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Boulder Nightlife

Work hard, workout hard, then play even harder. That seems to be the creed 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.

The Pearl Street Area

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 a satisfyingly dive-y spot like License No.1 or the 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 the Boulder Theater is often their venue of choice.

The Hill

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 Hapa Sushi Grill & Sake Bar. 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.

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Absinthe House

  • 1109 Walnut Street
  • Boulder, CO 80302
  • Phone: (303) 443-8600
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Authentic European bistro fare, exceptional wine list, over 40 beers from around the world, and the largest selection of genuine absinthe of any bar in North America. Open Sunday - Wednesday… more

Attic Bar & Bistro

  • 949 Walnut St
  • Boulder, CO 80302
  • Phone: (303) 415-1300
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American Open Dinner Private Room Available… more

Boulder Beer Company - Brewery & Pub

  • 2880 Wilderness Place
  • Boulder, CO 80301
  • Phone: (303) 444-8448
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Pub is open Monday-Friday 11am-10pm, sat 12-8pm and closed on Sunday.Tours happen Monday-Friday at 2pm,Saturday at 2 and 4pm. Colorado’s first micro-brewery founded in 1979. Free tours include a… more

Boulder Outdoor Cinema

  • 1750 13th Street
  • Boulder, CO 80302
  • Phone: (855) BOC-YEAH
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Enjoy an evening under the stars! The Boulder Outdoor Cinema is open July through August. Located directly behind the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, the cinema features pre-movies and live… more

Boulder Theater

  • 2032 14th Street
  • Boulder, CO 80302
  • Phone: (303) 786-7030
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From opera to movies to disco to rock - the historic Boulder Theater has a diverse and colorful past that is being continued with a thriving present and is primed for an exciting future. Opened in… more

Boulder's Dinner Theatre

  • 5501 Arapahoe Ave
  • Boulder, CO 80303
  • Phone: (303) 449-6000
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Dinner, dessert, and a show! The Boulder Dinner Theatre has a 20+ year history of bringing the best of Broadway to Colorado, and most shows are extremely family-friendly. Your dinner is included in… more

Brasserie Ten Ten

  • 1011 Walnut
  • Boulder, CO 80302
  • Phone: (303) 998-1010
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French Open Lunch & Dinner Brasserie Ten Ten is now one of Boulder's favorite gathering places! Brasserie Ten Ten has been delighting customers with our French inspired cuisine since it's opening in… more

Conor O'Neill's Irish Restaurant and Pub

  • 1922 13th St
  • Boulder, CO 80302
  • Phone: (303) 449-1922
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Irish & American Fayre Open Lunch & Dinner, Sat-Sun Brunch, Happy Hour 4-7 Private and Outdoor Seating Available Celebrating its five-year anniversary in September, Conor O'Neill's is well… more

Dark Horse

  • 2922 Baseline Rd
  • Boulder, CO 80303
  • Phone: (303) 442-8162
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American/Casual cuisine Open Lunch & Dinner Mon-Sun 11am-2am Outdoor patio A Boulder landmark since 1975, this unique food and beverage emporium is adorned with movie props and turn of the century… more

eTown

  • 1535 Spruce Street
  • Boulder, CO 80302
  • Phone: (303) 443-8696
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Musicians like James Taylor combined with interviewees like Jimmy Carter create a one of a kind, live radio show, which gives the “E-chievement Award” to an individual or organization around the… more

Fox Theatre

  • 1135 13th Street
  • Boulder, CO 80302
  • Phone: (303) 443-3399
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George's Food & Drink

  • 2028 14th Street
  • Boulder, CO 80302
  • Phone: (303) 998-9350
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Open 5pm Tuesday - Sunday Happy Hour: 5pm-6:30pm, $3 well, draft beer, & house wine. Introducing for your culinary pleasure- GEORGE’S! Boulder Theater is proud to present the next generation in… more

Historic Downtown Boulder & Pearl Street Mall

  • 1942 Broadway
  • Suite 301
  • Boulder, CO 80302
  • Phone: (303) 449-3774
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Stroll along our popular pedestrian mall and enjoy a great selection of restaurants, bookstores, boutiques and sidewalk cafes. Also popular are the seasonal art shows, craft fairs, musical… more

Johnny's Cigar Bar

  • One Boulder Plaza
  • 1801 13th Street, Suite 110
  • Boulder, CO 80302
  • Phone: (303) 494-0884
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Hours: Monday-Wednesday, 12-10pm Thursday-Saturday, 12pm-Midnight Sunday, 12-7pm Located in the chic One Boulder Plaza, Johnny’s offers a deluxe martini list, exquisite wines, gourmet small plates… more

