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Things to do in Boulder

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If you’re visiting Boulder or just looking to get to know your hometown better, Bike sharing is the only way to see Boulder without having to worry about a car, parking, bike locks, or maintenance.

These maps feature some of our favorite things to do near bike sharing stations. Discover both hidden gems and old favorites, all easily accessible by B-cycle.

Download these digital maps to learn more about our favorite breweries, restaurants, and coffee shops in Boulder. Click on the name of each spot for a full description.

Top 8 Breweries in Boulder

Walnut Brewery
1123 Walnut St
Closest B-station: 11th & Pearl

Walnut Brewery belongs to an older class of brewpubs that focus on a handful of solid beers that stick to conventional styles. What they may lack in experimentation, they more than make up for in down-to-earth consistency and quality. If you’re looking for pretension, head elsewhere. If you’re looking for solid pub food and time-tested, simple beers, give Walnut Brewery a shot.

Standout Beer: Old Elk Brown Ale

West Flanders Brewing Company
1125 Pearl Street
Closest B-station: 11th & Pearl

This relative newcomer to the Boulder brewery scene focuses on producing Belgian-style ales. For the uninitiated, that means everything from the funky to the fruity to the extra-strong. Situated directly on the Pearl Street Mall, West Flanders’ patio is a great spot for people-watching. This location also serves up delicious pub food, and you can expect to find live music there at least once a week.

Standout beer
: Daisy Cutter

Twisted Pine Brewing Company
3201 Walnut St
Closest B-station: 31st & Pearl

Stop by Twisted Pine for a pint and a delicious handcrafted pizza. If you’re feeling really adventurous, take on the Ghost Face Challenge: Down a bottle of Ghost Face Killah and a 10” Ghost Pepper pizza in 5 minutes, and a spot on the wall of fame is yours. Yes, both the beer and the pizza are made with Ghost Peppers, famously known as the hottest pepper on the planet. What are you, chicken? If sacrificing your taste buds for glory isn’t your idea of fun, Twisted Pine has plenty of other delicious offerings, including the eminently sessionable Raspberry Wheat. Live music many nights of the week and pub trivia every Monday at 7:00 makes Twisted Pine a favorite hangout spot for both locals and visitors.

Standout beer: Billy’s Chilies (it’s not as weird as it sounds)

Shine Brewing
2027 13th St
Closest B-station: 13th & Spruce

With beers named after yoga poses, sustainably crafted cocktails and an elixir bar showcasing healing tonics, there’s no other way to say it: Shine is as Bouldery as it gets. Even if you’re not the free-spirited type, Shine will win you over with its no-nonsense brews and sustainably sourced cuisine. Celiacs can rejoice as well, as Shine offers gluten-free beer in addition to its traditional offerings. Plus, if you’re in the mood to get down, don’t miss out on free dance parties every Saturday night! There’s no other place in town quite like Shine.

Standout beer: Down Dog Imperial Red

Mountain Sun
1535 Pearl St
Closest B-station: 15th & Pearl

Good brews and crowd-pleasing pub food have helped Mountain Sun grow into a veritable micro-brew empire, spanning three locations in Boulder and Denver. This original location on Pearl Street remains our favorite for its bustling atmosphere, stellar service, and street side patio. Note that Mountain Sun is a cash-only venue, though an ATM is available on-site should you forget to stock up before you arrive.

Standout beer: Raspberry or Blackberry Wheat

Boulder Beer
2880 Wilderness Pl
Closest B-station: UCAR Center Green

Boulder Beer is Colorado’s oldest microbrewery, and they’ve managed to stay in the game for this long for a reason: quality. Staples like Hazed and Infused and Buffalo Gold have kept Boulder refreshed for 35 years. With no signs of slowing down, the brewers at Boulder Beer continue to turn out bigger and better brews every year. Stop by their taproom and enjoy a pint and some fantastic pub food, including one of the best bison burgers in Boulder.

Standout beer: Shake Chocolate Porter

FATE Brewing
1600 38th St
Closest B-station: 38th & Arapahoe

One of the foodiest breweries in Boulder, FATE serves up awesome food and a wealth of core and experimental beers. If that’s not enough for you, they also host a wide range of guest taps, often serving up rare beers from other top breweries around the world. Recently, FATE has also added a barrel-aging program, so hardcore beer geeks can expect to find high-gravity, full-flavored bottles behind the bar as well.

