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Jp1LSU
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Boulder, Colorado
Instead of going to NOLA the second week of January I’ll be in Boulder. Any bars or restaurants I must visit? Something I must do while I’m there? Sports bar to watch the National Championship Game?


Clint Torres
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re: Boulder, Colorado
Good breweries out there. Avery is in Boulder; Left Hand is pretty close.

Mountain Sun is a brewpub with great beers and food on Pearl Street; there are quite a few bars and restaurants on Pearl; just wander around some.


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Aubie Spr96
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re: Boulder, Colorado
Avery Brewery is just outside of Boulder. The atmosphere is pretty stale, but the beers are fantastic.

The Sink is a must stop for the local college place. Food was good and beer menu was excellent.

Fine dining, we really enjoyed Flagstaff. Best views of any restaurant that I've ever been to.

Must do? Flat Irons. If you are remotely in shape, a hike to the top for some pics should be on your list.


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coldcoldcajun
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re: Boulder, Colorado
Pearl Street is a good afternoon stroll. Lot’s of interesting shops, bars, and restaurants.

I assume you will have a car, so if you are into brewery’s drive the hour up I-25 to Fort Collins and visit New Belgium (Fat Tire) and O’Dell’s. You may need to make a reservation for a tour of New Belgium on their website to make sure you can get in, don’t know about O’Dell’s. Of course you may need to take an Uber back to Boulder!

Don’t bother going down to Golden for the Coors tour.

If you have tea drinkers there is also the Celestial Seasoning’s factory in Fort Collins. Pretty boring though except for getting inside the mint room.


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Switzerland
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re: Boulder, Colorado
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Sports bar to watch the National Championship Game?
LSU should have an alumni watch party in Denver.


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ColoradoAg03
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re: Boulder, Colorado
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Sports bar to watch the National Championship Game?


In the past, I would've said Harpo's or Lazy Dog, but both are now closed unfortunately.

Oskar Blues taproom and pub on Pearl St Mall is a good spot. I would also suggest West End Tavern and Post Brewing as secondary options, both with good bar areas with TVs and kitchens that put out delicious food. Had lunch at Post just this past Friday.

Don't forget to wear your MAGA hat walking down Pearl St Mall.
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HippieTiger
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re: Boulder, Colorado
Boulder doesn't sports bar very well and you'd have a better time watching the game somewhere in Denver. There are some good bars and restaurants but the main name of the game here is getting outside which can be tough in January. High end restaurants I like Black Belly, Brasserie Ten Ten, and Oak. Dark Horse is cool for a burger and the general scene. Mountain Sun and Southern Sun are Boulder classics. Sherpa House has great food and Bitter Bar next door is good for cocktails. License #1 is a great speakeasy type joint. Pearl Street in general will treat you well overall. If you're younger and want to rage go to Tahona, Press Play, or Sundown Saloon. Closest thing to a dive bar is Outback Saloon if that's your jam
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Lsupimp
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re: Boulder, Colorado
Even when I lived there in the salad days of The Buffs/Avalanche in the 90's Boulder was not a sports bar town. Too many people doing sports to sit and watch sports.


baldona
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re: Boulder, Colorado
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Even when I lived there in the salad days of The Buffs/Avalanche in the 90's Boulder was not a sports bar town. Too many people doing sports to sit and watch sports.


Oh come on, this is such a typical Colorado hippie thing to say. We don't watch it on TV because we are out doing it ourselves. You aren't skiing or hiking or whatever in the dark on a Sunday night when football is on. They just have other interests, which I agree with and there is nothing wrong with. But those interests aren't "better" like they think they are then watching football on tv just different.


Lsupimp
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re: Boulder, Colorado
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Oh come on, this is such a typical Colorado hippie thing to say. But those interests aren't "better" like they think they are then watching football on tv just different.


Overemotional reaction much?


The only person who used the word "better" was you. I love a good game with friends in a sports bar. But Boulder has an ethic just like other towns do. That ethic is "life is better here" and it's expressed with a really young demographic that exercises outdoors more than almost anywhere else. It's not a sports bar town and it never has been. It's a microbrew after a day of hiking/skiing/cycling town. West End, Dark Horse and other decades-old institutions aren't sports bars.

Denver on the other hand has great sports bars.


