Front Range Redux May 20, 2010 10:26 PM   Subscribe

Denver/Boulder meetup.

I'll be back in town between June 9th and 15th for a meeting and would love to see the front range contingent again. After the 9th would be best.
posted by brujita to MetaFilter Gatherings at 10:26 PM (56 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

Ha! I was just about to send up the meetup signal myself! I'll be spending the summer in this neck o' the woods and would love to meet some of you fine folks. Sadly, I can't suggest a venue, but let's make this thing work!
posted by Doublewhiskeycokenoice at 10:28 PM on May 20, 2010

Good idea.
posted by koeselitz at 1:02 AM on May 21, 2010

Very tentatively in as long as it's not on the 13th.
posted by hackwolf at 1:15 AM on May 21, 2010

I missed you last time, brujita, so I hope I can make it! I'll be out of town through June 11, and no doubt jet-lagged when I return, so as late as possible in your timeframe would be best for me.
posted by lukemeister at 6:52 AM on May 21, 2010

I'm probable unless it's the 9th, 10th, or 12th. Unless the U2 concert gets postponed due to Bono back surgery, then the 12th will be in play.
posted by dr. fresh at 3:55 PM on May 21, 2010

12th and 13th are the best for me, but I'm not quite sure I'll be in town that weekend, yet. If so, though, I'm probable.
posted by heurtebise at 9:40 PM on May 21, 2010

posted by lonefrontranger at 1:06 PM on May 22, 2010

I'll be out of town the 12th and probably not back until the evening of the 13th... just to test the waters, how do you all feel about weeknight meetups (i.e., the 14th and 15th)?
posted by McBearclaw at 3:01 PM on May 23, 2010

My leisurely freelancer/grad student lifestyle means that weeknight drinking is A-OK, so I'd be okay with the 14th or the 15th (assuming I am in town)...
posted by heurtebise at 3:43 PM on May 23, 2010

Weeknights are better for me; weekends usually mean racing, which isn't compatible with anything else. So, put me down as a vote for the 14th.
posted by hackwolf at 5:30 PM on May 23, 2010

The 9th is completely out for me, and I leave the 15th. Where do the locals like to go in Boulder? I liked the place at the last meetup, but I like variety too.
posted by brujita at 8:22 PM on May 23, 2010

For Boulder meetups, I have always had decent luck with the Southern Sun brewpub, although please feel free to disabuse me of this notion. It happens to be extremely handy for the Denver transit-friendly contingent as it's right on the main bus line from downtown, as well as being on the south (read: easily accessible) end of Boulder.

The downsides to the SoSun are that it's often very, very busy and hard to seat a large group quickly as they are a waitlist only establishment, also they are one of those weird Boulder local holdouts who don't take credit / debit cards in any form. Cash only, sadly.

The upside is that hey, school (CU) is out now, so it's less likely to be completely, utterly slammed. And if I know in advance who/how many are coming, I can and will gladly go there early and stake out a table.

Also: they have an amazing patio. And even more amazing array of beer(s) on tap, plus a full menu of non-disgusting food.

also also: SoSun is literally a 30 second drunken bike ride or a five minute drunken stumble from Chez lfr. Meaning my wonderfully geeky partner in crime is easily talked into joining us. And if we all pull together, we too can wean him from Reddit!
posted by lonefrontranger at 2:09 PM on May 24, 2010

Looks good, lfr!

6-14 at 6/ 6:30. It'll be great to see you all( and meet those I missed last time)again!
posted by brujita at 11:24 PM on May 24, 2010

all right, it looks as though we have consensus:

Southern Sun Brew Pub
627 South Broadway, Boulder, CO

Transit info: B westbound, dropoff at Table Mesa/Broadway stop (it's "between" the station listings on that route schedule; ask the driver, it's pretty obvious where the stop is though). Walk from bus stop on NE corner of intersection to SW corner of intersection, go south along Broadway about 1/2 block and up the stairs to the brewpub.

Meetup starting at 6, I will get there early to try to nail down a table.

Please let me know if you plan on coming so that I can at least get a ballpark estimate of how many will attend. I will monitor this thread, you can memail me, or harrass me via gmail or phone, no big deal.

please feel free to call or (preferably) text me for more info, details, directions, or just the OMGLATE / OMGLOST!!! kind of thing: 720.891.0824

lurkers and/or fieldtrip - would you kindly memail / email The List and/or send up smoke signals to the rest of the Denver cognoscenti, kthxs?
posted by lonefrontranger at 1:16 PM on May 25, 2010 [1 favorite]

I will probably need some drinks after that weekend, so I'll be there.
posted by McBearclaw at 9:50 PM on May 25, 2010

Would love to pop along but after a hiatus of work travel it looks like I need to travel that day. Another meet-up missed--very frustrating. If plans change I shall endeavour to make it and may even bring Mrs NailsTheCat and the new NailsTheKitten.
posted by NailsTheCat at 4:49 PM on May 26, 2010 [2 favorites]

WAIT! What? NailsTheKitten? Did NailsTheCat reproduce?
posted by fieldtrip at 7:56 PM on May 26, 2010 [1 favorite]

nooooo!!!!! I swear Nails imma come by your work and beat them with a wet noodle!

dammit I have news on the domestic front too, I wish you could go!!!!
posted by lonefrontranger at 8:24 PM on May 26, 2010

Just maybe I can plan a day at the Boulder Lab for 3D Electron Microscopy of cells on June 14, and then meet y'all for drinks. I'll see what I can do.
posted by u2604ab at 9:31 PM on May 26, 2010

Darn it all. I shall keep my fingers crossed do move my trip to mid week. Wanna see you guys and catch up and I still haven't made a Boulder meetup yet.

