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Backcountry Pizza & Tap House

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17 Reviews
Reviews: 17
Visits: 47
Avg: 4.42
pDev: n/a
Taps: 42
Bottles: 63
Cask: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

2319 Arapahoe Ave
Boulder, Colorado, 80302-6605
United States
phone: (303) 449-4285

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Place added by: Anaz on 07-09-2011

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Reviews: 17 | Visits: 47
Reviews by blindpiggie:
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4.15/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Went here for the first time yesterday before Avery's barrel-aged release event.

The interior of the place is much nicer than the exterior would indicate and the row of tap handles is imposing. Even more imposing is the bottle list, which includes some pretty desirable and rare beers at not much more than 20% markup from the store.

Ordered a pizza (natch), which arrived looking like an abstract painting with each topping heavily distributed on various sections of the pie. It tasted pretty good at least.

My first beer selection was Crooked Stave's Surrette which lived up to the sourness I was looking for and the waitress had promised. The second beer I ordered, Monk's Cafe Flemish Sour, was just terrible, but based on what I've heard since, I don't think the restaurant can be blamed for that.

Nice place, probably the best beer bar in Boulder.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of gmoneyproductions
4.49/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4

this place was for a long long time Dolans restaurant and then a failed location for several other restaurants and ultimately ended up being backcountry pizza's second location(the original is in nederland)
the restaurant itself is dated and sitting at the bar is far preferable to sitting in the dining room which i find dark and dreary
the clientele is a mix of college kids and locals lots of beards(i am not a fan)
quality and selection of beers is impressive both on tap and in bottles and can be overwhelming
several visits are necessary to really dig into what they have to offer
service is hit or miss to say the least if you sit at a table and i have only had their pizzas and calzones which are great....i wouldnt delve much deeper into the food menu
overall great beer selection and great pizza(avoid the nederland location at all costs though!)

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Photo of MLDucky
4.8/5  rDev +8.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Had a Calzone and really enjoyed it so I can only rate based on my one item. Crust and middle were cooked through, which can be difficult at some places. Beer selection was outstanding and service was excellent. For full disclosure, we went on a Saturday night, about 2 hours before closing in the summer. It was dead, mostly other service industry patrons and a few college students.

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Photo of MammothTarantula
4.43/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 5

Photo of Bjornberg
4.6/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Photo of Macsimus
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Great tap list and epic bottle list

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Photo of WildDalby18
4.6/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Canada_Dan
4.6/5  rDev +4.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

One of the best draft lists in Colorado. The beer cellar is pretty great too. Pizza is awesome, try the Nediterranean. Go to Backcountry, you won't be disappointed.

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Photo of eawolff99
4.65/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Twal
4.51/5  rDev +2%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

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3.88/5  rDev -12.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of CatapultDowntown
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of bigotecircus
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

Among the most impressive tap lists I have ever seen. And one hell of a bomber list to go with it! Good people, beer enthusiasts, and some goddamn awesome beards.

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5/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of Chairman_Meow76
5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of outoffocus
4.1/5  rDev -7.2%

The tap list was good, not great. I had looked at a list online a few weeks before traveling to Boulder though that was amazing, so I know that I just happened to hit it at an unlucky time.

I was disappointed by the atmosphere. It's dark and a bit dated. The beer list is enough to look past this for the most part.

The food I tried (a chicken sandwich) was pretty bad.

I actually stopped by twice on my trip. Once the service was excellent, the other time it was subpar. On the trip with the subpar service the bartender had a buddy sitting at the bar and was focused on him.

Didn't get a chance to get into the bottle list, but it was extensive. Pricey, but not abnormally so.

I like seeking out new beer so I'd go back.

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4.96/5  rDev +12.2%

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5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of afsdan
3/5  rDev -32.1%

Great draught and bottle list. Too bad the service makes this place almost unbearable to visit. Jackass bartenders breed like flies here.

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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

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5/5  rDev +13.1%

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5/5  rDev +13.1%

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5/5  rDev +13.1%

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Backcountry Pizza & Tap House in Boulder, CO
95 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.