Boulder Colorado is home to infamously hard partying University of Colorado at Boulder, and that means one thing, it sure has some great bars. The bar scene in Boulder caters to nearly ever individual, from the college student looking to party the night away, to couples looking for a place to relax and disappear in.
BACARO VENETIAN TAVERNA
The Bacaro Venetian Tavern rides the line between a college hang out and a lounge-type bar. If you find yourself there before nine on a weekday then you can bet on having good service in a laid back atmosphere. However, if you go to Bacaro late on a Friday or Saturday you find yourself competing with frat boys for the bartender’s attention. Fortunately, there is enough room in the bar (and on the upstairs patio, open year round) to avoid most of the crowd.
Having said that, the drink menu is fairly robust, and if there is something you don’t see on the menu (and if it’s not too busy) there is a good bet that the bar tender could still whip it up for you. The tapas menu helps this place stand out in my opinion, the calamari and crab cakes are much better than the buffalo wings you will find at most bars.
For more information and a map, check out www.bacaro.com
The Goose is the classic college town bar. Located on “The Hill” directly across from the campus, the Goose caters to college students and that’s about it. But this can be a very good thing for those of us on a budget; The Goose offers $2 Bud/Bud light/Jim Beam all day, every day.
For a college bar, The Goose is perfect, it offers cheap drinks (as mentioned above), a cool atmosphere with live music, and an outdoor patio complete with another bar and heaters for those cold winter months.
Rated Boulder’s #1 bar, catacombs earns that distinction. Located on 13th St. off the Pearl St. Mall, Catacombs is part of the Boulderado hotel.
Do not let the “hotel bar” image seep into your mind just yet, Catacombs bar is one of the best places to hang out and have a few drinks. Catacombs has tried in recent years to shed its ‘dive bar’ look with brighter lighting and a few updates but still has a ping-pong table, a few arcade machines, pool tables, and $1 well drinks.
There is also less attitude in this bar than many others you are likely to find in the Boulder area. You will still run into a few hipsters who thing they are stuck in San Francisco circa 1950, but these people are usually too busy channeling their inner- Kerouac in a back booth to become a nuisance And there is another fantastic feature that bears mentioning, the leather booths are amazingly comfortable and there is almost always an open one hiding in some out of the way room.
There is more than one speakeasy style bar to be found in the Boulder area. Now, I cannot come out and say exactly where these are located or which ones have the best prices for drinks (that would ruin the experience of finding a speakeasy style bar after all), but I can tell you there is at least one on “The Hill” and one or two around Pearl St. Mall. That is all I can say… happy hunting.