Avs fans who don't want to spend the money on tickets to see the game in person might be looking for a great place to watch the rest of the Avalanche playoff run. Others could be seizing the rare chance to watch the Avs games at home, which they often can't do in the regular season when Avs games broadcast on Altitude TV are hidden from most local customers thanks to a dispute with Comcast.
If you'd rather head out than stay home, the team itself is hosting watch parties on the Auraria campus on the Tivoli Quad. Admission to the event is free, with food and drink available for purchase.
But if a bar is more your style, show your team spirit at these spots:
The Abbey Tavern
5151 East Colfax Avenue
Although this Irish pub is best known in the sports world for hosting Liverpool Football Club watch parties no matter what time of day the Premier League club plays, it's a good place to catch an Avalanche game, too. The menu contains nods to Irish pub flavors including Guinness BBQ chicken wings, fish and chips and an Irish breakfast served at all times of the day.
Bender's Bar and Grill
10710 Westminster Boulevard, Westminster
Bender's makes sports the center of attention, with over thirty screens dedicated to game-time action. It's connected to the Ice Centre at the Promenade, with several tables overlooking one of the rinks there, making it the perfect place to get in the mood for some hockey. Plus, its location means you won't have to battle downtown traffic.
Blake Street Tavern
2031 Blake Street
Blake Street Tavern was Westword's 2022 pick for Best Sports Bar, and it definitely lives up to that name when it comes to Avs playoff games. The cavernous bar has multiple rooms and outdoor areas, all decked out with televisions and game sound. While an Avalanche playoff game is going on, patrons get pulled in to the fun, the food and the fight for the Cup as fans root for their hometown team. Plus, the bar is hosting watch parties for the finals.
701 South University Boulevard
Campus Lounge is a classic sports bar — and its former owner was a retired pro hockey player and DU Pioneer alum. It's got plenty of food and drink to keep the fun going all night, including a late-night happy hour from 10 p.m. until close so that Avalanche fans can ring in a victory with discount drinks — or comfort themselves after a loss with the knowledge that at least their beer cost $1 less.
The Cherry Cricket
Chopper's Sports Grill
80 South Madison Street
Named after former Denver Nuggets trainer Robert “Chopper“ Traviglini, this Cherry Creek spot has hosted Colorado sports fans since the 1990s. It has plenty of televisions and an HD video wall, making the game the focus. But don't forget the food and drink: Chopper's focuses on fresh food, with everything prepared in-house and most of its beer list hailing from Colorado breweries.
1801 Wynkoop Street
This well-known Avs bar is located in the historic IceHouse building, which recently dipped its toe in controversy when Kulture Music Hall attempted to establish an electronic-music venue in the basement before withdrawing its application. Regardless, Icehouse Tavern is still going strong, and hockey fans can enjoy plenty of flat-screens, all-day deals and pizza by the slice while watching the game.
JD's Bait Shop Sports Grill
9555 East Arapahoe Road, Greenwood Village
Another offering for those looking to avoid downtown, JD's has been around since 1995. Its Bait Shop Bobbers (fried, cheese-stuffed and bacon-wrapped jalapeños) and breaded catfish offer some alternative options to the usual sports-bar fare while sticking with the theme of counting goals instead of calories.
Number Thirty Eight
3560 Chesnut Place
Number Thirty Eight's 200-foot LED screen will be dedicated to the Avalanche for each Stanley Cup game. Those looking to enjoy the outdoors (and Colorado beers) while taking in the game will appreciate the view of the big screen from the patio. This venue is also home to one of Westword's ten best burgers in Denver, Split Lip.
9239 Park Meadows Drive, Lone Tree
Paradise Tavern just celebrated its one-year anniversary, and it's ready to welcome Avalanche fans in Lone Tree. The bar is running an Avalanche special happy hour during games, with pints on draft for $4 and craft pints for $5, among other deals. The menu is Indian-fusion and includes several vegetarian options.
151 South Broadway
Sobo 151 is a Czech-owned sports bar, making its food and drink offerings unique, with an entire section of the menu dedicated to Czech fare you might not find elsewhere. It also has hockey-themed sandwiches named Zamboni and Penalty Box and an entree called Game 7 Overtime, made to be shared with friends rooting for the Avalanche without ever needing overtime, or Game 7.
Stoney's Bar and Grill
1111 Lincoln Street
Stoney's Uptown Joint
1035 East 17th Avenue
Both locations of this local sports pub offer great beer and a great atmosphere. There's no dearth of televisions on which to watch an Avalanche game, and the fans who watch at Stoney's are engaged yet chill as they drink in goal after goal — and, maybe, hard kombucha after hard kombucha. Head to either spot to take part in this Avalanche playoff run.