Blue Sushi Sake Grill
1616 16th Street
Happy Hour: Monday through Saturday from 3 to 6:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 10:30 p.m. to midnight, and Sunday from noon to 8 p.m.
A sushi bar isn't the most obvious choice for vegan dining, but happy hour at this downtown spot includes edamame, a house salad topped with crispy wonton strips, crispy Brussels sprouts tossed in a creamy lemon miso sauce, and chili nasu, which is broiled eggplant in a lemon miso sauce and crispy sweet potatoes. For happy-hour dessert, the chocolate torte is totally vegan; chocolate ganache is topped with coconut milk layered with toasted coconut and cashew, all served with raspberry sorbet. Drink specials include an eight-ounce pour of hot Gekkeikan sake for $6, a Kirin sake bomb for $3.50, and Kirin drafts for $3.50.
City, O’ City
206 East 13th Avenue
Happy Hour: Daily from 2 to 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Happy hour is also comfort-food time at this vegan staple. Savor a hearty poutine — fries topped with flavorful gravy and cheese curds (which you can swap out for vegan cheese) — or seitan wings tossed in either Buffalo or barbecue sauce and served with ranch dressing. Tacos are just $2 each, and drinks are $2 off.
Fresh Thymes Eatery
2500 30th Street, #101, Boulder
Happy Hour: Monday through Saturday from 4 to 6 p.m.
Fresh Thymes isn't entirely vegetarian, but the restaurant/market keeps plant-based eaters in mind, even during happy hour. Grilled tempeh wings are marinated in the signature riot wing sauce, and the tempeh train continues with Yucatan tempeh tacos — or choose an order of flatbread fritters. Happy hour drops the price of select red or white wines to just $5 a glass and $1 off all beers.
Leaf Vegetarian Restaurant
2010 16th Street, Boulder
Happy Hour: Daily from 3 to 6 p.m.
There are plenty of vegan options at this health-focused Boulder restaurant. “Crab” cake sliders, samosa potato cakes, Buffalo cauliflower tacos with "bleu cheese," fries, crispy harissa tofu, and mushroom burger sliders with pepper jelly are all tasty options. For an additional item, just ditch the feta on the grilled flatbread with beet hummus.
2030 West 30th Avenue
Happy Hour: Monday through Friday from 4 to 6 p.m.
Kick things off with a Great Divide Titan IPA or other local brew for $5, or wine or a cocktail for $6. Request the Mongolian barbecue and samosa buns to be made vegan, or opt for the zucchini baba ganoush. Round it out with a roasted-beet salad and sweet-potato waffle fries with chipotle ketchup. The happy hour menu is available on the rooftop or at the bar.