Bars RSS feed for this section

Familiar Yet Unique: Under the Sun

In 1993, Mountain Sun Pub and Brewery opened its doors on Pearl Street in downtown Boulder. The vision behind this new establishment was to provide excellent food and freshly brewed beer in an environment centered around community, comfort and conversation.

Apparently, that idea appealed not only to Mountain Sun’s founders but to the community as a whole. It developed a strong customer base and, in 2002, opened a second location in Boulder, Southern Sun. Over the next several years the company expanded to Denver (Vine Street Pub & Brewery, 2008), south Boulder (Under the Sun, 2013) and Longmont (Longs Peak Pub, 2014), with a current total of five locations.

Guest taps at Under the Sun

Guest taps at Under the Sun

All of the pubs have the same basic atmosphere: similar decor, no televisions, cash or checks only (no plastic accepted), and each outfitted with a few community tables to encourage interaction among guests. Additionally, all the employees work as part of a team system, as we chronicled previously. They pitch in where needed and customers can ask anyone for help from any staff member, whether he or she is their primary server or not.

While the Mountain Sun family of pubs share the same philosophy and ambiance, one of them has some little differences that make it particularly unique: Under the Sun.

Having been a regular customer at three of the locations for the past 16 years, I recently paid a visit to Under the Sun to try something new.

unnamed (2)

The cuisine at the other four restaurants consists largely of burgers and sandwiches, with a handful of house specialties like burritos and quesadillas. However, Under the Sun focuses heavily on its wood-burning oven, which is exclusive to this restaurant. The menu boasts a variety of pizzas, smoked meats, roasted vegetables and even a wood-oven fired cookie for dessert. It also has an extensive breakfast menu every Saturday and Sunday starting at 9 a.m., offering breakfast pizzas, sliders, benedicts, French toast and much more. I am a big fan of brunch, so I was very pleased to see that.

Birdie in a Skillet: Two medium poached eggs, breakfast potatoes, tomatoes, basil pesto, mozzarella, parmesan.

Birdie in a Skillet: Two medium poached eggs, breakfast potatoes, tomatoes, basil pesto, mozzarella and parmesan.

Like its sister pubs, it has a wide range of Mountain Sun beers on tap–21 to be exact, including 2 nitrogen taps. But it also carries an impressive selection of rotating guest beers. There is a nice mix of local breweries such as Avery and Funkwerks, other popular US breweries like Firestone Walker, Boulevard and Ommegang as well as international favorites such as Petrus and Delirium Tremens. For those craving something other than beer, Under the Sun has margaritas, sangria, an innovative cocktail list and seven wines on tap.

unnamed

I implore those who are already familiar with Mountain Sun to check out Under the Sun. You still get that same living room feel, yet here you can opt for a pizza with your beer. And for those who don’t know what the Mountain Sun pubs are all about, prepare to discover a new favorite.

Comments { 0 }

Best Wine Bars Near Pearl Street in Boulder

Wood floors, exposed brick, salumi, cheese and the echoes of clinking crystal stemware, the Boulder wine scene is the cure for the Colorado wine enthusiast who may be seeking an alternative to the wonderful and plentiful craft brew scene. The smashed grape elixir, in its many manifestations, can be found in, around and off the […]

Comments { 0 }

Tequila 101: Slow Down and Smell the Agave

As we walked into the swirly snow outside, a hint of tequila on our tongues, my friend proclaimed that she was going to the liquor store to buy a bottle of añejo.  I’d say her proclamation was testament to a good “tasting.” Zolo Grill has offered Tequila 101 a few times over the years, and […]

Comments { 0 }

Tequila 101 @ Zolo Grill

Having just returned from the great Mexican state of Jalisco, I can think of nothing better to do on a snowy Saturday afternoon that sip tequila. This Saturday, February 21 at 2:30pm, our friends at Zolo Grill are offering “Tequila 101,” an educational and culinary tasting experience featuring Corzo tequila.  Like any tequila-maker worth its […]

