Get The Party Started!
When the sun goes down, and even in the afternoon “Happy Hours”, Vail is buzzing with a nightlife and apres scene that will quench your thirst. From bars, to lounges to breweries and live music, you’re will definitely find what suits your mood. And, don’t stop at just one spot, with dozens of bar options, you’re certain to find more than one favorite! Browse out list below and share with us your experience!
True Bars (no food)
Shakedown is a staple in Vail Village’s nightlife scene and is the spot for live music, après, happy hour and nightlife. Located at the top of Bridge Street, Shakedown Bar has the best rock ‘n’ roll shows around and keeps its’ capacity numbers limited to make sure everyone has the best experience possible.
10th Mountain Whisky & Spirits
The 10th Mountain Whiskey & Spirit’s bar is ideally located on Bridge Street, with a prime view of the Covered Bridge. Featuring signature whiskeys and cocktails, while paying tribute to the 10th Mountain soldiers who inspired our mountain life-style. Pull up a stool and listen to live music while you sip on smooth whiskey!
Bridge Street Bar
Vail’s nightlife scene goes off at Bridge Street Bar with live music and DJ’s in separate rooms, you can decide where you want to get the party going.
7 Hermits Brewing & Pub
Ideally located at the top of Bridge Street with cozy seating outside and in, explore 7 Hermits brews alongside their popular crepes and street tacos.
Vail Brewing Company
With a bird’s eye view from the 2nd level balcony of Solaris Plaza, Vail Brewing Company is the perfect place to soak in the sun and taste the incredible beers that have become a staple in the valley and beyond.
Afternoon Happy Hour & Après Spots
In the heart of Vail Village, at the top of Bridge Street, the Blue Cow is the perfect afternoon stop for a cold beverage after a day on Vail Mountain. Top it off with one of their famous Swiss Hot Dogs!
A German-Austrian establishment in the West Village of Vail Village since 1974, serving authentic German & Austrian beers, wines and cocktails on quaint Bavarian style patio. An ideal spot to relax on a sunny afternoon with a tall cold one, fondue, pretzels and hearty meals.
The “sister” restaurant to Alpenrose, at the top of Bridge Street, with an authentic Bavarian vibe, including music, beers, wines, cocktails, meat & cheese treys and more. Grab a seat on the patio perched high above Bridge Street for incredible people watching during happy hour and après bike, hike or ski!
Bar Scene in a Restaurant
Root & Flower
A chic modern wine bar on Bridge Street offering over 50 vinos by the glass, creative cocktails and more! A changing menu of New American bites is available if you need a snack.
Established in 1964, on the prime corner of Bridge Street and Gore Creek Drive, Pepi’s Bar is one of the hot spots to see and be seen. Whether you grab a table on the iconic patio or inside near the sliding glass windows, the welcoming Bavarian charm , along with Austrian beer and beverage selection and live music will have you coming back for more!
Mountain Standard is a rustic relaxed tavern set along Gore Creek with a high energy bar, set just off from the dining area. Serving creative cocktails, spirits, wines and favorites, pull up a bar stool in this dynamic and approachable spot.
Bart & Yeti’s
This laid-back bar is the go-to for many long-time locals, with its cozy log cabin interior and large patio, it’s a perfect stop in Lionshead to grab a beverage during the afternoon, après ski and late night.
In Vail Village, on Bridge Street, Vendetta’s is happening 24-7! With afternoon cocktails on the deck post mountain adventure or late-night drinks with a slice of pizza in the spacious bar, Vendetta’s is a locals and ski patrol favorite, and welcomes to guests from all over!
Located in Lionshead, Garfinkel’s, or simply “Garf’s” as it’s called by the locals is one of the hottest après ski/adventure spots! Grab a picnic style table on the huge deck overlooking the mountain and soak life in! The late-night scene goes off with the party moving inside the spacious bar!
Located in Lionshead at the foot of Vail Mountain, with the primo patio for being seen during the afternoons or head inside and grab a bar-stool or table. Enjoy live music with longtime Vail icon, Phil Long in the afternoons and some late-nights (after the dinner crowd has gone home).
Located on Bridge Street with patio seating overlooking all of the action of the village or a stylish bar, check out the inventive craft cocktail menu with something for everyone!
The Red Lion – Since 1963, this longtime Vail “institution” has been entertaining locals and visitors alike! 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 in the afternoon or before heading out on the town for the evening!
