If you're looking for a place to watch the Broncos game, look no farther than our list of top sports bars in Denver. The only requirements are big-screen TVs, cold beer and plenty of other fans to cheer on the home team.
The Sports Column, located blocks from Coors Field in LoDo, is the official bar of the Colorado Rockies. The Sports Column also shows college football games, NCAA basketball and other sporting events in Denver. Open from 11 a.m. - 2 a.m. daily, the bar also serves pub fare such as chicken wings, nachos and burgers. The only downside to the Sports Column is the lack of parking.
Chopper's, located in Cherry Creek, features more than 40 televisions to show your favorite team in action. The one advantage that Chopper's has over downtown bars is their very own parking lot. Chopper's is open 11 a.m. - 2 a.m. daily, with last call at 1:45 a.m. Arrive early on game days as reservations are not accepted.
Jackson's Denver is also within home-run distance of Coors Field. Rockies fans gather at Jackson's for its 70 televisions and u-call-it specials. Jackson's also features a large outdoor patio for summertime games. Jackson's is open Mon. - Thurs. from 11 a.m. - 11 p.m., Fri. from 11 a.m. - 2 a.m., and Sat. and Sun. from 10 a.m. - 2 a.m.
Located steps away from the Pepsi Center, Brooklyn's Denver is the place to be for Nuggets or Avs games. Brooklyn's features two floors and an outdoor patio. The bar, open 11 a.m. - 2 a.m. daily, broadcasts all NHL and NFL games. In addition to game day crowds, Brooklyn's can get crowded when there's a concert or other event at the Pepsi Center. Reservations are accepted.
Govnr's Park serves up cold beer, tasty burgers and several televisions for sports fans looking for a casual vibe. Happy hour is offered daily from 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. at this Denver institution since 1976. Limited parking available in a lot behind the bar. Govnr's Park is open Mon. - Fri. from 11 a.m. - 2 a.m., Sat. and Sun. from 10 a.m. - 2 a.m.
Mile High Station is technically an events center, but it opens before every Denver Broncos game with a Broncos Bash. The venue offers drink specials and big-screen TVs a few football throws away from Sports Authority Field. Please note Mile High Station is NOT located on Colfax Avenue -- Old West Colfax Avenue is a separate street.
Founded in 1997 in Denver, the Tavern has grown to several locations in metro Denver. However, Broncos fans should beware that the Tavern Uptown serves as the watch center for the New York Giants. The Tavern Ballpark at the Rockies Rooftop is located at the Coors Field baseball stadium for the ultimate fan experience.
This two-story bar took over a former Old Chicago pizzeria, and gave it a major makeover with European fireplaces, chandeliers and decor. Here, you'll find a variety of sausages, Bavarian pretzels with dipping sauces and beer on draft. For $5 per person per hour, you can also play bocce ball on upstairs and downstairs courts.
The Viewhouse has two locations: 2015 Market St. in downtown Denver and 7101 South Clinton St. in the south suburb of Centennial, Colo. Viewhouse offers happy hour from 3 p.m. - 6 p.m., as well as game day specials. As the name implies, the Viewhouse offers features a spacious rooftop patio at both locations.
Nina Snyder is the author of "Good Day, Broncos," a children's e-book, and "ABCs of Balls," a children's picture book. Visit her website at ninasnyder.com.