The Lounge, 2028 14th Street, right next door to the Boulder Theatre - Photo Credit: Amy Puchaty
For a laid back evening out nothing beats a cozy corner booth at The Lounge enjoying a few bubbles and bites with friends. Whether you're pre-gaming for a show, or spending quality time with your significant other, this trendy watering hole affords several things I look for in a "lounge" - cool cocktails, eclectic digs, and snappy service. The Lounge, located right next door to the iconic Boulder Theatre, has all three and more.
First, let's talk about what surprised me the most - the food. You can browse the menu here. Who knew the little hole-in-the-wall "theatre bar" offered such tasty eats?! Their menu includes a delectable array of small plates, charcuterie, gourmet sandwiches, and build-your-own flatbreads. We ordered the prosciutto sandwich on toasted baguette with chèvre, dressed in a balsamic reduction and fresh greens. It arrived on a slate cheese board - bonus points IMO. I found the meat-to-cheese-to-drizzle ratio just right, and the sweet and savory combination of crisp prosciutto, creamy goat cheese, warm bread, and delicate balsamic greens were in a word - perfection.
I sipped a glass of Prosecco, while my husband enjoyed a local brew, however the beverage menu has so much more to offer than that. Next time I'll try one of the signature craft cocktails like Rosemary's Sipper, a concoction of Fireside bourbon, rosemary simple syrup, fresh lemon juice, and a dash of bitters, or the Peg Leg Punch, with pineapple infused Peg Leg rum, a squeeze of fresh lime, and cinnamon simple syrup - simply typing the ingredients of these lounge libations makes my mouth water. The Lounge also serves fine wines by the glass and microbrews, with nightly specials ranging from 1/2 price wines-by-the-glass Wednesdays, and the ever so cheerful late night $6 beer + a shot after 9:00p.m. - if you're into that sort of thing.
Thirdly, the atmosphere. It's a tiny, quaint place, dimly lit with exposed brick, featuring a classic wooden bar, and floor-to-ceiling windows looking out to 14th Street. The setting is warm and textural, but nothing too fancy - just a couple of corner booths outfitted with fluffy cushions and velvet throw pillows, met by a number of barstools, tables and chairs. Faint music plays in the background, but I'm sure during concert hours the 111-year-old venue would bump tunes right through the wall, and make you feel as if you have a front row seat. Another perk - The Lounge is connected to a side entrance for ticket holders to effortlessly head into the show.
Next up, the service. As someone who formerly waitressed her way through college, I can vouch for the friendly and attentive service staff at The Lounge. From the chatty bartender riffing with the locals, to our skillful and congenial waitress, to the additional hands who helped refill waters and clear plates, everyone made an effort to provide us with a relaxed, yet top-notch lounge experience.
See! Look at our happy faces. It was a Friday night after a long week. We are both overworked, tired, and rallying for a night out with friends, yet we're smiling and having a blast. That says a lot. A little friendliness and tasty beverage go a long way in my book. Additionally, the venue itself was, as always, a fabulous place to catch a show. The history of the building is fascinating! You can read about it here. But don't take my word for it, see for yourself. There are so many reasons to love a date night out at The Boulder Theatre Lounge.
Cheers and happy sipping,
Amy Puchaty is a luxury real estate writer and communications specialist whose marketing campaigns and copywriting work has appeared in numerous print and digital publications, including the Wall Street Journal, Architectural Digest, Denver Post, and Dallas Business Journal. Why Amy Puchaty? Because it’s selling season. Follow Amy at www.amypuchaty.com #AtHomeWithAmy #AmyPuchaty #LuxuryRealEstateWriter
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