Wednesday, February 15, 2012

FUN: A guide to BIFF parties and local happy hours

Sometimes we say that the film festival is just an excuse to throw some parties.

OK, all the time. We always say that.

So, if that is what you are about (and our parties are a key reason we were voted one of the 25 coolest film festivals in the world by MovieMaker Magazine), here is your checklist!

1.                              Sponsor Happy Hour
Friday, Feb. 17, 4 to 6 p.m.
1346 Pearl St.
Show up with your ticket stub or VIP pass, gain entry, and party like a rock star! FREE drinks and appetizers!

2.                              VIP/Filmmaker Reception – VIP PASSHOLDERS ONLY!
Friday, Feb. 17, 4 to 6 p.m.
835 Walnut St.
Mix and mingle at this exclusive event at one of Boulder’s most intimate and upscale venues!

3.                              Sponsor Happy Hour
Saturday, Feb. 18, 4 to 6 p.m.
Lazy Dog Sports Bar & Grill
1346 Pearl St.
Show up with your ticket stub or VIP pass, gain entry, and party like a rock star! FREE drinks and appetizers!

4.                              Public Filmmaker Party
Saturday, Feb. 18, 7 to 9 p.m.
Lazy Dog Sports Bar & Grill
1346 Pearl St.
$18 in advance -- $20 at the door – FREE FOR VIP PASSHOLDERS!

5.                              B.A.D. (BIFF After Dark) Party
Saturday, Feb. 18, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Oddfellows Hall
1543 Pearl St.
This is the one. It is going to be bananas. Not only will there will scads of films playing here and there, but there will be food from Chipotle, wine from Coppola Vineyards, beer from Avery and Boulder Beers, music with two live bands – The Vocal Q’s and Tommy and the Tangerines – DJ Space Monkey, and Boulder’s own nationally-known comedian Hippieman!

Now, that being said, there are other places to hang and have fun as well. The St. Julien Hotel at 900 Walnut St. is one of the coziest, friendliest places to hang out downtown – plus it hosts the Digital Media Symposium on Friday! Here are its special offers:

Wine Wednesday
5:30 to 10 p.m., Feb. 15
Jill’s Restaurant/Bistro/T-Zero
Half off all wines by the glass & bottle (featuring select wines from Francis Ford Coppola)
Jill’s Bistro Happy Hour
4:30 to 6 p.m. daily
½ off the entire Bistro menu
Bubbles $4
House martinis & wines $5
Draft beers $3
T-Zero Happy Hour
5 to 7 p.m. daily
Food specials
Draft beers $3
House wines & fruit bellinis $5
Tanqueray & Ketel One cocktails $7
Tuscan Table
11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Feb. 15-17
Buy one Tuscan Table, get one Tuscan Table for ½ off
Live Music Each Night
6:30 to 9:30 p.m. in lobby
And thanks to DigiComm Commando Sandi Butchkiss for lining up this additional info!

The Happiest Happy Hours in Town

Even the BIFFIEST of movie mavens have to take time out for some sustenance during the festival. So here is a list of the most fun spots in town where you can stop for a reduced price refresher between films. Enjoy!

The Bitter Bar
835 Walnut
Happy hours 4 to 6:30 p.m.
Their Margaritas ($5) and their Negronis ($6) are really great. As are their ales and beers ($3) and the special HH menu is amazing ($3 - $6) with every comfort food imaginable, from duck pate, shrimp and sausages to mussels and meatballs.

921 Walnut
HH 4 to 6 p.m.

Get here early or you won't get a table in this popular spot. Great Martinis (and other special cocktails) are just $4.95. Yummy nibbles, including an authentic cheesy onion soup are just $1.95 and up.

1011 Walnut
HH 3 to 6:30 p.m.
Always packed to the rafters, especially at HH time.  . . and no wonder, as their wine goes down to $3.25 and their house booze to $3.50. But it's their HH menu choices, from sliders, mini burgers and frites to fish & chips and more that keep the locals happiest.

1738 Pearl
HH 4 to 6 p.m.
These folks make it simple and discount everything on their drink list and food menus!!!

1922 13th St.
HH an incredible FOUR hours, from 3 to 7 p.m. Their loyal following fills the place with cozy conversation as they down wine and beer at $3 per and munch on a wide range of excellent nibbles at $3 each.

Spruce & 13th Street
HH 3 to 6 p.m.
This place has been a Boulder favorite forever, especially during their long HH with $3 beers and a whopping 40 percent off every item on all of their wines and appetizers.

1117 Pearl
HH 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.
$3 for beer or sake, $5.50 for a couple of extra big rolls and more.

1136 Pearl
HH 5 to 6:30 p.m.
Their HH is short but their value is big! Just $2 for Kirin or sake and a mere $2.25 for huge handrolls, sushi and California rolls.

928 Pearl
HH 4 to 6 p.m.
Their house wines go down to $3, their Martinis to $4, special vodka drinks to $3 and their famous truffle oil fries and coconut shrimp accordingly.

1035 Pearl
HH 3 to 6 p.m.
Here for three hours you can quench your thirst with lager, beer and ales at $2 a pop, wine for $3. Carnivores can load up on lamb or pork sliders ($2.50) and the vegetarians get a choice of veggie plates ($4) or some excellent hummus & chick peas.

1002 Walnut
HH 3 to 6:30 p.m.
Just $1 off all well drinks but their legendary pizza at $3.50 plus the warm and friendly ambiance makes it all worthwhile.

1123 Walnut
HH 3 to 6 p.m.
These guys make it really simple by slashing 50 % off every single item on their entire drinks and comestible menus.

924 Pearl
HH 3 to 6 p.m.
Boulderites flock here at all hours, but especially at HH for their $3 Margaritas, beer, house wines and cocktails which they accompany with a selection from their special HH menu.

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