Boulder's Best Watering Holes: Bars, Beer and Bourbon! Oh, My!

Choosing the 10 Best bars in Boulder is like trying to choose the best restaurants in New York; a laborious task which requires much research to get it right. Luckily, this well-researched list (and by "researched" we mean that we drank and ate our way through pretty much every bar in Boulder) narrows it down so that you're sure to make the right choice in watering hole, whether you're visiting or living the dream right here in the Frontrange.

Boulder prides itself on unqiue, fresh, and flavorful microbrews, but that doesn't mean that the Boulder bars neglect other families of alcohol. On our list, you'll not only find the best beer in town (and Colorado, for that matter) but you'll also find your one-stop-shop for bourbon and well-whiskey specials.

Perched atop our list, and rightfully so, is the West End Tavern. Patio seating offering stunning views, filling pub-grab, and an exceptional beer selection and nightlife, make this the place to be. 

Bringing up the rear, you'll find the The Walrus Saloon and Mountain Sun. These local favorites boast pub-grub done right, cozy yet vibrant atmospheres, and put you right in the thick of downtown Boulder.

Consider this list your Boulder Drinking Bible when you visit-Heck, we even suggest you make it your goal ( nay, your mission) to drink, dance, and eat at every spot. Cheers to that!

The Attic

The Attic offers excellent pubfare, dancing, and karaoke every week. Local bands keep the atmosphere hoppin' and a hardwood dance floor, offering seating during the day, is cleared for all of your dancing escapades in the evening. Take a break...  Read More

The Walnut Brewery

A favorite after-work hangout, this spacious microbrewery is located in an historic warehouse a block from Pearl Street. Multiple television sets broadcast sporting events. The drink menu features handcrafted brews, including root beer, ales,...  Read More

West Flanders Brewing Company, conveniently located on Pearl Street, opened in September of 2012 and has been making a name for itself with the local scene ever since. The Lion Heart Stout, Triple Lutz Belgium and Angry Monk are three of our...  Read More

Bohemian Biergarten is a new, hip, and unique bar in downtown Boulder featuring German-style food, beer, and atmosphere. The main room and bar area offers long, picnic style tables which allow for large groups to eat, drink, and be merry....  Read More

Tahona's living and young atmosphere makes for the perfect drop-in spot of a Friday or Saturday night or, if you're wanting to relax, a great option for grabbing a weekend lunch and a refreshing margarita. Boasting a wide variety of exotic...  Read More

This high-energy bar is a favorite of sports fans, especially on football weekends. Live, local music gives this pub its signature hole-in-the-wall, "where everybody knows your name", feel. Best of all, Boulder "regulars" abound but newcomers...  Read More

The Grateful Dead are alive and well, at least as a decorative motif, at this tie-dye styled brewpub that features some of the best beer in the region. For a kick, try the coffee-inspired Java Porter. Vegetarians and meat-eaters alike will...  Read More

Conor O'Neill's

This lively and feisty traditional Irish pub is one of the most exciting ways to spend and evening in downtown Boulder. Lagers, Ciders, Ales, and Stouts abound, including Guinness on tap because what Irish pub is complete without it? In...  Read More

Claiming to serve cocktails with "passion, not pretense" the Bitter Bar is an elegant, albeit slightly trendy, bar located just off of Boulder's famous Pearl Street Mall. Tucked away on Walnut, Bitter Bar offers patio seating for some sunbathing...  Read More

West End's motto of "Definitely Not Your Daddy's Tavern" rings true. Take in a beautiful Rocky Mountain sunset or enjoy an evening under the stars on the cozy rooftop patio at this popular and local spot. The interior is comfortably designed...  Read More


Meet Hope Gately

Hope Gately should have a bumper sticker proclaiming "Not a Native...But I Got Here as Fast as I Could!" A transplant from the Midwest, Hope has fallen in love with Colorado's mountains playing...  More About Hope