After a decade in Breckenridge, the Dew Tour has moved down the street to Copper Mountain. Copper will be the spot to watch competitions during the day, but Breckenridge is still the place to stay if you’re looking for nightlife. In Breckenridge, we’re not shy about our fantastic nightlife, and we’ve long been recognized as one of the best mountain towns to experience the après ski scene!
As the sun slips behind the mountains and colorful lights begin to dazzle Main Street, town ramps-up to throw some pretty awesome parties. You can expect restaurants, bars, and music venues to be alive and rockin’ during Dew Tour and throughout the winter season. To help you find the best spots to get your groove on after a day spent on the hill, check out our Dew Tour nightlife guide, broken into two categories: where to go for Après Ski/Happy Hour, and where to go after 8 pm.
Dew Tour Nightlife – Après Ski / Happy Hour:
Located at the base of Peak 9 in Main Street Station and boasting beautiful views of Breckenridge Ski Resort, Quandary Grille is the perfect spot for happy hour. The restaurant is known for discounted apps, low priced drinks. large dining space and a relaxed atmosphere. This one’s great if you’re staying in the Village or Peak 9 area.
Blue River Bistro
For those of you interested in a slightly more cosmopolitan experience, the Blue River Bistro has some of the best martinis in town! They run two happy hours daily- traditional apres from 3-6 and late-night from 9-midnight. Enjoy two-for-one martinis, two-for-one apps and great deals on drafts. The Bistro also regularly hosts local musicians during happy hour ranging from Delta Blues to Jazz musicians.
When debating which place you should go to for the best burger in Breckenridge, Flipside definitely needs to be on the top-contenders list. Their diverse menu of mouth-watering burgers combined with an extensive craft beer list is hard to pass up. Happy hour features a long list of sliders, tacos, vegetarian apps, and drink specials.
Rocky Mountain Underground
It’s Breckenridge’s only establishment that duels as both a ski manufacturer (that makes award-winning skis) and a tavern. RMU is located right in the heart of Main Street between Ski Hill Road and Washington Avenue, making it the perfect hangout spot for anyone who is interested in talking with other passionate skiers and enjoying a craft beer after a long day on the slopes.
The third oldest craft brewery in Colorado, Breckenridge Brewery has been in operation since 1990. This original Breckenridge Brewpub on Main Street offers dining, brewery tours, and of course, a wide selection of beer brewed in-house. Happy hour highlights fine Colorado ales and is packed with traditional appetizers.
The Stinky Boot Saloon
Grand Timber Lodge’s new hangout delivers ski lodge vibes with mountain memorabilia and classic American pub food. Honoring the hard-working adventurer, The Boot is gaining a fan following for its delicious takes on comfort food—think pretzel knots with house-made queso, saucy wings, creative pizzas and high-piled tater tots with pulled pork. The modern restaurant and bar is situated in the Grand Timber Lodge just a short walk from the peak 9 lifts. Watch old ski films inside or sip Colorado craft brews outside by the fire pits.
Little Bar & Grilled
Small but mighty, this gourmet grilled cheese and burger shop pulls out all the late-night noshing stops. One of Breckenridge’s newest restaurants, it’s located just off Main Street on Adams Avenue (where Le Petit Paris operated for years) and serves a full indulgent menu until 12:30am. Settle in for crab cakes, craft cocktails and a Cuban-inspired sandwich, or go all out with the buttermilk fried chicken and cream cheese-stuffed French toast with buffalo and berry puree.
Dew Tour Nightlife – Late Night:
Blue Stag Saloon
The Blue Stag Saloon has an unmatched mountain town ambiance that makes it a favorite for both locals and visitors alike. Maybe it’s the rustic barn wood interior or the indoor and outdoor fireplaces or perhaps the combination of great food and drinks. Whatever the reason, this Main Street location is always going off!
From the moment you step foot into Motherloaded, you feel like a local. The warm ambiance and friendly servers highlight this lively bar which plays host to a variety of live music throughout the week. And with two bars in-house, you’re bound to always find a seat to check it all out from. When they aren’t hosting live music, Motherloaded is known for Open Mic on Mondays, Trivia on Tuesdays and more!
Gold Pan Saloon
This bar is as historic and legendary as they come. Constructed in 1879, the Gold Pan Saloon holds the longest operating liquor license west of the Mississippi River. Though it originally catered to miners with gold fever, the bar is now a main hub of the Breckenridge nightlife, serving up drinks and dancing with live music and DJs with a happening atmosphere.
Brooklyn’s Tavern and Billiards
If you and your friends are looking for a casual spot to hang out where you can drink some beer and play a few games of pool, then Brooklyn’s is your place! With 5 pool tables, Brooklyn’s proclaims itself as the only true billiards hall in Summit County. Additionally, their drink deals are some of the most reasonable you’ll find in Breckenridge.
The Historic Brown Hotel
The building has been standing since the 1860’s, but it was only this past year that The Historic Brown transformed itself into one of the coolest and most intimate music venues in all of Summit County. With games galore (pool, air hockey, darts, ping pong, Pac-man, pinball, foosball, etc…) and live music seemingly every night, this place is never short on having a good time.
If you’re looking for the ultimate Dew Tour nightlife spot and fire DJs, this is the spot for you! Cecilia’s Martini Bar and Nightclub features 3 bar areas, Breckenridge’s largest dance floor and their infamous dance pole. They also offer bottle service at all of their tall tables and booths.
Located above the Salt Creek Saloon, Napper Tandy’s Irish Pub is a go-to hotspot for dancing and live music for locals and visitors alike. During the day hours, come for pool, pub grub and to watch the game. Come nightfall, get ready for a dance party like none other.
Get the insider’s guide to Breckenridge happy hour specials, live music performances, karaoke, open mic nights, trivia nights and more at Aprés-Ski Breckenridge.