Boulder's five biggest hipster bars

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1. Sundown Saloon, 1136 Pearl Street
The "Sundowner," or "Scumdowner," or "Slumdowner" has been the diviest home to locals and students alike for more than 25 years. Descend the stairs and anything can happen. You'll be hit by the sweet stench of stale beer and bodily fluids, and your clothes will smell like it for three days. Some people would turn around and flee at this point, but any real hipster will enter with joy and relish. With great nightly specials, including a $3 shot of whiskey and mug of PBR on Wednesdays, pool tables, and a classic jukebox, the hip reign supreme, especially when campus empties out in the summer and the true soul of the 'Downer is revealed.





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The Laughing Goat

1709 Pearl St., Boulder, CO

Category: General

Mountain Sun Pub and Brewery

1535 Pearl St., Boulder, CO

Category: Music

The Kitchen [Upstairs]

1039 Pearl St., Boulder, CO

Category: Restaurant

The Bitter Bar

835 Walnut St., Boulder, CO

Category: Restaurant

Sundown Saloon

1136 Pearl St., Boulder, CO

Category: Music

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11 comments
Dishpr
Dishpr

i think you might be confused about the term hipster. mountain sun...the downer. oh cmon'. think: williamsburg instead. hipsterism is all about fetishizing authentic elements of past and present culture. and it's largely an urban phenomenon. boulder misses the boat here on every count. any boulder  hipster i know is having a house party or sharing a beer with a vet at the american legion on 28th...or taking the rtd (fixed gear bike in tow) to denver to hit meadowlark or matchbox NoRiNo. oh damn, i gave it away. 

Me
Me

 Wait a minute... "It's rich, white, straight people who like quinoa, climbing, and yoga" - those *are* hipsters, right? Or did my time in Silver Lake cofuse me?

giddy up
giddy up

What about Planet Smoothy?

Magicbikes
Magicbikes

Seriously. F@#$ Mountain Sun. It's not a bar without BARSTOOLS!

Ruben Morgan
Ruben Morgan

Thanks - I will make sure to avoid these bars. If you could compile a comprehensive lists of where hipsters gather and other helpful tips on avoiding them I would greatly appreciate it!.

monopod
monopod

Any definition of "hipster" that includes the crowd on a given night at Mountain Sun, Bitter Bar and Sundowner basically includes everyone under 30.  But what the hell, I like these kinds of lists.  And I had no idea that the Laughing Goat served beer, so I learned something.  Carry on.

Ivanna Testalot
Ivanna Testalot

LOL you're right, my bad. I forgot to include the rich, white CU student contingent. And now my description of Boulder is complete.

Esteban
Esteban

Nice article Sam, boulder misses you....

fixedtheglitch
fixedtheglitch

You just must not be hip enough. Hippies are so hip, it hurts. They can be hipsters too; they just smell bad. 

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