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11 Places to Watch the Super Bowl

Where big flatscreens meet fantastic food

By Maya Silver | Editor

You want to watch the Big Game, but you might not want to get rowdy–especially since the Broncos won’t be playing. So you might as well watch the Super Bowl somewhere that doesn’t mean settling for improperly layered nachos, dry chicken wings, and Bud Lite.

Here are 11 places to watch the Super Bowl that are fit for a food-loving quarterback.

The Nickel

1. The Nickel {Hotel Teatro, 1100 14th Street, Denver)

Why: At The Nickel’s Tailgating Party, you will find a full selection of the best bar snacks in town.

To Eat: For $8 each, they will be serving “Little Food,” like Crispy Truffled Cheese Curds and Duck Sausage Corn Dogs. If you’re hungry for “Big Food,” try their Whole Smoked Fried Chicken for Two or Rocky Mountain Root Beer Barbecue Salmon.

To Drink: you can choose from various “kits” for $18 per person. There’s a Bloody Mary Charcuterie Kit (a pitcher of Bloodys, housemade pickles, bacon, and seasonings), a Barrel-Aged Cocktail Kit (four batched cocktails, custom ice cubes, and house specialty garnish), a Beer Growler Kit (a half gallon of beer, and house pretzels, nuts, and mustards), and a Mimosa Kit (a pitcher of sparkling wine, two fresh-squeezed juices, and fresh fruit). We’ll drink to that.

Highland Tap, Pulled Pork

2. Highland Tap and Burger {2219 West 32nd Avenue, Denver}

Why: “The Tap” in Denver’s LoHi neighborhood, you get the best of both worlds: a sports bar setting with ample TVs and phenomenal grub.

To Eat: HTB is known for their burgers, and the Shroom Luva’s made Zagat’s list of the Top 15 Burgers in the U.S. in 2014. This must-try burger comes with sautéed mushrooms, Ementhaler cheese, and white truffle aïoli. With the addition of foie gras, this baby took People’s Choice at The Denver Burger Battle, too. Other outstanding sports bar dishes? Stranahan’s Barrel-Smoked Wings, IPA Mac ‘n’ Cheese, and a Root Beer Pulled Pork Sandwich that comes with Napa apple slaw and pickles on a caramelized onion bun.

To Drink: A very sophisticated draught and bottle list with everything from a sour to a colette. Great wine, awesome cocktails, and a full bar are also available.

The Centennial Tavern's fries

3. The Centennial Tavern {400 East 20th Avenue, Denver}

Why: The Centennial Tavern invites you to view the restaurant as your own personal Super Bowl “house party!” Watch the game from “club level” seats on five HD screens. Bonus: A $4.90 Super Bowl food and drink menu in honor of this year’s 49th (XLIX) game.

To Eat: The Super Bowl menu includes Jonesy’s Famous Fries, a Housemade Sausage and Pretzel Plate, and a 10-inch Pepperoni Pizza. Whatever you do, enjoy the fries, which have been listed as tops by Westword, 5280 magazine, CBS Denver, Travel + Leisure magazine, USA Today, and CNN. Options include Beer Cheese Soup-Smothered, Truffle (with aïoli and Parmesan), Buffalo (wings sauces and bleu cheese), Green Chili (pork green chili and cheddar), and Thai Ginger (ginger, lemongrass, scallions, cilantro, and sweet Thai chile).

To Drink: All drafts and a selection of red and white wine are available on the Super Bowl menu. For cocktails, we like The Gold Rush as a night-finisher with Dancing Pines bourbon, Leopold Bros peach liqueur infused with sage, and simple syrup.

elways

4. Elway’s {multiple locations}

Why: Even though the Bronco’s won’t be playing, you can still watch the game with the Bronco’s spirit at the steakhouse of former star quarterback John Elway.

To Eat: Double dip on deals! Happy hour runs daily at Elway’s from 4-6pm, and, at the downtown location, Sunday night also happens to be Steak Night, Date Night. So snack on Elway’s Bar Wings for $6.50, and then enjoy a Caesar or house salad, a 16oz sliced USDA Prime NY Strip for two with peppercorn sauce, a choice of two sides, and chocolate dessert to share for $150 per couple! The Date Night deal also comes with a Prosecco toast for two and two glasses of house red wine.

If you’re not doing Date Night, the Smash Burger is the perfect accompaniment to the game.

To Drink: If you aren’t doing the Date Night deal, start the game off strong with HH $7 priced martinis, then glide into $3 Coors Light drafts. When HH ends, delectable cocktails, fine wines, and great beers abound.

SLICEWORKS - DENVER

5. Sliceworks {multiple locations}

Why: Watch the game in a chill environment without breaking the bank on food or drink at either the Capital Hill or LoDo location.