Located at the top of Bridge Street steps from the Gondola, the patio of Los Amigos can’t be beat for afternoon sun and a margarita!
Loaded Joe’s Vail – You might know Loaded Joe’s for incredible coffee and breakfasts, but it’s also a favorite local watering hole. And, now in a new, more spacious location (just before the Covered Bridge), there’s more space to relax and mingle. You can be the star at the weekly Friday night karaoke night! Or if you’re looking to listen to live music, stop by on Thursdays for Reggae night or Sundays for Open Mic night!
Located in Solaris Plaza, the nightlife scene at Bol features a bowling alley with lounge-style seating, a chic modern bar and global far if desired.
Located high atop Vail Mountain at Eagle’s Nest, the ride up the Eagle Bahn Gondola will be rewarded with a full bar and incredible views! The perfect spot for afternoon beverages after Epic Discovery activities, skiing, hiking or biking.
Opening soon in the West Village of Vail, this new high-end bar offers a sleek interior that flows outside onto the patio for optimal people watching and outdoor sunning with a beverage. Drinks (and food) are inspired by travels through Iberian Peninsula, with Spanish and Portuguese wines, cinders, sherries and ports.
Not Your Typical “Hotel Bar”
Located in the Four Seasons Lodge, a great place to socialize over cocktails or watch your favorite spots team on the 165-inch TV. The lively après ski/adventure scene here is set against incredible mountain views, whether inside or on the patio with year-round firepits.
Located in Manor Vail Lodge, the Fitz is the ideal spot to hit before heading to a show at the Ford Amphitheater, when strolling around Ford Park and the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens and after a day of mountain adventure. With a stunning deck overlooking Gore Creek and plenty of specialty and standard beverages, you’ll find yourself settling in for hours.
The Bully Ranch is a longtime local’s favorite with a casual western atmosphere and cozy bar ideal for rounding up friends for happy hour or “later” hours. Be sure to try their infamous Mudslide cocktail – the limit is 2 per person for a reason!
This lively “underground” basement hangout is happening with the après and late-night crowd. On the lower level of the Mountain Haus lodge, near the covered bridge, it’s usually packed in the afternoons and evenings with party-goers.
Located in the Lodge at Vail, Elway’s bar is a sophisticated, yet comfortable bar with high-tops or bar seating and is a perfect spot to start or end an evening out on the town!
The Altitude Bar
Located inside the Evergreen Lodge, the Altitude Bar has been voted Vail’s #1 sports bar! With 19 LCD TV’s and 100+ projection TV, the recently renovated bar in the best place in Vail to watch any game and grab some adult beverages!
Located in the Highline Lodge in West Vail, Pivot 62 is a great spot to relax and unwind by the fireplace while enjoying handcrafted cocktails, as well as local beers and spirits in the afternoon until late evening!
Gessner Vail & Fireside Lounge
Located in the Grand Hyatt, in Cascade Village, the bar at Gessner features an expansive line up for local microbrews, wines and spirits in a chic atmosphere. The Fireside Lounge provides inventive après-ski food, drink, music, breathtaking mountain views and a can’t-miss social scene
Located inside The Sebastian lodge in the West Village of Vail, this classy bar with stylish décor offers craft cocktails and elevated light fare. The perfect spot to start or end the evening
Located inside the Sonnenalp Lodge, visit the King’s Club for live music, comfortable seating and a roaring fireplace – making it the perfect spot to unwind after a day in the mountains. Enjoy a specialty drink from the top shelf selection, a glass of wine or German beer while you relax by the fireplace and listen to great music from local musicians.
Located in the Christiania, this small intimate lounge offers comfy couches and cushy bar stools, all themed after the Bavarian vibe of the lodge. Highlighted with music by Helmut Fricker, it’s hard to feel like you are not in Bavaria!
Bad Kitty Lounge
This little hideaway bar is tucked down under the main drag on Bridge Street in Vail Village with a speakeasy décor and vibe. Enjoy a fresh new cocktail or a spin on an old favorite in this small drinking hole that you don’t want to miss.
Newly opened at the Sonnenalp Lodge, this European street bar serves authentic German fare, creative cocktails and more!
Gorsuch Ski Café
Located at the top of Bridge Street, grab a café table outside or inside and cozy up with a specialty café cocktail, liquor, schnapps, wine or beer.