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Created Aug 11, 2013

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Boulder Brain Dump

What even is a Boulder

Here's about 10 minutes of brain dump that could become its own guide with lot more care and attention.

Where to stay

  • Hotel Boulderado: it's right downtown, and walking distance to just about everything
  • Quality Inn & Suites, still downtown-ish.
  • St. Julien, if you're feeling fancy.

Otherwise, rent a car, and be sad that you have to commute in such a small town.


You shouldn't need to rent a car, just about anything is reachable in downtown Boulder by a short walk. Anything else, the bus system is great, and on-time. To get from DIA, take the AB bus to the Boulder transit center. It leaves every hour.


  • Snooze (get here early, before 8:30), opens at 7
  • Lucille's - cajun food, done real nice. Buttermilk biscuits, beignets, and collard greens are great. Get either the chicory coffee or the spice tea. Open at 7 (or before?)
  • Brasserie 1010 has a good breakfast. French.
  • The Kitchen - has brunch, but only on weekends. Best croissants in town, though.

If you have a car:

  • The Walnut Cafe - open early, it's the local diner-style breakfast place (but the food's way better)
  • Cafe Aion - like The Kitchen, but with more of a Mediterranean bent.


  • Cured - it's a charcuterie, so their sandwiches tend to be an excellent baguette, a delicious cured meat, cheese, and a spread (or just butter). Get a coffee at Boxcar while you're there.
  • Zoe Ma Ma - chinese street food. Very good.
  • Frasca Caffe - really good panini, and if you're early, get a pastry, too.
  • The Kitchen Next Door - neighbor to the more upscale The Kitchen, it's good food served quickly.
  • Boulder Bowls - beans & rice cart, in front of the old courthouse on the walking mall. My go-to.
  • The Mountain Sun - good pub food and great beer on tap. Cash only, but the ATM in the back only costs $1.


Along with the lunch places, these tend toward farm-to-table "New American" style.

  • Oak - my favorite restaurant and the best bar in town too. $$$
  • The Kitchen - $$$
  • The Kitchen Upstairs - more of a bar / lounge than restaurant, but their half-chicken is amazing. $$$
  • Brasserie 1010 - $$$
  • Various sushi places. Zanmai's next to the Boulderado. Sushi Tora's good, then Japango, and Kasa too.
  • Pizzeria Locale - great Neopolitain pizza.

If you have a car:

  • Basta - better than Locale, and less pretentious too. Excellent pizza. And their bartender knows his way around Fernet Branca.

If you're going all-out:

  • The Black Cat Bistro - $$$$
  • Mateo - $$$$
  • Frasca - $$$$$$


  • Oak has the best bartenders I know of.
  • The Bitter Bar is also good cocktail place.
  • The Mountain Sun has 20+ beers on tap, all brewed there. The place to be if you like beer.
  • Avery Brewing. If you have a car, you might want to bus anyway. They like hops and strong beer, and do both very very well.
  • If you need a sports bar, The Lazy Dog has you covered.


  • Boxcar Coffee Roasters
  • Ozo
  • The Cup
  • Amante
  • &c, anything but Starbucks. You shouldn't have to walk more than a couple blocks to find a good coffee shop.

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bleything commented Aug 11, 2013

The bar below the Boulderado (the name of which I cannot remember) has some truly spectacular people watching most nights.


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zerowidth commented Aug 12, 2013

Ohh yeah, the catacombs is one of the college dives. Recommended, A+++ would trainwreck again. Especially after 11pm.

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