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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 open until 5:00 PM”, he explained. “It looks good but it is totally dead. Shall we go somewhere else?”

I sheepishly pulled out my Boulder Passport and said “I have to admit I suggested this place in part because I have a two-for-one coupon for  House Bourbon Cocktails,” I replied. We decided to try it (the pub) and them (the cocktails).

Both were good choices and this is the beauty of the Boulder Passport, even for a local. Ultimately, my friends and I tend to frequent the same places downtown and, in this case, we would have ended up at one of our favorites. But because we had the Boulder Passport, we end up at a new establishment with drinks I never would have tried.

The Boulder Passport offers 40 two-for-one coupons (or, more accurately, “passport pages” waiting to be stamped) for drinks in 40 different Boulder establishments. The neat thing about it is each coupon is good for a specific drink: the Jax Mule at Jax Fish House, House-Infused Martinis at The Leaf, or the House Bourbon Cocktail we tried at License Number One. Some are more flexible, such as “Any Specialty Cocktail, Wines by the Glass, or Beer Featured on Our Beverage List” at Volta. So you end up trying new drinks at new places.

The Passport is available for $40 $20 (Sorry – we had the wrong dollar amount), normally online (now sold out) but also at Cured. It has partner versions in Fort Collins and Denver. Coupons can only be used from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

At License Number One, we had a choice of three House Bourbon Cocktails and chose two of them to try. Mine was delicious – I didn’t write down all the ingredients but it had fresh grapefruit juice and honey. The bartenders were super friendly and it didn’t matter we were first in the pub. We made a good choice for that happy hour, thanks to the Boulder Passport, and will be trying more new places soon.

Editor’s Note: We received a Boulder Passport for free from the publishers. We swear this had no effect on the article … except for getting us into the pub to use it.

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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