When visiting Breckenridge from the UK us Brits are used to having all sorts of fun on and off the hill, but alas the culture is slightly different in the states than it is in Europe. For example we are all used to seeing restaurants/bars up on the mountain where all kinds of live music and drinking can be found. Don’t get me wrong, there’s still all sorts of après fun to be had on and off the hill in Breck, but most of the festivities happen off the mountain.
Breckenridge is a town where you can find many inviting bars/restaurants and clubs that offer many happy hours to be merry and partake in a bit of après. All the bars in town are close enough to walk to or if after a few drinks you feel a bit on the tipsy side, the Breckenridge Free Ride buses will whisk you to your next destination free of charge. Below are a few bars at which you can revel and dance the night away if that sort of thing floats your boat.
Base of the mountain.
The base of Peak 8 : The T-Bar
The T-Bar restaurant seats up to 150 people and is located slope-side at the base of Peak 8, inside One Ski Hill Place. Not only can you enjoy your favorite beverages with spectacular views, but the après ski food specials and fun, friendly atmosphere will make for an unparalleled experience after a day on the slopes! The T-Bar is a great place to people-watch and soak up the rays while enjoying a beer or two. And with the BreckConnect Gondola located conveniently right outside the T-Bar, guests can stay until last call and get a free ride down to town!
The Copper Top @ Beaver Run
The Coppertop Bar & Cafe is the lively, fun and hip ski-in and ski-out restaurant pumping out music that you will recognize if you are running laps on the Beaver Run Super Chair. It features spectacular views of the mountain, daily drink specials, live music and delicious après food. This bar and cafe are located right next to the Breckenridge Free Ride buses that run all over town (free of charge) so getting home will be no headache at all.
The Maggie at the Base of Peak 9
Feel free to stop by one of the locations for the movie “Dumb and Dumber” where you can become dumb and dumber (if you like). The Maggie is located at the base of peak 9 and is pretty much right on the doorstep of downtown Breck. This bar/restaurant is a great place to start if you want to get your après on and then hit the town. The Maggie offers entertainment, drink and food specials, including the new beef, chicken and seafood sliders from 3:00pm-5:00pm.
In town Breckenridge:
There are many bars that you can find on Main Street but at the height of the busy period it can be sometimes tricky to get a glass of your favorite suds. There are more than a few bars that you can find off the beaten path where you will get quick and friendly service.
Mi Casa on Park Avenue
One of Breck’s more well-known après ski destinations, this Mexican restaurant and bar is located just a stones throw from the base of Peak 9. Serving a great selection of margaritas and beers, this place has been a locals’ favorite for lunch, dinner and happy hour since 1981. Incidentally, almost all the food is made fresh in-house! Drop by for some après fun to unwind and order up a margarita shaken with fresh lime juice and a choice of 100+ tequilas. Not a bad place to come off the hill and have a good time.
Burke and Riley’s Pub
A locals’ fav, Burke and Riley’s Pub is located on the top floor of the La Cima Mall just off Main Street. If you are homesick for a bit of Irish or English grub this is the place to come and another great place for a bit of après. Irish draft beers, as well as a huge list of specialty cocktails and martinis are on offer. Burke’s stays open late and serves up the entire menu late night so if you’re starving this is the place to come!
The Motherloaded Tavern on Main Street
This bar and restaurant gives you a feel of true American Après. With lots of great comfort food on offer to help you fill the hole in your belly and daily drinks specials this place is not to be forgotten. During the evening there are many opportunities to hear great live music and even an chance to show off your own musical talents on open mic night on Mondays. Happy hour from 3-6pm
There are also a couple of good places to go if you want to strut your stuff and get your dance on.
Napper Tandy’s Irish Pub
Napper Tandy’s Irish Pub is located above the Salt Creek restaurant just off Lincoln and Main Street. With drink and food deals from 4-7pm with a DJ spinning tunes late into the night, this is a great place to head to practice those dance moves. Head to Napper’s on a Thursday to experience a true American pastime and partake in Beer Pong, Friday nights ladies drink free from 9-11pm and on Saturday nights is live music night and drink specials.
Cecilias is located in the lower level of 520 South Main Street. With three unique bar areas in the club, Cecilia’s captures just the right balance between intimacy and excitement. The front room features an unrivaled collection of single malt scotch and cognac for the more sophisticated drinker. This room is also home to Cecilia’s famous walk-in humidor. The second room of Cecilia’s is setup in ultra lounge fashion with furniture that is ideal to relax on in the early evening and dance on as the night progresses. The third, and largest room, is the dance bar at Cecilia’s. This room is where Cecilia’s late night, rowdy-fun reputation was fostered. It is home to Breckenridge’s largest dance floor and the infamous dance pole. Drinks specials run nightly so check out the web site to see what is on offer.
That’s a short sample of the best après Breck has to offer. There a lots more, too, so don’t stop there – follow some locals out into the winter snow to walk to a few more, or go where the bus takes you. Just don’t be surprised if you see people dancing on the tables. Check out more Breckenridge food and drink stories here.