At Felt, the satisfying clack of billiard balls rings out, conjuring the spirit of Minnesota Fats as players take aim during games held at one of 23 tables. Whether practicing trick shots at a 7-foot Valley pool table, settling bets at a full-size 9-foot table from Gold Crown or Diamond, or pretending to understand how the British think at the lone snooker table, players fuel their competitive spirit with food and drink from the hall’s bar and kitchen. Half-pound deep-fried chimichangas and all-day breakfast spreads complement draft beers drawn from one of 10 taps or cocktails mixed using spirits from well-stocked racks of liquor. As players munch or sip, they also feed their minds with the highlights that flicker forth from the bar’s flat-screen TVs.
Since 1984, Champps Americana's kitchen has sizzled with made-from-scratch dishes, satiating sports fans and families with a comfortable atmosphere. Amid sunlit dining rooms, diners seated at wooden tabletops can root for their favorite pixels on flat-screen TVs broadcasting live sports. In the kitchen, chefs prepare pastas with grilled chicken and roasted artichokes, pile buns with barbecued pulled pork and spicy buffalo chicken, and fill soft taco shells with grilled steak. Behind the bar, bartenders whip up specialty cocktails and margaritas and fill goblets with wine and local craft beers on tap.
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.
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.
More than two dozen flat-screen TVs line the walls of Cleatz Sports Bar & Grille, casting a glow across an arsenal of pool tables, poker games, and decadent fare created by the kitchen’s veteran chef. As the wait staff shuffle around deep-fried mushrooms, catfish poboys, and buffalo wings drenched in a spectrum of sauces—from sweet molasses to XXX hot—a DJ spins live tunes before the munching and swaying crowd. On Friday nights, live jazz music replaces the electronic beats, and musicians welcome locals on stage to jam with the band or turn their middle-school diary into a new song. As for every other night of the week, the bar hosts a range of events, such as pool leagues, poker tournaments, and karaoke.
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.