Yes fieldtrip, I'm as amazed as you. I know pretty much zip about biology but somehow we have a lady baby, kitten... what have you.
posted by NailsTheCat at 10:47 PM on May 26, 2010 [1 favorite]

Dunno if I'll make it, I'll keep ya'll posted.
posted by Confess, Fletch at 10:29 AM on May 27, 2010

ah, Monday meetup. I'm tentatively in, pending work/scheduling issues.
posted by scrutiny at 8:09 AM on May 30, 2010

Confess, Fletch - you need to go! we need to talk bikes!!

scrutiny, I shall eagerly await your update :)
posted by lonefrontranger at 3:35 PM on June 7, 2010

Yo you mefites, no one's mentioned my work trip and I shan't be mentioning it to anyone so looks like I may be able to make it. I think I'll be driving up so if anyone needs a lift from the Denver area I can likely oblige.

Anyone heard from -t, peachfuzz or any of the other irregulars?

(Actually, what are the public transport options out of curiosity? I saw a bus on Colorado Blvd today that seemed to think it was going to Boulder. I can always use the interwebs to find out of course...)
posted by NailsTheCat at 5:48 PM on June 8, 2010

Yay Nails! Has NailsTheKitten joined MeFi yet?
posted by lukemeister at 3:21 AM on June 9, 2010

Nails!!!! <3>
Yes, there are plenty of busses that go to Boulder... the ones you want are of the B/BX variety however. That one runs a direct line from Market St. Station / Union Station and will drop you off directly in front of the pub in question.

I believe the regional bus that runs on Colorado is of limited service only during peak hours. I vaguely recall taking it once or twice to get to Denver for jobs. I think it doesn't go up to Broadway but rather runs on 28th St., which in South Boulder is fairly distant, so I'm not sure it would work well. Can't for the life of me recall what the letters of it are tho... H something?

Here's the transit website for you:

I'm so excited!!!!
posted by lonefrontranger at 9:46 AM on June 9, 2010

It doesn't look like I'm going to be able to make it, since I now have a big deadline on Tuesday morning, which seems incompatible with bus ride + beer + fun, unfortunately. :(
posted by heurtebise at 10:56 PM on June 9, 2010

The Colorado Boulevard - Boulder bus is called the DD, I think. Although I can't be bothered to look it up, easy as it would be.
posted by koeselitz at 11:49 PM on June 9, 2010

Yeah, it's the DD. And lfr's right – it only runs six times a day, so you'd really have to nail it to catch that one. Although it apparently does go up the standard Broadway route to Walnut street, so there's that.
posted by koeselitz at 11:52 PM on June 9, 2010

(So you could hop out of the DD bus right in front of the pub, is what I mean.)
posted by koeselitz at 11:53 PM on June 9, 2010

I'll try to make it....dunno, it depends on how work goes, were rolling out a bunch of changes on the databases and it may all be chaos.
posted by Confess, Fletch at 5:52 AM on June 10, 2010

Thanks for all the travel info guys. Much appreciated. Hmm... I think I'll end up driving anyway. Not sure I can endure such a long trip both ways. I'll maybe try the bus another time--when I have a bit more free time.
posted by NailsTheCat at 4:10 PM on June 10, 2010

Nails - I'll take you up on that ride you are offering if you aren't planning on closing the SoSun.
posted by fieldtrip at 1:12 PM on June 13, 2010

I can probably make it! Might be fairly late so I'll probably drop a text to lonefrontranger when I'm on my way to make sure y'all are still where I think you'll be.
posted by Doublewhiskeycokenoice at 5:25 PM on June 13, 2010

Looks like my previously-unseen-by-MeFi wife & son are going to come with me, unless we have a blizzard. Hope to see y'all soon!
posted by lukemeister at 10:19 PM on June 13, 2010

Ok, looks like I'm in. I'll see you all tonight!
posted by scrutiny at 7:03 AM on June 14, 2010

As a near constant regional Denver - Boulder bus rider, most of them only operate during peak hours, say 6a-10a and then 2:30p to 6:30p. The exception is the B which essentially runs from 5:30a-midnight. Usually if one wants to go out drinking in Boulder and has to go back to Denver, then the B is what you'll be taking home.

