The flowers are blooming, the weather is warming, and the Rockies are coming back to play. This Friday, opening day kicks off as the Rockies take on the Chicago Cubs at Coors Field. There will be plenty of food and free flowing drinks around town that day, and we’ve got the low down on some of the best specials. Read on to find out where you can get in on pre and post-game festivities to make this year’s opening day one for the books. Plus, DSTILL is coming to Denver with weeklong events to celebrate American craft spirits.
Rockies Opening Day Specials
Where: 1401 Curtis St., Denver
Neighborhood: Downtown Denver – 16th Street Mall
When: April 10 -12
The Low Down: Lucky Pie returns with its second annual pig roast for opening day. Throughout the weekend you can enjoy pork provided by Tender Belly bacon and $5 cans of beer from Epic Brewing. Also don’t forget to wear purple on April 10 and use #PaintLodoPurple to show your pride for the Rockies.
Where: 2500 Larimer St., Denver
When: April 1o
The Low Down: Just five blocks down from Coors Field, Cart-Driver will ring in the new season with an opening day mortadella hot dog for just $5. The gourmet hot dog comes topped with sauerkraut and a rich mascarpone mustard. In addition, Cart-Driver will serve up its usual full featuring wood fired pizzas, freshly flown in oysters, prosecco and Prost brew on tap, campfire vanilla soft serve and much more.
The Corner Office
Where: 1401 Curtis St., Denver
Neighborhood: Theater District
When: all season long
The Low Down: The fun doesn’t have to end when the game does because The Corner Office plans to continue its late night happy hour throughout the season from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. Choose from a selection of juicy burgers, local craft beers, and more before or after the game. The Corner Office is just steps away from the light rail, making it an easy pre or post-game destination.
Randolph’s Restaurant and Bar
Where: Warwick Denver Hotel, 1776 Grant St., Denver
When: April 10
The Low Down: At Randolph’s you won’t have to worry about a thing this opening day, including where to park your car. Located less than a mile walk from Coors Field, Randolph’s is offering free parking (if you spend $20 or more) along with $10 house made bratwurst that is topped with caramelized onions and roasted peppers, and $2 local draft beer.
Where: 918 17th St., Denver
Neighborhood: Downtown Denver
When: April 10
The Low Down: Range is offering an extended happy hour with specials all day long. Head over to Range to enjoy its extensive happy hour menu featuring $4 Colorado draft beers, $5 cocktails, $6 appetizers, and $7 signature drinks. Range and the adjacent bar, Teller Bar, will continue the excitement by serving a special Blake Street mojito all week.
Where: 1610 Little Raven St., Denver
When: April 10, 9:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m.
Cost: $35/ person
Reservations: Reservations can be made by calling 720-904-0965
The Low Down: Start opening day off right with a bottomless Rockies brunch at Zengo. For $35 you can enjoy unlimited small plates and brunch cocktails, including the build your own bloody bar. Options include chorizo benedict, spicy tuna roll, bacon fried rice, shrimp vegetable potstickers, and more. Then afterwards, you’ll get the chance to grab a golf cart ride to the game from Zengo.
Where: 2020A Lawrence St., Denver
Neighborhood: Arapahoe Square/Ballpark
The Low Down: Join the award nominated chefs over at Lower48 for a pre-game patio party this Friday. They’ll break out the smoker to cook up some tender belly hot dogs with smoked coleslaw, corn-dogs and house made onions. Once again, it’ll be happy hour all day with $3 beers, $5 wines, $6 cocktails and $3 snacks.
Where: 1949 Market St., Denver (all other locations)
The Low Down: Tavern brings some fun to this baseball season with plenty of giveaways. Every Monday during happy hour, all Tavern locations giveaway rockies tickets. On game days, ticket holders can enjoy buy one get one draft beers downtown. If the Rockies hit a home run in the first inning, one lucky winner will the get chance to win $1,000 in cash and prizes at Tavern Ballpark in Coors Field.
From April 14 – 19, DSTILL returns for a weeklong celebration of American small batch spirits featuring signature tasting events, a concert, educational workshops, panels and more. Continue reading for detailed information about each event. Click here fore general ticket information.
Women of Distilling, Cocktails & Culinary
Where: RiNO Yacht Club, 3350 Brighton Blvd, Denver
When: April 14, 12-1:30 p.m.
The Low Down: On the 14th, DSTILL will host a free discussion featuring a panel of Denver’s most notable women in the world of distilling, cocktails and food. Join them as they discuss the growing influence of women distillers, bartenders and chefs. Panelists include the following: Amanda Faison, Food Editor of 5280 Magazine; Renee Newton, full time distiller, Montanya Distillers; Rayme Rossello, founder/owner, Comida; Elizabeth Serage, full time distiller, Peach Street Distillers; Shae Whitney, founder, DRAM Apothecary; Mary Allison Wright, Colorado Bartenders Guild.
American Whiskey 201
Where: Ste. Ellie, 1553 Platte St., Denver
When: April 15, 7:30-10 p.m.
Tickets: Tickets can be purchased at DSTILL
The Low Down: Whiskey fans prepare yourself for an epic night with DSTILL’s educational workshop with small-batch whisky makers. During this Wednesday night event you’ll get the chance to learn from a panel of top distillers of American craft whiskey featuring many revered local distillers while enjoying samples of whiskey and small bites. Panelist include the following: Rory Donovan, Peach Street Distillers; Len Eckstein, Deerhammer Distilling Company; Paul Hlteko, Few Spirits; Todd Leopold, Leopold Bros.; Michael Myers, Distillery 291; Jake Norris, A.D. Laws Whiskey.
Where: McNichols Civic Center Building, 144 W Colfax Ave., Denver
Neighborhood: Civic Center
When: April 16, 7 -10 p.m.
The Low Down: DSTILL is bringing together craft spirit producers from across the country for a signature tasting event. With approximately 50 different distillers participating, attendees can venture through both floors of the McNichols building while sampling spirits from America’s top artisan distillers and imbibing on a variety of handcrafted cocktails. Drinks are scheduled to be prepared by the bar men and women of the Colorado Bartenders Guild, including several distinguished “star-tenders” yet to be announced.
DSTILL also plans on hosting a pop-up bar (location to be announced) as well as a special concert, DSTILL rocks, featuring music from Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats on Tuesday, April 14, 8 p.m.‐ 12 a.m. at The Bluebird Theater. Buy your tickets here.