West End Tavern

West End TavernWest End Tavern
West End TavernWest End Tavern
Bar, Eatery

926 Pearl St
Boulder, Colorado, 80302-5109
United States

(303) 444-3535 | map
View: Place Reviews
Recent ratings and reviews. | Log in to view more ratings + sorting options.
Rated: 4 by Knobs303 from Colorado

Aug 31, 2018
Rated: 4.1 by zimm421 from Ohio

May 27, 2018
Photo of gmoneyproductions
Reviewed by gmoneyproductions from Colorado

4.78/5  rDev +16%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75
this place is a regular stop for me when in boulder(i live 45 minutes west) and i have been coming here since 1992....the place had a change of ownership i believe in the early 2000's and has stepped up enormously both in terms of choice and quality of both food and beer
they have a large number of taps both upstairs on the rooftop deck and downstairs at the main bar.....they do takeovers where one brewery takes over the handles of 1 of the bars for a week and they also host the Julipa fest each year which features a number of fantastic and often otherwise hard to find IPA's they had numerous kegs of pliny the elder in the past.
the vibe is classic bar sometimes too heavy on classic rock(i hate having "china grove" stuck in my head)
selection and quality of beers is excellent
service is solid but best if seated at the bar as the bartenders know whats up (ask for sarah)
food is very solid with emphasis on barbeque and comfort foods
wings are fantastic
to me the best bar in boulder hands down
Sep 16, 2015
Rated: 4.09 by Macsimus from North Carolina

May 26, 2015
Photo of tapowers
Rated by tapowers from Wisconsin

4.71/5  rDev +14.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25
Super chill. I went here for lunch. Bartenders are knowledgable and super welcoming. Definitely recommend!
Apr 10, 2015
Rated: 4.18 by eawolff99 from Minnesota

Feb 22, 2015
Rated: 4.25 by CatapultDowntown from Colorado

Dec 02, 2014
Photo of bigotecircus
Reviewed by bigotecircus from Colorado

4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
Hell of a beer list with both the best of the local, more "under the radar" brews, and the heavy hitters from the west coast/Pacific Northwest. Awesome rooftop deck with a view of the Flatirons doesn't hurt either.
Nov 21, 2014
Rated: 4 by Devil_Doc from Texas

Oct 05, 2014
Rated: 4.9 by Timkat from Florida

Sep 17, 2014
Rated: 3.92 by OctoberNexus from Colorado

Sep 05, 2014
Rated: 4 by mmulebarn from Minnesota

Jul 27, 2014
Rated: 3.25 by RickyBell from Colorado

Jul 03, 2014
Rated: 4 by Jakerweezy from Colorado

May 17, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by ELECTRONICAnonymous from Massachusetts

Feb 24, 2014
Rated: 4 by alexanf from Mississippi

Dec 01, 2013
Photo of allforbetterbeer
Reviewed by allforbetterbeer from Colorado

3.58/5  rDev -13.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5
I was here on a Saturday night and it was packed. I was upstairs and there were probably 3 times as many people as seats. I didn't get to see the whole place, but it seemed to be overall a loud sports-centered tavern with a high proportion of students and early 20's patrons. There is space on the main floor with a large bar and tables, an upstairs area with another bar and more high tables, and rooftop/balcony areas. The beerfly info says that this place has 12 bottled beers, but when I was there it had nearly 40, including rarities from Avery and Great Divide, some Sierra Nevada, Stone, Breckenridge, Left Hand, Dog Fish Head, Jolly Pumpkin, (to name a few) and some Russian River bottles including Supplication. Be aware however that these bottles are priced very high, with some breaking the $30 point. There is also an impressive list of bourbon (maybe 40-50). I heard from others that the food is excellent and innovative, with fare such as fried chicken wrapped in waffles. The service was sparse and I hardly ever saw the waitress because of the crowd. At some times it was impossible to even walk around because there were people standing wall to wall. If you don't mind having to shout and stand, and love the younger crowd and lots of sports, this might be the place for you.
Sep 20, 2010
Photo of jkendrick
Reviewed by jkendrick from Colorado

4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4
I go here a lot since it is near my house so I thought I should submit a review. This a a good little spot for a casual dinner or happy hour. They have a decent, although nothing too special, regular selection on tap and in bottles. But they seem to do a very good job of getting quality and interesting selections for their rotating taps. Last night I had the New Belgium Bierre de Mars from the Lips of Faith series and the West End was the first place I ever tried Pliny the Elder back in October of last year. The food is good too. They have good burgers and the ahi BLT is great. Don't miss the guacamole either. Finally, I have always found the staff to be terrific. They are friendly and will gladly let you sample every beer on tap if you'd like (though I've never asked them to try more than one or two). My biggest complaint is the bands they have on the deck. Maybe I'm just getting to be a crotchety old man, but that deck is just too small for the types of bands they sometimes have. Stick to acoustic singer/songwriters. I've seen many folks at happy hour get up and leave shortly after the band starts, not because the band is bad, but because it is just too loud in there. Anyway, if you're on or around west Pearl Street and want some good beers, the West End and the Kitchen are your best bets, but the West End won't cripple your wallet.
Apr 10, 2009
Photo of morebeergood
Reviewed by morebeergood from Massachusetts

3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5
This was the last stop of the night on our Boulder pub crawl. It's way down at the far end of Pearl Street, the part where pedestrian section only ends. (Side note: cool looking wine and chocolate tasting bar right next door, closed at night). Not that far of a walk though. Had an old fashioned bar vibe to it, lots of brick and dark wood and old school decoration. Very clean and comfortable. Long bar with lots of booths for larger parties. Service was very good. Our female bartender was also the beer manager, and also a huge fan of BA. Since it was slow, she was happy to "talk beer" and give us recommendations for the area. Selection was a bit small, but it was quality brews. They had on tap: Stone, Avery Brown, New Belgium Mothership, Lagunitas, and Avery Collaboration (very nice). She also showed us that they had one of the biggest selections of bourbons (six pappy van winkles etc) in the area. Not sure if they served food. This bar is well worth a stop if you are cruising around Pearl Street.
Jul 15, 2008
West End Tavern in Boulder, CO
Place rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 19 ratings