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Batter Up: The Best Rockies Opening Day Food and Drink Specials

Purple-hued cocktails, patio grilling parties and more will be served up on Friday, April 5.
The Block is one of many places that will be serving purple-hued cocktails on Opening Day.
The Block is one of many places that will be serving purple-hued cocktails on Opening Day. The Block Distilling Co.
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No matter how good or downright awful the team is, celebrating the first Colorado Rockies game at Coors Field every season brings out a lot of purple-clad revelers...and special deals.

The 2024 season kicks off on Friday, April 5, as the team takes on the Tampa Bay Rays at 2:10 p.m. But the action starts hours before that! While true fans find their way into the ballpark, the real scores are the fun food and drink specials being served by bars and restaurants.

Here are the eats and drinks you can score Friday at bars and restaurants near Coors Field and throughout the metro area:

3200 Pecos Street
This LoHi food hall is throwing its annual Rockies Opening Day party complete with a ticket giveaway to the game, free rides to the stadium, the launch of a frozen cocktail bar named the Big Chill, and food specials from Knockabout Burgers, Gorlami Pizza and Pho King Rapidos. The action kicks off at 10 a.m.

The Block Distilling Co.
2990 Larimer Street
This RiNo distillery will be pouring a special Opening Day cocktail, the Curveball, which is made with coconut oil fat-washed vodka, orange liqueur, ube, cinnamon and lime.

Blue Island Oyster Bar
2625 East Second Avenue
10008 Commons Street, Lone Tree
From open until 3 p.m., both the Cherry Creek and Lone Tree locations of Blue Island will be shucking 99-cent select oysters for anyone wearing Rockies purple.

476 South Broadway
This multi-level bar, restaurant and music venue with killer rooftop views is celebrating its first Opening Day with favorites like wings ($15), loaded chicken tenders ($15) and elote dip ($12), plus buckets of High Noon and Corona for $6.
click to enlarge two brats topped with purple slaw in front of two purple cocktails
Citizen Rail will be grilling on its patio for Opening Day.
Citizen Rail
Citizen Rail
1899 16th Street Mall
Citizen Rail is hosting its fourth annual Opening Day Cookout from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. It'll be grilling brats topped with purple slaw on the patio for $10 and serving a special purple cocktail dubbed the Walk Off Wonder for $14. Canned beer will also be available.

Dairy Block
1800 Wazee Street
Game Day on the Block will run from Friday, April 5, to Sunday, April 7, with a packed schedule of events including live music, Colorado Rockies art installations, pop-up bars and more. There will also be a wide variety of food and drink specials, including exclusive purple and white cans of the Coloradan Mexican Style Lager and grilled burgers at Westbound & Down; Rockies cocktails from Poka Lola; $12 purple margaritas at Kachina Cantina; and lots of beer-and-shot deals from more Dairy Block businesses.

Ironton Distillery & Crafthouse
3636 Chestnut Place
This distillery's Opening Day cocktail is the Purple Mountain Majesty, a combination of vodka, blueberry, lavender and soda. In its large indoor and outdoor spaces, guests can also enjoy select beers and wines or a bartender’s-choice mocktail.
a hot dog topped with crab
The Sea Dog is an Opening Day special at Jax.
Jax Fish House
Jax Fish House LoDo
1539 17th Street
Jax is opening early — at 11 a.m. — on Opening Day, offering happy-hour deals until 5 p.m. plus food specials including a gumbo-topped hot dog ($10); Jax Sea Dog ($13), a kosher dog with Jax mustard, hot sauce and crab meat; crab cake sliders ($26); sweet potato chips and house chips ($4); deep-fried Jax peanuts ($3); and a Purple Wave Cocktail ($8) created in partnership with Woody Creek Distillers.

La Fiesta
2340 Champa Street
This sixty-year-old downtown staple recently reopened after a burst pipe forced it to close for repairs. It's back just in time for an Opening Day grand reopening, with $3 margaritas all day (it's open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.) plus hourly giveaways of items like T-shirts, gift cards, and pints of salsa and green chile. It's also holding a food drive for the Denver Rescue Mission, so bring donations of canned goods along to the party.

Los Chingones
2463 Larimer Street
Troy Guard's RiNo Mexican eatery is throwing its annual Opening Day rooftop party from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. It includes a tap takeover from Cervecería Colorado; beers will be served in special purple Solo cups for $5, with $1 drafts for the ten minutes following every Rockies home run. It has also partnered with Milagro and Cointreau for specials like the $10 Dingerita, a purple coin-style margarita. Additionally, guests can enjoy a DBC Draft and a shot for $10. Themed food items include a $5 dip trio with signature Roasted Rooster, chipotle pineapple and tomatillo salsas served in a Rockies Helmet, or a half-order of nachos for $7.

Mercantile Dining & Provision
1701 Wynkoop Street
Pre-game for the game at this Union Station restaurant's Beats + Meats patio party from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. It will have its grill and rotisserie fired up and a variety of drink specials, plus live DJ sets.

Santo Remedio
3900 Tennyson Street
This Mexican restaurant, which debuted in February, is encouraging guests to don their purple gear and come in for purple shots and baseball-themed margaritas.

1400 Larimer Street
Richard Sandoval's Larimer Square restaurant will be pouring a Rockies-themed cocktail called the Blake Street Bomber, a purple margarita with a black Hawaiian salt rim.
a baseball with a building in the background
Union Station's Opening Day celebration starts at 10 a.m.
Union Station
Union Station
1701 Wynkoop Street
Family-friendly celebrations at this downtown destination kick off on the Terminal Bar patio at 10 a.m. Enjoy live DJ entertainment, food and drink specials, a visit from Rockies mascot Dinger, face painting, a photo booth and more.

Urban Farmer
1659 Wazee Street
This restaurant adjacent to the Oxford Hotel near Union Station is serving a special Opening Day brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The menu includes such items as steak and eggs with caramelized onions and chile pepper crispy potatoes; a pork belly and green chile Benedict; and waffles with peach and rhubarb coulis and apricot goat cheese whip, along with bottomless Bloody Marys and mimosas.

Wonderyard Garden + Table

2200 Larimer Street
This newly opened Ballpark bar and restaurant with a sprawling backyard area is offering three special purple cocktails for Opening Day: La Mariposa, On the Rockies and the Purple Diamond, each priced at $15.

Woods Boss Brewing
2210 California Street
Woods Boss brewery near Coors Field will be pouring its official 2024 Rockies Opening Day beer, Vivette, a double hazy IPA with black currant and a touch of lactose that was brewed by the women of Woods Boss on this year’s International Women’s Day. And if you're looking for an affordable parking option for game day, you can find that here, too: It's just $5 for twelve hours.

Wynkoop Brewing Company

1634 18th Street
This brewpub near Coors Field always does Opening Day right. This year, stop by for hot dogs and Rockies-themed drinks such as the Dinger Margarita, made with milagro silver tequila, lime, agave and butterfly pea powder; and the Rockies Smash, made with Fireside whiskey, lemon and blackberry syrup. You can also order a pint of a Wynkoop baseball season classic, the Kooperstown, its signature house-brewed blonde ale.

2743 Blake Street
Yardbird, which opened in RiNo last summer, is doing Opening Day Southern style starting at 11 a.m. It will host a watch party on its front patio with the game broadcast on a projector, and it's cooking up a specialty menu that includes mini dogs, a fried chicken blue plate special, fried chicken buckets, a smoked-pork sandwich and more. There will also be yard games and plenty of cocktails, and if you wear your Rockies gear, you'll get one boozy beverage for free.

What did we miss? Send Opening Day event information to [email protected].
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