Living la Dolce Vita at Arugula's Happy Hour in Boulder

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Chris Utterback
Even If you've been annoyed by mediocre happy hours, stingy specials, and bad drinks, take a moment and appreciate your freedom to order that $5 Moscow mule. Restrictive happy-hour laws are on the books in 26 other states, banning such beloved Colorado traditions as drink discounts and two-for-ones. Take that, Texas! Tough luck, Utah! Colorado is the true bastion of drinking and dining freedom. And I can't think of many better places to celebrate that freedom than Boulder's Arugula Bar e Ristorante, which not only about the liberty to choose how to get blitzed cheaply, but also which elegantly crafted Italian dish you should sample next.

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Happy Hour at Tom's Urban: Last Stop for Late-Night Eats

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Kevin Galaba
The "24" at the end of the name of Tom's Urban has been severed from the Larimer Square eatery's sign and its identity, shortening the hours and rearranging the furniture for a different crowd. The restaurant now closes before the real creatures of the night come out to play, but is it still a place for solid late-night food in LoDo? Or in trying to be all things to almost all people, does Tom's fall asleep at the wheel?

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Happy Hour at Park & Co.: Hungry for Action

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Matt Osier

There's nothing more frustrating to your humble correspondent than a happy hour without food. Yes, liquor discounts are truer to the original spirit of happy hour, when folks would go out for pre-dinner drinks with little more than pretzels to sustain them. Now, most people eat around cocktails and beers, or vice-versa. I relish getting the chance to put a restaurant through all its paces for a fraction of the price.

Park & Co. offers a number of fancy cocktails -- and a few less fancy ones -- but no food on its happy hour menu, which runs from 2 to 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. to close on weekdays, and 11 p.m. to close on Fridays and Saturdays. A shame, but I think we'll get along just fine nonetheless.

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Happy Hour at Central Bistro: Cheers to the View

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Chris Utterback
I was wandering the Highland neighborhood, hunting for that most rare of beasts: a happy hour that runs until 7 p.m. Once the clock hits six, it's time for most restaurants to put away the small menus, top off that happy hour sangria and roll out the red carpet for the folks who actually spend, you know, real money. Then I stumbled on Central Bistro & Bar's all-day Tuesday happy hour: seven hours of small plates, cheap cocktails and good times. I was there for at least two of them, just enjoying the food and the view.

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Happy Hour at the Horseshoe Lounge: It Must Be a Neighborhood Thing

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What's best about The Horseshoe Lounge is that it's competent and comfortable. What's worst is that it's competent and comfortable. It's almost unfair for an out-of-towner to judge this neighborhood bar on the basis of one quick-and-dirty happy hour, but the regulars here must feel something special that I didn't at this seven-year-old watering hole adjoined by Jonesy's Eat Bar. If you don't live in this booze-starved section of Uptown, it's hard to imagine what would bring you around here.

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Happy Hour at Vesper Lounge: A New Spin on an Old Favorite

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Chris Utterback
As the bars of your parents and grandparents slowly atrophy, the layers of paint and smoke are peeled off and the floorboards ripped up, no one is quite sure how to replace these one-time classics while maintaining their old-fashioned spirit. But Frank Bonnanno's Vesper Lounge found a way.

The former Lancer Lounge on Capitol Hill was mourned by many when it closed in 2012, but happy hour revelers have embraced it over the past two years. Turns out it doesn't take much to update the watering holes of yesterday -- except cheap drinks and really good food.

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Happy Hour at Charcoal: Cut-Rate Yet Refined

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Mark Manger
Charcoal's slogan is "Fine dining. Affordable prices," but I can recall being nearly bankrupt a couple of times after ordering too much at this Golden Triangle establishment. When I saw Charcoal's happy-hour menu, I was thrilled that I could pig out without having to make an uncomfortable phone call to my accountant.

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Happy Hour at the Rosa Mia Inn: That Warm and Fuzzy Feeling

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Chris Utterback
The Rosa Mia Inn could be the neighborhood bar on the corner that movies and TV always told you was out there. The service is as warm as the beer is cold, and there's a feeling of nostalgia and bonhomie that no amount of reclaimed lumber or restaurant consultants could provide. Almost as important -- the drinks are really cheap. The Inn's two happy hours, from 10 a.m. to noon and 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. are an ideal way to get a blast from the past.

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Chop Shop Introducing Happy Hour Today

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Chop Shop Casual Urban Eatery, which opened last month on a stretch of East Colfax where residents were hungry for more dining options, has now given people yet another reason to stop by: a happy hour that starts today.

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Happy Hour at Bacco Trattoria: Gluttony, Italian Style

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Chris Utterback
North Boulder is now where folks weary of the yoga pants-squeezed bustle and hustle of downtown can still enjoy the Boulder lifestyle. Bacco Trattoria and Mozzarella Bar counts as its neighbors the delightful Pupusas Sabor Hispano, the neighborhood classic Restaurant 4580, and a non-delightful, non-classic Subway.

It's an odd space, but the restaurant itself is admirably single-minded. Executive Chef Marco Monnanni, who's behind the Bacco restaurants in Littleton and Fort Collins and a number of past and present pasta joints in Boulder, has a fixation on straightforward, white-tablecloth Italian -- with a happy hour menu that made my eyes bulge.

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