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The Bitter Bar

The Bitter Bar

Cocktail Bar, Lounge, and Restaurant$$$$
Downtown Boulder, Boulder
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    Jonathan Miller
    "Fried Brussel Sprout Leaves are the bomb!"(2 Tips)
    Tundra Restaurant Supply
    "Tell the mixologists what flavors you like and they'll fix you..."(7 Tips)
    Bill F.
    "Cocktails, whiskey flights, Happy Hour, atmosphere."(5 Tips)
    Erin G.
    "All of the cocktails are incredible, especially the gin varieties."(5 Tips)
Tips and Reviews icon69 Tips and reviews
  • cocktails
  • happy hour
  • fried brussel sprout leaves
  • good for dates
  • gin
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  • Wallflower L.
    Wallflower LuehmannJune 11, 2013
    So worth the trip! We were foiled the first time by a private party, but were rewarded the second time with a fabulous meal and fun, interesting drinks.
  • Krista C.
    Krista COctober 11, 2015
    Off the main drag, awesome cocktails and great service. Reminds me of one of my favorite places from my college town. Get the Looking Glass.
  • Grace B.heart icon on user image
    Grace BoyleSeptember 14, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    My favorite drink is their Blue Velvet - 42Below vodka, fresh lemon, orgeat, creme de violette and fresh lavender. If its not on menu, order it, they can make it for you. Boulder's best cocktail bar.
  • Cobey F.
    Cobey FlynnJanuary 11, 2015
    Good cocktails, nice bartenders, yummy balls! Get a sample of the bronuts donuts: Chocolate Salty Balls and S'more Balls were our crew's favorite.
  • Bill F.heart icon on user image
    Bill FlinchbaughSeptember 17, 2022
    Cocktails, whiskey flights, Happy Hour, atmosphere. Beer selection could use some work. Draught faucets are for cocktails.
  • Erin G.heart icon on user image
    Erin GSeptember 17, 2016
    All of the cocktails are incredible, especially the gin varieties.
  • Craig
    CraigMarch 28, 2013
    Very knowledgeable wait staff. Ask them to help with your drink selection. I ended up with 2 drinks off of the menu that were outstanding!
  • Jeff S.heart icon on user image
    Jeff StephensJuly 28, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    Great music and atmosphere. Drinks are fantastic.
  • Dan L.heart icon on user image
    Dan LeoOctober 19, 2021
    Manhattan is the best I’ve ever had by far
  • Mike G.heart icon on user image
    Mike GrossMarch 13, 2013
    nice absinthe selection & ridiculously knowledgable staff. Boulder's best bar for sophisticated imbibing without gettin' gussied-up.
  • Stefan D.heart icon on user image
    Stefan D.June 12, 2015
    Cozy atmosphere and good drinks. One of my favorites in Boulder.
  • Taylor
    TaylorFebruary 8, 2012
    Sazerac. A cocktail that so few places outside of New Orleans do well. Bitter Bar does it well. Recommended.
  • Trevor L.heart icon on user image
    Trevor LarsonDecember 23, 2012
    Service is great, food is great, drinks are amazing
  • shelley p.heart icon on user image
    shelley pierceMay 5, 2015
    even better cocktails now that they ditched the restaurant and went full bar mode
  • Nora C.heart icon on user image
    Nora ChangJune 19, 2018
    Very nice drinks and ambiance. Bit expensive.
  • Tundra Restaurant Supply
    Tell the mixologists what flavors you like and they'll fix you up something tasty!
  • Janna H.heart icon on user image
    Janna H.August 3, 2017
    Been here 5+ times
    Cocktails on tap are always a great place to start.
  • Monika K.heart icon on user image
    Monika KunzSeptember 6, 2014
    A nice happy hour. Have always had fab service there.
  • Adam R.
    Adam RAugust 9, 2014
    All the cocktails are top notch, cheese plate is epic
  • Anthony P.heart icon on user image
    Anthony PopeoMay 10, 2019
    Super nice staff, amazing cocktails.
  • Lyndie R.
