New License No. 1 Brings Classic Cocktails, Speakeasy Style to Boulder
The labyrinthine bar beneath the Hotel Boulderado was the first joint in Boulder to serve liquor, wine and beer that was stronger than 3.2% alcohol, in 1969. The bar, called the Catacombs, was a shot-and-a-beer kind of place until management shuttered it this year, overhauled the interior, and gave it a new name - License No. 1. The new spot opened last night, revealing a space that's less dungeon, more speakeasy. In fact, you could even call it swank - a style that complements the posh environment of the hotel upstairs. If your cringe from memories of people chugging pitchers of Rolling Rock inside the Catacombs, the address is definitely worth a revisit in its new incarnation, which feels like it's primed for Sinatra to walk in at any moment.
Of course, the menus also got a facelift. You can choose from dishes like steak frites and Maine lobster rolls and wash them down with classic cocktails like Sidecars, Old Fashioneds and Blood and Sands. Visit License No. 1 from 5 PM-midnight, nights. There's live music on Wednesdays, deejays on Friday and Saturday nights and classic movies in a cool tucked-away bar on Sunday nights. And if you're not taking in a show of some sort, you can entertain yourself with pool, darts, cribbage, dice and even Barrel of Monkeys, on site. Now take a look through some of the menu highlights, below.