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Our Top 9 Happy Hours to Check Out This Month!

by Cory Dudley

As the temperatures warm up this month, we're looking for cold drinks, delicious small plates and feel-good environments. There are many happy hour spots to choose from but we've collected one from each of the 9 areas that we specialize in - that way, no matter where you find yourself in the late afternoon, you'll know just where to go!


Cafe Aion . 1235 Pennsylvania . Boulder, CO

3-6pm, ALL NIGHT Monday & Tuesday

(Photo Credit: Kevin Heffernan)

The tapas-inspired happy hour provides cozy atmosphere as well as delicious drinks and tastes. You'll be able to sample bites such as Moroccan spiced pork sliders, fried cauliflower with saffron yogurt and mussels for only $2 - $7. The cherry on top? There are desserts on happy hour, too! Whether you're craving savory or sweet, Cafe Aion has something to suit everyone. To wash it all down, the drinks are $3-$6 and include varieties such as wine, rotating cocktails and house-made red and white sangria.

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The Roost . 526 Main St . Longmont, CO

4-6pm Monday - Thursday, ALL DAY on Sunday

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People don't only come to The Roost for the bowl of Roost Pickles - though they are spicy perfection for $2! The Longmont community enjoys the innovative drinks and the delicious snacks that this happy hour spot provides. As of April 25th, the rooftop patio will be open for those who enjoy seeing the sun off in the evening and finishing their drinks beneath strands of hanging lights from above. The $3 Rocks Margarita is a favorite, as are the $3 Polenta Bites - complete with house smoked tomato puree, local Haystack Mountain goat cheese and balsamic reduction.


Treppeda's . 300 2nd Ave . Niwot, CO

5-6:30pm, Monday - Saturday

Treppeda's is well known for it's extensive wine list, which includes selections from northeast Italy, north and northwest, central areas, south and islands, as well as various California vintages. The staff is well educated and happy to help you select! During happy hour, house wine by the glass goes for $3.75. Cocktails are $3.50 - $6, and small plates for $3-$9. Some small plates on the menu include bruschetta with house-made ricotta and olive miste, which is the chef's selection of marinated mixed olives.

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Bogey's Eatery & Spirits . 6525 Gunpark Dr. Suite 380 Boulder, CO

3-7pm, every day!

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As Gunbarrel's only full service restaurant and bar, Bogey's is the perfect spot to cheers with friends and enjoy great food with the locals.  Their custom-built 16 tap systems delivers chilled beer each and every time, with 6 local brews on tap and 10 more on standby at any given moment. The happy hour menu is offered from 3-9pm and includes bacon-wrapped poppers, wings, hummus with pita bread and half nachos grande. There are daily drinks specials ranging from $2.50 - $5.00.

Enjoy the year-round patio with friends or colleagues, and even bring your four-legged family members! They created a custom dog yard adjacent to the patio that is open year round, so your dog can soak up the sun, too.

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Oksar Blues Grill & Brew . 303 Main St . Lyons, CO

3-6pm,, Monday - Friday

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Nearly 20 years ago, nestled in the quiet town of Lyons, CO Oskar Blues opened it's doors. It is the birthplace of Dale's Pale Ale and the home of the brewery as well, which means they have one awesome happy hour! There is always a daily hour hour special, so be sure to ask the server... But you can always count on $2.50 sliders (BLT, catfish, pulled pork or buffalo chicken style) and a variety of mini nachos to please any palette.

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The Old Mine Cidery & Brewpub . 500 Briggs St . Erie, CO

4-6pm, Monday - Thursday

(Photo Credit: Lilli Armstrong)

The Old Mine took up residence in an old mercantile building in history downtown Erie.They feature hard cider and beer, with 15 tapes and a fully stocked beer cellar. Their vision is to connect the local community with the beer community in a welcome atmosphere that beckons you to sit and enjoy. The best part? They have made 'hoppy hour' all their own by offering $1 off drafts, pizzas and sandwiches across their menu -many of which are packed with locally sourced ingredients, so you can feel good about eating that pizza.

