Once upon a time, I was a college student at the University of Colorado Boulder. During the day, I got my studies done on campus, but the night—the night belonged to places like The Sink on The Hill.
Cheap beer, a fun atmosphere, and a late-night menu saturated with every type of fried food that you could imagine. House-made pretzels with “I’m really bad for you but you’re going to eat me anyway” beer cheese sauce, jumbo chicken wings tossed in your choice of spicy “Buff” sauce, and $5 pig-in-a-blankets. Yes, you can still find that beloved childhood dish paired with a mind-blowing build-your-own menu devoted to mac and cheese at the oldest bar in Boulder.
The Sink as we know it started its journey in 1900 when its current location was constructed as the Sigma Nu house. The name hails from 1923, when the Summers family purchased the building and opened “Summer’s Sunken Gardens.” Along with adding a bar, the Summers’ also constructed a large sunken fountain in the middle of the dining room that soon affectionately became known as The Sink.