An exciting buzz takes over our small mountain hamlet once the sun sets – visitors and locals alike can’t help celebrating the amazing vibe. Check out the options below for slopeside, Main Street and late night. Looking for something a little more refined? Try one of Breckenridge’s tasting rooms.
Slopeside Bars in Breckenridge
Whether you’re wrapping up a big spring powder day or a sunny morning of perfectly groomed runs and park features, make sure you check out the party spots the different base areas have to offer.
Peak 9: Coppertop Bar & Cafe — If you’re hanging out on Peak 9, you have to stop in and have a beverage at the classic Coppertop Bar at the Beaver Run base area.
It offers plenty of patio space to fulfill your afternoon vitamin D doses, but also enough room inside to accommodate you and about 100 of your best friends, should Mother Nature bless us with more, ummmm, inclement weather. There are plenty of food options (I’m a big fan of the sweet potato fries) and plenty of great drink specials throughout the week.
Most days during spring break you can catch either live music or one of our local DJs (give DJ Cyn a high-five for me if you see her) putting out the good vibes for your afternoon enjoyment. If you’re around on a Monday, say hello to Jenny, who has been serving up drinks with a warming smile at the Coppertop ever since I first starting enjoying après drinks there, many moons ago.
Peak 8: T-Bar — If you’re on Peak 8, you have to hit up T-Bar (not the surface lift, but the drinking and eating establishment at the base area that many of my friends and I like to refer to as the “Lower T-Bar”). Try the quesadillas, or if you have a group of hungry friends, you can’t go wrong with the enormous platter of nachos they serve.
If they’re not pumping out their own good tunes (they have great young staff members that aren’t afraid to plug in their own mixes of awesome music), you have a good chance of catching either a live band or DJ on any given day during spring break.
Food and drink in downtown Breckenridge
If you prefer to get out of your gear and head to town after putting on something a little more comfortable, check out one of the many great Main Street establishments that offer sunny patios with great views of the mountains.
Burke & Riley’s Irish Pub at the south end of town is always a sure bet to find fun people hanging out, soaking up some rays and toasting the great views of the resort. I personally really enjoy snacking on some of the delicious hand-battered fish and chips or chicken fingers. In my book they go hand in hand with an ice-cold pint of beer.
Kenosha Steakhouse has an amazing patio facing the ski area, and it offers a huge menu with great après specials.
Angel’s Hollow at 113 S. Ridge St. is one of town’s best-kept secrets (sorry, locals). With a great patio that stays lit longer than most, this locally-owned establishment is known for its extremely potent margaritas (seriously, be careful!) and amazing menu.
When it’s time to hit Breckenridge for our renowned nightlife, there are many different options, depending on what type of vibe you’re looking for. Here are just a few:
Blue River Bistro on North Main Street is a great place to hit up for a kicked-back, very fun vibe. This wonderful restaurant has two happy hours, from 3-5 p.m. and 10 p.m. to midnight, offering 2-for-1 appetizers and martinis. It also has live music most days of the week, ranging from the soothing sounds of a jazz quartet to the very talented blues guitarist/singer Mark Schlaefer.
No trip to Breck is complete without stopping and having at least one drink at the legendary Gold Pan Saloon. With the longest operating liquor license this side of the Mississippi, this historical saloon is well worth a visit for its character alone. Swing through and play a game of pool while checking out the old photos and signs hanging on the wall. Also, make sure you give the ring swing a whirl — make it on your first try and ya get a free shot!
The Motherloaded Tavern is a great locally-owned restaurant that serves up delicious food and cocktails. Hang out at the front bar for late night live music, and then head to the back bar to kick it in the historical Julius Ceasar’s Lounge, which has bar games such as darts, foosball and pinball machines. The Motherloaded also occasionally hosts live DJs, and the back “trailer park” patio is a great place to hang out on warm days.
The Brown Hotel is another must for historical drinking establishments here in Breck. As I like to describe to friends who haven’t visited yet, “it’s like going to your cool uncle’s house.” Rumored to be haunted, this 1800’s former hotel and restaurant is a very fun place to liven up your evening, with four different rooms hosting ping pong, foosball, air hockey, billiards, and a regulation shuffle board.
Napper Tandy’s Irish Pub is a good stop while on the north end of town. If the Million Dollar Band happens to be playing on a weekend that you’re here, make sure to check them out. They’re a very fun 80s cover band that packs the house and has attendees showing up in their best 80s garb.
Rita’s Margarita and Taco Bar is a good place to stop on your way to the south end of town. Located at 301 S. Main St., below Kenosha Steakhouse, Rita’s is a cool little spot to grab some quick, yummy tacos and have an ice cold cerveza or margarita. My personal favorite: the Mango Marg, also referred to as the “Crack” on the menu.
Looking for something a little more refined? Skip the happy hour crowd and try one of Breckenridge’s tasting rooms.