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Zucca Italian Ristorante. 808 MainSt . Louisville, CO

4-6pm, Monday - Friday

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This is a farm-to-table style restaurant that creates flavorful dishes using very fresh ingredients (organic when possible), and provides an extensive wine list to match. With authentic Italian options, you simply can't go wrong settling in for their special prices from 4-6pm during the week. $3 small plates include choices such as truffle flies, calamari, Italian sausage sliders and salads. Drinks range $3 - $7.

(Photo Credit: Grace Boyle)


The Post Brewing Company . 105 West Emma St . Lafayette, CO

4-6pm, Monday - Friday

Pull up a chair! The Post Brewing Company designs beers to perfectly pair with various meals on their menu, and their happy hour selections are no exception. With a comfort-cooked feel and a fantastic patio to enjoy in warmer weather, you can't go wrong choosing this spot. You can snack on deviled eggs for $1 each or a fried chicken biscuit for $4. Drinks range $2.50 - $5 and all draft beers are $1 off.

(Photo Credit: Carrie Dow)


Sushi Yama . 1627 E. Colton Rd . Superior, CO

2:30 - 5pm, Monday - Saturday

This sushi spot in Superior had it's grand opening in September of 2014 and already has loyal customers that bring family and friends to join them in their visits. Happy hour specials include 40% off basic rolls, 20% off specialty rolls, $1 sashimi pieces and BOGO beer!

Insider's tip - craving authentic Chinese cuisine? Request the 'Secret Chinese Menu' from your server. You'll need to know how to read Chinese or be with someone who can read it for you!


Longmont Community Blood Drive — Donations will be taken in the Community Room, 10:30 a.m., Moose Lodge, 2210 Pratt St., Longmont. Go to

Monday Free Movie Night with "Pulp Fiction" — A screening of the film, 7 p.m., Dicken's Opera House, 300 Main St., Longmont. Go to


• Canvas and Cocoa — For grades third through fifth, local artist Tami Showers will demonstrate painting a winter theme masterpiece. Each participant will take home a masterpiece of their own, materials provided, 4 p.m., Erie Community Library, 400 Powers St., Erie. Registration required. Go to

• Small Business Series: Navigating the Media and Free Advertising Opportunities — Learn about many low-cost ways to market your small business, how to write effective press releases for the media, and how to work with your local media representatives, 6 p.m., Longmont Public Library, 409 Fourth Ave., Longmont. Go to

Bimini Ring Toss Competition — Single person teams or pairs can split and shoot as one person. There are prizes for winners and losers. Enjoy free snacks, 6:30 p.m., 300 Suns Brewing, 335 First Ave., Longmont;



• World's Largest Sticker Ball Weigh-In — The Sticker Giant company based in Hygiene will weigh in their sticker ball, Saul, to beat the 220 pound Guinness World Record, noon, Wibby Brewing, 209 Emery St., Longmont. Go to

• Open bluegrass pick — Live music, 8 p.m., Longs Peak Pub, 600 Longs Peak Ave., Longmont. Call 303-651-7886.


• Cheesemaking 101 and Creamery Tour — Begin with a behind-the-scenes tour of the Mountain Goat Cheese Creamery and then sample several cheese in the new Cheese Education Center while learning to make your own cheese, 2 p.m., The Art of Cheese, 505 Weaver Road, Longmont. Cost is $25. Go to

• RSVPs for the 14th annual Madrigal Dinner — RSVPs are due Thursday for the Centaurus High School Vocal Music Program's Madrigal Dinner. The event includes a six-course Renaissance feast where you can dance with the jesters, feed the beggars and a chance to cheer for your favorite champion during the tournament, 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Centaurus High School, 10300 S. Boulder Road, Lafayette. Cost is $25 for general admission and $35 for preferred seating. Contact Scott Wickham at 720-651-7734 or email Scott.Wickham@

• Screening of "The Great Divide" — The documentary shows the influence of water in both connecting and dividing an arid state and region, 6:30 p.m., Longmont Public Library, 409 Fourth Ave., Longmont. Go to


• Friday Afternoon Concert and Art Show — Take Down the Door, a Celtic band, will perform and art show will be the works of Greg Marquez, 2:30 p.m., Longmont Museum, 400 Quail Road, Longmont. Cost is $10. Go to