Comments { 0 }

A Parliament of Good People

Lets do it.  Lets try to put our finger on the je ne sais quoi, try to define the intangible.  Wait, reverse that.  Since my first intimate encounter with Sanitas Brewing back in December of 2013, this brewery has worked its talons into my life and many of my close relationships.  A former employer and […]

Comments { 0 }

Passport to New Pubs and New Drinks in Boulder

A few days ago I met Eat Drink Boulder’s co-founder Paul for Happy Hour. I suggested meeting at 5:00 PM at the new License Number One pub which recently replaced the Catacombs bar under the Boulderado. Arriving at 4:55, Paul checked it out and was waiting outside when I arrived five minutes later. “It doesn’t […]

Comments { 3 }

Ella, a New and Decidedly American Style Eatery Looks to Transform North Boulder

This June, Ella, a refined and devotedly American diner, will open in the heart of North Boulder. The spot currently occupied by Radda Trattoria will soon be home to the new eatery. Edwin Zoe, the restauranteur and mastermind behind the beloved Zoe Ma Ma on Pearl Street channels his “love of rooted, regional dishes” into […]

Comments { 0 }

A Guide to Another Year of Devoted Drinking this National Margarita Day

Tomorrow, February 22nd, marks National Margarita Day once again. The tart and assertive citrus notes work so brilliantly with a nice aggressive bite of tequila. We all know that this refreshing concoction is a necessary element to our warm, dry summer evenings here in Boulder, but I have to say that no matter the weather, […]

Comments { 1 }

Tequila, Tacos, Bikes, and Beer: These Are a Few of My Favorite Things

I had a boyfriend in high school with the savant-like ability to flip a word on its side and pronounce it by its backward spelling, and fast.  I can never seem to line up the letters that quickly; lucky for me, beer is a four-letter word, so REEB, Oskar Blues’ bike outfit, rolls off my […]

Comments { 1 }

Fate: The Third Element

When I go out with Gabe, we need three things: we need a noisy pub, we need beer, and we need burgers. Decent ambiance and tasty sides never amiss either. Fate has these in spades: one of the newest breweries in Boulder’s lively scene, it has a lot to answer to in all these areas. […]

Comments { 1 }

Volta Knows Best?

SSSPLATT!!!  Paint flung hits canvas and bystanders alike.  The mad artist dashes over and swirls the colors, using her hair and elbows as a brush.  Finally, she staples a banana peel to the canvas, signs her name with a flourish and says, “Perfect!” There is something cool about an artist out to please themselves without […]

Comments { 6 }

The Rio Boulder Debuts New Shift Bar

  The Riogrande has opened a new concept bar within the existing industrial space on Walnut Street in Boulder. The first phase of  The Rio’s renovation includes the rooftop bar and the brand new “Shift Bar” inhabiting a newly renovated prime location, hovering above the main dining area on the mezzanine level, just removed enough […]

Comments { 0 }

Mixology Makes a Comeback: New Documentary, Hey Bartender, Screens at The Dairy Center

After premiering at the South By Southwest Film Festival in Austin this past March, the documentary film, Hey Bartender, was similarly well received in New York City at The East Village Cinema! We are proud to announce that the film will be screening this week in Boulder at the Dairy Center for the Arts from […]

Comments { 2 }

Come for the Burritos, Stay for the Margs?

There is something slightly unsettling about hanging out and drinking in a fast casual restaurant.  Does your “not cool” alarm sound at the thought of having a glass of wine at Burger King or a piña colada at Long John Silver’s?  Mine too, but it bears examination because Chipotle is now serving very respectable margaritas at […]

Comments { 0 }

Roundhouse Spirits; stop in for a spell.

