Lively Restaurants in Boulder

There's a time and place for fine-dining, and this isn't it. When you're ready to kick back, let loose and maybe go a little wild, the fun restaurants of Boulder are ready to provide the venue, the vibe and the fuel to get the good times rolling.

The Mountain Sun has little sculptures of monsters hanging from the ceiling, along with a Jerry Garcia doll sitting in a hammock, and the people who work there – and eat there – are real characters. The Dark Horse's décor, on the other hand, is basically a bunch of crazy stuff on the walls, which makes it look like an Applebee's gone insane.

The low ceilings of The Sink gives it a dungeon-like feeling that is exacerbated by the stuff people have written and drawn all over the walls and ceiling. Plus, Robert Redford is rumored to have worked there at one time, which is fun.

Sushi Zanmai is a fairly typical sushi restaurant except that the sushi chefs yell excitedly every time someone walks in the door.

Cheba Hut and Half Fast Subs are two sub shops on the University Hill that definitely cater to the college crowd. Cheba Hut's "toasted" sandwiches – which come in nugs (4"), pinners (8"), and blunts (12") – are great for people with the munchies. Their slogan says it all: "Cheba Hut: Where the only thing fried is the occasional customer!" Half Fast Subs (pronounced half assed) really do take a while to make, but they have the longest menu ever, a cool Yellow Submarine mural on the wall, and amazing Long Island Iced Teas that are perfect for sipping on the patio.

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Foolish Craig's Café

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1611 Pearl Street

Tasty crepes, soups and sandwiches... read more

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Mountain Sun

1535 Pearl Street

Hoppy beers brewed on site and Grateful Dead tunes... read more

Sushi Zanmai

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1221 Spruce St.
At Broadway

Traditional sushi, festive atmosphere... read more

Half Fast Subs

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1215 13th St.

Toasted subs, "strong island iced teas" in pitchers for one... read more

Dark Horse Bar & Grill, (The)

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2922 Baseline Road

Funky Local's Hangout... read more

Cheba Hut

1313 College Avenue

Toasted subs with clever names... read more

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V.G. Burgers

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1650 Broadway St.

Healthy, organic, vegan... read more

Pupusas Sabor Hispano

4457 Broadway St

Authentic, hole-in-the-wall Salvadorian... read more

BOP Pizzeria

1175 Walnut St.

Local and organic pizza and Southern Italian cuisine... read more
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