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Play the Field: Folsom Field's Nightlife Destinations



Folsom Field of Boulder, Colorado plays host to CU of Boulder's very own Buffalo's football team. Not to mention, it's the final stop for one of the most exciting and attended 10k in the United States, the Bolder Boulder. After attending a rousing game of pigskin or finishing up your epic race, chances are you'll want a variety of comforts: Food, beer, and entertainment being amongst them. Luckily, Folsom Field is located at the edge of CU's campus, so you can have the best of "The Hill", the trendy college district, or take advantage of delightful and slightly more mature Pearl Street. 

Earning top spots on our list, you'll find Lazy Dog Sports Bar offers rooftop seating, hearty food, and plenty of room to bring the whole crew after the big game. The Dark Horse is another hot-spot pub, with delicious grub, a grungy yet trendy vibe, and killer drink specials. 

Looking for entertainment after the Big Game? The Fox Theater and Round Midnight can help you that. Live music, dancing, and more libations await you at these raucous spots and, though they typically cater to a younger crowd, you'll have no trouble finding something for everyone. 

When it comes to after-game festivities, Boulder has you covered and you won't even have to hop in a car to get there. 


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Round Midnight


As the name suggests, the night at this downstairs Pearl Street club kicks off starting at 10pm but doesn't hit high gear until "round midnight." Live music is featured on the weekends and includes acid jazz, funk, rock, hip-hop, Latin, and reggae. A DJ keeps things hopping during the week. The extensive beverage menu features more than 50 varieties of single malt scotches and more than 40 beers to give you that shot of liquid courage. There's no cover charge, the drinks are rumored to be strong, and the atmosphere is alive and kickin' into the wee hours of the mornin'

Recommended for Nightlife near Folsom Field because: Round Midnight is perfect for a funky and young crowd looking to dance and hear tunes late into the evening.

Hope's expert tip: Get down to jazz, fun, rock, hip-hock, Latin and reggae music at Round Midnight.

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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 addition, several tasty micro-brews are available. Weekly live music is a staple at Conor O' Neills and includes slots for collaborative bluegrass pickin'. With plenty of space to dance, you'll be tapping your toes or doing an Irish jig. If you're a little rusty on your Lord of the Dance skills, the bar also offers classic rock to rock your body.

Recommended for Nightlife near Folsom Field because: Conor O'Neill's offers killer Irish Car Bombs, a lively atmosphere and some of the best live music in town.

Hope's expert tip: Grab a Guinness and sit back for some of Boulder's local bluegrass pickers.

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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 comprehensive list of over 40 import and domestic beers. Absinthe House serves European Bistro fare for lunch and dinner daily.The dance floor is expanded and boasts plenty of room for a wild throng of movers and shakers. House music blares from a top shelf sound system, and any of the 16 varieties of absinthe from Europe and America can be poured from table side fountains.

Recommended for Nightlife near Folsom Field because: The Attic invites post-game enthusiasts to drink, karaoke, and dance the night away.

Hope's expert tip: Enjoy one of Absinthe House's 40 imported and domestic beers while you boogie.

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Known by locals as "The Downer" this hole-in-the-wall bar makes its home on Pearl Street and is the perfect spot for throwing back cheap PBR, shooting some pool or darts, and tucking yourself away with friends in a dark corner to play quarters or gossip. While other bars in Boulder exude a "classy" ambience, the Sundown Saloon is anything but in a wonderfully grungy and subterranean kind of way. Those who prefer the suit and high-heels kinda place need not appeal. Tattered blue jeans, cheap sundresses, and t-shirts work just fine for this crowd. Sundown Saloon is also known for having sold the most PBR in the world in 2012 and 2013, so you're certain to have a full pint at this dive bar.

Recommended for Nightlife near Folsom Field because: The "Downer" offers cheap beer, pool tables, and a whole-in-the-wall feel perfect for relaxing after a day sitting in the stands.

