Mountain Sun mixes 1960s vibe with microbrews, inexpensive grub
Walking into Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery, you may get the distinct impression that the laid-back, far-out culture of the 1960s never ended. The crowded restaurant's walls are adorned with psychedelic paintings, and there's even a communal table in the middle of the room.
Fortunately, there are just as many private tables. And although the atmosphere is relaxed, the waiters are prompt and professional. Mountain Sun fuses a warm, mellow, "hippie" vibe with the feeling that you're still in competent hands.
The Sun has been a Boulder favorite since opening its doors in 1993. Its huge popularity usually means a wait — sometimes as long as an hour. Mountain Sun isn't your destination if you're seeking a quick and quiet bite.
So is the wait worth it? Thousands of happy patrons keep answering that week after week with a resounding "Yes!" They come for the food, of course. Mountain Sun serves a range of pub grub that includes burgers, sandwiches and nachos. This being Boulder, there are a variety of vegetarian options, too. The Junk Burger ($7.95, served with chips and pepperocini) fills up many a stomach, while the Tempeh Reuben ($6.95) is an excellent option for vegetarians.
Mountain Sun also has a kid's menu with a wide selection of grilled cheese sandwiches. In fact, it has been frequently nominated as one of the best places in Boulder to bring kids. There's a wide selection of board games on hand so customers can entertain their families or even just pass time among their friends.
What really puts Mountain Sun on the map, however, is its microbrew selection. The beers there have won six gold medals at Denver's Great American Beer Festival (reputed to be the world's largest such festival), and have won numerous other medals across the globe. Although you can't go wrong with any beer on the menu, the Pearl Street Porter, the Colorado Kind Ale and the F.Y.I.P.A. are customer favorites.
Mountain Sun does not accept reservations or credit cards, so bring cash or expect to hit the ATM in the back of the restaurant. That goes for its two other branches, Southern Sun in South Boulder and the Vine in Denver. (Local checks are accepted with an ID.) You won't have to bring all that much, though, to enjoy some really great food, beer and fun.
Posted on March 23, 2009 by David Zindell