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You can’t go wrong with a Cherry Cricket burger on game day. Image courtesy of Abby Hagstrom

The 2019 Guide to Eating and Drinking Around Coors Field

Now that Rockies’ season is upon us, here's a guide to the best bites and sips around Coors Field in LoDo.

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There’s nothing quite like a Rockie Dog with an ice-cold Coors on game day. But if you’re looking to save money or simply to have a different sort of dining experience, you should take advantage of the bevy of nosh-worthy eateries within walking distance of the LoDo stadium. With the Rockies facing off against the LA Dodgers in this season’s inaugural game on April 5—and at least six months of baseball revelry to follow—we’ve selected a few home-run options for wings, burgers, brews, and more.

Pony Up’s sandwiches are not to be missed. Photograph by Sarah Boyum

Pregame

Pony Up

Head to this comfortable hangout to get your fill of French dip sandwiches before the game. The menu includes five different versions ranging from classic to inventive, but we’re partial to the vegetarian sandwich stuffed with smoked mushrooms and melted Swiss. While you’re there, you may as well play a round or two of shuffleboard and try one of bar’s signature drinks. The Grande Matcha Colada, made with two kinds of rum, matcha green tea, pineapple juice, and coconut cream, is the kind of refreshing sipper you’ll need if you’re going to be sitting on the sunny side of the stadium. 1808 Blake St. 

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The 1up LoDo

Get into the competitive spirit at this whimsical arcade bar. The darkly lit space, just half a block from Coors Field, is home to an impressive ensemble of games, including pinball, skee-ball, and more than 30 vintage arcade classics like Pac Man. If you’re with a big group, order an appetizer and wing platter ($56)—20 1up wings plus your choice of three appetizers off the menu—to accompany $2 cans of Utica Club beer. 1925 Blake St. 

Revel Social

This five-month-old bar owned by Bachelorette alum Chase McNary has quickly become a Denver hot spot for, well, reveling. Visit before a weekend game to take advantage of the trendy spot’s $15 bottomless mimosas. If you’re there in the afternoon, fill up on shareables like honey barbecue wings, crispy Brussels sprouts, and corn croquettes. 2229 Blake St. 

Tap 14 Rooftop Beer Garden

With a rooftop beer garden and 70 Colorado craft beers on tap, there are few better options for game day fun. Imbibe a refreshing ale or sour from top local breweries like Odell Brewing Company and Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project. Don’t fill up exclusively on suds though: The kitchen churns out American faves (think: mac and cheese, burgers, chicken tenders) that pair perfectly with America’s pastime. 1920 Blake St. 

A view of Moo Bar and communal seating at Milk Market. Photograph by Sarah Boyum

Mid-Game Break

Jackson’s LoDo

Jackson’s and Rockies games go together like wings and beer—which, coincidentally, can both be found at the 42-year-old LoDo bar. In addition to said suds from local breweries like Denver Beer Company and Blue Moon Brewing, you can also get just about every drink under the sun (or rain), including margaritas and Moscow mules. 1520 20th St. 

G’s Local Taco Bar

Given that this eight-month-old spot is just four blocks from Coors Field, you’ll be able to chow down and dash back to your seat quickly. Order the restaurant’s titular dish in classic iterations—like carne asada and carnitas—or in over-the-top specialty versions, such as the “White Trash” taco, a combination of shredded chicken, ranch, and bacon. 2200 Market St. 

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Cherry Cricket

The massive second location of this classic Denver staple is the perfect locale for a mid-game break. Hunker down at the bar or a cozy booth with a customizable burger, an order of the eatery’s famed cherry bombs (fried Colby jack cheese and cherry peppers adorned with raspberry jam or ranch), and a boozy shake (we like the Grasshoppah with chocolate vodka and creme de menthe). 2220 Blake St. 

Denver Milk Market

Perfectly suited for big groups, this sprawling food hall from Denver chef Frank Bonanno has more than fifteen vendors, including a wine bar and Moo Bar, which offers local beers on draft and classic cocktails. If you’d rather save the drinking for when you’ve returned to your stadium seat, you and your companions can grab crispy chicken sandwiches from Lou’s Hot and Naked or a spicy tuna bowl from MoPoke and reconvene at one of the many tables, high-tops, or counters. 1800 Wazee St., #100

Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox is a restaurant, a bar, and a live music venue—and sometimes sports bar—all in one. —Photo by Carmel Zucker

Post-Game

Viewhouse Ballpark

If you want to keep the party going, this hulking, two-story bar has all the necessary ingredients: an enormous outdoor space with lawn games like corn hole, a wealth of dance floors, an extensive drink menu, and plenty of comfy seating options. Fuel your partying with classic staples like chicken tenders or the ballpark burger. 2015 Market St. 

Ian’s Pizza Denver

There’s nothing that will satisfy your post-game cravings like a slice of Ian’s mac and cheese pizza. The carby concoction starts with a thin, New York–style crust, which is slathered with créme fraîche and topped with a layer of elbow noodles and a generous sprinkling of cheddar cheese. If that isn’t your thing (what’s wrong with you?) there’s no shortage of pasta-less pizza topping options to choose from, such as buffalo chicken and tomato-pesto. 2210 Blake St. 

Ophelia’s Electric Soapbox

All that stands between you and Ophelia’s delicious truffled mushroom flatbread is a three-minute walk from Coors Field. This eccentric former brothel has plenty more than just good food to tempt post-game revelers: With the bordello lighting, erotic decor, and revolving door of musical acts (and even peep shows on some Sundays), a trip to Ophelia’s is always an experience. There’s also a full beer and wine menu and a plethora of fun cocktails, like the absinthe-forward Pajama Party, to accompany your grub and entertainment. 1215 20th St. 

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Brass Tacks

If drinking is on your post-game itinerary, Brass Tacks is the place to do it. In lieu of a cocktail list, simply slide up to the bar and order the drink you’re craving. You don’t even have to name a specific cocktail—just tell your bartender the taste profile you’re in the mood for. You can also go for one of the many beer options, which range from Miller Lite to Colorado craft. If you’re feeling peckish, try the blackened shrimp BLT sandwich. 1526 Blake St. 

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