Atmosphere

Starting Lineup

By
June 2010

Just blocks from Coors Field, the northern end of Larimer Street, between 20th Street and Park Avenue, is the less explored, more eclectic side of the Ballpark neighborhood. Whether the Rockies are playing or not, this area is a destination in its own right.

Get your game on early with a Bloody Mary at Snooze (1). The morning eatery is often packed, but specials like the Snickers pancakes are so worth the wait. 2262 Larimer St., 303-297-0700

Ladies: Hit up Flaunt Salon (2) for a pregame blowout—the hairstyling pros can whip your mop into a perfect coif before the first ball is thrown. 2219 Larimer St., 303-297-2219

More than two decades before the Blake Street Bombers moved into the neighborhood, Mexico City Lounge (3) was serving up munchies crafted from family recipes, like a fried steak taco (top it with the house-made salsa). But be sure to go pregame; this hole in the wall closes at first pitch. 2115 Larimer St., 303-296-0563

Dig into Italian eats at Marco's Coal-Fired Pizzeria (4), which serves up traditional Italian pizza (try the Toscana, topped with prosciutto di Parma, mozzarella, and arugula). 2129 Larimer St., 303-296-7000

Postgame, swing into Scruffy Murphy's Irish Pub (5) to knock back a velvety Guinness in the backyard beer garden. On Saturday nights, catch live music from Irish punk and rock bands inside. 2030 Larimer St., 303-291-6992