Who says shuffleboard is a game that's only for 20th century sticks in the mud? That image of the game is fast being replaced by a new impression forged by the renaissance the game is experiencing in bars and pool halls in the Denver, Colo. area. Shuffleboard is an ideal way to conquer a severe case of Rocky Mountain cabin fever, and there are both popular, well-known hangouts as well as undiscovered venues that offer the game.
Shuffleboard is somewhat comparable to the Olympic sport of curling. A fun sport for groups with two or three players to a team, shuffleboard has a large following in the Denver area, with plenty of bars and pool halls including an area where patrons can play. The object of shuffleboard is to score more points than your opponent by either knocking his pucks off or by sliding your pucks past his into a higher score zone. Usually, the winner is the first player or team to reach 15 points.
Some of the more choice places to play shuffleboard in Denver are included here.
The Fainting Goat Pub
Denver, CO 80203
A welcoming, homey tavern in the Capitol Hill District of Denver, The Fainting Goat Pub has two floors, a rooftop patio, a plethora of TV screens and room for shuffleboard and other popular bar games. Go for the hot wings, wash them down with your favorite brand of brew, watch the Broncos and play as much shuffleboard as your heart desires here. You can even play board games. And the Woodchuck's Gumption Cider is a popular beverage you ought to try, too.
140 S. Broadway
Denver, CO 80209
Live rockabilly bands, dancing, inexpensive beer and shuffleboard are among the attractions at this bar in the Speer neighborhood of Denver. There is a cover charge, but that can be avoided if you notify the bouncer you're there to play shuffleboard or pool, which are located on the second floor of this sizable facility. You can also play darts and listen to a wide selection of classic tunes on the jukebox upstairs.
2046 Larimer St.
Denver, CO 80205
Considered one of the premier venues to throw a party in Denver, this pool hall in the Five Points Section of northwest Denver can be rented, either a part of the building or the whole building, depending on the size of your party. The shuffleboard is integrated into the furnishings among the pool tables at Zanzibar Billiards, which also offers food and drink specials, a DJ, foosball, air hockey and video games. It's not fancy or upscale, and it's certainly not for a refined crowd, but if it's shuffleboard you want, you got it at Zanzibar.
Blake Street Tavern
2301 Blake St.
Denver, CO 80205
Located in the LoDo section of northwest Denver near Coors Field, this tavern is in a large warehouse with an enticing back patio and lots of additional amenities. Blake Street Tavern's shuffleboard is located in the cavernous basement, where patrons can also play Skee-Ball, basketball, cornhole and other arcade games. Blake Street Tavern offers almost 25 beers on draft. Shuffleboard players hankering for some heated competition should know that Blake Street Tavern has league play, which is becoming increasingly popular with this game.
Don's Club Tavern
723 E. 6th Ave.
Denver, CO 80203
This neighborhood watering hole in the southwest part of the city attracts an eclectic group of patrons. The shuffleboard, the centerpiece of Don's Club Tavern, is new and has all the latest bells and whistles. There is always a crowd gathered around the shuffleboard, and the game is free to play. The shuffleboards here also have bumpers and a new set of pucks. Drinks are affordable. Football fans should be warned, however, that even though you're in Broncos country in Denver, inside this bar, it's Kansas City Chiefs territory all the way.
Inga's Alpine Tavern
5151 Leetsdale Drive
Denver, CO 80246
A neighborhood sports tavern in the Glendale section of Denver, Inga's has shuffleboard and a pool table, with a bunch of attractive Happy Hour deals to whet your appetite. Play video games from the 1980s, listen to vintage tunes on the jukebox from that decade and earlier, watch the Broncos, Avalanche, Nuggets and Rockies on TV and shoot the breeze when you're not playing shuffleboard.
Denver definitely has the goods for folks who want to hit the bar scene and play some shuffleboard. But if you love the game but hate the bars, you can save yourself the drive and the cover charges and bring the game home to you. The Shuffleboard Federation's selection of shuffleboard tables by Hudson, Venture, Champion and other brand names can bring this great game into your own home.
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