The grizzled old timer has five randomly spaced teeth, he’s sitting on a bucket spewing country wisdom as he recklessly whittles at break-neck pace, wood shavings and chaw flying everywhere.  He’s often featured in this reality show, Moonshiners, and the way he talks, pronouncing “tired” as “tard”, “me” as “may” and law enforcement as the […]

Comments { 9 }

Deerhammer Distillery Will Leave You in Good Spirits

In case you missed it, spirits are back.  There was a dreary period, let’s call it the 80’s and 90’s when it seemed to be all about beer and wine.  Who doesn’t love beer and wine, right?  But sometimes you hanker for something more sophisticated, potent and exotic.  Hell, beer and wine are doing just […]

Comments { 5 }

Merry ‘Tails: Local Table Tours Does Holiday Cocktails

Back in March, after EDB sent Christy to the Boulder’s Best Mixology Contest, she came back with such an enticing report from the Boulder drink scene that I’ve been hoping for another chance to review cocktails for this publication. So when we were invited last month to join Local Table Tours‘ excursion through three downtown drinking […]

Comments { 1 }

Master Cocktailier Bryan Dayton at Oak at Fourteenth

If you are like me, you might think of the restaurant at Oak at Fourteenth as an upscale yet casual dining establishment. That it is. But if that is all you consider it, you would be missing out on an excellent experience: drinking cocktails at the bar made by proprietor and “Beverage Guy” Bryan Dayton. […]

Comments { 0 }

Tastes on the Terrace at The Flagstaff House; You Won’t Soon Forget

Leafing through a forgotten cookbook, a recipe from your childhood falls out on yellowed parchment; you make it and it tastes like home, flooding your senses with nostalgia and comfort.  An old friend calls, and your breath hitches as you recall fond memories.  You pull a pair of missing jeans out from behind the dresser […]

Comments { 1 }

Pearl Street Culinary Connector Tour

Culinary Connectors was started in November of 2008 when now president, Becky Creighton, woke up one day and realized she hated her job.  She thought, “If I could design a job, what would it be?”  She decided it would be something with her favorite things: food, wine and people.  She decided to leave her well […]

Comments { 1 }

Scotch me up, Beamie!

Is there a season for scotch drinking?  Should there be?  Maybe a national holiday, called, oh, I don’t know…National Scotch Drinking Day?  Maybe just simply “Scotchy Scotch Days.”  If there were such a celebration, the fest known as Scotch & Wild Game, held on April 28th, at the West End Tavern (Pearl, between 9th and […]

Comments { 6 }

The No Name Bar Brings Craft Beer to the University Hill

“I’m serious, this bar has no name”. The bouncer, the owner, the bartenders, the waitresses and the regulars all stuck with the same story. They all work and play in a mysterious nameless bar that even Columbus and his dependable compass would not have been able to find. I got lucky. Thankfully, the familiar vocals […]

Comments { 1 }

Peppermint; Better Than Prozac

The thing with good peppermint is this: it somehow gives you hope for a better day.  The potent blast of crisp, astringent flavor; the curious and powerful tang as you breathe in; the slightly dizzying “Am I high?” feeling as you exhale.  It’s all part of the nobility and mysterious restorative magic of mint. Don’t […]

Comments { 2 }

James Taylor, Salt, and an Education

[Editor’s Note: when our writer attended the Boulder’s Best Mixology contest several weeks ago, he took issue with how innovative he found Salt’s winning cocktail. in response, Matthew and Christy were invited by Salt’s Beverage Director Evan Faber to hear him talk about his vision for drinks and the innovative approaches he is taking to mixing […]

Comments { 0 }
Bitter Bar, Boulder, Colorado

Mixmasters

Don’t let Michael Cerretani’s relaxed demeanor and warm smile fool you: the guy is a killer craftsman, as adept with a cocktail shaker as a carpenter with a jigsaw. Tell him your mood, and he’ll fix you up with the perfect spirit, a birdhouse for your fluttering soul. The Bitter Bar is the re-incarnation of […]

Comments { 0 }

Bourbon for Breakfast

Video Recipe: Tangled up in Bloom “Do you want to drink this?” It’s 9:45am on a Thursday morning, I have a dentist appointment in 15 minutes, and Caroline Johnson (the Bar Manager at West End Tavern) is offering me a bourbon drink she calls “Tangled up in Bloom”.  Mmmmmm…bourbon for breakfast. The new Wheaties. And […]

Comments { 0 }