In my haphazard (often disappointing) journey for both an affordable and tasty happy hour joint, I happened to wander into Lodo’s recently opened restaurant, Big Game, yesterday. Perched at 1631 Wazee Street (formerly Il Fornaio), adjacent to the historic Oxford Hotel, Big Game boasts a stellar location with primo ballpark and sidewalk views. Decidedly sweet digs.
I have to be honest, I wasn’t expecting much, but my misgivings were quickly put to rest for several reasons, which I’ve dubbed the marvelous euphemisms of Big Game.
Alright, maybe the first item really isn’t a euphemism at all. The restaurant’s décor actually lives up to its namesake – the threshold is adorned with antlers and the environment is all Colorado lodge kitsch. But then it occurred to me that there were three massive screens on the main wall, upon each of which was projected a different sporting event.. This looked to be a pretty sweet locale for watching Big Games.
The bar itself also had a great feel to it. When I engaged the bartender about the specials he was decidedly cordial and informative. It turned out this place actually had a solid happy hour going on from 3-6pm daily.
The Big Game Happy Hour featured:
- $3 16oz Drafts (90 Schilling, Titan IPA, Great Divide)
- $3 Mixed Drinks (42 Below Vodka, Buffalo Trace Whiskey, Bacardi, and Bombay Gin)
- $4 Wine
- $5 Specialty Cocktails (Martinis, Margaritas, Mule’s, etc)
- $3, $4, $5 Food Menu with Sliders, FlatBread Pizza, Sushi Rolls, Fried Pickles, and More
Not bad! Not bad at all! I was stoked on the selection of drinks I could get for $3 and the food looked, and turned out to be, highly tasty. Definitely try the Sliders.
One mark against this restaurant and lounge – albeit a critical one for us happy hour aficionados– is that Big Game really doesn’t maintain a website. I was, after some creative searching, able to locate a “coming soon” Twitter account that appears to be increasingly active and ramping up. Still, a website would be aces. In fact, if it wasn’t for my carnivorous hunt for thrifty thirst hours, I might never have stumbled into this joint. Maybe that’s part of the Big Game mystique. Still, I say ill-advised, dudes; websites are crucial. @biggamedenver Help us help you!
Overall, I’ve got to say I dug my first trip into the land of Big Game. It’s a bit over the top, but the happy hour prices are just right, and the environment is great for catching an evening game with your buddies.
1631 Wazee St, Denver, CO