Rockies’ success good for local bars
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EAGLE COUNTY ” E-Town in Edwards was packed Thursday night as Rockies and Red Sox fans traded cheers and boos while enjoying appetizer and drink specials.
Like many other area bars and restaurants, E-Town has been more crowded this week with fans coming out to watch the games, said owner Brian Dippy.
The Rockies’ postseason success has also meant better business for bars. Many places are also offering World Series drink and food specials.
Dippy expects the crowds to keep coming for the weekend, he said.
“We’re looking forward to a big weekend, because there’s college football, too,” he said.
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The scene was similar at Finnegan’s Wake in Avon, where all the televisions at the sports bar were tuned into the game. Golden resident Faron Marriott was in the area for work and cheered on the Rockies at local bars for both Games 1 and 2.
He wanted to take advantage of Finnegan’s “Buck Up Night” drink specials ” plus it’s more fun to cheer with other people, he said.
“The crowd keeps you motivated,” he said. “I’ll fall asleep if I watch at home.”
He and his friends watched at Bob’s Place in Avon for Game 1, but moved over to Finnegan’s Wake for Game 2.
“There were too many Red Sox fans at Bob’s,” he said. “But we made sure they knew it every time (the Rockies) did something good.”
(Of course, the Rockies did little that was good in a 13-1 loss).
Avon resident Lisa Lockhart is one of those Red Sox fans ” but she was among friends who were cheering for the Rockies at Finnegan’s Wake Thursday night.
“My friends make fun of me, but there are actually a lot of Red Sox fans out,” she said. “It’s just more fun to watch the game when you’re out with a bunch of people.”
With tickets hard to come by, Finnegan’s Wake manager Ray Knipmeyer said he plans to stay busy. The sports bar usually has sports crowds, since they also show international sports like rugby and soccer, but he usually does not see big Rockies crowds, he said.
“There’s always the diehard fans when we have the (regular season) games on, but this is a new thing,” he said.
Paddy’s general manager Don Best agreed. The Broncos games normally draw the big crowds on Sundays, and March Madness basketball games and college football games also bring people in, he said.
The bar is definitely more crowded when teams are doing well, Best said.
“The better they do, the better we do,” he said.
For example, people started leaving the bar early during Game 1, when the Rockies lost 13-1, Best said.
“It’s the same with Broncos games. People don’t want to spend money to see them lose,” Best said.
Other businesses are trying to capitalize on the Series madness, too. Some liquor stores are having beer specials for fans watching at home, and grocery stores are offering specials for Rockies cookouts.
The Series not only brings more business, but also makes for a fun atmosphere and a good crowd, said Gore Range Brewery manager Brian Hayslip.
By the first inning the bar was packed, with most of the crowd there to watch the game, Hayslip said.
“There was a good mix. There were a lot of people from Boston actually, but the Rockies fans didn’t have much to say by the end of the night,” he said.
Staff Writer Melanie Wong can be reached at 748-2928 or firstname.lastname@example.org.