On May 5, the Corner Bar in the 100-year-old Hotel Boulderado reopened, with a facelift. The second part of the hotel's facelift came yesterday License No. 1, in the former Catacombs space. Aptly named, the underground space was the first liquor license in Boulder 1969.
What once was a dingy, underground college bar has now become a speakeasy that pays homage to the historical reference of the space and hotel. The changes boast a new menu, upgraded decor and fine cocktails. Allison Widdecombe, the award-winning bartender from Williams & Graham in Denver created License No. 1's cocktail menu.
The 7000 square-foot space has the longest running elevator still intact and seats 300 people.
On Sunday nights they plan to host vintage movies, the music lounge will include live blues and jazz music Wednesday through Saturday, and the billiard room is still there. The space is now filled with red leather booths, red and gold velvet curtains, mahogany tables, whiskey barrels, and vintage signs.
License No. 1 is open daily from 5 p.m. to midnight.