Happy Hour Sign in front of Tahona
Boulder knows how to celebrate happy hour. Photo by Tyler Percy

Happy Hour Done Right in Boulder

In Entertainment, Food & Drink, Things to do by Aimee Heckel3 Comments

Best Happy Hours For Foodies



Jax Fish House

Jax

4-6 p.m. daily. The happy hour highlight here is $1.50 oysters all night on Mondays. Drink specials include $3 Post Brewery beer, $5 strawberry lemonade (with strawberry-infused vodka).

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Wild Standard

Wild Standard

3-6 p.m. daily. Drink specials include $6 cocktails, $7 winter warmers (made in-house, like a hot buttered rum) and $5 wines. Food includes $2 oysters, $5 mussels with white wine cream sauce, $5 wild-caught Alaskan king salmon slider with local greens and $9 for one-fourth of a pound of shrimp.

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Blackbelly

Blackbelly

4-6 p.m. daily. Food specials include $2 oysters, $3 bites (such as salmon mousse on cucumber with pea shoots and aleppo pepper, or crispy pork Chicharones with hot sauce and ham salt), $5 charcuterie. Drink specials include $4 featured beer, $5 shot and beer, $6 featured wine, $6 cocktail (seasonal collins: vodka, lemon, seasonal simple).

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Brasserie TenTen

Brasserie Tenten

3-6:30 p.m. daily. Food specials include $3.25 black angus burger sliders, $1.50 oysters and $4 brie chaud. All items are offered at a discounted price from the full menu, including crepes, fromage, charcuterie, mussels and roasted bone marrow. Drink specials include $3.25 beer, $4.50 wine and well cocktails, $6 margaritas.

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License No. 1

License No. 1

It's the $3 prime rib sliders that make this ideal for foodie happy hours. From 5-7 p.m. daily, also get $3 Boulder Beer and $6 for some cocktails.

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Shine Restaurant and Gathering Place

Potions at Shine. Courtesy photo.

Quirkiest Happy Hours



Bohemian Beirgarten

Bohemian Biergarten

All day on Tuesdays: Das Boot special. For $8, get a full liter of beer in a giant glass boot. Regular happy hour runs 3-6 p.m. daily, and 9 p.m.-close Mondays and Sundays. Drinks include $1 off half-liter of beer, $2 off liter of beer, $3 wells, $1 off wine ($2 off on Wednesdays). For food, consider the $12 special: a half liter of beer and a regular sausage, pierogi, pretzel sausage or side salad, plus a goulash boat.

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Wild Standard

Shine Restaurant and Gathering Place

Get $2.50 potion sippers 3-6 p.m. daily (the happy hour menu returns late-night, too). Other drink deals include $1 off beers, $6 wine and $9 specialty cocktails. Food includes (all organic and gluten-free) fried housemade mozzarella layered with tomato confit and fresh basil for $6, wild salmon salad for $5.50, lamb meatballs for $6.75 and $4.25 sweet potato fries.

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Pizzeria Locale

Pizzeria Locale

Caffeinate your happy hour, during the daily Aperitivo from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Not only can you get great deals on pizza, but also a late afternoon boost, like $1 Boxcar espresso and $2 mini versions of Locale's signature butterscotch budino.

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Cheapest Overall Happy Hours



Illegal Pete's

Illegal Pete's

All drinks are inexpensive during daily happy hour 3-8 p.m. and 11 p.m.-1 a.m. Thursday-Saturday. Margs: $4. Coors Light and drafts: $2.50. Wells: $2.50-3. Select craft drafts: $3.50. Plus, get free chips and salsa with your drink.

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Walrus Saloon

Walrus Saloon

4-8 p.m. Monday-Saturday get $1 wells, $6 Coors Light pitchers, free pool and buy-one-get-one-$1 drinks.

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Nick-N-Willy's

Nick-N-Willy's Pizza

The first 50 customers get a three-topping, small, take and bake pizza for $2.99 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday.