    Lyndie RaymondSeptember 21, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The best Moscow mule. They'll hold your ID though so you don't steal the fancy cup
  • D.j. R.
    D.j. RicardAugust 25, 2011
    Green Devil is a great cocktail...Absinthe, Patron, Lemonchello, Cucumber, and Thai Basil! Rockin!
  • Tom F.
    Tom FeldhusenJune 15, 2011
    It's no longer on the drink menu but ask for a "kiss the sky" it is one of the best gin cocktails ever.
  • Justin M.
    Justin MacauleyJune 7, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The beer and a shot of whiskey is a great deal and delicious!
  • Suzanne F.
    Suzanne FrewJuly 14, 2012
    Blue Velvet is to die for! Hint: iPhone helpful for the flashlight app.
  • Mark T.heart icon on user image
    Mark TaylorMarch 6, 2022
    Been here 5+ times
    Fantastic mixed drinks
  • Chris N.
    Chris NaudaNovember 11, 2012
    Lobby bar atmosphere and prices. Great drinks and apps.
  • Christian M.
    Christian MacySeptember 30, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Angel's Envy with a big ice cube and those amazing cherries.
  • Dave
    DaveMay 28, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Fantastic happy hour
  • Sonjaheart icon on user image
    SonjaSeptember 27, 2017
    Been here 5+ times
    Best cocktails in Boulder!
  • Boulder Bars
    Boulder BarsOctober 5, 2010
    Order a 'Just Dan' from the black book. It's a martini with pomegranate and muddled blackberries. Awesome!
  • Joel L.
    Joel LongtineOctober 15, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    amazing cocktails. have one of their bartenders make you something. it'll take a little while, but it will be totally worth it.
  • Dave
    DaveMay 30, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    They no longer have a kitchen, but the drinks are legit.
  • Rob J.heart icon on user image
    Rob JohnsonSeptember 20, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    skip the food, go for the cocktails. ask mark or matt to introduce you to their masterpieces: vieux carre, manhattan, bijou no. 2...
  • Costi T.
    Costi TelemanFebruary 8, 2012
    try to get a seat with the lights on... unless you have a flashlight :)
  • Jessicaheart icon on user image
    JessicaOctober 23, 2019
    All the cocktails!
  • Romke d.
    Romke de HaanJune 2, 2013
    Mexican firing squad is the ish. Order it.
  • Denver Westword
    Denver WestwordDecember 6, 2010
    Winner of Westword's Best of Denver 2010 - Best Contemporary Cocktail!
  • Beth M.
    Beth MillerFebruary 13, 2010
    Mmmmmm! Just ate the fried Brussels sprout leaves, seared tuna & fishcakes. Yummmm! Thx Deb for the recc.... & good to finally meet you!
  • Tony S.
    Tony SJuly 3, 2013
    Blue Velvet and Brussels Sprouts
  • Joseph K.
    Joseph KlidaAugust 7, 2011
    Best Gin selection in town.
  • Julie B.
    Julie BennettAugust 19, 2009
    say hi to james at the bitter bar, have a "happy" happy hour cocktail and try the crispy kale!!!!
  • Eric L.
    Eric LambSeptember 18, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    You'll need tall boys on the menu. PRB proper.
  • Drew F.
    Drew FreyOctober 13, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Order the Hokkaido Highball
  • Pedro S.
    Pedro SorrentinoSeptember 10, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the old tom collins greatest gin drink ever. Fact.
  • Bruce W.
    Bruce WymanJanuary 23, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Ask Mark Stoddard about the different kinds of Absinthe available at The Bitter Bar
  • Richard G.
    Richard GroteDecember 11, 2009
    Been here 10+ times
    Enter from the alley for the Bitter Bar after Happy Noodle closes. Try a sazerac.
  • Teghan T.
    Teghan TracyOctober 17, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    The ramen noodle dish is always the bomb.
  • Alex K.
    Alex KehrNovember 26, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    I recommend alcohol!
  • Ryan B.
    Ryan BJune 21, 2010
    Award winning bar tender in this place. Spot on.
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