Rockies Opening Day: Play Ball with These Specials & Events

High Five

Kyle Bannister’s “High Five” illustration Courtesy Larimer Square

Suddenly feeling a fever (sneeze), stomach ache (hack) or migraine (cough) coming on? We have a feeling many offices around Denver will be hit hard with the baseball flu April 7—also known as the Rockies home opener. 

And whether you’re one of the lucky ones with tickets to the Coors Field opening day game against the Los Angeles Dodgers or you’re just planning to head downtown to join the party, there are plenty of ways to celebrate the kickoff of baseball season. Batter up!

GET ARTSY
Starting April 5, Larimer Square’s The Walkway Gallery will feature the exhibit “Healing Power of Baseball by local multimedia artist Kyle Bannister. Meet the artist at a free viewer reception that day from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Check the website for more information.

CONTINUE THE ST. PATRICK’S DAY CELEBRATION
Head to McLouglin’s, 2100 16th St., where the party starts at 10 a.m. with two specialty burgers, appetizer deals, a $10 Guinness brat and Breck beer deal, whiskey specials, a home run drink and a specialty draft from neighbors Denver Beer Company.Opening Day is this Friday. Visit mcloughlins.us for more info.

ENJOY YOUR WINE
Prefer wine over beer? Infinite Monkey Theorem‘s wine cans will be available all season at Coors Field. Look for the local brand’s neon sign at four different bar locations on the Coors Field rooftop.

SOAK UP THE SUN (AND THE BEER)
Celebrate spring’s warm weather on the patio of Hopdoddy Burger Bar, which is partering with Ratio Beerworks for opening day. From 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., you’ll score Ratio’s Antidote and Domestica brews on draft and find plenty of fun activities like cornhole at the joint, just three blocks from Coors Field, 1747 Wynkoop St.

GRAB A COCKTAIL
If you can’t make it downtown (or would rather avoid the madness and Uber surge charging) catch the game at Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse, 8100 E. Orchard Road, where a burger and beer special is $25. Or, opt for the special game day cocktail, the 7th Inning Smash, made with 360 Vodka, lemonade, chambord, crushed ice and a sprig of mint. Reservations are highly recommended: 303-796-0100.

BUY SOME PEANUTS AND CRACKER JACKS
Hit the patio at Vesta, 1822 Blake St., where chef Nick Kayser and his team are offering an elevated, grab-and-go take on Cracker Jacks by setting up a nitro tank and offering cones of Vesta’s famed Nitro Caramel Corn. The salted popcorn, brown sugar caramel dessert that’s a menu favorite, will run $3 and you get a card for a complimentary Vesta Sauce Sampler small plate on a return visit.

HIT A FOODIE HOMERUN
At Del Frisco’s Grille in Cherry Creek, 100 St. Paul St., in Cherry Creek, executive chef and baseball fan chef Dan Kane has created the Home Run Platter, an $18 opening day special that includes a craft draft beer alongside a platter of the Grille’s lollipop chicken wings, served buffalo style with avocado ranch dressing, chili cheese fries, onion rings and spicy red Fresno jalapeño chile poppers. Catch the game on one of the many TVs both inside or upstairs at the rooftop bar.

DON’T FORGET BREAKFAST
Wynkoop Brewing, 1634 18th St., is hosting its first Purple Row Opening Day Breakfast from 8-10 a.m. For $25, you get breakfast burritos, coffee, juice and more, a Q&A session with Rockies media (including Rockies radio announcer Jerry Schemmel and Ryan Spilborghs of ROOT Sports (and formerly with the Rockies) and the chance to win giveaways. Get tickets here.

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