“Game of Thrones” watch par­ties cut this year

The Denver Post - - LIFE & CULTURE - By Gra­ham Am­brose

It’s the Wild Wild Wes­teros in Colorado as Sea­son 7 of “Game of Thrones” re­turns to HBO at 7 p.m. Sun­day night af­ter a 13-month hia­tus.

For past sea­sons, pub­lic view­ing par­ties had been a sta­ple of the show for bars and restau­rants across the United States. Many a fan was turned away at the door from rau­cous, stand­ing-room-only events filled to ca­pac­ity with trans­fixed au­di­ences, glued to makeshift pro­jec­tors dis­play­ing ev­ery se­cond of the sex and car­nage.

That fun came crash­ing down in 2015, when HBO be­gan to crack down on the com­mu­nal broad­casts, putting the ki­bosh on un­of­fi­cial watch par­ties and lit­i­gat­ing pi­rate down­load­ers.

Last April, HBO rented out the Mayan Theater for a pri­vate view­ing of the Sea­son 6 pre­miere. This year, no such net­work-sanc­tioned party will be hosted in Colorado. The ban has driven fes­tiv­i­ties

sur­round­ing the dark drama into the shad­ows, forc­ing fans to host pri­vate get-to­geth­ers and busi­nesses not to ad­ver­tise their events.

A few brave lo­cales in metro Den­ver have bucked the pow­ers that be and promised view­ing par­ties against threat of ter­mi­na­tion. Here­with, ways you can game out and throne on across metro Den­ver.

Stoney’s will re­vive its reg­u­lar Sun­day-night watch par­ties with a pre-broad­cast cel­e­bra­tion of drinks, trivia and live mu­sic from the Daen­erys and the Tar­garyens. The fun con­tin­ues ev­ery Sun­day night all sea­son long, with free ad­mis­sion.

1111 Lin­coln St.; 303-830-6839; stoneys­barand­grill.com

band starts at 6 p.m.

Sun­day:

For $20, you can watch the sea­son pre­miere and en­joy Gotin­spired food and drinks. Or­ga­niz­ers highly en­cour­age cos­tumes, and will award a prize to the best-dressed at­tendee. Be­ware: Space is lim­ited. Act fast or you’ll be stuck watch­ing in Har­ren­hol.

2 East Pikes Peak Ave., Colorado Springs; 719-635-2800; Tick­ets at eventbrite.com

5 p.m.-9:30 p.m.

Sun­day:

Too ex­cited for the pre­miere to sit still? Get your groove on and make it a full weekend of Game of Thrones love at Tracks Den­ver, where back-to-back nights of Thrones-themed dance par­ties will give you a chance to pre­pare for Sun­day night’s may­hem. On Fri­day, “Omi­nous: Win­ter Is Com­ing” will fea­ture a slate of DJS for an 18-and-over crowd. On Satur­day, “Turnt: Snow Queen” starts at 9 p.m. for guests 21 and older.

3500 Wal­nut St.; 303-863-7326; tick­ets start at $10, tracks­den­ver.com.

Fri­day, Satur­day:

9 p.m. doors open at

Con­tact Gra­ham Am­brose at gam­brose@den­ver­post.com.

Pro­vided by HBO

Lena Headey was nom­i­nated for a 2016 Emmy for out­stand­ing sup­port­ing ac­tress in a drama se­ries for her role in “Game of Thrones.

Pro­vided by HBO

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