Mountain Music: Boulder's Funkiest and Most Spectacular Live Music Venues

Boulder is a town known for its mountainous skyline, fine dining, outdoor recreation, craft beer and, as of late, its music scene. Located only a hop, skip, and jump from the explosive Denver music scene and Red Rocks Amphitheater of Golden, which has been ranked by music enthusiasts as one of the best outdoor music venues in the world,it's no wonder that live music abounds in Boulder. From small picking sessions at your local tavern to full-out concerts at the Fox Theater, Boulder has something for the metal-heads, the country folk, the classical die-hards, and everyone in between. 

Some unique spots on our list include Conor O, Neill's where you can sip Irish coffee while listening to a group of local pickers. Oskar Blues offers New Orleans style pub-grub, craft beer, and some of the best and more raw blues tunes in the state. The Boulder Theater, located just off famous Pearl Street, offers big-name acts as well as local favorites. 

If you're looking for traditional music venues that aren't beer or food related, The Fox Theater and Red Rocks where you can experience big-name acts like Bruno Marz, Trampled by Turtles, the Avett Brothers, and Zac Brown Band. 

The venues on our list offer a variety of sounds-from country to rock and techno-reggae! 



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



This beautiful Art Deco theater was built in 1906 as an opera house and was later converted to a movie theater. Today, it's one of the city's finest venues for live music, independent films, and community events. Concerts draw everything from...  Read More



With two locations just 20 minutes from Boulder in Lyons and Longmont, this local brew-pub favorite if one of the best places around to grab a delicious burger, beer, and dance the night away. The Tasty Weasel taproom boasts a large dance floor...  Read More

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 Absinthe House


Located in Downtown Boulder, Absinthe House features a true European style nightclub experience with International House DJs. A large selection of genuine absinthe is something that you will find in no other bar in the states, as well as a...  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



Truly unique to the area, Red Rocks combines natural geological wonders with a stellar concert and event schedule. Come during the day for the best view of the red sandstone formations, over 250 million years old and 300 feet high. A moderate...  Read More

Fox Theatre


This popular University Hill concert club features local, regional and national acts such as Martin Sexton, Hootie and the Blowfish, Disco Inferno, Cherry Poppin' Daddies, Fat Mama, and ekoostik hookah. Look for alternative, standard rock,...  Read More



Planet Bluegrass of Lyons, Colorado is located just 20 minutes from Boulder and is one of the most beautiful and intimate music venues in the state. The massive wooden stage has played host to stars such as Alison Krauss and Union Station, Jerry...  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