Boulder prides itself (get it?) on being LGBTQ+-friendly. Advocate.com even named Boulder one of the top-10 queerest cities in the country.
So it might seem shocking that Boulder doesn’t have an official gay bar.
Some say there’s no designated gay bar in Boulder because every bar in Boulder is a gay bar — as well as a straight bar, a transgender bar, an everyone and anyone bar.
But sometimes you want to meet other people like you. If you’re gay and headed to Colorado (or you live here and you’re looking for inspo), here’s how to plan a fun “gaycation” in Boulder.
Before you leave: Join the Facebook group Prop Gay. This is a “guerrilla LGBTQIA pop-up party” that holds occasional events at Boulder businesses. You don’t have to be gay to attend, though. It’s not exclusive. Allies are welcome.
Planning your vacation: Check the Out Boulder events calendar for events during your stay. This calendar is always packed with activities, some regular, some special. You’ll find fun every week and often multiple times a day.
Make sure you look at the PFLAG event calendar, too. This group’s annual Gender-Expansive Fashion Show every spring is a must-attend.
Other Annual Events
Keep your eyes and ears open for big special events, like the Rocky Mountain Regional Rodeo in July, hosted by the Colorado Gay Rodeo Association. This is held annually at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds in Golden, not far from Boulder.
The Boulder Pridefest is in September every year, typically held at Central Park in Boulder. Longmont Pride is held in June (so is Denver’s Pride).
Another big event in Boulder is the annual Garden Party, where Out Boulder County honors three community members with awards.
Don’t miss the Big Gay 5K every September.
Now, Plan Your Week
Sunday: Start your Sunday with a group run with the Colorado Frontrunners. This group meets at 9:15 a.m. Sundays in front of the Boulder Public Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave. Choose from a longer run (six miles up Boulder Creek Trail), a walk up Boulder Creek, a five-mile run up Mount Sanitas Trail or a jog east on Boulder Creek Trail around the University of Colorado campus. After about an hour, the group meets for food at Alfalfa’s, 1651 Broadway.
Or if you want to be active but running isn’t your thing, on Sundays, you can regularly find Rainbow Karma Yoga classes at Left Hand Yoga Studio, 1811 Hover St., Suite H, in Longmont. The classes, 11 a.m.-noon, are appropriate for all levels and are LBGTQIA-friendly. Allies welcome. The classes are free but donations are accepted, to benefit Out Boulder County.
After yoga, head to the French Quarter Brasserie, 1207 Pearl St., Boulder, for its weekly Drag Brunch. It’s free to attend (but you have to pick up your own food tab), hosted by drag queen Felony Misdemeanor and runs from 12:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. Make sure you reserve your spot in advance.
If you like to go to church on Sundays, the First Congregational Church UCC of Boulder has been openly welcoming to gay people for more than 30 years.
Tuesday: Head to the Out Boulder County Pridehouse (2132 14th St., Boulder) for a free Art and Activism gathering, specifically for youth. Get together and draw, write, perform, make music or just enjoy other people’s creativity.
In the evening, from 6-8 p.m., Out Boulder holds a Sunset Gathering in different locations throughout town. Bring food and non-alcoholic drinks for yourself or to share or not at all. Some people bring games, blankets and music.
Wednesday: The Community Cafe is held every Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Out Boulder County office, 630 Main St. in Longmont. Bring lunch or a snack and hang out in these weekly gatherings, which center around different topics. You might learn about local LGBTQ+ community leaders, artists, musicians and more. The event is free and a great way to meet new people.
Thursday: Head to Longmont for the Craft Club for LBGTQ+ folks and allies. Every Thursday from 4-7 p.m., people get together at Out Boulder County, located at 630 Main St., to knit, crochet and work on art. Don’t have your own yarn and needles? The group has some you can use. Don’t know how to knit? Here’s where to learn.
If you would rather get outside on Thursday nights, Dykes with Dogs holds weekly hikes (obviously, with dogs) 6-9 p.m. on Thursdays. Locations vary.
Friday: On Friday, venture outside of the Boulder bubble to a gay bar in Denver. The Denver Wrangler is laid back, X Bar is hoppin’ with go-go dancers and Tracks Nightclub is always amusing, with half-naked bartenders and great drag shows. Trade is one of Denver’s newer gay bars. On Friday, Trade holds Fetish Fridays. Wear your leash and latex.