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Tahona

Tahona Tequila Bistro

Monday open to close; 4-6 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; 3-6 p.m. Friday; 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. weekends. Drinks include $4 margs and wine and $3.50 tequila-infused shooters. Food deals include $2 tacos on Tuesdays (otherwise $2.50 during happy hour).

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Mateo

Mateo

Appetizers start at just $2 from 3-6 p.m. Monday-Friday. Full meals start at $7. Plus, all wine is $3 off per glass and beers on tap are half off. Mateo also runs specials on wine by the bottle.

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Salt

Salt the Bistro

Apps starting at $1. Plus, $3 select bottled beer, $4 wine, $5 cocktails, $4 drafts. Every day at the bar from 3-5 p.m.

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Lazy Dog

Lazy Dog Sports Bar

50 cent wings are a highlight here 3-6 p.m. Monday-Friday. Drink specials include $3 wells and drafts and $4 wines. For other food, chow down on appetizers for $5.

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Scotts on Alpine

Scotts on Alpine

All kinds of options under $10 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Drinks: Beer starting at $3, wine for $5, buy one get one draft beer and $7 cocktails. For food, $4 (for fries) to $10 (pizza). Coconut shrimp or baked brie for $6.

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Starbuck's

Starbucks on Pearl Street

Free beer and wine tasting 5-7 p.m. Thursdays. Also get a free small plate with a beer or wine from 4-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Location: 1427 Pearl St.

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J&L Distilling

A Golden Beet drink at J&L Distilling. Courtesy photo

Longest Happy Hours



J&L Distilling Company

J&L Distilling

All day, every day. No cocktails cost more than $7. When launched, the Cocktail of the Month is $5 all day. Free drinks on customer appreciation days for everyone on the email list.

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SiP

Various happy hour specials all day every day of the week. Monday: all craft beer cans and bottles are $4 and wine bottles are $20. Tuesday, all draft beer is $5. Wednesday, all glasses of wine are $5. Thursday through Sunday, select wine and draft beer is $5. Saturday and Sunday all bottles of wine are $20.

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Tahona

Tahona Tequila Bistro

Monday open to close; 4-6 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; 3-6 p.m. Friday; 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. weekends.

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Brasserie TenTen

Arcana

Five hours. 5-10 p.m. Tuesdays, a different wine by the glass is on discount.

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Centro Mexican Kitchen

So many happy hours every week. All night Monday, 4-6 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 2:30-6 p.m. Friday-Sunday. There is also a brunch happy hour 9:30-11:30 a.m. weekends and a late happy hour 9:30-11 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. Drink specials include $3 beer, $3 wells, $4 wine and $5 margaritas. Food specials include $3 (and up) tacos and other appetizers starting at $3.

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Boulder House

Drinks on the Boulder House rooftop bar. Courtesy photo

Happy Hours With A View



Boulder House

Boulder House

4-7 p.m. daily. Drinks include $2 drafts, $4 wells, two for one martinis. Check out the rooftop happy hour daily one hour before and after sunset, when you can get $2 off infused liquors and $4 bottled beers. Two hours leading up to sunset in the warmer months, score two for one infusions. The rooftop here looks out across downtown and has a clear view of the mountains.

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Chautauqua Dining Hall

Chautauqua Dining Hall

Winter happy hour 3-6 p.m. daily, with breathtaking views of the Flatirons from right at their base. Drink specials vary. Food includes $11 Carolina pulled pork, $4 soup, and salads starting at $6.

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Greenbriar Inn

Greenbriar Inn

5-7 Tuesday-Sunday. The Greenbriar is located remotely in the foothills, and the patio provides a romantic ambiance. Drinks include $2 off wine by the glass, $1 off draft beers and $2 off all cocktails. Get a beer flight for $8 or a whiskey flight for $12.

