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.
A lengthy lineup of traditional game-day fare and a sports atmosphere captivate fans at Fox and Hound - Bailey's, where the kitchen remains open as late as its neighboring fully stocked bar. Chefs cook until the wee hours of the morning and always until the bar closes, baking Bavarian pretzel starters, crafting towers of onion rings, and preparing hand-battered chicken tenders that are cooked until they are golden brown. They blend their own seasonings to sprinkle over grilled-to-order burgers, and draw from a diverse roster of cheeses and toppings to crown their wood-oven-inspired flatbreads.
While manning the bars, bartenders tap into a stash of libations, such as UV Whipped vodka and Patron Silver tequila, to mix their specialty cocktails. To further foster a sporting ambiance, high-definition TVs glow with sports games and custom music-video playlists, and guests partake in pastimes of ump bashing, billiards, or competitive people watching.
Lining up his shot, the golfer draws a breath and putts his ball down the last green on the legendary Jubilee Course at St. Andrews in Scotland. He checks the clock—all 18 holes in one hour. This would be impossible at the real St. Andrews between walking from hole to hole or fighting off the rabid venus flytraps that guard the greens, but in the PGA Tour simulator, it's par for the course. Visitors compete on more than 50 other championship courses from around the world with their own clubs or rented TaylorMade clubs, blasting golf balls toward the screens projecting the two simulators' immersive 3-D worlds. Along with 18-hole games, patrons can practice their drive on virtual ranges.
For nongolfers, the lounge stocks foosball and billiards tables, a skee ball machine, cornhole on the patio, and plenty of high-definition TVs to catch the latest sports. Card sharks can also show off their skills at weekly poker tournaments. Throughout all their events, Swingers Sports Lounge and Grill keeps patrons satiated with upscale food and beverage, such as burgers topped with sriracha mayo and a pound of wings doused in ghost-pepper sauce, which chefs summon during a séance.
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.