10 Best Group-Friendly Restaurants and Gathering Spaces in Boulder

Whether your scouting restaurants and breweries for a birthday party, business gathering, or merely a night out with friends, our list has something for you. 

Topping it out, Backcountry Pizza and Tap House, with its relaxed and sporty atmosphere, is a perfect spot to watch the big game, celebrate a birthday, or do happy hour with co-workers. With over 50 beers on-tap and an extensive international beer collection to choose from, throwing back a few with your large group should be no trouble at all. 

Looking for something a bit more, shall we say, classy? The Mediterranean and Dushanbe Teahouse offer large party seating, take reservations, and have something on the menu for everyone. Both are conveniently located downtown and are within walking distance of Pearl Street's shopping, entertainment, and famous breweries. 

Have members in your group with dietary restrictions? SHINE Restaurant and Gathering Space offers gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian options that are simply delicious. Not to mention, their event room comes complete with a stage and can be rented out for large events such as concerts, bachelorette parties, and charitable events. 

In the mood for a microbrew? Our list also includes Avery Brewing Company, Fate, and West Flanders. Three local breweries that do a bang-up job with large parties and provide some unique libations in the process. 



This lovely restaurant was a gift from Boulder's sister city, Dushanbe, Tajikistan, which donated the building to the city in the late 1980's. The ornately decorated structure was imported and then rebuilt by workers from Tajikistan. Offering a...  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



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



Set at the foothills of the beautiful Flatirons, this century-old landmark features exquisite indoor and outdoor dining (on the historic property's wraparound porch). Starters include house-smoked salmon, gazpacho, organic beet salad, and...  Read More



Hands down, one of the best breweries you'll ever visit; Avery Brewing Company offers an escape from the bars and pubs of downtown. The lively atmosphere immediately invites you to snuggle up with your honey, cheers with your friends, or just...  Read More



This high-energy sushi bar and Japanese restaurant transforms a simple meal into an adventurous spectator event. Watch as flashy Japanese chefs prepare your meal hibachi style or at the sushi bar. The contemporary setting is spacious and...  Read More

The Mediterranean


If you're in the mood for variety, this locally owned gem is the place for you. Not only does The Med serve up a taste of Italy, but you can also take a tour of Spanish, French, and Greek cuisine having never left Boulder. Known for, but not...  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

Shine Restaurant and Gathering Place
Photo courtesy of SHINE Restaurant and Gathering Space


Locally owned and operated by three spunky and innovative sisters, SHINE Restaurant and Gathering Space offers the perfect venue for building community, mingling, getting down to some local music, or just relaxing with a much needed cocktail at...  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


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