November 8, 2017

Categories Community Guides, Local Events

10 Best Venues with Live Music in Boulder, CO

With live music almost every single night of the week, Boulder, CO is home to a relatively large music scene. Many restaurants, coffee shops, and bars offer fantastic live music from bands who play all styles of live music, from gypsy jazz to Latin to metal.  We’ve included well-known favorites as well as local secrets in our list of venues below, so get ready for your evenings to come alive to the sounds of one of Boulder’s local live bands!



1. The Laughing Goat Coffee House
The Laughing Goat Coffee House is always buzzing with great energy! With live music every single night of the week at the Downtown location, and a wide variety of styles of music, you’re sure to find a favorite band. If that isn‘t enough, they host a Monday night poetry slam and offer an amazing house coffee, chai tea, and seasonal apple cider. The Laughing Goat is one of Boulder’s only coffee shops open until 11pm every night, so be sure to stop by. Check out their detailed live music schedule here.


2. No Name Bar
Located on the Hill just west of the CU Boulder main campus, the No Name Bar welcomes Jeremy Mohney every Tuesday evening starting at 9pm. On Wednesdays, Jeremy Mohney brings out his whole band for a fun jazz night, starting at 9:30pm. Enjoy the cozy atmosphere or dance to those swingin’ tunes. No cover charge.


3. Centro Mexican Kitchen
During their happy hour on Sundays from 2:30-6pm, Centro features a variety of Latin-inspired bands and musicians. Enjoy a cold beer, a margarita, or their delicious food. Conveniently located one block west of the Pearl Street walking mall.


4. License No. 1
Walk down the stairs into the basement of the well-known Hotel Boulderado into the old-fashioned speakeasy known as License No. 1. Thursday through Saturday, the venue welcomes live music or DJ’s to the bar for an exciting night. On Saturdays, you can be sure to find Banshee Tree, whose style is a combination of gypsy jazz, swing, and folk pop, playing their tunes from 9pm until midnight. No cover charge. The detailed schedule can be found here.


5. Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery
Mountain Sun (and their sister locations known as Under the Sun, Southern Sun,Vine Street, and Long Peaks Pub) is a fantastic local spot to enjoy quality food and drinks. Depending on the location, their live music schedule varies. Check it out ontheir website here.


6. Caffé Sole
With a wide range of styles of live music almost every Friday and Saturday night, Caffé Sole is not a place to be overlooked. Arrive before the music starts to try the delicious dinner menu and the drink menu, too – from coffee to wine and beer! Don’t be fooled if you can’t find it at first: Caffé Sole is located on South Broadway around the back of King Soopers.


7. The Rayback Collective
Right off of 28th and Valmont Road, the Rayback Collective is the perfect place to be social in Boulder. With a unique layout, including both indoor and outdoor seating, the Rayback Collective is more than a place, it’s an experience. Known as “Boulder’s Back-Yard,” take your time and enjoy the comfortable seating, fire pit, food trucks, and main bar. Live music is typically played on Wednesday and Saturday evenings from 6-9pm. Check the schedule here to see which bands are on the line-up.


8. Bohemian Biergarten
Conveniently located just a block north of the Pearl Street walking mall, the Bohemian Biergarten prides itself on having a diverse range of live music, from “indie bands to metal, Gypsy Jazz to Stomp Grass.” You can plan on every Thursday starting at 9pm, and also every Friday and Saturday at different times. Bands and times are posted on their Facebook page.


9. Dark Horse Bar and Grill
The Dark Horse is a unique bar and grill located right off of Baseline Road. They offer live music every Saturday night starting at 9pm with no cover. Be sure to grab a drink and experience the one-of-a-kind atmosphere.


10. West End Tavern
Located on the West End of the Pearl Street walking mall, the West End Tavern is a Boulder classic. Every Saturday night front 9-11pm, they welcome different artists and bands to play while you partake of the fantastic food and drink specials. There’s also an open bluegrass jam every Thursday night, so be sure to check that out, too!

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