Archive for the ‘Boulder Bars & Libations’ Category

If you’ve never paid them a visit, I highly recommend spending an upcoming après at Aji.  I can’t vouch for their dinner menu, but I can tell you that their fresh & fruity drinks are a happy hour hit (not to mention their guacamole, ceviches, and empanadas!). Located at 1601 Pearl Street, they also benefit from convenient parking and easy access to downtown.

Already been to Aji? Check out their other restaurants Leaf, The Dushanbe Teahouse, or The Huckleberry.


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Last weekend, I threw a party on the rooftop at Bácaro Venetian Taverna (at 921 Pearl Street) and I can’t say enough about the experience. It was an absolutely spectacular time and everything went off without even one hitch–thanks entirely to the staff at Bácaro.

Inese, their party-planner extraordinaire, helped me nail down all of the details, including all of the hors d’oeuvres and drinks for the event. (Their bruschetta, wood-fired pizzas, calamari, and grilled veggies were a huge hit!) And on party day, Corrado (the GM) helped ensure that everything stayed smooth.

Even when Mother Nature threw us a curve ball (by way of some brief thunderstorms), they gave us the entire rooftop (3/4 of which is covered) and called it a private party. Overall, the staff was amazingly well-organized and accommodating, the food was delicious, and the pricing was surprisingly reasonable.

Thanks to Bácaro (and 30 of my closest friends) for making this one of my best birthdays ever!

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I recently mentioned the new Happy Noodle House here in Boulder and I’m happy to report that they’re now open.

The quality of atmosphere is certainly reminiscent of the Big Red F Restaurant Group, but this location encourages a more casual, interactive experience by featuring seating at only community tables or the bar. We opted for the bar on this particular occasion, so I have yet to engage with the group table experience.

Of the dishes we tried, I’m amazed to say that the Fried Brussels Sprout Leaves were my favorite (along with the passion fruit vanilla ice cream, of course). While Happy Noodle may not be the best choice for picky palates, the rest of you (normal people) should consider paying them a visit.

A Plus–They’re 100% wind power (a la Big Red F).
A Minus–Not open for lunch, which is unusual considering their location and cuisine.
(Update: As of 5/26, they’re now open for lunch!)

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I recently heard that the Big Red F restaurant group is opening yet another venue in town. At their newest location, Asian cuisine and handcrafted cocktails combine to form Happy Noodle House, which will occupy D’Napoli’s old spot at 835 Walnut Street. From the looks of their dinner and drink menus, they’re off to a running start.

Doors are scheduled to open any day now–I’ll certainly share my first impressions here when the time comes.

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When our tough economy and the dining establishments in downtown Boulder go head to head, the foodies win every time. As I discovered last weekend after encountering 45-minute waits at all my favorite dinner spots, if times get tough, our need for food and libations only grows stronger!

Top your favorite meal with Downtown Boulder’s Mid-Winter Sale (occurring next weekend), and you’re officially in business.

Dig in, folks…

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Given that it’s the time of year for indulging (which just so happens to be my specialty), I’ve done my fair share of supporting our local restaurant scene.

Here are a few of my recent favorites (some of which you’ve seen here before):

  • Zolo Grill–another member of the Big Red F Restaurant Group and delicious in every possible way
  • Tahona–I’ll be the first to admit that I’m biased (blame it on the silver coin margs!)
  • The 14th Street Bar & Grill–a long-time favorite and never ever, ever disappointing
  • The Huckleberry–worth a visit if you’re in the Louisville area (save room for carrot cake)
  • Brasserie Ten Ten–have I mentioned this place enough times to convince you yet?
  • Orchid Pavilion–delicious Chinese food (and I don’t usually “do” Chinese food)
    (Update: As I mentioned here, the Orchid Pavilion is now closed. . .boo hoo.)
  • The Kitchen–typically a great bet, but surprisingly ordinary this time around

Merry, merry!

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Don Carlos, legendary roots reggae master, is coming to the Fox Theater tomorrow night!

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased here or at the door.

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