• Opening night of "Yankee Tavern" — Longmont Theater Company presents "Yankee Tavern," a play that takes place inside a crumbling New York tavern in which a young couple finds themselves caught up in what might be the biggest conspiracy of all, 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays through Jan. 24, Longmont Performing Arts Center, 513 Main St., Longmont. Call 303-772-5200 or go to


• Birds of Prey Driving Tour — Join Boulder County Naturalist for a driving tour to view birds of prey. The group will carpool to locations. Bring water, lunch or snacks. Participants are encouraged to bring binoculars, spotting scopes, and bird field guide if you have them, 10 a.m., Boulder County Parks and Open Space, 5201 St. Vrain Road, Longmont. Registration required. Call 303-678-6214.

• Winter Windows to Wellness — An informative and hands-on fair that features 20 vendors and holistic healers, 9 a.m., Longmont Senior Center, 910 Longs Peak Ave., Longmont. Schedule 15-minute sessions for $5 each. Call 303-651-8404.

• Paper Shredding Event — A free paper shredding event for residential trash and recycling customers, 9 a.m., Waste Diversion Center, 140 Martin St., Longmont. Bring utility bill and identification. Go to


Kruger & Bunin, piano — The Estes Park Music Festival presents live music, 2 p.m., Stanley Hotel, 333 Wonderview Ave., Estes Park. Cost is $10. Go to

Home Cheesemaking: Tips, Tools and Techniques — The class features many cheesemaking techniques with a focus on commonly asked questions, 2 p.m., The Art of Cheese, 505 Weaver Park Road, Longmont. Cost is $39. Go to theartofcheese .com.


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Multicultural Storytelling from Around the World — Enjoy the dramatic art of storytelling while discovering different tales from around the world. Each month we feature a different continent, join us for European stories in December, 2:30 p.m. at Longmont Public Library, 409 Fourth Ave. Call 303-651-8477.

Winter Solstice Exploration — On the longest night of the year, when the veils are thin, we gather again to find seeds of light in ourselves so we may help bring peace to our hearts and our planet. This is a participative, ritual exploration that involves contact dance, blind-folds and silent meditation in the dark, 6:30 p.m. at Double Rainbow Ranch Yoga Studio, 6541 N. 63rd Street, Niwot. Cost is $20. Go to


String Cheese/Pizza Cheese — Here's a fun cheesemaking class just for kids! Get very hands-on with our 30 minute mozzarella recipe and finish off our homemade cheeses as string cheese and pizza cheese, 10 a.m. at The Art of Cheese at Haystack Mountain Goat Cheese Creamery, 505 Weaver Park Road, Longmont. Cost is $30. Go to

Big Kids Christmas Ornament — Making For ages 5 to 12, create Christmas and holiday decorations with your children, 10 a.m., 11:45 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. at Longmont Museum, 400 Quail Road, Longmont. Cost is $5. Go to

Santa Visits the Longmont Museum — Bring your last minute wishes to see if you've made it onto the nice list, noon at Longmont Museum, 400 Quail Road, Longmont. Got to


David Sheingold — Live music, 6 p.m. at Still Cellars, 1115 Colorado Ave, Longmont. Go to

Willie Bean Bluegrass — Live music, 7 p.m. at Rosalee's Pizzeria, 461 Main St., Longmont. Call 303-485-5020.

Open Bluegrass Pick hosted by Eric Wiggs — Live music, 8 p.m. at Longs Peak Pub, 600 Longs Peak Ave, Longmont. Go to


Christmas Eve Services — Christmas Eve Services are at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Christmas Eve Services with Candlelight Services are at 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. at Life Bridge Church, 10345 Colo. 66, Longmont. Go to

Christmas Eve Service — The service will be held at 6 p.m. at St. Brigit Episcopal Church, 110 Johnson St., Frederick. Go to

Christmas Eve Service — There will be services at 5 to 7 p.m. at Rinn United Methodist Church, 3783 Weld County Road 20, Longmont. Go to

Open Mic Hosted By Brian Rezac — Live music, 7 p.m. at Dickens Opera House, 300 Main Street, Longmont. Go to


Christmas Dinner at the Niwot Tavern — The Niwot Tavern hosts its annual complimentary Christmas dinner for those in need, alone, or in special circumstances where they can benefit from this dinner, 2 to 5 p.m. at Niwot Tavern, 7960 Niwot Road, Niwot. Go to or call 303-652-0200.


