Eat, Drink and Be Merry: The Finest Bars Boulder Has to Offer

Hope Gately

By , Local Expert, Boulder
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Boulder bar are as unique and eccentric as it's people. Microbreweries, pubs, dance halls, pool halls, and live music venues are just a few of the awesome locations for eating, drinking, and making merry at the base of the Rocky Mountains. For a traditional pub style atmosphere complete with live music, game night, and dancing visit Conor O'Neils on the late night. For something slightly more elegant and refined, SHINE Restaurant and Gathering Space serves extravagant cocktails and healthful elixirs you won't find anywhere else.

For more of the college scene (Boulder is a college town, after all), try Pearl Street Pub or The...  Read more »

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    Avery Brewing Company

    With their amazing release parties and new location, Avery Brewing Company is the best place to drink in town.

    Local Expert Tip: "Grab a pint of Avery's out-of-this-world, Out of Bounds Stout."

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    Pearl Street Pub

    A multilevel hole-in-the-wall atmosphere makes this pub unique, quaint, cozy, and fun.

    Local Expert Tip: "Snuggle into this cozy pub with a pint of local beer, exceptional pub grub, and plenty of pool tables to keep you busy for hours."

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    West End Tavern

    A small intimate taproom, exceptional service, and delicious food makes Avery one of the best bars in Colorado.

    Local Expert Tip: "Enjoy a swig of bourbon from the West End's extensive list, which just happens to be the largest and most comprehensive bourbon collection in all of Colorado."

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    Conor O'Neill's

    A unqiue selection of local bands, game nights, and traditional Irish decor earns Conor O Neill's a spot on our list.

    Local Expert Tip: "Grab a Guinness and sit back for some of Boulder's local bluegrass pickers."

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    The Attic

    Karaoke nights, pool tables, and great food make The Attic a one-stop spot for all your bar crawling needs.

    Local Expert Tip: "Karaoke and dancing are the highlights of this local favorite."

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    Mountain Sun Pub and Brewery

    Mountain Sun's location on Pearl, patio, and exciting atmosphere earn it a spot on our list.

    Local Expert Tip: "Don't miss Mountain Sun's coffee-inspired Java porter!"

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    The Walrus Saloon

    An excellent selection of local and traveling musicians and cheap drink specials make this bar a fun place for all.

    Local Expert Tip: "Be sure to stop in for Reggae Night."

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    Southern Sun

    This bar's unique underground location gives it a certain novelty and drinks specials are some of the best in town.

    Local Expert Tip: "Be sure to order and grilled cheese sandwich, the Colorado Kind Ale, and play a game at one of their large picnic tables."

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    The Walnut Brewery

    The Walnut Brewery boasts some of the best local beer in town and an atmosphere that is both fun and intimate.

    Local Expert Tip: "Grab a pint of Indian Peaks Pale Ale and wash down one of the Walnut Brewery's savory, brick-oven pizzas."

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    The Dark Horse Bar and Grill

    Shine boasts a unique lounge area and gathering space which make drinking and mingling elegant and comfortable.

    Local Expert Tip: "Be bold and try the Jiffy Burger, aptly named for its peanut-buttery spread."



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