Weekend Planner

Weekend Planner: From the Rockies and Ramen to a Negroni-a-thon and Organic Wine

By Ruth Tobias  |  April 4, 2014

From LoDo to RiNo to, of course, Ballpark, Rockies fans are going to be packing every square inch of real estate in and around Coors Field today (check out our look at the new rooftop deck here). But there’s more to the good life than baseball; here are some of our top picks for game day and beyond.


Five Places to Party Near the Park on Opening Day
Los Chingones (pictured) isn’t messing around: the bar is slinging tequila specials to the tunes of a DJ from 9 AM onwards - and giving away a pair of tickets to the game to boot. The taps at both Great Divide and Jagged Mountain will be flowing from 10 AM onwards. And Lucky Pie is hosting a Tender Belly pig roast starting at 11 AM. Finally, the bottom of the ninth should roughly coincide with happy hour, when Trillium starts serving up its just-launched spring selection of nibbles - including meatballs du jour and fried oysters with lemon-vodka tartar sauce. 


Tour di Negroni 
Twelve different bars are taking part in this month-long Industry Denver celebration of the beloved Italian cocktail, each whipping up two different versions. Today’s as good a day as any to start your crawl; you’ll want to try them all before June, when the participants will be facing off in a bartending competition (further details to come). For a complete list of “checkpoints,” including Central Bistro & Bar and Williams & Graham, click here.   


2 AM Tokyo at Charcoal Restaurant 
Despite the event’s name, this Golden Triangle eatery is hosting its Japanese street-food dinner at a civilized hour. Come sample tsukemono, yakitori, ramen and more with a selection of sake and beer (6:45 PM; $50 per person without pairings, $75 with). 43 W. 9th Ave.; 303-454-0000


Montinore Estate Wine Dinner at Lower48 Kitchen
Book your seats for this one now: the white-hot Ballpark spot is hosting its first-ever winemaker’s dinner. Offered throughout evening service, the four-course feast of savory bread pudding with spring vegetables in green goddess dressing, pork loin with sprouted grains and more will be paired by wines from special guest Rudi Marchesi of organic Oregon producer Montinore Estate ($40 per person without wine, $72 with). 2020 Lawrence St.; 303-942-0262