Vail’s bars and restaurants pride themselves on serving up unique and specialty cocktails, beers, and experiences you may not find anywhere other than here. Here’s a list to get you started — cheers!
Chasing Rabbits: Where to start with Chasing Rabbits? You can’t go wrong here with a restaurant, a theater, a library lounge, an arcade and a speakeasy all in one. Jump into the Rabbit Hole and Moon Rabbit and see for yourself.
10th Mountain Whiskey & Spirits: Serving Vail-crafted speciality whiskey and spirits, this is a must-stop for libations lovers. Tucked in Vail Village overlooking Gore Creek, the tasting room, including a full bar, offers a comfy lounge area and pub-style seating. Make a selection from options like spirit flights, barrel-aged cocktails and, of course, 10th Mountain bottles.
Bad Kitty Lounge: Looking for a fresh new cocktail or a spin on an old favorite? This little hideaway cocktail bar is tucked down under the main drag, befitting its speakeasy decor and vibes. It’s a small place that you don’t want to miss. Check it out and try to stump the bartenders (you won’t).
AlpenRose & Pepi’s: We’ve lumped these restaurants together because they’re the place to go if you’re looking for authentic Bavarian beers, spritzer aperitifs, infamous shot boards and delicious Glühwein (hot mulled wine). The Bavarian owners will happily pour a variety of beers in these authentic locales that really hit the spot on a summer day.
Bully Ranch: The Bully Ranch Mudslide is a must, but be sure to limit your intake to no more than two of these sneakily strong frozen adult treats. They come on strong!
Root & Flower: Take your pick from an extensive bottle selection and craft cocktails in this versatile watering hole on Bridge Street. Stop by and enjoy a tasting experience or spend an evening with an old favorite.
Vail Brewing Company: Handcrafted beers satisfy the mountain-adventuring community, and Vail Brewing Company (located above Solaris Plaza) features over a dozen award-winning beers on tap to to sip on the patio or to-go. Enjoy an afternoon or evening tasting each one and find your favorite.
Fall Line Kitchen & Cocktails: Head here for speciality cocktails, wine, beer and bubbles served in a stylish restaurant featuring wide-open windows along Bridge Street.
Matsuhisa: Two words — The Gardener. Others have tried to replicate this drink but no one makes a cocktail quite like this one. Visit the mixologists at Matsuhisa to give your tastebuds a treat.
The Remedy Bar at The Four Seasons: Socialize over specialty cocktails (try the Old Fashioned with “Remedy barrel select” bourbon, luxardo cherry, orange and angostura bitters) or watch your favorite sports teams on the 165-inch TV. The lively scene here is set against uninterrupted mountain views, whether you’re tucked inside or enjoying the fresh air from the stunning patio with year-round fire pits.
Sweet Basil: Bartenders have crafted over a dozen specialty cocktails sure to quench your thirst. Speak to the sommeliers to select the perfect glass or bottle from the extensive list of bubblies, whites, rosés and reds. And, don’t miss the never-ending list of spirits, including many rare and limited pours.
Mountain Standard: The sister restaurant to Sweet Basil serves up beers, bourbons and more in a woody space, with a focus on speciality sauces.
The Fitz at Manor Vail: This upscale venue features vintage-chic decor and a scenic patio that overlooks Gore Creek. It’s the place to stop on the way to a show at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater for a pre-show cocktail (be sure to make a reservation if there’s a show).