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baldona
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re: Boulder, Colorado
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. But Boulder has an ethic just like other towns do. That ethic is "life is better here" and it's expressed with a really young demographic that exercises outdoors more than almost anywhere else. It's not a sports bar town and it never has been. It's a microbrew after a day of hiking/skiing/cycling town. West End, Dark Horse and other decades-old institutions aren't sports bars.


I agree that is the vibe that entire area puts out I wasn't knocking you, its not just Boulder its most of the towns North of Denver and much of Colorado. I'm saying the people that live there thinking exactly what you said, is idiotic. Its a nonsensical and narcissistic point of view. You can ride a bike during the day and watch a baseball game at night, you can enjoy the outdoors and still catch a saturday afternoon ball game. They don't have to be isolated. We were out enjoying the mountain today so I can't by any means come home to a ball game...

That's part of the microbrew crowd in general though. I've been to breweries elsewhere that don't have tv's because they want people there to enjoy their beer. That's great and all, but locals sometimes want a beer and a game. There's no reason to decide that for me, and just because there's a game on doesn't mean you have to watch it. I have a local microbrew to me without cable. I'd go there twice as often if they had some games on.

You are right I probably overreacted. That whole Colorado vibe of "we do things different and better so we don't stoop back down to your level" type just pisses me off. My sister lives in Longmont and has this btw.


Aubie Spr96
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re: Boulder, Colorado
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That whole Colorado vibe of "we do things different and better so we don't stoop back down to your level" type just pisses me off.


We hated Boulder for this reason. The people there were awful.


ColoradoAg03
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re: Boulder, Colorado
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We hated Boulder for this reason. The people there were awful.


I can only spend a few hours at a time in Boulder before I need to GTFO and head back to the city where people aren't sniffing their own farts from champagne glasses.


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rich4pres
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re: Boulder, Colorado
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In the past, I would've said Harpo's or Lazy Dog, but both are now closed unfortunately.

Lazy Dog closed? That sucks. They had the best grilled cheese I have ever had.


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HippieTiger
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re: Boulder, Colorado
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Too many people doing sports to sit and watch sports

This struck a cord with some folks but is the truth. It doesn't mean anyone is better than anyone else. People here are the most active in the country. Like many others, I won't skip beautiful weather and outdoor recreation for a sporting event these days but that's my path and decision. Most people don't have cable television or know what is going on in the sports world. Many bars and restaurants don't have a single TV. The point is watching games here simply isn't fun and options are limited. Go to Denver for a good sports bar scene and have a better time

ETA - I really don't think people here are as pretentious and terrible as they are made out to be. They are passionate about the outdoors and live a much different lifestyle based on that. People seem to get intimated by that and the type of defensive responses we see above are the result of that
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rich4pres
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re: Boulder, Colorado
You know, since you are so close you might consider going to Estes Park. Downtown Estes has some fun bars. Just bring a designated driver.


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Aubie Spr96
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re: Boulder, Colorado
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I really don't think people here are as pretentious and terrible as they are made out to be.



I'm just telling you that was our experience there. We were there for four days touring the college. Beautiful place, but I'll never go back.


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Lsupimp
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re: Boulder, Colorado
I concur. There is a reason they say Boulder is 25 square miles surrounded by reality. It's not strongly moored to the outside world. I spent a decade there, and they were probably the best years of my life. I think if you spent "four days there" being feted by pretentious, self-satisfied Lefties you might have a bad impression. The Boulder I lived in was loaded with people who just wanted to be left alone to pursue their passions. And almost everybody was an outdoor junkie, whether they be crunchy Conservatives (a Rod Dreher term I think) or angry SJW types. I found I could avoid the strident pretentious politics and just hang out on Green Mountain or Mt Sanitis and focus on the commonalities-which was shared love of nature. It didn't matter if they were a Naropa dropout or a Gunbarrel mansion tech guy. I mean, basically anybody who lives there past college does it for that reason. It will be one of my happy places until the day I die. It's where I am most comfortable.


HippieTiger
LSU Fan
Boulder, CO
Member since Oct 2015
1216 posts

re: Boulder, Colorado
That is all very relatable. I've never felt more at home or that I am truly where I am supposed to be until I moved here. Whenever you make it back around we should climb a mountain and drink a beer


rich4pres
Tennessee Fan
Knoxville
Member since Dec 2016
4217 posts

re: Boulder, Colorado
I honestly never have had a problem with the people in Boulder. Yeah, they are different but generally friendly. I always felt comfortable there.


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