American Legion Blood Drive — Donations will be taken inside the legion hall, 8 a.m. at Longmont American Legion, 315 South Bowen St. Call Marion Herman at 303-776-7679 or visit

Starbucks Blood Drive — Donations will be taken inside the bloodmobile, 9 a.m. to 11:10 a.m. and 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Starbucks, 1087 S. Hover St., Longmont. Call 303-363-2300 or visit

Jesse R. S. — Live music, 5 p.m. at Left Hand Brewing Co., 1265 Boston Ave., Longmont. Call 303-772-0258.

Heartwood — Live music, 8:30 p.m. at The Roost, 526 Main St, Longmont. Call 303-827-3380.


Ladies Auxiliary Breakfast — Enjoy eggs, bacon, sausage, hash browns, French toast, pancakes, biscuits and gravy, toast, coffee, tea and orange juice, 8 a.m. at Longmont American Legion, 315 South Bowen St. Adults are $8 and kids are $5. Call 720-635-0840.

• Bluegrass Pick with Bonnie & Taylor Sims —Live music, noon, Sunday, Oskar Blues Homemade Liquids and Solids, 1555 S. Hover Road, Longmont. Call 303-485-9400.


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Lyons Holiday Parade of Lights is at 6:30 p.m. Saturday on Main Street and Broadway, Lyons, with music at 7:15 p.m. in Sandstone Park, Fourth and Broadway, Lyons, and fireworks are at 7:40 p.m. (Times-Call file)


Loteria Mexicana —Enjoy traditional Mexican bingo at the Longmont Public Library. The game will be played mostly in Spanish, 6 p.m. , Longmont Public Library, 409 Fourth Ave., Longmont. Call 303-651-8473.

Blues Jam with Boa & The Constrictors —Live music, 7 p.m. , Oskar Blues Homemade Liquids and Solids, 1555 S. Hover Road, Longmont. Call 303-485-9400.


Handmade Holiday —Kids from third to fifth grade can get into the holiday spirit and craft some handmade gifts for your friends and family, 4 p.m., Erie Community Library, 400 Powers St., Erie. Got to

Felting Fun for the Whole Family —Come join the fun and create a family Holiday tradition. Learn how to make an adorable, one-of-a-kind needle felted snowman or penguin ornament, 6 p.m., Erie Community Library, 400 Powers Street, Erie. Go to


Handmade Holiday —Teens from sixth to 12th grade can get into the holiday spirit and craft some handmade gifts for your friends and family, 4 p.m. , Erie Community Library, 400 Powers Street, Erie. Go to

Book Signing with Claudia Mills and Phyllis Perry — Mills will talk about the Nora Notebooks and the Franklin School Friends series of books for children. Perry will discuss her new adult book, "Colorado Vanguards: Historic Trailblazers," and her children's book, "A Field Guide to Ocean Animals," 6:30 p.m. , Local Editions Books and Coffee, 2919 17th Ave., Suite 110, Longmont. Go to


Mommy and Me Stress Reduction— Discover fun mindfulness meditation techniques and become intentional about what you want to nurture this holiday season. Best for children ages 6 and under, 11 a.m. , Longmont Public Library, 409 Fourth Ave., Longmont. Call 303-651-8477.

Cheesemaking: Intro to Hard Cheese— Some say that soft cheeses are easy to make and hard cheeses are hard, but in this class we will learn that's not necessarily so, 6:30 p.m. , The Art of Cheese at Haystack Mountain Goat Cheese Creamery, 505 Weaver Park Road, Longmont. Cost is $39. Go to

Longmont 50th Annual Christmas Home Tour — United Church of Christ (UCC-Longmont)presents this self-guided tour of five Longmont homes decorated for Christmas, including Historic Hoverhome. VIP night is from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday and includes dinner at local restaurant. Cost is $35. On Friday from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., enjoy the self-guided tour along with a bake sale and soup and bread dinner at UCC-Longmont, 1500 Ninth Ave., Longmont. Cost is $15. Go to


Lego Club —Build holiday decorations including ornaments for our annual LEGO tree, 6 p.m. , Longmont Public Library, 409 Fourth Ave., Longmont. Call 303-651-8477.

