Local bars and restaurants see more crowds for Broncos’ games

The Ale House, located at 2531 N. 12 St., will be one of several bars and restaurants in the valley offering specials during Sunday’s AFC championship game between Denver and New England.



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The following is a list of various deals being offered at local bars/restaurants during the AFC Championship Game on Sunday.

It is by no means a comprehensive list.

If we missed your bar or restaurant, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), and it will be added to the online version of the story.

The Ale House

Location: 2531 N. 12th St.

Deals: Authentic Nike jersey giveaway if you arrive before the end of the first quarter. Red Apple shots for $3.

Applebee’s

Location: 711 Horizon Drive

Deals: Select appetizers are half-price. Happy-hour drink pricing.

Boston’s Restaurant and Sports Bar

Location: 2404 F Road

Deals: 16-ounce domestic beers for $2.25. Any large pizza $5 off and a one-topping individual pizza for $3.25.

Buffalo Wild Wings

Location: 2412 Highway 6&50

Deals: 23-ounce Bud Light for $3.50 and 23-ounce Killian’s for $4.75.

Charlie Dwellington’s

Location: 103 N. First St.

Deals: Breakfast served all day beginning at 11 a.m. with various homemade food options; $5 Bloody Marys, $3 mimosas and $2 for 16-ounce domestic drafts during the game.

Chili’s

Location: 584 241/2 Road

Deals: Discounted appetizers. Two-for-one draft beers, house wine and well drinks.

Cruisers Bar

Location: 715 Horizon Drive, No. 100

Deals: Bloody Marys for $4. Domestic pitchers for $8 and microbrew pitchers for $12 with a free potluck at halftime.

The End Zone

Location: 152 S. Mesa Ave., Fruita

Deals: Domestic drafts for $2 and appetizers for $5.

Fly’n Roosters

Location: 200 W. Grand Ave.

Deals: Every 50 wings in to-go orders receive a large side for $1. For in-house orders, half-price appetizers and $2 off domestic pitchers.

Hooters

Location: 2880 North Ave.

Deals: Coors Light or Miller Lite 25 ounces for $3.50 and 25-ounce Blue Moon for $4.50. A pitcher of Coors Light or Miller Lite and 20 wings for $19.99. A pitcher of Blue Moon and 20 wings for $21.99.

Old Chicago

Location: 120 North Ave.

Deals: Coors Light 16 ounce for $3 and 23 ounce for $3.50. Miller Lite bottles for $3. Fox Barrel Cider, Blue Moon and Leinenkugel Oktoberfest for $4 for 16 ounces and $4.50 for 23 ounces. Various appetizer specials.

Quincy’s

Location: 609 Main St.

Deals: Draft beers for $3 and $3.75 well drinks.

Red Robin

Location: 2530 Rimrock Ave.

Deals: Coors Light 22 ounce for $3.50

Rockslide Brewery

Location: 401 Main St.

Deals: Happy-hour food pricing on wings, nachos and sliders. Happy-hour pricing on well drinks, and 16-ounce beers are $2 during the game.

Suds Brothers Brewery

Location: 127 E. Aspen Ave., Fruita

Deals: 16-ounce draft beers for $2.

Wrigley Field

Location: 1810 North Ave.

Deals: Reduced pricing on appetizers and any 14-ounce draft beer for $2.50.



Imagine being the only person wearing a Dallas Cowboys jersey in the middle of an Orange Crush: a sea of swarming Broncos fans and servers wearing Denver Broncos gear.

That’s every Sunday during the NFL season for Old Chicago bartender Boone Olearain.

He dons a Dez Bryant jersey and pours drinks for football fans. Although the Cowboys missed the playoffs yet again, Olearain said the Broncos are his second favorite team.

“They either love my jersey or hate it,” Olearain said. “Sometimes they boo the bartender.”

It’s safe to say most bartenders in Grand Junction at least endure the Broncos. It’s good for business.

As Denver has pushed further into the playoffs, business keeps getting better for bars and restaurants around Grand Junction.

“I’d say our sales at least double during Broncos games,” Olearain said. “It’s packed the entire time. Everybody is in their Broncos gear. We get to wear our jerseys. The kitchen has the radio on, and everyone is going nuts.”

Take-home tips are anywhere between $200 and $350, double that of normal evenings, Olearain added.

When the Broncos play the New England Patriots at 1 p.m. Sunday, Old Chicago, along with most bars in the Grand Valley, will have food and drink specials in an effort to increase business and cater to fans.

Open Just for the broncos

Since opening in 2012, Charlie Dwellington’s has reshaped its image. Recently that reshaping has included opening on Sundays, as well as opening the kitchen.

The new look has led to a different crowd, as well as some perks that have coincided with the Broncos’ playoff run.

On Sunday, Charlie Dwellington’s will be open, serving breakfast with Bloody Marys and mimosas in preparation for the Broncos game.

Owner Liz Sinclair said she sees the Broncos’ playoff run as a good way to expand business as well as creating an awesome atmosphere for patrons.

“We haven’t really advertised it, but we’ve had the kitchen open, and we’ve been doing breakfast,” Sinclair said. “It’s been wildly successful, and we’ve been getting people in here, and we hope to keep doing it.”

Will Charlie Dwellington’s be open on Super Bowl Sunday? Sinclair said that depends on whether the Broncos are playing.

“I feel in my heart that the Broncos will probably be playing Feb. 2,” Sinclair said. “And we like what we’ve been doing here. I was talking to my husband about it, and there just doesn’t seem to be a point in opening if the Broncos aren’t playing.”

Poppin’ bottles

At Buffalo Wild Wings, bar manager Kiera Rossman estimated she went through at least 20 bottles of liquor and more than 14 kegs while bartending the Broncos’ divisional round victory.

Rossman, who tends bar during Broncos games, compared the atmosphere at Buffalo Wild Wings to a “stadium experience” with 67 televisions tucked all over the restaurant.

“There’s a ton of energy,” Rossman said. “The Broncos games are always crazy.”


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