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Establishment: West End Tavern, Boulder, CO

The story of The Wend End is something like the story of Boulder itself. Years ago, it was a laid back, chill place to enjoy the mountains and life itself. It's morphed into a chic get-away, with the mountains obscured by wealth and newcomers.

To long-time locals, The Wend End used to be a bar with nothing great at all -- in fact it was kind of lousy. But we kept coming back for one thing: its romantic view of the mountains on a rooftop patio. The more beer you drank, the more you loved the view. But times changed and luxury condos now block that view entirely.

To cope, the bar closed and was retooled. Although the place still ostensibly has "bar food", if you order a grilled cheese, you can expect gouda. The rooftop patio is still there, but replacing its mountain view is a projection TV and a separated non-smoking patio.

To those who never knew it as it was, there's nothing wrong with it. It's an upscale bar with a rooftop patio. But when I go up to that patio and see oversized granite bricks where oversized granite mountains used to be, I feel like I'm visiting a long-lost friend's gravestone.

(10/20/2006)

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Establishment: BJ's Pizza, Grill and Brewery, Boulder, CO

Along Boulder's pleasant pedestrian mall, you'll find BJ's Brewpub. Downstairs you'll find a bar and dining area, while upstairs is a loft that overlooks the mall. BJ's also has a small, smoke-free patio.

Beer selection is good, but beer quality is lacking, especially given the area's competition. Beers are made from a corporate formula and don't taste anything special. Food is great with a Chicago accent and a fantastic calzone.

And although if you work in the area, BJ's is a good place to get some lunch or a beer after work, I do NOT recommend this place to anyone visiting Boulder.

You won't get any local atmosphere or flavor from this chain brewpub and you'll find better food, better beer, and a more local scene down the street at the Mountain Sun.

(10/20/2006)

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Awesome! Great Great So So Great

Establishment: Rockies Brewing Company, Boulder, CO

Tucked away in an office park, you'll find Rockies Brewing, also known as Boulder Beer. Serving their own beers, from Hazed and Infused to Buffalo Golden, there's sure to be something you'll like.

Food is good, typical brewpub selection with a fantastic buffalo burger. Service is friendly, although not lightening fast, and you can buy brewery beer to go.

But what makes this place is the patio. Behind the bar is a little door to a huge patio with hops growing on a fence and tables with umbrellas. It's usually quiet, with the sound of distant conversations because the tables are spread reasonably far apart.

The place closes at nine and isn't open on the weekends, probably due to its office park location. Beer is great, service is friendly, and the food is considerably better than average.

(10/19/2006)

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Great Good So So Good Good

Establishment: Hungry Toad, Boulder, CO

The Hungry Toad, just across the street from Ideal Market in North Boulder is probably Boulder's only English-style pub. Which means, of course, the beer is served *warm*.

The food is good, but nothing to write a song about. Beer selection is par for this kind of place, but the beer is high quality and served by friendly staff. You'll find a quaintly 80s-style decorated dining area and a tiny bar. A few patio tables line the sidewalk.

(10/19/2006)

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Establishment: Harpo's Sports Grill, Boulder, CO

Across the street from Boulder's new Twenty Ninth Street mall, you'll find the relatively recent Harpo's. With high tables, lots of TV's, and a big sheltered patio, the place competes with The Lazy Dog for the title of Boulder's Sportsbar.

Beer selection is great, with a fantastic variety of beers on tap. Food is pretty good, with usual sports bar favorites prepared a little healthier for the local market.

Service is friendly, although not always fast, and you'll find the customers to be mostly guys hanging out with friends.

If you happen to be in the area, it's an obvious choice. But if you're coming from out of town and want a sports bar with great beer and good food, I recommend you head downtown to the Lazy Dog.

(10/19/2006)

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Establishment: Red Rooster Bar and Grille, Oklahoma City, OK

The Red Rooster doesn't pretend to be anything it's not. It's a working-class locals bar with friendly waitstaff and a small patio. However, it serves no beer over 3.2% alcohol, which to many of us is a show stopper.

Inside you'll find some TVs, with a movie on, and typical bar decor. Although the place is often noisy inside, the patio is quiet and a great place to read a book on a sunday afternoon.

The kitchen is typical dive-bar fair, and I've never seen anyone order food here. Instead, you can get those calories with very reasonably priced beer served on tap in huge oversized mugs. Beer selection is great for 3.2, but that doesn't say much.

Overall, it's not a bad place, but if you're looking for quality over quantity, look elsewhere.

(10/19/2006)

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Establishment: Galileo Bar and Grill, Oklahoma City, OK

In a historic neighborhood dotted with art galleries, you'll find this local gem. Galileo Bar and Grill, located in "The Paseo", is an Oklahoma favorite for beer enthusiasts, artists, and beatniks.

In a state cursed with 3.2 beer, it's hard to find a good Pale Ale. Not so at Galileo -- no 3.2 is on tap, but you'll find plenty of great beer from around the world running through clean lines and served fresh. The number of beers on tap is usually around a half-dozen, but they're all quality and change frequently.

On a warm spring afternoon, have a seat at either the pleasant rear patio, or people-watch on the sidewalk patio out front. Inside you'll find a bohemian atmosphere, a bar, and a stage. Local art rotates on consignment, and on the weekends you'll find the place for music and poetry performances through the night.

The food is eclectic, healthful, and often vegetarian. Because strong beer is considered liquor in Oklahoma, you'll find a full bar also.

For about two years I lived in Oklahoma City, and I would say hands-down that Galileo is the best place to spend an afternoon with some great beer and fantastic food.

(10/19/2006)

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Establishment: Outback Saloon, Boulder, CO

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.

(10/19/2006)

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Establishment: Republic of Boulder, Boulder, CO

Before this was "The Republic", this was the Oasis, a local microbrew's flagship beer bar. It slowly, eventually failed in its past life and how it looks to be doing the same in its new life.

The "hookah bar" (that's waterpipe flavored tobacco) is quite frankly annoying, but it's only allowed on the patio (Boulder is mostly smoke-free). The beer is good, the food is great, and the staff is friendly but forgetful. The problem?

I've been there several times, and even on the weekends. When I'm alone, I'm the only person there, when I'm with friends, we're the only people there. The place is dead, save a few college kids smoking it up on the patio.

There are exceptions, like when Happy Thursday (bike club) comes, but it seems like this place is mostly only ever used for private parties. It's depressingly vacant and I don't think it'll survive.

(12/28/2005)














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