Where to Watch the Colorado Avalanche Vie for the Stanley Cup in Denver

The Colorado Avalanche finished the regular season atop the Western Conference, progressed through the playoffs, and now faces the final step on their road to winning the 2022 Stanley Cup: the Stanley Cup Finals.

Avs fans who don’t want to spend 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 take the rare opportunity to watch Avs games at home, which they often can’t do during the regular season, when Avs games broadcast on Altitude TV remain hidden from most local customers thanks to a dispute with Comcast.

If you’d rather get out than stay in, the team hosts their own watch parties at the Auraria campus at Tivoli Quad. Admission to the event is free, food and drinks can be purchased.

But if a bar is more your style, show your team spirit at these spots:

The Abbey Tavern
5151 East Colfax Ave
303-321-5151

Although this Irish pub is best known in the sports world for hosting Premier League club watch parties regardless of the time of day, it’s also a good place to catch an Avalanche game. The menu has hints of Irish pub flavours, including Guinness BBQ chicken wings, fish and chips and a full Irish breakfast, served any time of the day.

Bender’s Bar and Grill
10710 Westminster Boulevard, Westminster
303-974-5215

Bender’s puts the sport at the center of attention, with over thirty screens dedicated to the action during the game. It is linked to the ice center on the boardwalk, with several tables overlooking one of the ice rinks there, making it the perfect place to get in the mood for some hockey. Plus, its location means you won’t have to contend with downtown traffic.

Blake Street Tavern
2031 Blake Street
303-675-0505

Blake Street Tavern was west word‘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 equipped with TVs and game sound. While an Avalanche playoff game is in progress, guests are drawn to the fun, food and trophy battles while fans cheer for their hometown team. Also hosts the bar watch parties for the final.

click to enlarge There are enough seats at the bar of the Campus Lounge.  - Molly Martin

There are enough seats at the bar of the Campus Lounge.

Molly Martin

Campus Lounge
701 South University Blvd
720-379-5671

The Campus Lounge is a classic sports bar – and its former owner was a retired pro hockey player and former DU pioneer. There’s plenty of food and drink to keep the fun going all night, including a nightly happy hour from 10pm until the end so Avalanche fans can ring in a win with discounted drinks – or catch up after a loss At least her beer was $1 off.

The cherry cricket

2220 Blake Street, 303-322-7666

2641 East Second Avenue, 303-297-3644

Whether downtown or in Cherry Creek, both locations of Cherry Cricket (known for its burgers) serve $5 Avalanche Amber Ale and $4 Pink Whitneys on Stanley Cup game days. Come for the drink discounts and enjoy the classic setting with other friendly Avs fans.

Chopper’s sports grill
80 South Madison St
303-399-4448

Named for former Denver Nuggets coach Robert “Chopper” Traviglini, this Cherry Creek spot has been hosting Colorado sports fans since the 1990s. It has lots of TVs and an HD video wall that puts the focus on the game. But don’t forget the food and drink: Chopper’s focuses on fresh food, with everything made in-house and the majority of the beer menu coming from Colorado breweries.

Ice House Tavern
1801 Wynkoop Street
303-292-3775

This well-known Avs bar is located in the historic IceHouse building, which recently sparked controversy when Kulture Music Hall attempted to build an electronic music venue in the basement before withdrawing its proposal. Regardless, the Icehouse Tavern is still doing well, and hockey fans can enjoy plenty of flat screens, all-day specials, and pizza by the slice while watching the game.

JD’s Bait Shop Sports Grill
9555 East Arapahoe Road, Greenwood Village
303-790-4744

Another offering for those who want to avoid downtown is JD’s, which has been around since 1995. Its Bait Shop Bobbers (fried, cheese-stuffed, and bacon-wrapped jalapeños) and breaded catfish offer some alternatives to the usual sports bar fare, while sticking to the theme of counting goals rather than calories.

click to enlarge Watch the game on the big screen at Number Thirty Eight.  - JON SOLOMON

Watch the game on the big screen at Number Thirty Eight.

Jon Solomon

Number thirty eight
3560 Chestnut Square
303-493-6651
Number Thirty Eight’s 200-foot LED screen will be dedicated to the Avalanche at every Stanley Cup game. Those who want to enjoy the great outdoors (and Colorado beer) while enjoying the game will appreciate the big screen view from the patio. This venue is also home to one of west word‘s Ten Best Burgers in Denver, Split Lip.

Paradise Tavern
9239 Park Meadows Drive, lone tree
303-247-9264
The Paradise Tavern just celebrated its one year anniversary and is ready to welcome Avalanche fans to Lone Tree. The bar hosts a special Avalanche Happy Hour during games, featuring draft pints for $4 and craft pints for $5, among other offerings. The menu is Indian fusion and includes several vegetarian options.

Room 151
151 South Broadway
303-778-1560

Sobo 151 is a Czech-owned sports bar that makes its food and drink offering unique, with an entire section of the menu devoted to Czech dishes you might not find elsewhere. It also has hockey sandwiches called Zamboni and Penalty Box, and a main course called Game 7 Overtime, which can be shared with friends who dig for the Avalanche without ever having to work overtime, or Game 7.

Stoney’s Bar and Grill
1111 Lincoln Street
303-830-6839

Stoney’s Uptown Joint
1035 East 17th Avenue
720-485-5503

Both locations of this local sports bar offer good beer and a great atmosphere. There’s no shortage of TVs to catch an Avalanche game on, and the fans watching Stoney’s are engaged but relaxed as they chug on goal after goal—and maybe hard kombucha after hard kombucha. Go to either location to compete in this Avalanche playoff run.

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