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My Dad and I will be attending an Avalanche game in October and was wondering what the choices around the arena are.

We went a couple years ago, and there was a sports bar/grill type place across the street where we ate (food wasn't too bad, don't remember the name however).

Please, southwest/Denver-area CHers, help please!! We'd be looking for something not too expensive, but good quality, atmosphere and food, of course!

TIA!

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  1. My opinion is that the most convenient place is Braun's on Auraria Parkway. Although you could walk from LoDo and Larimer Square, it's a bit of a hike. There's also paid parking behind the restaurant so you can have that covered, too. The menu is surprisingly good for what looks like a Bennigan's type place clone. Reasonable prices and a decent wine and beer selection. This is usually our choice for pre Nuggets or Avalanche games.

    But, the hell with the Avalanche! LET'S GO ROCKIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Braun's Bar & Grill
    1055 Auraria Parkway

    1. We used to park at 16th and Lawrence and walk to the Pepsi Center for games all of the time. If are willing to walk 10 minutes to the game, your options will expand dramatically by picking a place in Larimer Square. There you have a lot of options:

      Tamayo (Haute Mexican)
      Rioja (Meditteranean)
      Bistro Vendome (French bistro)
      Lime (Mexican)
      Ted's Montana Grill (buffalo meat)

      And a couple more options.

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      1. re: Megiac

        Thanks for all the tips!! However, my Dad is 82 (and in good shape, but probably not for a 10-minute walk) so walking is out. However, we're looking for places that are but a short drive (or within, say, a one minute walk!) from the Pepsi Center.

        Please, keep the ideas coming...only having been to the area once, we need all the help we can get!

        1. re: GK in SO

          If you are driving, any place downtown or in LoDo would be a great option. Try searching Denver LoDo for ideas.

          1. re: GK in SO

            To increase your dining options, I suggest inquiring with some of the Lodo establishments about shuttles. I recall that a few of the restaurants (Chop House, Old Chicagos) had shuttle buses that would take you to and from the Pepsi Center after your meal, allowing you to park once downtown. I'm just not sure who might still be doing this. Anyone out there know?

            1. re: jtc

              How about Blue Sky Grill -- right in the Pepsi Center? See http://www.pepsicenter.com/Facility/B...

              1. re: ClaireWalter

                Claire, the Blue Sky is convenient and the food is OK, not great, but OK. But at least it's expensive! However, the "best" experience is the restaurant on the Club Level with the $26 buffet. My wife and I walked in one time because we were running late and also didn't feel like hot dogs. They also had a regular menu where you can get soup & salad for about 20 bucks. All in all, stadium restaurants and food are sky high expensive for pretty mediocre stuff. My wife and I have 25 game season tics for the Rockies and usually start the season by scarfing down hot dogs but that soon becomes very old. Our current MO is to pick up dynamite sandwiches from Dish Gourmet which beats the hell out of Rocky Dogs!

                1. re: IslayMan

                  IslayMan - Stadium/arena food -- like airport food -- is ALWAYS expensive and generally not very good. I didn't know about the Club Level buffet, but figured that GK and GK Senior could just order app's and drinx at Blue Sky and call it good.

                  Go Rockies!