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Game day–worthy eats at Rhein Haus.
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17 Winning Spots to Watch Sports in Denver

No matter the sport, these bars are some of the best in the city for cheering your favorite teams

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Game day–worthy eats at Rhein Haus.
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While all sports bars are great places to catch the big game, not all great places to catch the big game are sports bars. The Mile High City is chock-full of sprawling, multilevel beer halls where television tuned in to football, basketball, baseball, and more plaster every square inch of space, but it’s also home to its share of neighborhood pubs where regulars gather to cheer on their team in cozier, more laid-back fashion.

Since Denverites know perfectly well where to find the former type of establishment — they’re concentrated around Coors Field, naturally — this map, organized geographically from north to south, focuses more on the latter while ensuring there’s something for every sports fan (and maybe even non–sports fans) to appreciate.

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RiNo Beer Garden

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The numbers add up: With nearly 20 televisions mounted both inside and out on its heater-lined 4,000-square-foot patio plus some 60 brews on tap, RiNo Beer Garden is a sure bet on game day. And the menu is as sprawling as the space, offering everything from fried pickles and PB&J-topped burgers to ahi tuna salad and brunchtime burritos.

RiNo Beer Garden’s patio seats 300
RiNo Beer Garden’s patio seats 300.
RiNo Beer Garden

Highland Tavern

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With personality to spare, this LoHi hangout welcomes a mixed crowd: While it’s got televisions aplenty for the sports fans, it’s also got affordably priced, generously poured drinks and borderline fancy bar fare, as the kitchen makes everything from pork rinds and pastrami to falafel and veggie burgers from scratch.

The interior of Highland Tavern
The interior of Highland Tavern.
Lucy Beaugard

Occidental

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As the down-and-dirtier sibling of famed cocktail haunt Williams & Graham next door, this beloved LoHi bar serves up killer drinks and snacks like deviled eggs and loaded tots while streaming an assortment of games on several screens. Granted, when the Giants are playing, haters should steer clear.

The interior of Occidental.
The interior of Occidental.
Adam Larkey

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

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This laid-back two-story hangout in the shadow of Coors Field is lined with televisions tuned in to games galore; on the bar side, its shelves are stocked with more than 90 whiskeys, while taps are filled with 30 beers. The kitchen, for its part, specializes in fried chicken, but the spot is also known for its ahi tuna nachos.

The interior of WTF
The interior of WTF, as it’s naturally known.
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

Tom's Watch Bar

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Just steps from Coors Field in McGregor Square, Tom’s is obviously a Rockies HQ — but with more than 150 screens of varying sizes adorning 20,000 square feet of space (and app-enabled audio at every table), there really isn’t a sports fan it doesn’t accommodate while serving up beers in 40-ounce steins and game-friendly grub galore: Think loaded tots, prime-rib dips, and bacon mac-and-cheese. As if that weren’t enough, it’s home to three Topgolf Swing Suites, which guests can book to play virtual games on yet more screens.

Tom’s Watch Bar boasts more than 150 screens
Tom’s Watch Bar boasts more than 150 screens.
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Cheluna Brewing Company

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With a giant projection screen as well as a couple of televisions, this Stanley Marketplace brewery serves as a sports fan’s oasis in the midst of the family-friendly action, made all the better by a roster of Latin-inspired beers such as the Coco-Xoco Porter and the Chupa Guava Blonde Ale.

The interior of Cheluna
The interior of Cheluna.
Ruth Tobias

The British Bulldog

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Mile High City soccer fans deserve a watering hole to call their own. They have one in the British Bulldog, which has been known to open as early as 5:30 a.m. for English Premier League matches. Cozy, quaint pub atmosphere; a beer list heavy on imports; and a menu that features dishes such as bangers and mash and chicken tikka masala round out the across-the-pond experience.

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Society Sports and Spirits

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The televisions practically outnumber the patrons at this friendly LoDo home away from home for fans of the Steelers, Chargers, Texans, and several other teams as well as Denver’s own — and so do the beer taps and whiskey bottles on display. When it’s high time for a nosh, wings are the go-to move for most, but grilled chicken–green chile nachos run a close second.

Wally's Wisconsin Tavern

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Though it’s a sibling to the adjacent Rhein Haus, Wally’s sports a whole different vibe: It’s a dead ringer for a cozy Midwestern watering hole, complete with plenty of lawnmower beer, regionally appropriate eats like brats and cheese curds, and Packers games on the tube — except, of course, when the Broncos are playing.

