now pour beers for their enthusiastic customers. Fans of dirt biking, snowboarding, and other extreme sports sip Shock Top and Schlitz at Cheapskates’ two locations Aurora and Arvada, which also serve specialty shots and cocktails. In the kitchen, cooks hand-weigh and season burgers such as the AntiVegan, a bacchanalia of beef, cheese, bacon, and a fried egg, and stir homemade Hobo chili with railroad ties. Cheapskates maintains a festive atmosphere throughout the week with sports broadcasts, happy hours, karaoke performances, ladies night, industry night, and its signature birthday special, which bestows patrons with 20 pitchers of domestic beer for $25.
LoDo’s Bar and Grill is a multi-level sports bar and late-night watering hole, located in the heart of Lower Downtown. The majority of revelers who brave the lines during game days, especially when there’s a Colorado Rockies baseball game at nearby Coors Field, congregate to root for the home team, and no matter where customers sit, there’s a big-screen television to watch all the action unfold. Still, the bar’s biggest claim to fame is its 4,000-square-foot rooftop deck, which showcases panoramic views of the Rocky Mountains in the distance. Boasting misters during the summer months, and heaters when the air turns crisp, it’s an al fresco oasis that’s ideal for knocking back a beer from the mostly-Colorado list and soaking up the suds with a bucket of shrimp, a burger or a heaping platter of nachos.
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.
The cooks at Pete's Patio Bar craft creative versions of traditional pub favorites. There are shrimp po'boy sliders, for instance, and a surf-and-turf burger with grilled shrimp and slaw. At brunch, you can settle the eternal sweet-vs.-savory conundrum with bacon pancake dippers, a trio of deep-fried bacon strips coated in pancake batter.
Local brews and cocktails complement the edibles, all of which can be enjoyed while watching the day’s biggest games on flat-screen TVs throughout the dining area. Other entertainment offerings throughout the week include karaoke, poker tournaments, and live music. When the weather is nice, most of the fun takes place on a roomy patio, where you can also play darts and cornhole, the game where you inspect ears of corn for holes left by aliens.
Though there's no sign near the entrance, as soon as the door to Wash Park Sports Alley swings open, it's pretty evident what goes on inside. Music pours like a liquefied conductor's score from an old jukebox, dancing with the clattering sound of pool balls and the constant chatter of sports announcers on 18 TVs. The bar gathers more than 20 draft and bottled brews, perfect for washing down the succulent Angus burgers, pulled-pork sandwiches, and vegetarian quinoa burgers gracing the kitchen's menu. After feasting, bar-goers can work off their meal in the game room, where billiards tables—left behind from the space's previous eatery—remain alongside foosball tables, dartboards, and Whac-a-Teetotaler.