Not only is Breckenridge home to an incredible ski resort and tons of amazing outdoor activities, but it’s also home to a surprisingly large number of great bars. You’ll find them on Main Street, around downtown, and even up on the peaks. So, which one should you choose to complement your Breck vacation? To help narrow down your choices, we’ve put together a list of our top 10 favorite bars in Breckenridge. Hopefully, this will help to narrow down your choices so that when you’re ready for that apres-ski cocktail, you can find the perfect bar that fits your mood. Cheers!
With a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere, you’ll feel right at home as soon as you step in the front door of The Mine. Located at 200 North Main Street, The Mine has a pool and ping pong table, darts, and lots of board games. In addition, there’s karaoke every Sunday and live music and DJs on various other nights throughout the week. The drinks are reasonably priced, which admittedly, can be hard to find in ski resort towns. Last, but certainly not least, the staff is very friendly and sure to make you feel like a local while you’re there.
The RMU Tavern is part of Rocky Mountain Underground, which is the county’s first combination ski shop and bar. Regardless of whether you’re in the market for for some top of the line gear or handcrafted skis, the tavern is still a great place to stop in for a drink. The bar itself is cozy and intimate with flat-screen TVs placed for easy viewing and awesome bartenders. Out back, you’ll find a beer garden that has lots of seating, lawn games, and an area for live music. There’s a rotating menu of craft beer and cocktails so you can rest assured that you’ll always have some great drink choices while you’re there. You’ll find the RMU Tavern at 114 South Main Street.
Even if you don’t love absinthe, you’re sure to love the quirky atmosphere of The Absinthe Bar. Stocked with over 35 types of absinthe, the bar also has a full assortment of liquors, and over 20 Belgian beers. If you’ve never tried absinthe before and aren’t sure what will please your palate, the knowledgeable and warm staff will help you make the right decision. But be aware – a little absinthe goes a long way. If you need a little food to keep the drinks from going straight to your head, a limited menu is available and the food is prepared by the restaurant upstairs, Swiss Haven. The Absinthe Bar is located at 325 South Main Street.
Ollie’s Pub and Grub
Located at 401 South Main Street, Ollie’s Pub and Grub is a great choice if you’re looking for a laid back place to hang out with friends and watch the game. Ollie’s serves a great selection of craft beers from local breweries as well as a whiskey flight of four Colorado whiskies. If you arrive hungry, you’ll be happy to know that they have a full menu available. They’re well-known for their amazing burgers and wings. There are daily happy hour and drink specials as well as late night happy hour specials from Sunday through Thursday.
Gold Pan Saloon
Considered to be the oldest operating bar in Summit County, the Gold Pan Saloon serves up a little bit of history along with drinks and food. There’s definitely an Old West feel to the Gold Pan thanks to the huge, hand carved and mirrored bar and the prominent potbelly stove. It’s a great place for dancing, karaoke, and people watching. There are daily drink specials, too. Their Bloody Marys and breakfast menu consistently get rave reviews. The Gold Pan Saloon is at 103 North Main Street.
Apres Handcrafted Libations
Incredible drinks, a fun atmosphere, and knowledgeable bartenders are the name of the game at Apres Handcrafted Libations, located at 130 South Main Street. Apres features an impressive rotating menu with over 25 craft beers on top, over 40 bottled/canned beers, an extensive craft and small-batch whiskey selection, and a variety of unique cocktails. There are board games available if you’re in the mood for a little friendly competition with your drinks. And while Apres does not serve food, aside from a few small snacks, they do allow you to have food delivered to you there or to bring in your own food.
Breckenridge Tap House
Boasting a welcoming mountain aesthetic and no shortage of craft beers, the Breckenridge Tap House is a great place to stop after a day on the slopes or the hiking trails. They have 37 beers on tap, hundreds of whiskey and tequila options, and an impressive wine selection – not to mention all the cocktails crafted by their talented bartenders. If all that weren’t enough, their food menu features a number of specialty street tacos, each of which is delicious! The daily happy hour includes both food and drink specials. You can find the Breckenridge Tap House at 105 North Main Street.
Dancing Pines Distillery Tasting Room
The tasting room for the Dancing Pines Distillery can be found at 201 North Main Street. This Colorado-based distillery produces small batch spirits that are non-GMO and free of artificial flavorings. They have a variety of flavored liqueurs as well as gin, bourbon, rum, whisky, and vodka. To get the full experience of their wonderfully crafted products, opt for a flight that you can customize to your personal tastes. The staff is incredibly knowledgeable and helpful and as an added bonus, the tasting room offers wonderful mountain views.
Historic Brown & Fox’s Den
The Historic Brown & Fox’s Den is one of the newest additions to the Breckenridge bar scene even though the historic Brown Hotel and Restaurant has been in Breck for about 150 years. Recently renovated, the venue now features a stage for live music, an extra bar for busy nights, pool, air hockey, and ping pong tables, darts, board games, an outdoor patio with a fire pit, and much more. There’s live music every Friday and Saturday night as well as pool/ping pong/air hockey tournaments on Sunday through Tuesday nights. The Historic Brown & Fox’s Den is located at 206 North Ridge Street.
Robbie’s Tavern is located inside the Grand Colorado Resort at the base of Peak 8. While Robbie’s is a relatively new establishment, it has quickly risen among the ranks of Breckenridge bars. Its slopeside location ensures that you’ll be able to enjoy fantastic mountain views whether you’re relaxing inside or outside on the spacious patio. As you might expect, Robbie’s is also a prime spot for apres-ski drinks. Their drink menu boasts a number of craft cocktails, beers on tap, and an extensive wine list. There’s a full menu that features burgers, sandwiches, salads, and more.