The quality of beer would be above average if we were not in Boulder; a place where one should expect to find a great selection. Outback doesn't have too many too choose from, but they'll get you drunk. I was a little afraid to get food, as the place had a bit of a trailer park feel to it, but I was pleasantly surprised. Not only was it cheaper than any other non-fast food place I've been to in Boulder, but the quality of beef was amazing. I've had everything from burgers to nachos to wings and haven't been disappointed once. The only complaint I have is the redneck feel about the place. I don't consider myself at all trendy and because of that I don't fit in in most of the Pearl Street bars. However, in the Outback I feel like I might be lynched at any minute. People have gotten in my face about being a Giants fan (and it's not like they were playing the Broncos) and wearing flip flops when it was only marginally warm out. If it wasn't within walking distance I wouldn't go.
Tucked away in the back of an older strip mall, this locals' bar has a reputation as one of the only dives left in Boulder. A sheltered patio along the front of the bar with a wooden door in the center.
Once inside, you'll find a bar that you might extend to find in a working class neighborhood of Milwaukee or Chicago. Pool tables, a karaoke stage, lots of TVs and a long bar are prominent fixtures. A separate part of the bar has more pool tables, as it used to be the smoking area before the state banned smoking in bars.
Beer selection is great for a dive bar, but only typical for a bar. You'll find about a dozen beers on tap, ranging from Coors to Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. But don't expect to find the latest microbrewed IPA's or trendy chocolate stouts here -- they serve gourmet beer, but only the big names.
Food is, to say the least, an afterthought. The kitchen amounts to some grease, a microwave, and a freezer. A burger with fries is only marginally better than a fast food restaurant.
On a more positive side, the beer is very reasonably priced, the staff are more than friendly, and you'll probably strike up a conversation with someone from the neighborhood. A great place to unwind, especially if you're not hungry.