[On Pearl Street by Pasta Jay’s. Photo: Kent Kanouse] Whether it’s your first date or your fifteenth, Boulder’s a top town for dating, day or night. There’s so much do both inside and out in this vibrant bubble on the northern Front Range.
Since it’s only 45 minutes from Denver, many metro area residents day trip up to the flatiron city. Those couples generally look for fun hikes with a view before getting dinner and heading home. However, do consider spending the night at one of Boulder’s top hotels. Boulder’s similar to Colorado Springs in the regard that the mountains are a bit closer than in Denver. So like COS it’s easy to incorporate nature into a dazzling date.
Make Boulder the next destination for your date night. If not, we also covered romantic first date ideas for dating in Denver, as well as in dating in Colorado Springs. In between these three cities, millions of residents live and play.
The University of Colorado hosts year round entertainment at the world class Fiske Planetarium. You and your date can enjoy a variety of exceptionally narrated and digitally mastered shows. Come by any Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening for public shows, plus matinees on Saturday and Sunday.
Evening showtimes usually start at 7pm, and most afternoons are between 1 and 4pm. Their featured films and music shows playing now include:
- Films: Incoming!, Bears and Aurora of Alaska, Black Holes, We Are Stars, and more.
- Music shows: FiskEDM, Laser Gaga, Laser Queen, Liquid Sky Pretty Lights, and more.
After the show the two of you can meander the lovely, Italian-inspired CU-Boulder campus, one of the top colleges in Colorado. Leisurely make your way northwest to CU’s separate “college downtown” area known as The Hill. It’s probably time for a libation. Hit up any number of satisfying bars, before capping off the evening at the Sink, where you can soak up the drinks with a late snack. After, sign its famous low-hanging underground ceiling, and be amongst locals and celebrities alike. Even former President Obama stopped by the Sink.
The Flatirons symbolize Boulder, so it’s a bucket list item if you haven’t explored them. Head over to Chautauqua Park at the base of the aforementioned mountains to begin the hike. You can spend the afternoon here on the expansive lawns, perhaps with a picnic or some lawn games. Begin the hike anytime, including evening if the stars align. I mean, if it’s bright enough out.
The First and Second Flatiron Loop is 2.5 miles, gaining nearly 1500 feet in elevation. Dogs are welcome too in case you’ll be double dating with your four legged pals. You can view the whole range of park trails, as well as a map to ready your plan.
Pearl Street Stroll
A trip to Boulder is hardly complete without a walk down its charming promenade. Even without a date, it’s a great place to meet local singles. Pearl Street is lined with colorful shops and restaurants, so it’s among the easiest places to go without a plan. However, if you want to stand apart, have some fun tricks lined up your sleeves. In downtown Boulder there are a lot of fun things to do. Kick off your evening at Piece, Love & Chocolate to browse the town’s premiere chocolate boutique. Pick up some dark chocolate aphrodisiacs to save for later.
Perhaps, swing by the Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse, a unique and beautiful spot for an intellectual conservation. Indulge in some some sweets with your tea, or maybe some gourmet chocolate you bought elsewhere. Make it a point to check out the more hidden spots or places you might skip over while on Pearl. It’s okay to pop in and take a peek and leave. Be on the lookout for cool rooftop and underground bars, make it a crawl. They have venues for everything. Rio Grande feature’s a lively, spacious rooftop, and notoriously strong margaritas with a 3 count limit.
Ol’ Time Cocktail Night
This date idea is simliar to a standard bar crawl, except the focus is clear, or blurry;) and that’s to have a classic night out sipping on outrageous cocktails. Bartenders, or mixologists, as some may prefer, love to show off their craft and mix up exciting drinks for appreciating customers. Combine your cocktail crawl with some dancing and you’re pretty much assured an interesting, wild time. There are a number of hidden speakeasies and distilleries around Boulder to keep the night memorable.
Get the party started off East Arapahoe at Vapor Distillery. Tuesday to Friday catch a tour of the place at 4pm, or 3pm and 5pm on weekends. After you are now properly educated, you can begin the tastings of their locally crafted liquors. From 5 to 8pm, Monday to Friday, is Boulder’s longest happy hour, available over at The Bitter Bar. Catch live music and notorious cocktails in this hipster pub on Walnut Street. Tucked inside of Hotel Boulderado on Spruce lies a classic speakeasy, whose claim to fame is having Boulder’s first legal liquor license. License No. 1 was voted “Best Classy Bar” in 2017 by Colorado Daily, thanks to their prohibition-era style drinks and cool vibrant ambiance with live music.
Theatre and the Arts
Boulder is a creative place to be no matter how you slice it, from science and technology, to arts and culture. For those looking to discover art galleries or theatrical performances, you will have plenty of venues to choose from. The Dairy Center for the Arts is a year round destination for rotating galleries, cinema shows, dance, comedy, theatre and other performing arts. Located inside is the Boedecker Theater, considered one of America’s top art cinemas. Their diverse programming lineup includes something for everyone, with shows playing at a variety of times throughout the week.
From early June to early August, catch the annual Colorado Shakespeare Festival held at the college’s performing arts center. Catch a show on the CU Campus for a romantic evening of laughter and entertainment. Or do a search for any number of one-of-a-kind museums in town for a cognitive date.
Cruise up to Panorama Point
Looking for a smooch? Haha, drive up to Flagstaff Road at any time of day for a birds eye view of Boulder County. See what you can pick out in the distance. Can you spot Boulder Reservoir, Pearl Street or CU’s red roofed campus? How about downtown Denver in the distance? Or is it an evening sea of dazzling lights and stars. Perhaps you can make out the Denverites heading east and west on Highway 36.
Panorama Point lies 1.1 miles up Flagstaff Road from Chautauqua Park. Gain vertical as you drive east to a pull off for a parking lot on the east side of Flagstaff Rd. If your vehicle isn’t registered in Boulder County, there is a daily parking fee. Pay and access the Panorama Point Trailhead here. A couple of charcoal grills and three picnic tables are first-come, first-serve. Leashed dogs are permitted. The hike is short and enjoyable. Please respect nature and the wildlife.
Hopefully, you got at least one nifty date night idea from this list. Boulder’s a special type of Colorado town with plenty of particular gems. Feel free to share a Boulder date or two in the comments below. Cheers!