Breckenridge Colorado Bars and Nightlife - a Visitors Guide

By: Ben Kelly

If you're seeking a mountain town with tremendous nightlife for your next ski vacation, consider Breckenridge, Colorado. With over 100 unique restaurants and bars lining its historic Main Street, the town stays alive well after its lifts have closed. From pubs to clubs to old west saloons, you're sure to find a watering hole (or ten) that suits your taste in Breckenridge.

Start your evening off with a visit to one of the locals' favorite aprÃ?s ski bars. The Quandary, Park Avenue Pub, Mi Casa and the Breckenridge Brewery are all located within easy walking distance of Peak 9's base area and offer great happy hour specials. Recount the highlights of your ski day over a cocktail or beer in one of these establishments before heading out on the town for the night.

Visitors looking for a mellow bar where they can watch their favorite team will appreciate Downstairs at Eric's, Kenosha and Burke and Riley's Irish Pub. Eric's and Kenosha feature the best beer menus in town, with more selections than you could possibly sample in an evening. Burke and Riley's features traditional Irish libations and might be the only bar in town where you can find your favorite soccer team on the big screen. The pub also features one of Breckenridge's best decks, with phenomenal views of the Ten Mile mountain range and a gas fire pit to keep you warm on cold winter nights.

For live music, look to Sherpa and Yeti's. This well-hidden basement bar features touring national acts nightly. From rock to reggae to hip hop, Sherpa's brings in an eclectic mix of music from around the country and beyond. Those who prefer a bit more relaxed atmosphere with live jazz will appreciate the Blue River Bistro, a contemporary martini bar on the north end of Breckenridge's Main Street.

For a bit more historic place to drink, check out the Gold Pan Saloon. The "Pan" has the distinction of being the oldest continuously bar west of the Mississippi. Originally established to cater to Breckenridge's mining crowd, the saloon is still a popular nightlife fixture today. The Brown Hotel, originally built in the 1860's, now operates solely as a bar. This historic Victorian building's multiple rooms are filled with pool and ping pong tables, foosball, and air hockey games.

Those interested in partying the night away on a dance floor, should consider the Salt Creek, Cecilia's or the Liquid Lounge. These bars feature Breckenridge's largest dance floors and cater to a younger crowd. If you're planning on staying out until the town closes down for the evening, you'll find these establishments stay packed until 2 am.

No matter where you choose to celebrate in Breckenridge, you're sure to have a great time. Revelers of all ages will appreciate the town's vast selection of bars and restaurants as well as the lively crowds that frequent them. If you're looking for more than just skiing on your next ski vacation, Breckenridge and its many nightlife options won't leave you disappointed.

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