Arriving into Boulder for the weekend to attend a dear friend’s wedding (for real-we’ve been friends since middle school and were even college roommates), we took the advice of a local and chose to visit Mountain Sun for dinner.
Mountain Sun is located in downtown Boulder on Pearl Street, east of the Pearl Street Mall-a nice place to walk around, visit some shops and experience a little bit of the Boulder culture.
The food was good, but most impressive was the cool vibe and service.
The atmosphere was really fun, with a Westerny motif-a mix of Native American and pioneer style, joined with a real hippy dippy vibe. There was a mix of art all over the walls, with kooky and grotesque imaginary creatures hanging from the ceiling. Old framed concert posters like the Grateful Dead & The String Cheese Incident spoke to a history of 60s psychedelic counter-culture.
The staff was super friendly and you could tell they were having a good time, joking around with each other and singing. They worked as a team, where every server was available to help at any table and they pooled tips.
We had about a half hour wait,but they had free beer samples of your choice and even gave out complimentary baskets of fries while we waited.
Adding to the fun, laid back atmosphere, I noticed the family next to us playing Connect Four at their table. Mountain Sun has a bookshelf of books and games that patrons can borrow. What a fun, quaint idea!
Everyone was so chill and friendly, one had to wonder how many people were high. I definitely spotted at least one glassy-eyed hipster waiting to be seated. Maybe that is their secret to relaxing and having a good time!
Coming from a deep blue state, even I noticed the decidely liberal culture. If hipsters weren’t enough of a clue, the Nasty Woman shirts I spotted solidified my impression. If this first stop was any indication, I knew I would like Boulder…