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The Best Bars in Vail for Live Music

Are you ready for some great live music in Vail? When the sun goes down, the good times get rolling. Get ready to relax with old friends and new, and groove to local tunes. Here are some of our favorite spots in Vail for live music.

Best Vail Bars With Live Music

Shakedown Bar

Shakedown is serious about live music — and the owner, Scott Rednor, is a musician in his own right and plays live along with special guests. You’ll find this Vail Village bar and venue rockin’ out almost every night of the week.

Bridge Street Bar

Bridge Street Bar brings fun to the Vail nightlife scene with live entertainment and DJs in separate rooms. Live music from Scott Munns, Ted Hammock, Jonny Mogambo, Brian Kittrell and many more provide entertainment throughout the year. Looking for a place to dance? A dance room with a fantastic DJ gives you space to shake it all night.

The Red Lion

The Red Lion, a Vail institution since 1963, is a beacon for locals and visitors alike seeking nightlife. With local musicians playing live music in the late afternoon and again in the evening, we suggest reserving a table in front for the best seat in the house. On a sunny day, the iconic Red Lion patio is the place to be seen and grab a bite to eat.

Pepi’s Restaurant and Bar

A top place to people-watch, Pepi’s delivers open-air seating and large windows overlooking Bridge Street, plus a larger patio along Gore Creek Drive. It’s also a fun place to gather with friends for laidback live music, especially when kicking off the evening’s festivities. With authentic Austrian beers, specialty cocktails and the “wall of fame” showcasing notable patrons, Pepi’s is an iconic stop in the heart of Vail Village.

Vail Chophouse

Many make Vail Chophouse a vacation haunt for its regular live-music performances by owner and longtime Vail entertainer Phil Long. Boasting a stunning, sunny patio where you can order up a delicious steak, it’s the perfect place in Lionshead to take in the scenery after a day of adventures. Reservations are recommended.

King’s Club at Sonnenalp Hotel

King’s Club isn’t only loved for its plush and comfy seating and a crackling fireplace; local live music there makes it the perfect spot to unwind after a long day of skiing or hiking. Sip a classic old fashioned while a guitar strums in the background.

What’s Your Favorite Spot to Listen to Live Music in Vail?

We invite you to explore Vail after dark and visit more than one nightlife spot, as each has its own unique vibe and scene.