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Backcountry Pizza & Tap House

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20 Reviews

Type: Bar, Eatery

2319 Arapahoe Ave
Boulder, Colorado, 80302-6605
United States

(303) 449-4285 | map

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Added by Anaz on 07-09-2011

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Reviews by LittleDon:
Photo of LittleDon
4.22/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Best selection of taps in Boulder in a sports bar-esque setting. Decent service, decent food.

Most of the better beer establishments in Boulder are either brewery tap rooms or brew pubs. This is not a complaint, merely the state of matters. It is unusually that in a town with such a fine beer pedigree, it's hard to find a place that has a wide selection of local and non-local offerings. Consider Backcountry Pizza & Tap House one of the best that Boulder has to offer. While the sports bar atmosphere is not typically my thing, I found myself there this past Saturday to watch the game. The place was neither crowded nor noisy. Add to that the decent food, the sunny interior, and 80's and 90's pinball and video games, you get a sports bar that isn't quite a sports bar. Service was attentive, staffed with knowledgeable servers.

While all of this is OK, but wouldn't bring me back, the selection would. Forty plus taps, two hand pumps, nitro, and great selection of local and non-local beers from the expected (Avery, Oskar Blues, Great Divide) to the unexpected (Dry Dock, Jolly Pumpkin, Lost Abbey, Russian River). This is the place to go if you're not in the mood for Avery or Mountain Sun. Worth a return visit.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Sneakybeat
4.14/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75

Photo of deereless
4.44/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of Vinithing
4.81/5  rDev +8.3%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

So glad we stopped here. The tap list is just crazy! It took me 10 minutes to read through all of the pages. The server was helpful suggesting her favorites and very knowledgeable. The pizza was awesome as well. A must stop in Boulder!

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Photo of daem3384
4.88/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Photo of scxcrunner
4.29/5  rDev -3.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

had to walk a mile to get here which was difficult after a 100 mile run but well worth it. great beer selection decent pizza and friendly staff. would definitely recommend when in the boulder area.

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Photo of stephens101
4.76/5  rDev +7.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Visited 9/14.

This place is sprawling, like someone kept adding onto their house. It's a compound. A beer compound. And I'm good with that.

Rolled into Boulder on a Sunday night and figured this was as good a watering hole as any. Parking lot was empty when we arrived but filled up pretty quick.

Backcountry has an exceptional bottle and draft list (one of the best I've seen) with a wide array of rare Belgians and domestic crafts, including Russian River, Lost Abbey, Firestone Walker, Port, Prairie and Perennial along with a good selection of top locals. Their enticing cellar sits behind a picture window and can be seen as you enter, which is a very cool touch. Kind of whets the beer appetite.

The waitress was super friendly in a small-town kinda she really means it kinda way, which is rare these days. Had the hummus plate with veggies and the pork belly tacos, both of which were flavorful and complimentary to the brew. There's not much atmosphere-wise, but spending time on the beer, which is what counts, has paid off well.

When I get my teleporter working the first palce I'm setting the coordinates to is Backcountry!

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Photo of Viljoen
4.35/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of gmoneyproductions
4.49/5  rDev +1.1%
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 +8.1%
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 +3.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Photo of Macsimus
4.75/5  rDev +7%
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 +3.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Canada_Dan
4.6/5  rDev +3.6%
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 +4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Twal
4.51/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Photo of Yagi1
3.88/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of ricknelson
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of CatapultDowntown
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of bigotecircus
4.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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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Photo of McNazz
5/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of OsoRojo
4.75/5  rDev +7%

Photo of Chairman_Meow76
5/5  rDev +12.6%

Photo of outoffocus
4.1/5  rDev -7.7%

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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Backcountry Pizza & Tap House in Boulder, CO
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