Know Your Neighborhood: Gunbarrel

Just to the right of Diagonal Highway across from the Boulder Reservoir is the northeast neighborhood of Gunbarrel. This neighborhood, separate from the bustling streets of downtown Boulder, yet close enough to still enjoy all of the attractions the city of Boulder has to offer, boasts several conveniences including hotels, delicious places to eat, and even a unique wall mural that makes for a great group photo or artsy selfie.

If you’re in the area for a visit, or if you’re in the market to make a permanent move, here are some of the businesses that are available to you to help you get to know your neighborhood.

Eat & Drink

The section of the Gunbarrel neighborhood between 63rd St. and Lookout Road is mostly made up of restaurants. Residents can find everything from a quick cup of morning coffee to tapas.


Photo Credits: Aperitivo via

Open Tuesday – Saturday from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. and Sunday until 8 p.m., Aperitivo is a fusion restaurant serving the best of American cuisine from across the country. They also offer unique signature cocktails that pair beautifully with any of their entrees. Aperitivo’s food menu includes an entire selection of vegan meals, and for those looking for something light, there are tapas and small plate options to choose from. They are open in the Gunbarrel neighborhood for in-door and out-door seating, or you can order online for takeout and delivery. You can also find them on Facebook and Instagram.

Finkel & Garf Brewing Co.

Photo Credits: Max Schosid via

Founded in 2014, Finkel & Garf is a family-owned brewing company started right here in Boulder, Colorado. Centered around their philosophy to facilitate great times between family and friends, Finkel & Garf offers a 16-tap taproom with ten seasonally rotating taps. The rest are the brewing company’s year-round brews. Stop by any Sunday – Thursday from 3 p.m. – 9 p.m. or Friday-Saturday from 2 p.m. – 10 p.m. to enjoy a refreshing drink on tap or grab a six-pack to go. Follow them on Facebook and Instagram to stay up-to-date with the beers on tap and exciting events.

Ampersand Coffee Roasters

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Ampersand Coffee is on a mission: to serve the residents of Boulder County the best cup of coffee and make a difference while doing it. Dedicated to empowerment through coffee, Ampersand is committed to changing the coffee trade. They source 100% organic, fair-trade coffee to do their part in protecting the environment and supporting coffee farmers. They also support women’s empowerment because they believe it is the single greatest positive change agent. Come by to hear more about their amazing work, and grab yourself of a cup of coffee Monday – Saturday from 7 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. You can also shop through their online site, keep up with their blog, and follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

Motherlode Cafe & Tavern

Address: 6315 Lookout Rd, Boulder, CO 80301

Hours: Wednesday – Thursday 5 – 9 p.m.

Friday – Saturday 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Sunday 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Contact: (303) 530-5400

Website and Menu:


Most available businesses in the center between 63rd St. and Lookout Rd. are restaurants and services. However, if you’re an avid bike rider, there is a specialty shop for you.


Address: 5455 Spine Road MW, Boulder, CO 80301

Hours: Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Contact: 720-877-3878



Grabbing a bite to eat or a quick drink with friends is the most popular activity in this part of the Gunbarrel neighborhood. However, there is one special attraction that can be a colorful addition to your social media accounts.

Gunbarrel Lookout Rd Mural

Photo Credits: The Designosaur via

Created by Boulder artist Julia, a.k.a. The Designosaur, this colorful wall mural is the perfect spot for funky group photos or a fresh selfie. Julia has created several other murals throughout Boulder and Denver, all with her signature bright purples, yellows, and oranges. Shop her online store for unique apparel, sign up for her newsletters to receive information on local mural tours, and follow her on YouTube, Instagram, and LinkedIn.


From hotels to car washes, this corner of the Gunbarrel has just about everything you need to cross all of the errands off of your list.

Hampton Inn & Suites Boulder-North

Address: 6333 Lookout Rd, Boulder, CO 80301

Hours: Open 24 hours

Contact: 303-530-3300

Website: Hampton Inn & Suites

Life Storage

Address: 6405 Odell Pl, Boulder, CO 80301

Hours: Monday & Wednesday – Friday 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. (closed on Tuesdays)

Saturday 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Sunday 12 – 4 p.m.

Contact: (720) 310-8978

Website: Life Storage Boulder

Gunbarrel Bubble Brush

Address: 6590 Odell Pl, Boulder, CO 80301

Hours: Open 24 hours

Contact: (303) 581-0227

J & S Automotive

Address: 6590 Odell Pl, Boulder, CO 80301

Hours: Monday – Friday 7:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Contact: (303) 530-1455


Find Your Spot or Try Something New!

There is plenty to do throughout the entire Gunbarrel neighborhood of northeast Boulder. This is just the start of a long list of attractions at your disposal as a resident. Find your favorite new coffee spot, or switch things up with a new brewery.

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