Hope's expert tip: The Downer offers an extensive selection of Bourbon known to be one of the best in town.

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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 menu features handcrafted brews, including root beer, ales, and stouts. The menu features Asaigo-artichoke cheese dip and tomato basil quesadillas to start and such delectables as brick-oven pizza, smoked chicken enchiladas, and brown ale-battered smoked fish and chips to follow. For the main event, some of their yummy brews include, the Special Dark, Indian Peaks Pale Ale, Old Elk Brown Ale, and St. James Irish Red Ale.

Recommended for Nightlife near Folsom Field because: The Walnut offers top-notch beer and steaks, perfect to visit with the entire family.

Hope's 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 Walrus Saloon


The Walrus Saloon offers a unique, subterranean feeling in the heart of downtown Boulder. With live music, killer drink specials, and Reggae night you're sure to have a ball at The Walrus. A variety of local DJs frequent the Walrus to bring you the best of their jams and the open floor allows for plenty of room to get jiggy-wit-it. Weekly Reggae nights invite you to let out your inner Rastafarian featuring eclectic artists from all over the world, including the Sudan, Ghana, and Zimbabwe. So lively up yourself, Bob Marley style, and dance to the rhythms of the Walrus.

Recommended for Nightlife near Folsom Field because: The Walrus is your definitive "young" crowd, with cheap drink specials and some late night dancing.

Hope's expert tip: Be sure to stop in for Reggae Night.

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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 appreciate the well rounded menu, affordable, food featuring high-quality pub fare. So, wanna know more about the beer? Mountain Suns beers have won 6 Gold Medals at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver and is consistently ranked among the best brewpubs by Boulder locals. For a blast of hops, just ask for "the dank", also known as Mountain Sun's Colorado Kind Ale.

Recommended for Nightlife near Folsom Field because: Mountain Sun a Boulder favorite with it's delicious microbrews and burgers. Great for an after-game atmosphere or just for a night out on Pearl Street.

Hope's expert tip: Don't miss Mountain Sun's coffee-inspired Java porter!

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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, blues, folk, jazz, and jamgrass musicians. This former movie theater boasts a top-rate sound system and three bar areas. This hip spot is also known for hosting some of the best festivals in the area, including the Boulder Roots and Blues Festival along with the Boulder Brew and Music Festival; if the name doesn't say it all, this festival gives you access to over 25 different breweries set to music.

Recommended for Nightlife near Folsom Field because: Fox is a great place to catch show before or after a Folsom game. Affordable and close, there's some form of entertainment for everyone.

Hope's expert tip: Be sure to catch one of Fox Theater's rockin' festivals, including the Roots and Blues Festival, along with the Brew and Music Festival.

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The Dark Horse Bar and Grill


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 menu includes burgers, sandwiches, fish and chips, and Tex-Mex. The Avocado Burger is sure to satisfy, especially if it's washed back with a pint of local beer. Pool tables are available after who've downed a few pints and finished off your pub-grub. Speaking of pub-grub, did we forget to mention the Jiffy Burger? Aptly named, instead of ketchup or mustard this burger offers Jiffy Peanut Butter as it's condiment of choice.

Recommended for Nightlife near Folsom Field because: Dark Horse is a raucous and lively spot, perfectly equipped for the "after-game" crowd.

Hope's expert tip: Be bold and try the Jiffy Burger, aptly named for its peanut-buttery spread.

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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 a spacious venue for dancing while marveling at the twinkling lights of Boulder. A hang-out for people of all ages, but you will generally find a younger, pup-crawlin', crowd later in the evening. Music genres range from bluegrass and classic rock, to punk and indie rock, so you are sure to hear a tune perfect for tappin' your toes.

Recommended for Nightlife near Folsom Field because: Lazy Dog offers rooftop seating, American-style food, and plenty of tvs for watching the big game or reliving the highlights post-game.

Hope's expert tip: This lively sports bar offers more than meets the eye with dancing and a variety of musical acts.

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