HAPPY HOUR: Arcana
From 4 to 6 p.m. daily, this real farm-to-table restaurant in Boulder serves a very reasonable happy hour menu. Here, the breakfast radishes and pea shoot toast are just as good as the chicken biscuit, hot wings, and bacon burger. Plates run $4 to $10, and five house cocktails are priced at $7.
ALL DAY: Acova
The former Patsy’s space has completely transformed into Acova, which serves brunch, lunch, and dinner on weekends. One of the perks of this new neighborhood spot is its 100-seat patio with direct access to the bar (see red and white wine slushies and $3 brunch bloody marys).
DINNER: Q House
Before heading to a show on Colfax, dinner at this modern Chinese restaurant would be worth a detour. The pig ear salad, head-on shrimp, and black bean mussels with a side of crispy French fries are all good options. Chef Christopher Lin is a Momofuku alum. The beverage team has created a summer-ready aloe spritz with Chareau liqueur, ginger green tea, and lemon.
BRUNCH: Bamboo Sushi
LoHi’s new sushi spot just debuted its brunch menu. Dishes will appeal to those who have tried every other brunch in town and now want something different. The Bamboo waffle comes with hot fried chicken, kimchi, and cheddar. The lox box combines smoked salmon, cream cheese, and bagel furikake. Breakfast cocktails, too, are fun and refreshing with yuzu, miso, nigori, and soju among their ingredients.
DRINKS: Pon Pon
While everyone else is waiting in line for Death & Co’s new patio, Pon Pon around the corner would be a fine low-key alternative drinking spot. Vinyl is everywhere in this tucked-away gallery space, from the bathroom walls to the DJ booth. With a handful of bar seats and some vintage living room vibes, it’s a good place to order a Genesee or dealer’s choice mixed drink.