Named “Best Bar” by 5280 Magazine and The Daily Camera, this American Tavern has been a Boulder tradition for decades…while consistently reinventing itself. West End Tavern’s chefs create delicious, home-style cuisine that features Boulder’s best BBQ, juicy burgers, fantastic salads, and creative daily specials.
Dining in Boulder the way it should be. Find yourself on our rooftop deck indulging on gourmet BBQ and a glass of bourbon, while taking in the remarkable views of the Flatirons beneath 300 days of sunshine each year. Our patio heaters are sure to keep you warm on cold Colorado days, making the rooftop a year-round dining spot. Inside, our restaurant is cozy, warm, and inviting.
Choose from a large selection of whiskey and craft beers on 20 taps. Visit one of Boulder’s best restaurants and the locals’ favorite for a cold brew and good eats.
Though no one knows the exact date this building was erected, town records date it back as far as 1906, when it housed Boulder’s Police Station. The Station’s next-door neighbor at the time was, fittingly, a house of ‘ill repute’ (four red velvet clad rooms were discovered in the basement next door, under what is now Jax Fish House, during construction in 1987).
In the 1950’s, the building was home to the Spaghetti Factory, a family owned Italian eatery. Next, The Red Cross took residence, until the City Council observed that the building was in the floodplain. The Council felt that it would be bad form to send rescue boats to the Red Cross during a flood. The Red Cross quickly made a move to higher and drier ground.
In 1987, Steve “Beaver” Goren and Marc “Minnie” Minion opened the original West End Tavern. In doing so, they not only named, but gave birth to Boulder’s thriving ‘West End’ retail district. The partners purchased the big, old, beautiful bar from Miss Kittie’s Saloon in Bayaud, Nebraska, stopping point on the original Oregon Trail. Miss Kittie herself sold them the bar and told them, based on expert calculations & the design, its likely birthplace was Omaha, Nebraska, in the late 1800’s.
Our furniture is a by-product of the 2002 Hayman fire, which destroyed over 70,000 acres of local old growth pine forest. Some of the biggest trees killed in that fire were salvaged to create the tables you see in our dining room today. There’s a lot of history in this old place, and plenty more in the making.