Trilogy is a funky little spot in Boulder with tons of class and lots of style. It has the best wine menu in Boulder and some of the best appetizers on Pearl Street.
Although the main theme for this tip is "eating and drinking," I've got to note that Trilogy brings in some of the best acts in all of Colorado in an intimate scene. I've mostly been to Trilogy for the wine bar and the good appetizers, but there are some great shows there all the time. I recommend the shrimp tempura!
My hopes were high and I was thirsting for a pint of Guinness. The Guinness was great, the interior was perfect, but I hit a bump in the road when I asked who was playing that night and the bartender replied "a Country Rock band" huh? in an Irish Pub?!?! WTF!
luckily barkeep saw the look of sadness on my face and informed me they would have traditional Irish music the following night. Joy! They have live music Tuesday through Sunday and Monday is trivia night.
Food was good too, I had a ruben with lean corned beef and it was delicious :)
they also have happy hour where a selection of appetizers are $3 and you get $1 off pints.
Dress Code: casual
"The Hill" is located across the street from the CU campus, west of Broadway. It is a collection of bars, restaurants and shops that are mainly frequented by students. Check concert times for The Fox theater as there is always live music playing.
Dress Code: Jeans and a fleece are the norm...
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 for students at the University of Colorado and Boulder residents. Returning alumni stop at The Sink for a famous Sink burger, cold beverage and to reflect on their own Sink experiences.
Dress Code: Anything Goes
Boulder is a college town. It is also a laid back small town type community. As a result, there are many breweries in the area which are popular with the young nightlife crowd.
Here's a list of a few of Boulder's breweries:
Walnut Brewery, 1123 Walnut St
Mountain Sun Brewery, 1535 Pearl Street
Oasis Brewery, 1095 Canyon Blvd
BJ's Brewery 1125 Pearl St.
Dress Code: Boulder is a very casual community
This town has brewpubs, dancing, theatre and bars for every taste. Near the campus there is an area called "the Hill" which has many clubs. Pearl street area has many restaurants and clubs.
Dress Code: Jeans and casual attire work in most places.
Hmm. Live music is all over the place. The Fox Theatre Fox Theatre and The Boulder Theatre Boulder Theatre get the lions share of the national acts. Both very fine (and small) personal theatres. For techno/Trance/hip-hop generally grooviness clubs go to Soma on Broadway. It's the hippest most urban thing around that even resembles modernity. But many clubs around offer free live music. Dancing clubs have been diminishing to almost non-existence. Brewpubs are always lively. The Foundry is a meat-market but large and fairly upscale. The Oasis (GONE!!!) has great brew and a relaxed atmosphere. My personal favorite Brew-pub is also one of the smallest. Mountain Sun Brewery is a decidedly hippy joint offering live music on sunday nights but has the best beer-Nitro Java Porter! mmm coffee beer-the perfect breakfast of champions. It's located on the ever increasingly renovated East end of Pearl st. For Wine go to Trios on Broadway (GONE!!!). It's nice-a more dressy place-that means CLEAN jeans and no t-shirts.
Beer, Beer and more Beer! There are other things to drink but why?
Dress Code: Boulder is VERY casual. Most anyplace you can get away with jeans and a t-shirt and in the summer shorts and sandals are the norm. But wear what you like-be yourself and most importantly-be comfortable.
I always have a good time when I go here. If you like to play pool, and are up for good competition, the downstairs tables have good singles.
This place is right on Pearl Street and the outside "patio" gives a good view of people passing by.
Dress Code: As casual as possible
The Boulder bar with the most character. It has a great jukebox, lots of pool tables, and is not overwhelmed by drunken college kids. $6 Pitchers of Pabst Blue Ribbon is a really good deal in this expensive city. There is free pool some nights before 10 i think.
Look for me there.
Dress Code: Anything you want to wear
Catacombs is a small blues / jazz club in the basement of the Hotel Boulderado. Nice place. Good music.
This is mostly a blues club. They used to have a nice open mic night, but I don't think they do that anymore.
Dress Code: None
The Fox Theater has some fine local and not-so-local performances all the time. Everything from up-and-coming local bands to the likes of King Crimson.
Nice small venue. Bar right inside.
Dress Code: None. Well....okay, you need to be clothed. But otherwise...there's no dress code.
A old-time movie theater (first opened in 1906 as an opera house) that has been restored as Boulder's premier venue for live music.
Dress Code: There's no dress code in Boulder... anywhere!
Soma, Redfish, Walrus, The Fox
Soma is a bar/club with Dj's, the Redfish is basically a restaurant with bar and bands later at night, Walrus is a typical bar hang-out where everyone in Boulder runs into everyone else, and the Fox is a concert venue.
Dress Code: Soma- usually clubish, more styled, all the others, anything goes, its Boulder.
If you want to dance, Soma on Broadway and Walnut. If you want to go play pool and relax, the Walrus on Walnut. If you want some margartias, the Rio (across from the Walrus). If you're more into a trendy bar scene, head to the Foundry on Walnut or the Red Fish on 13 St. and Pearl.
Dress Code: You can get away with jeans or trendy or prom dresses if you like.
Right on the Hill, this place hosts national acts. It's a small, dingy place, but it sure seems like it has great atmosphere.
Dress Code: pants are an absolute must