Standout beer: FATE Coffee IPA

Sanitas Brewing
3550 Frontier Ave
Closest B-station: 38th & Arapahoe or 31st & Pearl

Among Boulder breweries, the space at Sanitas is second to none. Their patio, complete with a resident taco truck, is an awesome place to kick back both day or night. Best of all, the brewery backs up to train tracks, and when the train rolls by, Sanitas’ rotating session-style Train Beer is on special. If puckering is your game, keep an eye out for their future sour beer launches.

Standout beer: Sanitas Saison

Top 8 Coffee & Tea Shops in Boulder

Trident
940 Pearl Street
Closest B-station: 9th & Pearl

Half book shop, half coffee shop, Trident has served the Boulder community for more than 30 years. Trident slings locally-roasted Boxcar Stella Espresso and a custom-blended drip coffee in addition to a wide selection of loose leaf teas. The back patio offers a play area for kids as well as great spot to pore over a book and some pour-over. In the summer, this outdoor space hosts poetry readings, live music and other events.

Amante Coffee
1035 Walnut Street
Closest B-station: 11th & Pearl

Amante is all about coffee the Italian way. Exclusively using beans from a third-generation roaster in northern Italy, Amante serves up traditional Italian cappuccinos and espressos, with the addition of some of their own spins on classic styles. Don’t skip out on the gelato either—they’re one of the few places in Boulder to offer it. If you’re looking to catch a soccer game or unwind later on in the day, they also offer a full liquor bar focused on Italian wines, coffee-based martinis, and traditional Italian cocktails.

Dushanbe Tea House
1770 13th Street
Closest B-station: 13th & Arapahoe

In 1987, artisans in our sister city of Dushanbe, Tajikistan hand-built this tea house, disassembled it, and shipped it to Boulder for reassembly. It wasn’t rebuilt on our end until 1998, and in exchange we gave the citizens of Dushanbe an internet cafe. That must have been one hell of an internet cafe, because the Dushanbe teahouse is stunningly beautiful. Inside, the ceiling is intricately painted and carved by hand, and help up by equally intricately carved cedar columns. In the center of the tea house sits a beautiful copper fountain, and outside a rose garden sits along a babbling brook. Come for an elegant afternoon tea (reservations required), or a slightly more casual Tajik lunch or dinner. If you go one place for tea in Boulder, make it here.

Pekoe Sip House
1225 Alpine Avenue
Closest B-station: Broadway & Alpine

What exactly is a Sip House? I don’t know, but it certainly involves a lot of tea. Make no mistake—while Pekoe offers coffee and espresso, tea is king here. Hot tea, iced tea, chai, blended tea and bubble tea fill the menu in as many varieties as you could possibly imagine. Tea heads can also buy loose leaf tea in bulk and bottled iced tea to go. What clinches the deal for us is the availability of hot breakfast, as well as gluten free and raw options for all you hippies.

The Cup
1521 Pearl Street
Closest B-station: 15th & Pearl

It’s no surprise that our most popular station is right across the street from Boulder’s most popular coffee shop. There’s a reason that The Cup sees the kind of traffic it does—darn good coffee and tea. The Cup has a wide selection of coffees, teas, espresso drinks, iced beverages and even coffee and chai milkshakes. Pair that with more pastries than you can shake a stick at, and you’ve got a recipe for success. You might have trouble finding a table, so grab that coffee and pastry to go and have a stroll down the Pearl Street Mall.

The Laughing Goat
1709 Pearl St.
Closest B-station: 15th & Pearl or 20th & Pearl

It’s hard to pick the best thing about The Laughing Goat. You can count on something always going on, with live music and events every night of the week. Unlike most spots in Boulder, they’re open until 11:00 PM, which makes this an ideal late-night hangout spot. They serve Kaladi Brothers coffee, widely regarded as among the best roasters in Colorado. In warm weather, their patio offers wonderful people watching, and they even offer a wonderful selection of craft beer. The Laughing Goat is a truly special fusion and a genuine community gathering place. You owe it to yourself to check it out.

Boxcar Coffee Roasters
1725 Pearl Street
Closest B-station: 20th & Pearl

Boxcar is undoubtedly Boulder’s hippest coffee shop. You know the type: Baristas adorned in industrial aprons and manicured beards serve a small menu of Denver-roasted beans in a gorgeous space. If you’re looking for fancy, sugary drinks, look elsewhere. If you’re looking for serious coffee, there’s no better spot in town. Founded in 2010, Boxcar’s reputation has led to their beans turning up in some of the best coffee shops in Colorado. This original Pearl Street storefront shares space with another Boulder Gem, Cured, which serves up meats, cheeses and other gourmet foods.