Cheese curds at Wally’s
Cheese curds at Wally’s.
Ruth Tobias

Rhein Haus Denver

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In addition to several televisions, this Bavarian-leaning LoDo pub boasts a projection screen that makes for a sweet set-up on game day (just keep in mind that, as a Seattle transplant, it welcomes Seahawks fans as warmly as Broncos buffs). But no matter the day, it scores with an ample beer list, giant pretzels, bacon-wrapped brats, apple strudel, and indoor bocce courts to boot.

Bocce courts at Rhein Haus
Bocce courts add to the fun at Rhein Haus.
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Stoney's Uptown Joint

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This Colorado-themed Uptown hub (there’s also a location on Lincoln Street) has it all: In addition to more than 30 televisions tuned in to every game imaginable, it’s got a lengthy cocktail and beer list, an equally extensive menu (think mini corn dogs and loaded fries to Cobb salads and veggie burgers), and a rocking happy hour that extends from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays.

Tap & Burger Sloan's Lake

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From NFL games to UFC matches to air guitar championships (really), there’s always something to watch at this gourmet burger joint — and of course there’s plenty to pair with it, including a selection of around 50 beers and burgers like the signature Shroom Luva’s and the Black and Bleu with blue cheese and bacon jam.

Bison burger with fries
Tap & Burger’s bison burger.
Ruth Tobias

Tight End Bar

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Billing itself as “Denver’s only gay sports bar,” Tight End is a lot more than that, as it also hosts poker nights, karaoke sets, open-stage drag shows, and more while serving up drink specials galore on game days. Come for the action, stay for the community.

Wyman's No. 5

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Twice-daily happy hours and a Chicago-centric menu focused on deep-dish pies, dogs, and the like bring the regulars into this chill Cheesman Park dive; plenty of screens keep them there (especially if they’re Cubs and Bears fans).

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Culinary Dropout

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The television mounted throughout this sprawling 9+CO hot spot are so strategically placed that there’s nary a seat without a view of at least one, yet the vibe remains more upscale-casual than sporty. Complemented by inventive cocktails, the food also transcends the genre: Think charcuterie boards, black truffle–mushroom pizza with smoked-onion Alfredo sauce, and roasted salmon over farro risotto with butternut squash and Brussels sprouts.

The interior of Culinary Dropout
The interior of Culinary Dropout.
Ruth Tobias

Sobo 151 Bar & Grill

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Especially for soccer and hockey fans (not to mention pool players), this rustic Czech tavern is always a good time. Knock back a Krušovice, dig into some schnitzel or goulash, and prepare to let out a hearty “na zdraví!” or two amid the always-lively crowd.

Candlelight Tavern

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As one of Denver’s all-time-great dive bars, the Candlelight has a little bit of everything: Cheap drinks, burgers with a cult following, games like pool and darts, and of course plenty of televisions for catching the action (just ask Detroit Lions fans).

RiNo Beer Garden

The numbers add up: With nearly 20 televisions mounted both inside and out on its heater-lined 4,000-square-foot patio plus some 60 brews on tap, RiNo Beer Garden is a sure bet on game day. And the menu is as sprawling as the space, offering everything from fried pickles and PB&J-topped burgers to ahi tuna salad and brunchtime burritos.

RiNo Beer Garden’s patio seats 300
RiNo Beer Garden’s patio seats 300.
RiNo Beer Garden

Highland Tavern

With personality to spare, this LoHi hangout welcomes a mixed crowd: While it’s got televisions aplenty for the sports fans, it’s also got affordably priced, generously poured drinks and borderline fancy bar fare, as the kitchen makes everything from pork rinds and pastrami to falafel and veggie burgers from scratch.

The interior of Highland Tavern
The interior of Highland Tavern.
Lucy Beaugard

Occidental

As the down-and-dirtier sibling of famed cocktail haunt Williams & Graham next door, this beloved LoHi bar serves up killer drinks and snacks like deviled eggs and loaded tots while streaming an assortment of games on several screens. Granted, when the Giants are playing, haters should steer clear.

The interior of Occidental.
The interior of Occidental.
Adam Larkey

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

This laid-back two-story hangout in the shadow of Coors Field is lined with televisions tuned in to games galore; on the bar side, its shelves are stocked with more than 90 whiskeys, while taps are filled with 30 beers. The kitchen, for its part, specializes in fried chicken, but the spot is also known for its ahi tuna nachos.

The interior of WTF
The interior of WTF, as it’s naturally known.
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

Tom's Watch Bar

Just steps from Coors Field in McGregor Square, Tom’s is obviously a Rockies HQ — but with more than 150 screens of varying sizes adorning 20,000 square feet of space (and app-enabled audio at every table), there really isn’t a sports fan it doesn’t accommodate while serving up beers in 40-ounce steins and game-friendly grub galore: Think loaded tots, prime-rib dips, and bacon mac-and-cheese. As if that weren’t enough, it’s home to three Topgolf Swing Suites, which guests can book to play virtual games on yet more screens.

