If there is one restaurant that should be written about in AboutBoulder.com, it should be The Sink, and mainly because of its sheer celebrity in the Boulder community.


Located on The Hill, it’s been a Boulder staple for over 90 years. It’s changed names a and owners a handful of times but in 1989 returned (permanently) to it’s roots. Known for its beatnik murals and colorful decor, The Sink was home to Buffs like Robert Redford (legend has it he slept in one of the booths after working his janitor shifts), and being the hub for the hippie culture in the 70s. 

You probably already know that Guy Fieri stopped in to feature the restaurant in Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives” and that President Obama surprised guests before his April 2013 speech at Coors Stadium. Also in April 2013, chefs and television hosts Eric Ripert and Anthony Bourdain hosted a VIP party for their “Good vs. Evil” tour at The Sink.

Anthony Bourdain the Sink

(That’s me with Anthony Bourdain in front of The Sink, by the way!)

Now, on to the more important things: the food. The food is classic dive bar food (burgers, wings, pizza, beer) with a Boulder twist (Buddah pizza, see: tofu on pizza). It’s exactly what you want on a hot summer day to go with your beer.

The Sink Burger

The Sink Burger

We went with the obvious, The Sink Burger (with blue cheese), a Cobb salad, and the wings. There’s not a whole lot to say except that it was delicious! Everything was cooked exactly how you would want, without having to tell them. The Sink Burger was classically tasty with a side of sweet potato fries and the salad was a a delicious feast. Here’s a hint: If you plan on getting the salad, plan to share it or you won’t have any room for your Sink Burger! It’s filling!

13th St. Cobb

The Sink Wings

The wings were the real winner for me, though. The sauce was tangy and sweet and they served with a homemade blue cheese sauce. They were perfection. So next time you find yourself on The Hill, head over to The Sink and grab a seat on their patio. It’s great for people watching and possible President spotting! 😉