Convention & Visitors Bureau
2440 Pearl Street, Boulder, CO 80302 | 303.442.2911
Work hard, workout hard, then play even harder. That seems to be the credo of so many locals who help keep the after-dark scene in Boulder thriving, with places to indulge, relax and unwind.
There are two main areas in Boulder where the selection of bars and clubs are concentrated: The Hill and downtown's Pearl Street. While each have a distinctive flavor of nightlife, both guarantee a characteristic only-in-Boulder evening. Also don't forget to explore Boulder's exploding craft brewing scene, including 20 breweries located all over town.
For many, Boulder nightlife revolves around downtown, with a hugely diverse number of bars and clubs found up and down Pearl Street and the blocks surrounding it. Kick back in a cozy brewpub or beer-centric bar such as the West End Tavern, The Walnut Brewery or the Mountain Sun. Sip prohibition-era cocktails at the speakeasy-themed Bitter Bar or the ingredient-obsessed Salt. Or go underground to the swanky License No.1 or the satisfyingly dive-y Sundown Saloon. Don't forget to check the lineup at the historic Boulder Theater; many big-name musicians love to make a stop in Boulder, and this art deco gem is often their venue of choice.
The Hill is located next to the University of Colorado campus and consequently has a boisterous, student-centric nightlife scene. Beer-and-pizza institutions such as The Sink, where every inch of the walls are scrawled with graffiti contributed by guests, join swankier newcomers such as Cafe Aion. At the heart of it all is the Fox Theatre, a legendary Boulder music venue that has been known to bring in both up-and-coming local and national acts as well as sell-out shows by bands such the String Cheese Incident, Rose Hill Drive, Cake and more.