Tom’s Watch Bar boasts more than 150 screens
Tom’s Watch Bar boasts more than 150 screens.
Whiskey Media Studio

Cheluna Brewing Company

With a giant projection screen as well as a couple of televisions, this Stanley Marketplace brewery serves as a sports fan’s oasis in the midst of the family-friendly action, made all the better by a roster of Latin-inspired beers such as the Coco-Xoco Porter and the Chupa Guava Blonde Ale.

The interior of Cheluna
The interior of Cheluna.
Ruth Tobias

The British Bulldog

Mile High City soccer fans deserve a watering hole to call their own. They have one in the British Bulldog, which has been known to open as early as 5:30 a.m. for English Premier League matches. Cozy, quaint pub atmosphere; a beer list heavy on imports; and a menu that features dishes such as bangers and mash and chicken tikka masala round out the across-the-pond experience.

A photo of the awning of The British Bulldog The British Bulldog

Society Sports and Spirits

The televisions practically outnumber the patrons at this friendly LoDo home away from home for fans of the Steelers, Chargers, Texans, and several other teams as well as Denver’s own — and so do the beer taps and whiskey bottles on display. When it’s high time for a nosh, wings are the go-to move for most, but grilled chicken–green chile nachos run a close second.

Wally's Wisconsin Tavern

Though it’s a sibling to the adjacent Rhein Haus, Wally’s sports a whole different vibe: It’s a dead ringer for a cozy Midwestern watering hole, complete with plenty of lawnmower beer, regionally appropriate eats like brats and cheese curds, and Packers games on the tube — except, of course, when the Broncos are playing.

Cheese curds at Wally’s
Cheese curds at Wally’s.
Ruth Tobias

Rhein Haus Denver

In addition to several televisions, this Bavarian-leaning LoDo pub boasts a projection screen that makes for a sweet set-up on game day (just keep in mind that, as a Seattle transplant, it welcomes Seahawks fans as warmly as Broncos buffs). But no matter the day, it scores with an ample beer list, giant pretzels, bacon-wrapped brats, apple strudel, and indoor bocce courts to boot.

Bocce courts at Rhein Haus
Bocce courts add to the fun at Rhein Haus.
Rhein Haus

Stoney's Uptown Joint

This Colorado-themed Uptown hub (there’s also a location on Lincoln Street) has it all: In addition to more than 30 televisions tuned in to every game imaginable, it’s got a lengthy cocktail and beer list, an equally extensive menu (think mini corn dogs and loaded fries to Cobb salads and veggie burgers), and a rocking happy hour that extends from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays.

Tap & Burger Sloan's Lake

From NFL games to UFC matches to air guitar championships (really), there’s always something to watch at this gourmet burger joint — and of course there’s plenty to pair with it, including a selection of around 50 beers and burgers like the signature Shroom Luva’s and the Black and Bleu with blue cheese and bacon jam.

Bison burger with fries
Tap & Burger’s bison burger.
Ruth Tobias

Tight End Bar

Billing itself as “Denver’s only gay sports bar,” Tight End is a lot more than that, as it also hosts poker nights, karaoke sets, open-stage drag shows, and more while serving up drink specials galore on game days. Come for the action, stay for the community.

Wyman's No. 5

Twice-daily happy hours and a Chicago-centric menu focused on deep-dish pies, dogs, and the like bring the regulars into this chill Cheesman Park dive; plenty of screens keep them there (especially if they’re Cubs and Bears fans).

Adam Larkey

Culinary Dropout

The television mounted throughout this sprawling 9+CO hot spot are so strategically placed that there’s nary a seat without a view of at least one, yet the vibe remains more upscale-casual than sporty. Complemented by inventive cocktails, the food also transcends the genre: Think charcuterie boards, black truffle–mushroom pizza with smoked-onion Alfredo sauce, and roasted salmon over farro risotto with butternut squash and Brussels sprouts.

The interior of Culinary Dropout
The interior of Culinary Dropout.
Ruth Tobias

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Sobo 151 Bar & Grill

Especially for soccer and hockey fans (not to mention pool players), this rustic Czech tavern is always a good time. Knock back a Krušovice, dig into some schnitzel or goulash, and prepare to let out a hearty “na zdraví!” or two amid the always-lively crowd.

Candlelight Tavern

As one of Denver’s all-time-great dive bars, the Candlelight has a little bit of everything: Cheap drinks, burgers with a cult following, games like pool and darts, and of course plenty of televisions for catching the action (just ask Detroit Lions fans).

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