Hit Main Street Grand Junction for an unforgettable pub-crawl experience. The first stop on the evening’s lineup is The Moulin. As dinner service winds down, the cocktail scene warms up in their dark and comfortable lounge area. There is often live music on the weekends and, if you’re lucky, there will be a piano player entertaining.
Take a nighttime stroll along Main Street past the downtown sculptures and the gelato-eating dog walkers. Next stop is Quincy Bar, a local favorite with a reputation as the hippest nightspot in Grand Junction. Once upon a time, it had a different reputation as Grand Junction’s only gay-friendly bar, best summed up by the well-known descriptor straight until 8:00. New ownership took over, rearranged the decor and added regular live acts, leaning towards the punk rock and rockabilly spectrum.
Regardless of the clientele, the Quincy Bar has been a staple on Main Street for many years. The front half of the room is dominated by a long u-shaped bar and the design of the bar allows the maximum number of people access to the bartenders and makes for great people watching. The back area is more open with a few tables, a small stage and a dance area. Enjoy some Quincy Bar standards and have a Pabst Blue Ribbon and a Jagerbomb: a shot glass of Jagermeister nested in a rocks glass, which is then filled with Red Bull.
Move on to the Mesa Theater and Club. The former movie house is now an entertainment venue featuring national and local acts, DJs and even the occasional Rocky Horror Tribute Show featuring talented local artists. Sit back and take in a show over a tasty Mesa cocktail.
For a fun rhythm and blues bar, stop in to Boomer’s. The windows along the storefront slide open to give the bar a breezy, open feel. The jazz and blues acts that perform here draw a more mature crowd, making for a laid-back setting to have a few drinks and take in some music.
End the night at the Rockslide, Grand Junction’s oldest brewpub. Enjoy live music on the patio or slide into a booth at the far side of the bar and order some food. Wind down your Grand Junction bar-hopping experience with an amber ale and appetizer platter that includes assortment of wings, rings (onion and calamari), artichoke dip, and vegetables.