Since nobody wants to miss the play that nabs the Broncos their first Vince Lombardi Trophy in 15 years, many restaurants and bars are closing up shop on Super Bowl Sunday to let their employees sit back and enjoy the game like the rest of us. Fair enough, but what to do if you want to get out to celebrate? Join the hardy souls at the following establishments, which are all throwing tailgate and/or game-watching parties just for you.
With two branches in City Park and Baker, this retro cartoon-inspired saloon also operates as the Denver Biscuit Kitchen by morning and Fat Sully’s New York Pizza by night. But for the first time ever, Atomic Cowboy is going to be be slinging its Southern-style biscuit sandwiches and platters all day long, from 8 AM to 10 PM (with a quick break for the crew from 3-4 PM). Come kickoff, there will be drink specials and a raffle with prizes to boot.
3237 E. Colfax Ave.; 303-377-7900
141 S. Broadway; 303-377-7900
Tailgate with tortas and tequila at either of Rayme Rossello’s hopping taquerias from 9 AM to 3 PM. While the branch in The Source dishes up its regular roster of brunch fare (including chilaquiles, pictured), the Longmont original is opening especially for the United in Orange crowd with a slightly different menu: think Mexican-chocolate pancakes with cinnamon-chile butter. Both are planning themed drink deals.
3350 Brighton Blvd., Unit 105; 303-296-2747
721 Confidence Dr., Unit 1, Longmont; 720-204-6455
Before firing up its projector to show the Broncos on the big screen, this suave downtown dessert bar is getting the party started at 2 PM with cocktail specials and snacks from its neighbor Organic Pizza Company as well as its own kitchen.
891 14th St.; 303-586-4199
Make it a Super Bowl crawl: just down the block from Crave, the lounge at the Four Seasons’ signature steakhouse will serve up half-price appetizers along with $3 drafts and $12 pitchers during the game.
1111 14th St.; 303-389-3343
The bar scene at this Cherry Creek chophouse is legendary on an average night. But given that the eponymous owner is himself a Broncos legend, it should be a full-scale riot during the Super Bowl. Somehow, surrounding yourself with memorabilia from Elway’s quarterbacking days while digging into kitchen classics like roasted-corn chowder and beer-battered onion rings (pictured) seems like a good-luck move to us.
2500 E. 1st Ave.; 303-399-5353
Though this LoDo longtimer mostly serves up fancy-schmancy stuff like roast quail stuffed with foie gras cornbread, its TV-lined downstairs lounge is going full bore with bar food tonight. Want bratwurst with sauerkraut, steak nachos and French dips? You’ve got ’em.
1515 Market St.; 303-571-0011
The crew at Leigh Jones’s funky Uptown favorite is still working out the details for their Super Bowl bash. But rest assured they're throwing one - and we’ll be beyond surprised if some variation on their famous loaded fries isn't on the menu.
400 E. 20th Ave.; 303-863-7473
If there’s one thing we can all root for besides the Broncos, it’s an open bar and hors d’oeuvres. For a $35 entry fee, that’s exactly what this swanky Riverfront tequileria is offering up as of 4 PM, from select drinks to sushi, crunchy shrimp (pictured here) and mini-bahn mi dogs (pictured top).
Note that two other Richard Sandoval properties, Tamayo and Zengo, are also hosting events. Keep scrolling through the slideshow for details.
1610 Little Raven St., Ste. 200; 720-904-0965
Eat, drink and do good at this easy-going beef-and-burger joint, which is hosting a game-time benefit for Children's Hospital Colorado. Every $25 you donate buys another round of booze and snacks. (Pictured: blue-cheese fondue with housemade chips.)
3200 Tejon St.; 303-927-6334
Though chef-restaurateur Troy Guard himself is heading to New York to represent Denver at the Taste of the NFL’s Party with a Purpose, his Ballpark cantina will start showing its team spirit at 2 PM with $5 T&Ts (tequila and Tang), as well as $12 buckets of “dad's choice” beer.
2461 Larimer St.; 303-295-9686
Both the Cherry Creek and Uptown locations of this mod taqueria are throwing down with half-price chow and an array of drink deals ($1 can beers, $2 shots and $5 margaritas). There's also a raffle with a tequila dinner for ten as the grand prize.
200 Fillmore St.; 303-321-6274
500 E. 19th Ave.; 303-832-6274
Play all day at this one-stop shop in Baker for bowling, boozing, gaming and gorging on everything from breakfast tacos to Spam-and-kimchi sandwiches. The doors open at 8 AM, so you can get your kicks well before kickoff itself, when 50-cent wings, $2 “old-man cans” and more will further fuel the football frenzy.
65 Broadway; 303-765-2695
Here’s what’s on tap, literally, at Troy Guard’s Congress Park tavern: a buck off any of its 20 draft microbrews, plus $5 wings and other munchies.
1222 Madison St.; 303-736-2260
Turn Tamayo’s year-round LoDo terrace into your living room tonight. The fiesta begins at 4 PM with $4 antojitos like squash-blossom quesadillas and ceviche, $5 glasses of sangria and more. Cooler still, the bar plans to toast every Broncos touchdown with tequila shooters on the house.
1400 Larimer St.; 720-946-1433
Richard Sandoval’s Asian-Latin Riverfront fixture is hosting its usual $35 bottomless small-plates brunch from 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM. And there's a twist: never-ending pours of a cocktail special called the Orange Crush. Maybe the DJ will even spin some Bruno Mars or Red Hot Chili Peppers to get you pumped for the halftime show.
1610 Little Raven St.; 720-904-0965