Flatiron Coffee
2721 Arapahoe Avenue
Closest B-station: The Village

Flatiron Coffee stands out for its fantastic bulk coffee selection and friendly service. It certainly doesn’t hurt that you can place your order online to have it ready when you get there, either. Flatiron Coffee offers up plenty of small tables and free wi-fi if you’re interested in hunkering down and working on that novel you’ve been writing.

Top 8 Restaurants in Boulder

The Kitchen (plus The Kitchen Next Door & The Kitchen Upstairs)
1039 Pearl Street
Closest B-station: 11th & Pearl

The Kitchen is the first in a growing family of restaurants committed to creating community though food. Focused on organic, farm-to-table cuisine, The Kitchen is one of Boulder’s best-loved and most frequented dining spots. If you’re in the mood for family-style cuisine, check out their tasting menu designed to showcase seasonal offerings. Stop by The Kitchen Next Door for more casual fare and The Kitchen Upstairs if you’re in the mood for cocktails.

SALT the Bistro
1047 Pearl Street
Closest B-station: 11th & Pearl

Looking for local, organic produce, pasture-raised beef, and sustainably sourced, wild-caught fish? SALT makes fantastic food that you can feel great about eating. Brunch fiends will love their weekend offerings, and cocktail mavens will no doubt enjoy their mix & match Cocktail Element bar, showcasing house-infused syrups.

Bramble & Hare
1970 13th Street
Closest B-station: 13th & Spruce

Bramble & Hare is a rarity: All of the produce and meat served here is either sourced directly from Black Cat farm just outside Boulder, or foraged in the wild. The menu is simple and changes from season to season, though you’ll be hard-pressed to find a fresher meal in Boulder. If you’re really feeling fancy, make a reservation at Black Cat, the upscale sister restaurant next door, where the menu changes daily.

Café Aion
1235 Pennsylvania Avenue
Closest B-station: 13th & College

Ah, tapas. The ultimate pleasure of anyone looking for just a little something to nibble on. Café Aion is the tapas king of Boulder, serving small plates day and night. Of course, you could go for one of their full plates if you really want. Pop in on Tuesdays for all-night happy hour deals, Wednesdays for Paella & wine specials, or Thursdays for low-key live music at 6:30.

Leaf Vegetarian
2010 16th Street
Closest B-station: 15th & Pearl

This wouldn’t be a Boulder list without at least one vegetarian restaurant, and Leaf happens to be among the best in the world. But Leaf isn’t just vegetarian—it also sources fresh organic ingredients from its own farm one town over in Lafayette. Menus are seasonal and always delicious. If you’re looking to dip your toe into the vegetarian world, Leaf offers small plates at late night happy hours every night, and afternoon tea on Saturdays between 3:00 and 5:00.

Zolo Grill
2525 Arapahoe Ave
Closest B-station: The Village

For more than 20 years, Zolo Grill has been slinging Southwestern cuisine made with local, seasonal and organic ingredients. Absolutely everything is made in-house, right down to the pickles. You can’t go wrong with any meal at Zolo, though their weekend brunch is particularly tasty. Don’t skip out on their substantial margarita selection and tequila bar, either.

Il Pastaio
3075 Arapahoe Ave
Closest B-station: 30th & Marine

Though Il Pastaio’s façade may be unassuming, the food is anything but. Open only on weekdays, this intimate mom-and-pop shop has been serving up handmade pastas and sauces for fifteen years. Swing by for a cafeteria-style lunch or reasonably priced dinner. Best of all, Il Pastaio offers their pastas and sauces in bulk for you to sneak past TSA in your carry-on.

Basta
3601 Arapahoe Ave (southwest corner of the building)
Closest B-station: 38th & Arapahoe

Three words: Wood fired pizza. Well, wood fired everything, really. It’s the only oven they have. If you’re looking for a more upscale, foodie Italian experience, check out this award-winning East Boulder spot for dinner—or lunch on Fridays. Basta is a great place to share small plates, and you’re out of your mind if you don’t try their campfire vanilla ice cream. Seriously. It’s the best dessert in Boulder.

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