Best Sports Bars in Boulder

Watch the Big Game and Drink in Style at Boulder's Best Sports Bars

Home to the CU Buffs and just a short drive from Denver where the Broncos and Colorado Avalanche make their home, you best believe Boulder, Colo., has a sports problem. At first glance, it's all about the outdoor sports: Climbing, hiking, biking, and running. But upon further inspection, you'll find that this beautiful Front Range town known for its premiere athletes and craft beer, love their football, basketball, and soccer just as much. 

To keep locals and visitors happy on game days, there are a variety of establishments ready to switch on the big game, sling hot-wings, and keep the beer coming. At the top of our list, 28th Street Tavern is the place many go to escape the "college scene" and just hang with the locals. Free ping-pong keeps half-time interesting and drink specials abound. This dive bar is a great break from some of the more polished joints in town. 

If you're looking for a bar with amazing rooftop seating, dozens of tvs, that can also accommodate large parties on game day, The Lazy Dog Sports Bar is your go-to. Located on Pearl Street, it's a great place to watch the entire game or end-up after bar-hopping. 

Wanna get away from the downtown area but still keep the fun and local vibe? Try Harpo's Sports Bar and Grill, a Boulder favorite, boasting killer burgers. If you'd rather stuff your face with pizza on game day, then Boulder's beloved Backcountry Pizza and Taphouse is the place for you and your crew. 

Drink up, dig in, and go team! 


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 with brick and natural wood. The menu burgers, wings, and other traditional pub fare are exceptional. But let's get to the exciting parts. The West End prides itself on turning its staff and patrons into beer geeks by featuring unique and rare craft beers. Need something with more punch? This tavern-done-right features the largest bourbon list in Colorado including 75 varieties and 4 single barrel bourbons. For NFL enthusiasts, "game day" specials run regularly and usually include dollar-off beers and pitcher deals.

Recommended for Sports Bars because: An amazing selection of bourbon, prizes on game-day, and an exceptional selection of craft beers lands West End Tavern on our list.

Hope's expert tip: For football season, the West End gives out prizes every Sunday including Broncos tickets, T-shirts, gift cards, and more.

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This pub is Colorado's original microbrewery and produces the finest handcrafted brews using only natural ingredients. Sample the award-winning beers and witness the brewing process in action. The American menu features burgers, fries, fish and chips, and other pub favorites. Try a Boulder Porter milkshake for dessert. Free tours are offered Mondays to Fridays at 2pm and live music can be seen throughout the week. Moreover, in the spirit of giving back, Boulder Beer Company hosts several charity beer festivals per year. Some of their most notable beers include the Planet Porter, Mojo Risin', Singletrack, Buffalo Gold and the oak aged Oatmeal Stout, Obovoid.

Recommended for Sports Bars because: The Boulder Beer Company is an all-around bar serving greg food, good beer, and a relaxed atmosphere to catch a game or two.

Hope's expert tip: Want beer for dessert? Try Boulder Beer Company's Porter Milkshake.

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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. Speaking of eating, the Biergarten serves hardy, delicious German food such as a verity of sausage and meats and beer pretzels. Need a rowdy place to watch soccer? The Biergarten, true to its European heritage, shows soccer games all season with plenty of fans to celebrate or cry with. Biergarten is also located in the heart of downtown, in close proximity to entertainment and shopping.

Recommended for Sports Bars because: Bohemian Biergarten is the place of choice to watch soccer games all season long.

Hope's expert tip: Don't just go for the beer. Biergarten also offers amazing German-style food, including their beer pretzels.

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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 and stage on the second floor of the building so that you can eat down below and then enjoy the after-party up above. Local live bands as well as national known acts play every Saturday and Sunday at a minor cover charge. Don't be surprised if one of Oskar's local regulars asks you for a dance, since there are many people who come every week to kick up their heals are not shy when it comes to meeting strangers.

Recommended for Sports Bars because: Oskar Blues is a great place to catch a game, grab a beer, see live music and eat great food. It's got it all!

Hope's expert tip: You'll be sure to have plenty of colorful and friendly local regulars to dance with at either of Oskar's fine locations.

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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 together after a long day, birthday parties or intimate dinners."But what about the food?" you might be asking. Fate's fare leaves nothing to be desired and blends bistro-style American cuisine with a bit of international flair. Check out the descriptions for some of our favorite dishes.Chicken 'N' Biscuits Smoked brisket, red eye gravy, fresh buttermilk biscuits. FATE-a-RITO Scrambled eggs, potatoes, peppers, pork green chili, cheese, sour cream, fresh salsa, choice of brisket, pork shoulder, bacon or smoked sausage.

Recommended for Sports Bars because: For those interested in a more up-scale feel while watching the game, FATE offers great bar seating perfect for catching the scores.

Hope's expert tip: Be sure to try the Ozo Coffee IPA featuring coffee flavors from one of Boulder's favorite coffee shops.

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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 beer and pizza lovers alike. The Chicken Parmesan and Meatball Sub are both excellent options for those who like traditional Italian, and for those who'd like to go the more adventurous route, The Hot Mob: ham, salami, pepperoni, lettuce, tomatoes, provolone, and Italian dressing. Our personal favorite, the Nediterranean, blends pesto & red sauce, pine nuts, garlic, roasted red peppers, artichokes, kalamata olives, feta to create one of the most hearty and mouthwatering pizzas in the west.

Recommended for Sports Bars because: Backcountry Pizza offers a plethora of beers on-top, tvs for viewing the big game, and an electric setting that'll get you in the game-day spirit.

Hope's expert tip: Blend an American and Italian experience by ordering the Nediterranean Pizza ( named after Boulder's neighboring mountain town, Nederland) and beer.

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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 Sports Bars because: The Dark Horse is a funky and fun spot for game watching, pub-grub eating, and hanging with your crew.

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 Sports Bars because: Lazy Dog Sports Bar offers a ton of tvs, great seating, and one of the best rooftop views in Boulder.

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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With over 27 TVs, 2 pool tables and an amazing rooftop dining area, Harpo's Bar and Grill is THE place to be on a sunny day before, after, or during a big game. Your choice of delicious pub-style grub ranger from chicken fingers and nachos, to some of the best wings in town. Want a real treat? Try their breaded green beans! Perfect for sharing. For burger fanatics, the Rocky Mountain burger is highly recommended and includes bacon. Need we say more? Love burgers but have dietary restrictions? Never fear, because Harpo's makes a mean Veggie burger, as well as Turkey burgers if you wanna go a little leaner.

Recommended for Sports Bars because: Dozens of TVs, stick-to-your-ribs food, and a fun laid-back atmosphere earns Harpo's a much deserved spot on our list.

Hope's expert tip: The rooftop seating is spectacular, so be sure to check it out on a sunny day.

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Wings, drink specials, and big tvs to catch the game. What more do you need in life? 28th Street Tavern is a relaxed but lively place for sports enthusiasts ready to cheer on their favorite teams. Pool tables and dart boards complete the hole-in-the-wall bar feel, along with the die-hard regulars who will teach you a thing or two about the history of their favorite teams. For eats, tried the fried ravioli and hot wings. For drinks, you'll find some local favorites on tap, including beers from Avery Brewing Company. Need something to do during half-time? Try the ping-pong and air hockey.

Recommended for Sports Bars because: Daily drink specials, a funky atmosphere, and plenty of tvs to catch your favorite game lands 28th Street Tavern at the top of our list.

Hope's expert tip: Free ping-pong makes for a great half-time past-time.

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