I find it's typically easiest to use the trip calculator on the rtd site when taking an unfamiliar route. If you put in when you expect to travel, they do a really good job of lining up transfers and making everything super simple. It helps that the buses are also very punctual so it makes the planning bit easier too. Also, when it's late at night a lot of the lines run on limited routes, so if you don't use the trip planner you may be surprised when you're stranded several miles from where you'd thought you'd be dropped off at (this has happened to me).
posted by scrutiny at 7:10 AM on June 14, 2010

lfr checking in! I'll be in place at the SoSun hopefully around or shortly after 5PM.

anyone got a rough guesstimate as to headcount? If not, I shall go as planned, put in for a table for 8 and just wing it. Our "traditional" table seems to be the one that's halfway down, sort of in the alcove perpendicular to the east windows with the long benches. If I can snag it, I will, as there's decent room to add chairs.

As soon as I get there I will update this thread with my/the group's interior location information as it evolves. Have iPhone, will update, &etc.

Again please feel free to text if you have questions, need directions, or whatever; I shall be checking frequently. Actual phone calls may or may not be answered promptly due to interior noise levels, etc.

Last but not least: for everyone attending, this is a reminder to BRING CASH as the SoSun is a cash only operation, and they won't split group cheques so the tab will likely be run in my name.

For convenience, there is the World's Slowest ATM in the back of the bar (it's slower than a rheumatic glacier, but doesn't have an egregiously extortionary withdrawal fee) or there is also a much zippier credit union ATM outside in the lower level shopping plaza.


P.S. mr. lfr is indeed coming, but shall be late (8.30ish) as he's going on a bike ride after work.
posted by lonefrontranger at 10:35 AM on June 14, 2010


Still looks like 3 of us will be there, hopefully not much after 6 pm.
posted by lukemeister at 11:17 AM on June 14, 2010

fieldtrip, NailsTheKitten and I shall be driving up from Denver at around 6.30pm. So put us down for two and a space for the wee one. (Seems to be a bring your family to meetup day!)
posted by NailsTheCat at 1:29 PM on June 14, 2010 [2 favorites]

peachfuzz & -t: Is Larimer County still connected to Boulder County by road or by sea? Hope to see you tonight!
posted by lukemeister at 2:03 PM on June 14, 2010

alright, I'm heading over now. I should be there in 20-30 mins.
posted by scrutiny at 4:26 PM on June 14, 2010

UPDATE: I just got a frantic call from mr. lfr who is apparently broken down on the bike path out by work. I shall have to go collect him.

scrutiny, if you get this obviously I shall be late, like maybe 6ish-6.30ish. Could you do us the kind favour of grabbing a table if one's available? xoxoxo -- lfr
posted by lonefrontranger at 4:35 PM on June 14, 2010

Not going to make it tonight, sorry to miss the debut of NailsTheKitten. Hopefully the Ft. Collins crew can arrange the long fabled brewery tour meetup sometime this summer.
posted by dr. fresh at 4:59 PM on June 14, 2010

Rolling now, <1/2 hour
posted by Confess, Fletch at 5:37 PM on June 14, 2010

Update the 2nd- thanks to heads-up operation by scrutiny WE ARE SEATED!! First large table by the door as you walk in (not the booths)
posted by lonefrontranger at 5:42 PM on June 14, 2010

Also: scrutiny has gone the extra mile and created a lovely yellow notebook-paper sign that says: "The Internet"
posted by lonefrontranger at 5:57 PM on June 14, 2010

Not going to make it, not feeling so hot. Sorry, kids. Next time...
posted by koeselitz at 6:03 PM on June 14, 2010

Great to see y'all, including NailsTheKitten!

koeselitz - Sorry you couldn't make it, hope you feel better.

-t & peachfuzz - How about a meetup in Fort Collins?
posted by lukemeister at 9:22 PM on June 14, 2010

ditto to all, thanks to all who showed up!

so sorry to hear you couldn't make it koeselitz, we miss ya buddy!

NailsTheKitten is OMGADORABLE!!!! Never heard a peep out of the lass all night. Nails, you are truly blessed. Also: cherish the portable era, it flies by all too quickly, trust me.

Fort Collins meetup... when?
posted by lonefrontranger at 9:27 PM on June 14, 2010

Great to see those from Falling Rock again...and to meet some new faces! What a cutie NtK is!
posted by brujita at 12:16 AM on June 15, 2010

The Poisonwood Bible.
That is all.
posted by McBearclaw at 7:21 AM on June 15, 2010 [1 favorite]

Oh hai Colorado peeps! Sorry we missed this one, -t was picking me up from the airport just as you all were probably getting into the swing of things.

This summer is going to be work-related nuts for us, but I am totally into making the long-fabled Fort Fun meet up happen - possibly in September, when things have cooled down a bit, literally and figuratively?
posted by peachfuzz at 4:55 PM on June 15, 2010


Glad you & -t are still around!
posted by lukemeister at 9:22 PM on June 15, 2010

I'll put up my pictures when I get back to NYC.
posted by brujita at 11:01 PM on June 16, 2010

Great to see you all again / meet you for the first time. Look forward to seeing those photos brujita.
posted by NailsTheCat at 8:04 AM on June 17, 2010

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