Erie Country Christmas— Come out and enjoy Santa's Workshop, local school choirs, complimentary S'Mores, living nativity scene, hayrides and the Parade of Lights followed by Santa, 5 p.m. , Historic Downtown Erie, Briggs Street. Go to

Storytime With Santa — Santa will read Christmas stories to children of all ages at the Used Book Emporium. Don't forget to bring your camera, 6:30 p.m. , Used Book Emporium, 346 Main St., Longmont. Call 303-776-6561.


Christmas Cookies, Candy and Cards Sale —Shoppers assemble their own take-out boxes of homemade cookies and candy from a wonderful, festive array of open-top trays. Cookies and candy are then weighed upon check-out and charged. Cookies are $5 a pound, candy is $7 a pound and Christmas cards are $6 a box., 8:30 a.m. , Messiah Lutheran Church, 1335 Francis St., Longmont. Call 303-776-2573.

•Dog pictures with Santa —The Boneyard committee is inviting all dog lovers to have your holiday photos taken with your furry friend, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Erie Community Center, 450 Powers St., Erie. Cost is $25, all proceeds go to The Boneyard, Erie's first dog park. Go to

A Holiday Fayre with British Flair —The fifth annual Holiday Fayre presented by WINC (Womens International Niwot Club) is coming to Niwot. Come and enjoy this wonderful holiday shopping experience with local vendor, 10 a.m. , Left Hand Grange, 195 Second Ave., Niwot. Go to

Colorado Horse Rescue Holiday Open House— Get your holiday shopping off to a great start at the annual CHR Holiday Open House. Enjoy refreshments and tours of the facility and browse our shop's unique collection of gift items, 10 a.m. , Colorado Horse Rescue, 10386 N. 65th St., Longmont. Call 720-494-1414.

The Carbon Valley Holiday Festival — A collaborative effort between Firestone, Frederick and Dacono to host a full day of holiday activities . Santa Saturday is from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Carbon Valley Regional Library, 7 Park Ave., Firestone. Santa and Mrs. Claus with Santa's Workshop, music performances, and photos with firemen will be from 1 to 4 p.m. at Cold Ridge Middle School, 6201 Booth Drive, Firestone. Selfies with Santa, create cards and crafts, and holiday entertainment will be from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at Dacono City Hall, 512 Cherry St., Dacono. Festival Lights with photos with Santa, music performances, carriage rides and ice carving is from 6 to 8 p.m. at Crist Park, 105 Fifth St., Frederick. Go to

•41st Lyons Holiday Bazaar Sixty Christmas Booths with Homemade gifts, candy, baked goods, books, wreaths, lunch, Santa, door prizes, 10 a.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. Sunday, Lyons Elementary School Gym, Fourth Avenue and Stickney Avenue, Lyons.

Hometown Holiday Celebration & Parade of Lights — Join the Town of Mead for a holiday celebration. Events include a chili cook-off, a cookie and ornament decorating contest for children, a free chili supper, parade of lights and tree lighting ceremony, and photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, 2 p.m. , Mead Town Hall, 441 Third St., Mead. Call 303-517-5281 or go to .

•Lyons Holiday Parade of Lights— The bright glow of the holidays is once again coming to the Town of Lyons with illuminated, colorful floats, many of which will be decorated in the theme of this year's parade, "Christmas Around the World," 6:30 p.m. , Main Street and Broadway, Lyons. Music is at 7:15 p.m. in Sandstone Park, Fourth and Broadway, Lyons. Fireworks are at 7:40 p.m. Go to


Jubilate Chorus —The group will perform choral music, 2 p.m. , Community Church of the Rockies, 1700 Brodie Ave., Estes Park. Cost is $10. Go to

Dinner with Santa 2 p.m. , Samples World Bistro, 370 Main St., Longmont. Call 303-327-9318.


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