Members of the Denver Broncos will be doing the same thing as you will be this Sunday, February 5: watching the Super Bowl. We can all stay at home and pout that the Broncos aren't playing this year, or we can have some fun at a Super Bowl party — even if it means temporarily rooting for a new team. Here are ten Super Bowl parties outside of standard sports bars, just in case you need a little distraction from a game that won't be quite orange-and-blue enough.
For Neighborhood Fans
1. The Elm
5001 East Colfax Avenue
The Elm is Park Hill's neighborhood stop for all things Boston, so if you think New England fans are nothing but Massholes, you might want to skip this one. But for all-day happy hour, Patriots decorations, giveaways and a chance to see Tom Brady make sports history in the company of some of his biggest fans, the Elm is the place to be. Show up early for the big event or miss out on a great seat.
2. The Fainting Goat
This Broadway bar is usually the neighborhood's all-purpose watering hole, one with good food and cheap drinks, but on NFL Sundays, the 5280 Atlanta Falcons club turns the casual joint into Denver's number-one destination for fans of the Dirty Birds. Expect all three levels to be awash in red and black for the Super Bowl. Specials will include $2 pints of Coors and Coors Light.
For Craft Beer Lovers
3. Epic Brewing
3001 Walnut Street
Tap handles and touchdowns will be the name of the game at Epic, with beer specials and good grub throughout the afternoon. Mile High Cajun is providing the eats, beginning at 3 p.m., for $25 per person for an all-you-can eat buffet and crawfish by the pound for $10 to $12. Buffet goodies include sliders, jambalaya, grits, Cajun egg rolls, hush puppies and more.
4. Bruz Beers
1675 West 67th Avenue
If you live a little north of downtown, Bruz makes for a good beery destination for the Super Bowl. The new brewery, which specializes in Belgian-style ales, is hosting its first Super Bowl party with an all-you-can eat Hawaiian buffet catered by Denver 808 Fusion Grindz. For $20, you'll get one beer plus access to the buffet starting at 3 p.m. The buffet will include Thai wings, kalua pork sliders, rice, slaw, macaroni salad, chicken nuggets, chips and salsa, and dessert, all of which will be served through the end of the third quarter.
For Party People
5. Nativ Hotel
1612 Wazee Street
Nativ Hotel is hosting a Super Bowl party for those who prefer their football in the background. While the game will be shown on plenty of big-screens, the main draw will be a DJ set by HABS, 25-cent wings and half-off all the drafts on the beer wall in the hotel's Biergarten Keg & Kitchen during the game. Giveaways will include a pair of Broncos skis.
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For a Real Drag
6. Mile High Hamburger Mary's
1336 East 17th Avenue
Hamburger Mary's boasts 21 televisions for the best angle from any table or bar seat — but if that's not enough, food and drink specials will also be offered, and Super Bowl cheers will be led by none other than drag queen Mona Lott. Reservations are strongly encouraged.
For the Party Host
7. Your House — With the Help of Blackbird Public House
305 South Downing Street
If you're hosting your own Super Bowl party but don't have time to cook for a big group, let Blackbird help you out. Call ahead to pick up smaller wing and pizza orders, but make sure to give the kitchen at least 24-hours notice if you're ordering twenty pounds or more of the wings. Orders can be made by calling the restaurant, e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or completing the online form on Blackbird's website.
8. The Post Chicken & Beer - Rosedale
2200 South Broadway
Falcons fans will love the Southern-fried to-go deals from the Post. If you're watching the game with your family, order the Family Love package, which serves three to four sports fans and comes with a whole fried bird, two sides and four biscuits for $40. For a bigger gathering, go with the Big Bubba box, which feeds six to eight with two fried birds, four sides and eight biscuits for $72. Don't worry: The Post serves Patriots fans, too. And you can also eat in.
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2229 Blake Street
Head to Latigo on game day for smothered burritos, margaritas and $3 tacos. Watch the game on one of eight TVs in the spacious bar and restaurant and enjoy a free shot each time your team scores. Drink and appetizer deals continue until 10 p.m.
For an Upscale Event
9. Milk & Honey Bar + Kitchen
1414 Larimer Street
Hidden downstairs off the main drag of Larimer Square, Milk & Honey is a swank space for game-watching, with both the main dining room and private rooms showing the Super Bowl, in case you want that luxury-box feel. The restaurant's happy-hour menu will be available all day, and the kitchen will also put out a hefty nine-ounce prime burger with gruyere, heirloom tomato and truffle mayo. You can get the burger, an appetizer sampler with balsamic-glazed ribs and pretzel-dusted calamari, and a beer — all for only $15. Call ahead to book a private room or table.