Whether you’ve got the bedtime munchies or need a midnight snack, Boulder’s late-night food scene will hit the spot.
You can find organic, healthy options (well, as healthy as you can get, eating when the Gremlins come out), 24/7 fare, classic bar snacks, and even late-night cookie delivery. Yup, that is a real thing that exists, and now you know. You’re welcome.
Here’s how we fill up in Boulder after the clock strikes midnight.
The Attic Bar & Bistro
The Attic is a chill pub with great drink specials and a surprisingly impressive food menu, for a bar. While it is more traditional pub fare (nachos and sliders) but also soups, salads and hummus (because Boulder), everything at The Attic is made from scratch.
If you want food until midnight or “often later,” call Boulder Baked (“baked” like a bakery; gosh, what did you think?)
Boulder Baked is all about the best comfort food. The kind of stuff that makes your heart feel all fuzzy. Like pot pies, grilled cheese sandwiches, milkshakes, pies or a hot bowl of soup. Everything is made from scratch, no preservatives.
But the cookies are where Boulder Baked really wins our heart. These are made- and baked-to-order and can be delivered to your door, warm and straight out of the oven, with milk, coffee, or a side of ice cream.
Boulder Baked is a quintessential Boulder spot, so naturally, it offers vegan and gluten-free options for discerning late-night cookie monsters. The restaurant invites you to customize your meal, and it even offers a special line of care packages for University of Colorado students.
Bramble & Hare
Bramble & Hare does late night, farm-to-table style. This hip restaurant, open until midnight Thursday through Saturday, even has a special late-night menu.
On that list: mac and cheese with bacon (served in cute little Le Creuset crocks), pork rillette with fermented green beans or seared farm carrots with mole and pepitas. How about parsnip soup?
Yeah. Not your average late-night dishes.
Last call for food is 10 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday and midnight during the weekend (yeah, it starts Thursday here), but if the restaurant is hoppin’ the kitchen keeps cookin’.
Bramble & Hare also serves microbrews, wine and cocktails to wash down your moonlight dining.
“As restaurant owners working many late nights, we were very aware that it was hard to find anywhere that we wanted to eat after work,” says Jill Skokan, owner of Bramble & Hare. “Late night was instantly popular, especially with industry.”
Illegal Pete’s, Inc.
If you’re super hungry for something monstrous and delicious, a giant burrito at Illegal Pete’s will be your best friend.
Illegal Pete’s has two locations in Boulder, on Pearl Street and The Hill, both open until midnight Sunday through Wednesday and until 2:30 a.m. Thursday through Saturday. That means Illegal Pete’s is a popular destination after the bars close.
The best late-night options are the loaded nachos if you want to stay and eat in the restaurant or a good ol’, loaded, mission-style burrito for a late-night pick-up on your way home. It’s easy to travel with and totally hits the spot. Make sure you request Pete’s signature queso. Mmm, queso.
Lolita’s Market & Deli
Lolita’s is not a fancy restaurant, but it is a local’s favorite for to-go food and quick bites. Lolita’s, located on west Pearl Street, is a market that is open 24/7, but tucked in the back, you’ll find a deli with excellent sandwiches and wraps.
Pearl Street Pub & Cellar
This is another local favorite. At first glance it’s an ordinary, relaxed Pearl Street Pub. But it also offers a delicious late-night menu with the likes of burgers, wings, fish and chips, and fried mac and cheese.
Because not much is better at 2 a.m. than a pizza.
Pizza Colóre is one of Boulder’s favorite pizza shops. It’s locally owned, serving up New York-style pizza quickly for more than 20 years. Get your fix by the slice or if you’re craving greens, you can get sandwiches and salads here, too. But seriously, the pizza’s where it’s at.
Shine Restaurant and Gathering Place
Not all midnight snacks have to be unhealthy. Shine’s menu is all local, organic, “nutrient dense,” and 100 percent gluten-free. This is the place to go for late-night gluten-free pizza.
Or wild salmon and goat cheesecakes. Ribeye steak. Coconut curry. A raw house salad. The menu is as diverse as it is delicious.
Shine also has housemade desserts and fun drinks, both alcoholic and not.
Shine serves food daily until 10 p.m. The patio is open late, too, with a great fountain and fireplace. Check out Shine’s new location at 2480 Canyon Blvd. in The Village Shopping Center.
Sushi Zanmai is widely considered one of if not the best sushi restaurant in Boulder. This upbeat restaurant offers a full menu ‘til midnight on Saturdays. (Don’t miss the Saturday Super Happy Hour from 10-11 p.m.)
Which also happens to be when it holds karaoke.
So you can enjoy your sushi, yellowtail hamachi, and sashimi until late into the night while listening to bad Def Leppard covers.
West End Tavern
Local tip: A half-dozen buffalo wings are only 87 cents each all day Wednesday. Wash them down with a can of Post Brewing Co. beer.
As West End Tavern says, this is not your daddy’s tavern. First, West End has a stunning rooftop lounge that gazes out directly at the Flatirons. Second, it offers to adjust its menu to any “allergy, sensitivity, or personal choice,” from vegan to raw to paleo to fill in the blank.
Burgers are tops here. So is the BBQ. It’s been called the best in town, and we can’t dispute that.
The Yellow Deli, on Pearl Street, is a quirky restaurant chain that serves sandwiches, salads, and offers a juice bar.
It’s open 24 hours a day Monday through Thursday. But on the weekends it closes 3 p.m. Friday and stays closed until Sunday at noon.
So if you’ve got a crazy craving for, say, kettle-cooked chili or carrot cake at 4:37 a.m. on a Tuesday, you can head here. Anything on the menu is available any time of day. But for your weekend eat-off-the-beer-you-drank fix, this deli is a no-go.