Variety is the spice of life. Cocktails from the Bitter Bar. Courtesy Photo

Best Summer Happy Hours

In Entertainment, Food & Drink by Aimee Heckel0 Comments

There’s a special energy of Boulder in the summer, sitting out on a patio under the clear blue sky after an adventurous day in the mountains. And sometimes you want to toast to that chill, warm-weather vibe with a cold one.

August may be here, but summer’s not over yet. If you’re looking to end your summer on a high note, we’ve got you covered. Here are some of the best happy hour specials for the summer of 2017.


We’ve got a way for you to get two-for-one drinks at 48 different establishments throughout Boulder. It’s easy, fun (if you like playing games) and it’ll cost you just $20 — which you’ll make back after just a few stops. All in all, the book will save you more than $250 in libations.

The Boulder Passport

The Boulder Passport. Photo courtesy the Passport Program.

It’s the Boulder Summer Passport, a little coupon book featuring two-for-one drinks at 48 different locations in Boulder, through Labor Day (Sept. 4). Just order the passport online and follow the field guide to pick different destinations. Share the discount with a friend or try two drinks for yourself.

After you cash in the deal at each location, you’ll get a stamp on your “passport” (meaning you can only use the deal once). Some places even have special passport menus or will offer off-menu drinks that you can’t order otherwise. Unlike regular happy hours, you can get these deals any time of day. You don’t have to schedule your partying for 4 p.m. on a Monday.

A few of the many highlights include:

  • Two-for-one bellinis or bloody Marys at Tangerine, 2777 Iris Ave.
  • Two-for-one cherry sencha old fashions or Rainforest Downpours (mango mate energizer, pineapple rum, dark rum, lemonade, pineapple juice) during tea time at the Dushanbe Teahouse, 1770 13th St.
  • Two-for-one Hanaritas (fresh lime juice, rum, triple sec and orange juice) at Sushi Hana On the Hill, 1220 Pennsylvania Ave.
  • Two-for-one barrel-aged Negronis or Amore Spritzes at Via Perla, 901 Pearl St.

Classic Summer Drinks

You know, margs and those refreshing, fruity cocktails.

Tahona Tequila Bistro, 1035 Pearl St.: Get margs (made with hand-squeezed lime juice) starting at $4.50 and $5 sangrias; 4-10 p.m. Monday; 4-6 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday through Sunday.


T|aco margaritas. Courtesy Photo

T/ACO, 1175 Walnut St.: $4 house margs and $2 street tacos (carnitas, chicken or avocado), or coin-style margs for $6; 2-6 p.m. daily.

The Bitter Bar, 835 Walnut St.: $6 Tin Man (bourbon, lemon, elderflower liqueur, Gingerale silver coin blanco tequila, lime, triple sec), Kiss the Sky (gin, domaine de canton, lavender syrup, lemon), That Pink Drink (vodka, cucumber, aperol, lemon) and Mai Tais (dark rum, lime, triple sec, orgeat); 5-8 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The Sink, 1165 13th St.: $5 martinis all day Sunday, 3-6 p.m. Sunday-Friday and 10 p.m.-1 a.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Martini variations include the Sorority Sister (Smirnoff pineapple, pama liqueur, pineapple and pomegranate juices) and the Lemon Drop Top (Absolut Citron, Grand Marnier, lemon juice and simple syrup).

For the Adventurous

Because summer is for a little exploration.

West End Tavern, 926 Pearl St.: Mystery shots for $3; 3-6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 p.m.-midnight Thursday through Saturday. (Also score 87 cent wings all day Wednesday.)

Happy Hour

Happy Hour Cocktail at Japango. Courtesy Photo

Japango, 1136 Pearl St.: $7 bartender’s choice cocktail (or if you’re less adventurous, get a house sangria for the same price); 11 a.m.-3 p.m. daily lunchtime happy hour, 3-6 p.m. afternoon happy hour and late night 10-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

Beer Here

Sometimes you just want a cold brew on a hot day.

Fate Brewing Co., 1600 38th St.: $3.50 Core beer drafts; 3-5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Taste free beer during brewery tours 4 p.m. Sunday.

Beers at Mountain Sun Pub

Beers at The Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery. Courtesy Photo.

Mountain Sun Pub and Brewery, 1535 Pearl St.: $3.50 flagship beers and $10.50 pitchers, plus other specials; 4-6 p.m. and 9 p.m.-close every day.

Happy Tails Happy Hour, throughout Boulder County. The humane society visits breweries in and around Boulder all summer long. Bring your dog, play games and raise money. A portion of the sales during happy hour go to the humane society, and you can buy collectible, limited-edition pint glasses and growler glassware.

Foodie Deals

Get these light, summery bites on the cheap.

Half Fast Subs, 1215 13th St.: Score 7-inch subs for just $5.39, plus beer specials; 4-7 p.m. daily.

River and Woods, 2328 Pearl St.: A few of the foodie specials include $1 seasonal deviled eggs with basil oil pearls, chipotle and microgreens and Oysters Hickenlooper (Wynkoop chili beer-kale queso, Rappahannock River oysters, Haystack chevre, roasted green chili and cracker dust) for $2.50; 4-6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.


Oysters at Jax Fish House. Courtesy Photo

Jax Fish House, 928 Pearl St.: $1.50 oysters and $2.25 oyster shooters are among the food highlights here 4-6 p.m. Monday.

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