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Boulder’s favorite brewery cheerfully serves a rainbow of fine brews and packs in all from yuppies to hippies. But best of all is its community atmosphere. The pub grub, especially the burgers and chili, is delicious and its fully family-friendly, with board games and kids' meals. It often has live bluegrass, reggae and jam-bands on Sunday and Monday nights.

If you want to skip the hassles of downtown parking, check out its more spacious pub, called the Southern Sun, at the southern end of Broadway, with free parking.