License No.1

  • 2115 13th Street
  • Boulder, CO 80302
  • Phone: (303) 443-0486
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Downstairs from the Hotel on 13th Street, License No.1 provides a casual setting with lively atmosphere. With a variety of fine liquors, fresh cocktail ingredients and products from in-state suppliers… more

Mediterranean (The Med)

  • 1002 Walnut
  • Boulder, CO 80302
  • Phone: 303.444.5335
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For more than fifteen years, the locally owned 'Med' has been offering a menu that brims with Italian, Spanish, French, and Greek cuisine. The extensive menu boasts tapas, fresh salads and seafood,… more

Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery

  • 1535 Pearl Street
  • Boulder, CO 80302
  • Phone: (303) 546-0886
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Monday-Sataurday 11:30am-1:00am, Sun 12:00pm-1:00am American Brew Pub Open Lunch & Dinner Good Food! Good Beer! Good Times! Our beers have won medals across the globe, including six gold medals at… more

Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant (The Rio)

  • 1101 Walnut St
  • Boulder, CO 80302
  • Phone: 303.444.3690
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Tex Mex, Mexican Open Sun-Th 11am-2pm, 5pm-10pm Fri-Sat 11am-10:30pm Handicap Accessible Outdoor Seating Available Award-winning combination of healthy and delicious TexMex food prepared fresh daily… more

Sushi Zanmai / Sake Zanmai

  • 1221 Spruce
  • Boulder, CO 80302
  • Phone: 303.440.0733
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Sushi Bar / Japanese Fine Dining Sushi Zanmai: M-F 11:30am-2pm and 5pm-10pm Sat 5pm-12am Sun 5pm-10pm Sake Zanmai: Sun, Tues-Thur 6-11pm Fri-Sat 6pm-12am Private Room Available Outdoor Seating… more

Tahona Tequila Bistro

  • 1035 Pearl Street
  • Boulder, CO 80302
  • Phone: (303) 938-9600
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Tahona's inspiration comes from the sights and flavors of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula.This vibrant restaurant offers an exciting mix of Yucatan-inspired cuisine and an unparalleled margarita and… more

The Corner Bar

  • 2115 13th Street
  • Boulder, CO 80305
  • Phone: (303) 442-4880
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Located in the Hotel Boulderado Contemporary American Open Mon-Fri 11:30am-11:45pm Sat-Sun Brunch 12:00-2:00pm Lunch/Dinner 2:00pm-11:45pm Relax and enjoy the Corner Bar, the more… more

The Hill District

  • 13th Street
  • Boulder, CO 80302
  • Phone: (303) 541-1030
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Located slightly off campus, this eclectic, intimate business district boasts a fascinating mix of personalities - gentle yet exuberant…. intellectual yet hip… edgy yet welcoming. A variety of… more

The Kitchen

  • 1039 Pearl Street
  • Boulder, CO 80302
  • Phone: (303) 544-5973
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Located in one of Boulder's beautiful historic buildings in Downtown Boulder, The Kitchen brings a fresh perspective on ingredients, preparation & guest comfort. Enjoy a relaxing neighborhood… more

The Sink Restaurant and Bar

  • 1165 13th St
  • Boulder, CO 80302
  • Phone: (303) 444-7465
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American Open 10am-2am daily. Private room and outdoor seating available. The Sink has belonged to millions of guests who have passed through the doors in our 80-year history. The Sink is a hot spot… more

Twenty Ninth Street

  • 1710 29th Street
  • Boulder, CO 80302
  • Phone: (303) 444-0722
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Now open, Twenty Ninth Street is an inviting collection of retail, entertainment and dining offerings in a beautiful open-air environment. This lifestyle district consists of three distinct yet… more

Twisted Pine Brewing Company

  • 3201 Walnut Street
  • Boulder, CO 80301
  • Phone: (303) 786-9270
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Hours: Monday – Friday: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Saturday: 12 p.m. – 9 p.m. Sunday: 12 p.m. – 8 p.m. Specials: Happy Hour: Monday-Friday (11 a.m. - 5 p.m.), Tuesday (all day),… more

Walnut Brewery

  • 1123 Walnut Street
  • Boulder, CO 80302
  • Phone: (303) 447-1345
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American Open Brunch, Lunch, & Dinner. Monday-Friday 11:00am-11:00pm, Saturday and Sunday 11:00am-12:00am Private Room Available Boulder's original brewpub and winner of the Bronze Medal for its Old… more
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