Boulder's Best Spots for Late-Night Eats and Drinks

Boulder has a diverse and lively night-life that will keep you out til the wee hours of the morning. However, for those of you who need both drinks as well as food, we've put together a late-night list where you can eat, drink, and be merry without having to crawl all over town as your spots close down.

Topping our list is the quaint, Hobbit-hole of a restaurant, The Yellow Deli. Open 24-hours and serving delicious sandwiches, hot tea, coffee, and cream soda, this is the perfect spot for after the bars or just for a quiet, late-night, gathering with friends.

You'll also find plenty of places to drink late into the evening on our list, including local brew-pubs like Avery and Fate Brewing Companies. These two local spots offer exceptional food, hoppy brews, and exciting atmospheres that can either be the start are end of your evening.

Unique spots on our list also include Sushi Zanmai, were sake bombs and karaoke await for your late-night entertainment and Boulder Baked, that provides you with cookies and other baked delights when you've got a late night craving.

If you're in the mood for an after-hours burrito, Illegal Pete's is your place. This local favorite is perfect for your evening cravings and close to all of the downtown thoroughfare.

No matter how late you're out making the rounds in Boulder, our list has something for you.



Bohemian Biergarten is a new, hip, and unique bar in downtown Boulder featuring German-style food, beer, and atmosphere. The outdoor seating allows you to watch all of the hustle and bustle of the downtown area while you enjoy Colorado's...  Read More

Illegal Pete's


Drop by this popular restaurant for the best burritos in town. You can't go wrong with the fajita burrito filled with chicken, cilantro-lime rice, salsa, sauteed onions and peppers. Taco options include fish, primavera, chicken, steak and...  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



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



With a variety of events, funky atmosphere, karaoke, and tricycle races around the bar, there's no late-night destination more fun or exciting. The Dark Horse also offers pub-grub into the evening featuring killer carbed-up items. An upstairs...  Read More

Shine Restaurant and Gathering Place
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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



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



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...  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



This cozy little hobbit-hole of an eatery looks like the nook where Frodo Baggins and Gandalf go to share their morning tea. Colorful paintings cover the wall from floor to ceiling setting a hippie-like Sistine Chapel vibe. The bar and booths...  Read More


Meet Hope Gately

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