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Boulders on Broadway

Boulders on BroadwayBoulders on Broadway

Taps: 26 / Bottles: 100
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
BA SCORE
90
outstanding

15 Ratings
Ratings: 15
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.03%
$$ - reasonable


[ Bar, Eatery ]

530 W Broadway Rd
Tempe, Arizona, 85282-1311
United States
phone: (480) 921-9431

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(Place added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-05-2008)
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Reviews by rowew:
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rowew

Colorado

3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$

Happened to be staying across the street, and had to wait out a shooting investigation (no joke), so we ended up staying here a while. I get the impression this used to be an old chicago or something similar, and the menu hasn't changed much from that, but there is a bit of a local twist. The food was all fine, nothing too exciting, but it went well with the beer. The beer selection was good - 30 or so taps, with a nice selection focused on the south west. Prices all seemed reasonable, there was also a dartboard and a pool table. Crowd seemed to be college students, but was pretty laid back.

03-31-2010 20:52:58 | More by rowew
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waterlinesaz

Arizona

4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75 | $$

Overall, a great place. Knowledgable bartenders,
good food. No weasel spit. A really good place to explore unknown beers. The food is good and fast. Not too busy considering how close it is to ASU. A must visit if you are in the southeast valley of Phoenix.

04-22-2014 00:08:48 | More by waterlinesaz
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AlexChillton

Arizona

3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

01-27-2014 07:24:09 | More by AlexChillton
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VanillaHeat

Arizona

3/5  rDev -24.8%

11-21-2013 17:23:21 | More by VanillaHeat
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LittleDon

Texas

3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $

Ski lodge meets sports bar vibe. Dark, tall ceilings, with an irregular shaped floor plan. Four tops and booths with seating both upstairs and downstairs. Went there on a Thursday for a beer and some food. Not many people there. A mix of interesting and WTF beers (should I get the Mikkeller or the Coors?). Enough to choose from, though, I was able to find 2 or 3 beers that were interesting. Service was good, knowledgeable staff. Food was OK. I had a roasted veggie sandwich and shared nachos. Overall, not a bad place, but not terribly interesting. Would I go back? Probably, there aren't a whole lot of places in the immediate area and it would be a good place for a beer and, maybe, a bite. Definitely worth a visit if you're close by and have never been. Would I make it a regular stop if I frequently visited Tempe? I think the beer list might grow old unless there was regular rotation. The number of macros was a bit surprising. And the food was just OK.

04-19-2013 03:03:17 | More by LittleDon
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Spiderbeerman

New York

4.75/5  rDev +19%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5 | $

There was a strange odor when we arrived. Like maybe a vacuum cleaner's bag needing replacement. This was a minor deal really. The menu is extensive and the beer selection is great. The wait staff was all friendly, polite and quick. If you're ever in Tempe check it out. We went here for lunch. I bought an appetizer to share and it was called Classic Bar Stuff, a sampler of fried zucchini, cheese sticks, onion rings, and wings with a couple of dipping sauces. For my main course I got a Grilled Pesto Chicken sandwich with waffle fries. Very nice! I ordered a lemonade first as we walked a ways to get here and then I ordered For Peaks Hefeweizen. It was well worth the long walk in the hot sun to find this oasis in the desert!

05-21-2012 01:16:51 | More by Spiderbeerman
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ChadC12

Arizona

4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3 | $$

My favorite place in Tempe to grab a beer. I love the selection here or atleast it satisfies my taste buds. I have come across some good finds here. The do have a decent selection of seasonals and limiteds in the cooler. I love the service here, fun knowledgeable bartenders make for a good time. Food is alright, nothing special but does the job. I have to say I've never left disappointed. My favorite bar right along with papago. Location is great too. 5 minutes from the heart of Tempe and asu. Also can't wait for evil twins yin and yang on Monday!

01-20-2012 00:56:54 | More by ChadC12
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aval89

California

4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$

On of my favorite places in the valley to grab a bit & a couple pints. I mainly like this place because of the excellent customer service, friendly environment, good food & great tap selections..

This place has a huge dinning area with a bar that seats around 8-10.. I believe its got around 28 taps with a decent bottle list.. the taps have seen the likes of Hopslam, The Abyss, Odell Bourbon Barrel Stout, Burton Baton & other great brews.. the usual suspects here are Left Hand Milk Stout, Bells Two Hearted, Stone IPA, Titan IPA, & other great regional brews. Lots of rotating stuff from Odell, Ska, NB, Rock Art, SA, Bear Republic & all the local AZ brews.

food is pretty tasty. Popular are their pizzas.. they also offer sandwiches, burgers, bar food, & some italian dishes..

Service is excellent! Good friendly environment.

03-08-2011 10:31:49 | More by aval89
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yemenmocha

Arizona

4.15/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$

Better than the Old Chicago that was here before, though the menu is eerily similar... almost reminds me of that Coming to America movie with Eddie Murphy that had "McDowell's" instead of "McDonalds". The Boulders menu has the same pictures of food and many identical food items as the Old Chicago here before it. Hmmm.

Good selection of craft drafts here at rather reasonable prices. I've been amazed at some of the more rare craft beer they've offered at times, and I can usually find a few favorites even if the rare stuff isn't to my liking.

Appetizers and pizza are fairly good for a beer bar, and certainly better than the competition in the Tempe/So.Scottsdale area. Parking is usually decent but I'm a daytime visitor only.

Rather dark inside too.

02-06-2011 20:55:54 | More by yemenmocha
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jeffaz02t

Arizona

3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$

Located just minutes from Arizona State University, this place has a nice vibe, especially on weekends.

They have a pretty decent tap list, the only place I can think of with a better tap selection is Papago. Their bottles are pretty good too; ask your server if there is anything not listed on the menu in their coolers. They often house a few extra X-mas beers or other special releases.

The service is above average for a bar, with most staff having a decent amount of beer knowledge and your glass is never empty long.

I avoid the food altogether. There are better places to eat in the area so I tend to stick with the beer.

02-06-2011 13:38:58 | More by jeffaz02t
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Boulders on Broadway in Tempe, AZ
90 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.