At 7 p.m. tonight, the Nuggets take on the Lakers, and unless you’ve finagled the world’s best-timed business trip, you’re probably watching Game 5 in the Mile High City. But just because you won’t be joining Jack Nicholson courtside, it doesn’t mean you should watch the game alone. Head out to one of these spots, and you’re bound to meet other fans–and pick up some good grub, too.

Uptown Tavern Plasma TVs line the counter at this polished neighborhood bar. But don’t worry if you don’t swing a seat there, you can pull up a spot at any one of the eatery’s tables (inside or out), order a chilled lager and tasty chicken nachos, and catch the game–the Tavern has a TV tucked into every possible nook. 538 E. 17th Ave., 303-830-9210

Oblio’s Pizzeria Take the family to this little Park Hill pizza joint and make sure you get a table near the bar. That way the kids can gobble down buttery garlic bread, while you catch the Nuggets on one of the three 46-inch TVs. Just be ready to cheer loudy. Oblio’s sports fans are avid ones. 6115 E. 22nd Ave, 303-321-1511

The Hornet Arrive at this Broadway bar before tip off, and not only will you snag a good game seat, but you’ll also catch the end of happy hour. Nothing like cheap suds to start off the game right. 76 Broadway, 303-777-7676