The Bolder Life: The Happiest of Hours


Tyra Sutak

Published on: October 7th, 2011

Spotlight on Dagabi Cucina

In my opinion, there’s seriously nothing better than wrapping up a hard day’s work, and heading out to meet up with friends for happy hour. I love happy hour—it does indeed make me very happy. Not only can you find some killer deals at some of the hottest and trendiest restaurants in Boulder County at happy hour, but for someone who has trouble making decisions on which menu item to order—happy hour is the comforting little voice, whispering in my ear, “who says you’re only allowed to order one?”

Typically, when the words happy, hour and Boulder come together, people generally only think of a few places and most of those places are located Downtown. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love Downtown Boulder. But as a resident of North Boulder, sometimes it’s nice to just hit a local spot, post up on the patio for a while, and slowly eat your way through a schmorgesborg of hand-crafted tapas.

So—I’m very happy to report that I have officially found my local happy hour hot spot. Although Dagabi Cucina is one of the “best kept secrets” in Boulder, I’m about to blow the lid off of their operation and expose them for the truly wonderful addition to North Boulder that they are!

Dagabi Cucina is a Mediterranean restaurant and bar with a Spanish flare, located just off of North Broadway behind Lucky’s Market. This place pretty much has everything that I love about happy hour. First of all, it’s in my neighborhood. Second of all, reading their menu makes me drool every time, and third of all, they have a quaint outdoor patio which is perfect for sipping a glass of wine, sharing some mouth-watering tapas and catching up with friends.

Along with my best friend, and partner in crime, I took a mini tour of Dagabi’s delicioustapas menu and noshed on a variety of items including grilled asparagus, hand-made linguine with shallots, garlic and olive oil, steamed mussels in a tomato-chili broth, croquetas filled with seafood and a personal favorite—fried calamari. Two glasses of a delicious house red wine finished off the meal, bringing our total tab, with tax, to just $20 a-piece. That’s five filling tapas items and four glasses of wine for $40.00. The authentic bistro-like music and décor and an attentive staff full of smiles provided a relaxing tone to finish out a long day.

And there’s more good news. Dagabi offers happy hour every day. Yep. Every day, seven days a week from 5:00-6:30 pm with an extended all-night happy hour on Tuesdays. This restaurant also offers nightly specials on entrees, appetizers, desserts and spirits as well as a traditional paella dinner and several menu items made in the wood-fired oven.

But don’t take my word for it. All it takes is one look at Dagabi’s menu, and I’m sure you’ll be sold. Reservations are accepted, open nightly, plenty of parking and a happy tummy for everyone!

Be sure to follow Dagabi on Facebook and @DagabiCucina on Twitter for menu updates, specials and tips on upcoming events.