To Eat: Start with the Buffalo Wings or the Garlic Knots. Then get a few pies to split amongst your group. Our favorites are the Bacon Cheeseburger, Baked Potato, and Green Chili.

To Drink: Order a few pitchers to go with those pies and you’ll be good to go!

Thirsty Lion burger

6. Thirsty Lion Gastropub & Grill {1605 Wynkoop Street, Denver}

Why: A top-notch sound system and huge, abundant flatscreens, plus awesome gastropub fare make this the place to be during the game. Thirsty Lion is also offering a special game day happy hour from 3-7pm.

To Eat: A multi-cultural menu means everyone will be happy. You could easily subsist of a medley of appetizers–like the Scotch Eggs, Bacon-Wrapped Dates, and a California Roll. Or dig into a brick-oven pizza, Fish and Chips, or the tempting NW Pub Burger–Gorgonzola-infused patty, grilled sweet onions, maple pepper bacon, white cheddar, arugula, and horseradish cream. The happy hour food menu will feature items from $3.95-$5.95 for an affordable Super Bowl experience.

To Drink: With 52 craft, import, and domestic beers on draft, pints (or a flight if you’re feeling indecisive) are the way to go. Of course, fresh, signature cocktails and many a fine wine are available, too. Happy hour will score you $4 featured pints, glasses of wine, well drinks, and house margaritas.

luckystrike

7. Lucky Strike {Denver Pavilions, 500 16th Street, Suite #340, Denver}

Why: We challenge you to find larger screens in  Denver. Lounge around at the table in front of the huge screens, or bowl a game while watching the TVs above the lanes. Plus, Lucky Strike offers deals on Sunday: $1 shoe rental, $3 bowling, $3 Fireball shots, a $4 Bloody Mary bar, and $8 Mimosa carafes. Beat that!

To Eat: Split a bunch of bites with you party. We recommend the Pretzel Dippers, Gigante Chicken Nachos, Sweet Potato Tots, Pigs in a Blanket, and Belgian Fries with the whole suite of homemade dipping sauces.

To Drink: Bloodys all day, intermixed with Fireball shots.

west end bowl 3

8. West End Tavern {926 Pearl Street, Boulder}

Why: Game Day specials and six flatscreens make this the place to watch the game in Boulder. Get their early to reserve your prime spot.

To Eat: West End offers deals on wings and Barbecue Nachos.

To Drink: A rotating Game Day beer (ask your server) is only $4, and so are the Sunday Brunch Mimosas. $3.50 will score you Jim Bean shots or cocktails, and a rotating lager (ask your server).

Bonus: If you want to host your own Super Bowl party, but don’t want to cook, West End has a Super Party catering special! Place your order by noon on January 30 by calling 303.444.3535.

Blackbird, Burger

9. Blackbird {305 South Downing Street, Denver}

Why: Attention Wash Park locals, you now have access to an awesome neighborhood game-watching spot that serves some of the best food in the city.

To Eat: We highly recommend starting with several shared plates and then staying for a full-on dinner to enjoy this new restaurant’s phenomenal fare. Begin with the Chef’s Board and the Candied Bacon. Then, get an artisan pizza (all to yourself, take home the leftovers), or one of their tempting entrées–like the Wheat Berry “Fried Rice” with charred scallions, arborio rice, baby carrots, farro, Brussels, and baby beets.

To Drink: Cocktails all the way! They’re too good to pass up. We’re lusting after The Western Slope with Spring 44 vodka, Leopold Bros. peach liqueur, lemon, honey, angostura bitters, and egg white.

Cherry Cricket's Burger

10. The Cherry Cricket {East 2nd Avenue, Denver}

Why: Super Bowl specials–and a killer burger–make this the place to be in Cherry Creek.

To Eat: The Cricket Burger is tops! But you may want to get started with The Tailgate Special–wings, chips and queso, and a pitcher of Coors Light for $20!

To Drink: The “Maybe Next Year,” a special Super Bowl beer cocktail with agave nectar, triple sec, and a dash of bitters in a pint glass, topped with Agave wheat beer.

Prohibition's sandwich

11. Prohibition {504 East Colfax Avenue, Denver}

Why: Six 50-inch flatscreens throughout the bar playing the game with surround sound, plus happy hour from 3-7pm.

To Eat: Get a medley of starters from the $5 happy hour food menu. Order a couple of each if you have a big party: House Breaded Mozzarella Bites, Mac ‘n’ Cheese, Crispy Polenta, Braised Short Rib Mini Sliders, and Queso and Chips.The Short Rib Burger on a buttered brioche bun is also a must-try here.

To Drink: The happy hour drink menu gets you $3 drafts beers, $3 well liquor, and $4 wines.