As the Rockies gear up to take on the San Diego Padres this Friday, April 8, at Coors Field, Denver restaurants and bars have been busy dreaming up Rockies-inspired cocktail offerings (yes, some of them are purple). Celebrate the start of the 2016 season with one of these spirited libations.
If you’re looking for a great view and a great cocktail, head to LoHi’s Avanti Food & Beverage, just a 20-minute walk from Coors Field. Order the “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” special for a combination of Old Forester whiskey, ginger liqueur, lemon juice, angostura bitters, and ginger beer. You may recognize this sipper: It’s actually a throwback to Avanti’s opening cocktail list, and it’s been resurrected just for the Rockies’ hometown opening day. Pair this drink with eats from any of Avanti’s seven restaurant concepts before ambling over to the game. 3200 Pecos St., 720-269-4778
Just a three-minute walk from home plate, the Viewhouse offers sweeping views of the city and a lively bar scene. The “Purple Sky” cocktail pays tribute to the Rockies’ signature color with a blend of grape rum, blue curaçao, fresh-squeezed lemon, cranberry juice, and a dash of lemon-lime soda. The fruity drink will pair well with the warm springtime temperatures that will—hopefully—grace Denver this Friday. 2015 Market St. 720-282-1548
Game-goers should consider a stop at Hopdoddy Burger Bar (located next to Union Station) for its featured milk shake of the month, the “Purple Haze.” This rich, home team-hued beverage is composed of from-scratch blueberry compote, spiced ice cream, and swirls of hazelnuts. We recommend lacing the treat with a shot of Chambord Black Raspberry Liqueur or Stranahan’s Colorado Whiskey.1747 Wynkoop St., 303-446-2337
If you want to avoid the traffic and chest-bumping bros of LoDo altogether, head to Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse in Greenwood Village. Bartenders at this high-end spot will be slinging a “Seventh Inning Smash,” a fruity mix of 360 Vodka, lemonade, Chambord Black Raspberry Liqueur, and a mint garnish served on the Rockies, err, ice. And don’t worry—jerseys are acceptable attire for this special occasion. 8100 E. Orchard Road, 303-796-0100
Bonus: Although Beryl’s Beer Co. might not be offering a special Rockies drink for opening day, they are slinging something even better: free hotdogs. This warehouse-like brewery in RiNo offers unique barrel-aged brews like the Firecatcher Extra Stout and Antero Ale. Buy any one of Beryl’s brews before the game and you’ll score a free hot dog. The deal is good until 2 p.m. on Friday. 3120-C Blake St., 720-420-0826
Double Bonus: For this Friday’s home opener and every other home game this season, Elway’s Downtown will offer all-day happy hour in the bar, lounge, and patio. Stop by before or after any home Rockies game for special deals like $3 Coors Lights and $4 baskets of chips and guacamole.