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Tahona Tequila Bistro

Hand-squeezed margaritas at Tahona are just $4 during happy hour. Courtesy photo

Cheapest Margaritas



Tahona

Tahona Tequila Bistro

$4 margs Monday from open to close; 4-6 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; 3-6 p.m. Friday; 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. weekends.

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Illegal Pete's

Illegal Pete's

$4 margs daily 3-7 p.m. and again 11 p.m.-1 a.m. Thursday-Saturday. Bonus: Get free chips and salsa with your drink.

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T/ACO

T/ACO

$4 house margs 2-6 p.m. daily. Enjoy with $2 street tacos.

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Aji

Aji

$5 margs 3-6 p.m. daily.

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Centro Mexican Kitchen:

$5 margs all night Monday, 4-6 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 2:30-6 p.m. Friday-Sunday, 9:30-11:30 a.m. weekends and again 9:30-11 p.m. Thursday-Saturday.

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Happy Hour Boulder

Boulder knows how to celebrate happy hour. Photo by Jim Heckel

Cheapest Beer



Sherpas

Sherpas

$2 draft beer 5-7 p.m. daily.

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West End Tavern

West End Tavern

Select cans start at $2 from 3-6 p.m. Monday-Friday and again 10-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. You can also get a shot and beer for $5, or a burger and can of beer for $9.

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Oak

Oak

$2.50 beer 2:30-5:30 p.m. mid-day happy hour Monday-Saturday. Food is discounted, too, such as the spicy sweet soy chicken wings, which are $6.

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Foolish Craigs

Foolish Craig's

Coors Light cans are $2.50 from 3 to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday and 5 p.m. to close Sunday. In addition, draft beer is $3-4 and micro and imports are $3.50.

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Hapa

Hapa

Hapa beer is $2.50 from 2:30-5:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 10 p.m.-midnight Thursday-Saturday. The food deals are great, too: $7 for two beginner rolls and half-price starters.

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Pearl Street Pub

Pearl Street Pub and Cellar

Bud drafts are $2.50 from 3-7 p.m. Monday-Friday and again from noon-7 p.m. on the weekend. Some microbrews on tap are $3.

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Roadhouse Boulder Depot

Roadhouse Boulder Depot

Get a 60-ounce pitcher of draft beer for $11-$15 from 3 to 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. to close daily. Glasses of beer start at $4, craft mules for $6 (made to order with a selection of eight different mule options), wells for $3.50, wines for $4. Discounted food includes quinoa lettuce cups with brussels sprouts slaw or duck poutine fries for $6.

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Best Wine Deals



Riffs Urban Fare

Riffs

Get one-third off the entire wine list by the glass or bottle 3-6 p.m. Monday-Friday. Other drink specials include $2 off draft beers, $6 cocktails, $4 wells. Food includes discounted small plates for $4-7 (such as $4 truffle parmesan fries) and a full-sized burger with a side for $8.50.

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Conor O'Neills

Conor O'Neills Irish Pub and Restaurant

$3 wines daily 3-7 p.m. Also check out the $3 appetizer menu.

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Next Door

Next Door

Get half off select wine bottles for the late happy hour 9 p.m.-close Monday-Saturday and 6 p.m.-close Sunday. A glass of wine is $6 during regular daily happy hour 3-6 p.m.

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The Attic

The Attic Bar and Bistro

$3.75 wines daily 3-6 p.m. and again 9 p.m.-close Sundays.

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SiP

SiP

$20 bottles of wine all day Monday, Saturday and Sunday (regularly up to $38).

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Comments

  1. Please add Dagabi Cucina to these list. 24 year old establishment with happy hour 5-6:30 7 days a week and all night on Tuesdays with over 30 tapas to choose from.

  2. What about the Dark Horse? Happy Hour M-F 5-8pm. $1 off pints, $3.50 doubles. Longest, latest, AND cheapest happy hour I’ve seen!

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