The start of the fall season marks the best time of the year for many Puebloans: football season.
If you don’t have tickets to the game or just want to celebrate and sympathize with like-minded fans, there are plenty of sports bars in Pueblo.
It’s not an exhaustive list of places to catch a game locally, but CaT’s Pourhouse, The City Bar and Grill, First Round Draft Pub and Restaurant, and ThunderZone Pizza and Tap House are four of the best local options.
Gameday raffles and touchdown shots at CaT’s Pour House in Pueblo West
CaT’s Pourhouse, located at 147 Tiffany Drive, has 27 TV screens and has been serving Pueblo West sports fans for 21 years.
This business offers everything from black salmon to chicken tenders, chicken fried steak, sloppers with house made green chili, burgers, pork tenderloin, margaritas and more. During Broncos games, CaT’s Pour House will have jerseys, apparel, footballs, plush toys, gifts for him baskets, fuzzy socks, blankets and other items to be drawn. Jelly shots and pickle shots during the Broncos’ touchdown are another gameday attraction for visitors.
“Even if the Broncos don’t have a touchdown, they still have to celebrate,” said owner Colleen Guidry. “It happens sometimes.”
CaT’s Pourhouse also employs designated drivers to transport patrons.
Gidley said he moves from table to table, making sure everyone goes home and drinks are served responsibly so the crowd doesn’t get rowdy. Her husband, Tim, is responsible for the sprawling layout of the restaurant’s TV screens and hooking up to her stream live during local high school games. In February, CaT’s Pourhouse hosts a huge Super Bowl party.
“There’s probably about $5,000 in halftime giveaways, but there’s so much stuff that we almost have to hand them out during the game,” Gidley said. It has to be handed out… people want to see the commercials and the fun stuff.”
Pueblo pride abounds at the new City Bar and Grill on Mesa Junction
Opened in December 2021 by owner Pete Soto, The City Bar and Grill, located at 106 Colorado Avenue, is an instant go-to spot for many to watch the Colorado Avalanche win the Stanley Cup title became.
The football season has just started and manager Morgan Matarossi is hoping to see more people than those who came to the hockey game earlier this year.
The City’s menu includes pizza, chicken wings, burgers, sloppers, and daily drink specials. Happy Hour is from 4pm to 6pm with $1 off all beers. The bar is open Tuesday through Friday from 11am to midnight, and Mondays during NFL season.
“There’s an NFL special… $25 for 16 wings and a bucket (5 bottles of beer) or $25 for a pizza and a bucket,” Matarossi said. “For $45 you can do all three.” .”
The city will run a similar special during the Colorado State University Pueblo football game. Support for the Thunderwolves and Pueblo High School is reflected not only in the memorabilia on the bar wall, but also in the menu. Popular sandwiches and burgers include Colt, Hornet, Cyclone, Scorpion, Bulldog His Burger, Wildcat His Burger, Eagle, and Thunder Wolf.
“Just come watch your favorite football team and have a good time,” Matarossi said. “If someone else wants to stream another game, we’ll do it to another TV. He has 10 different TVs that can play 10 different games.”
First Round Draft Pub and Restaurant offers a family-friendly environment
Pueblo West’s Mike O’Donnell’s First Round Draft Pub and Restaurant (611 S. McCulloch Blvd.) serves street tacos, burgers, burritos, sloppers, pizza, Friday night prime rib dinners, al fresco corn holes, and more .
Tuesday through Saturday from 3pm to 7pm, First Round Draft has happy hour with $3 margaritas, Long Island iced teas, Tequila Sunrise, pina coladas, and 50 cents off well spirits. Daily specials include $3 street tacos on Tuesdays, $12 custom burgers on Wednesdays, $11 sloppers or burritos on Thursdays, $28 prime rib dinner and dessert on Fridays, and $12 steak dip with fries on Saturdays. will be
House specialties include calamari, nachos, queso dip, and chicken wings. The First Round Draft is usually closed on Sundays and Mondays, making it more suitable for college football than watching an NFL game, but the restaurant is considering opening Sunday Football this fall.
“We have about five televisions,” said Cole McCarthy, the restaurant’s assistant manager. “We have a large outdoor patio with cornholes, a covered patio, and an uncovered patio. We have heaters to keep us warm in the colder months. Other than that, it’s definitely a very family-friendly environment.”
Additional information and updates regarding the First Round Draft can be found on the restaurant’s Facebook page.
ThunderZone Pizza and Tap House is a hotspot for ThunderWolves football.
Not far from CSU Pueblo ThunderBowl, ThunderZone Pizza, and Tap House at 2270 Rawlings Blvd. Stream all ThunderWolves games home and away.
ThunderZone’s menu includes pizzas, burgers, wings, sloppers, fried cheeses, and an extensive selection of appetizers and desserts. The business offers a variety of beverages, including 32 draft beers. Tundra Limeade, an alcoholic cherry limeade named after Tundra, the late Thunderwolf mascot, and the $5 Moscow Mule are also patron favorites.
“It’s a rock solid environment,” said owner Ryan Howard. “We do a lot for college game days, especially CSU Pueblo, because it’s right across the street. We’ll be broadcasting the games of…we can broadcast any game they want to see.”
On Wednesday nights, ThunderZone hosts The Coach Listen Show, a one-hour radio show featuring CSU Pueblo Football Head Coach John Listen. Outside of football, ThunderZone draws huge crowds to the Nuggets, Avalanche and March for his Madness games.
With March Madness’ first day falling on St. Patrick’s Day 2021, ThunderZone was consistently busy from 10 a.m. to midnight, Howard said.
ThunderZone also has a second location in Suite 110, 74 Component Drive, Pueblo West, ThunderZone West.
Pueblo Chieftain reporter James Bartolo can be reached by email at JBartolo@gannett.com..