Boulder's Cheapest and Most Exciting Happy Hour Options: Drink Up, Get Happy

Happy Hour. Two words that conjure images of frothy beers accompanied by sliders, wine paired with chocolate, while people all over the country breathe a sigh of relief after a long day of work. Boulder, often touted as one of the healthiest and happiest places in America, offers more than its fair share of happy hours where you can sit on a patio in the bright Colorado sun, sip your beverage, and stare at the magnificent Boulder skyline. 

Topping our list is The Dark Horse for it's fanciful atmosphere, outdoor seating, and reasonably priced happy hour specials that change daily. This local favorite is known for its tricycle races, scrumptious pup-grub, and laid-back feel sure to help you relax.

For something more upscale but still local, venture to Fate Brewing Company where the beer flows like water and the food is known to be some of the most delicious in Boulder. 

Southern Sun and Upslope breweries are two joints you won't want to miss during happy hour. They offer local craft beer and atmosphere's perfect for talking with co-workers or friends after a long day. 

With our list as reference, your happiness is about to get a significant boost! 

The Lazy Dog Sports Bar


The All-American sports bar and grill offers up burgers and fries with a side of Football and, on the late night, dancing. Friday and Saturday nights offer live music from local and national bands. Their downtown location with a rooftop view is...  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



This local brewery offers some of the best refreshments in the area and is perfect to visit after a long hike at Chautauqua Park. One of their most popular beers, the Colorado Kind Ale, is dry hopped deliciousness and should be paired with one...  Read More



For a relaxed and salt-of-the-earth environment, try Backcountry Pizza and Tap House. With more than 50 beers on tap, gigantic pizzas, and scrumptious pasta concoctions that will satisfy any Italian craving, this local dive is a favorite for...  Read More



Running from 5-6:30pm and offering a Super Happy Hour Sunday, Sushi Zanmai provides delicious sushi and drinks at a dramatically reduced price. This high-energy sushi bar and Japanese restaurant transforms a simple meal into an adventurous...  Read More



The ambiance of Fate Brewing Company is that of laidback elegance and taste in more ways than one. Their food is designed to perfectly pair with their libations and an open, cheerful atmosphere makes this Boulder restaurant perfect for getting...  Read More

The Walnut Brewery


A favorite after-work hangout, this spacious microbrewery is located in an historic warehouse a block from Pearl Street Mall. Multiple television sets broadcast sporting events so you can don your jerseys a cheer with a beer in hand. The drink...  Read More



Bramble and Hare, one of Boulder's favorite farm-to-table bistros, boasts a $5 happy hour menu complete with a variety of fresh and delicious small plates. Mac & Cheese, Lentil Fritters, and Grilled Cheese are just a few of the hardy menu...  Read More



Boasting one of the most generous happy hour's on our list, BRU serves up $3 16oz and $5 22oz glasses of select beer. Not to mention Chicken Wings, Cheddar and Corn Fritters, and a variety of other nibbles for dirt cheap. Some not-to-be-missed...  Read More



Popular culture is the theme of the decor at this popular landmark. Movie memorabilia, big screen TV's, pool tables, air hockey, foosball, and video games dominate the space. A wide assortment of microbrews is available. The typically American...  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