Fluctuating prices, rising and falling according to customer demand, give The Sport eXchange's menu a Wall Street twist. The stock-exchange-themed eatery displays current rates on ticker tapes and reader boards throughout the dining room, enabling guests to time their orders to get the most sustenance for their Sacagawea. Slap a Hamilton on one of the ambrosial appetizers such as the sweet-potato fries ($4), fried pickles ($5), or quesadillas ($5), or upgrade to the 100% beef Fo-Co frank kept warm by a sheath of bacon, onions, bell peppers, and sriracha mayo ($7). Reel in the catfish po' boy swimming with cucumber rémoulade, lettuce, and tomatoes atop a baguette ($9), or couple a delectable dish with the chicken-tortilla soup, a mouthwatering mélange of poultry, corn, black beans, chili peppers, spices, cheese, and triangular tortilla chips that prove all equilateral shapes are created equal and, when salted properly, delicious.
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.
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.
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 26 HDTVs. 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 and Whac-a-Teetotaler.