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Vail Nightlife: Vail Bars & Vail Clubs

Vail offers several bars, hotel lounges, and a few clubs. Vail nightlife is lively during ski season especially.
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Vail offers an extensive selection of bars, restaurants, après ski spots, hotel lounges, and a few nightclubs. The main stretch of nightlife is on Bridge Street, from Hanson Ranch Road to the covered bridge at the Gore Creek Inn. Guests of the Ritz Carlton Vail, Four Seasons Vail, and Ritz Carlton Bachelor Gulch Residence Clubs will have no problem finding fun things to do in Vail.  

Buffalo Bar at the Ritz Carlton

Après Ski, Hotel Bar
Enjoy après ski in this rustic mountain setting. Buffalo Bar features an extensive bar menu and seasonal live music.

Daniel’s Après Ski Bar

Après Ski, Hotel Bar
Enjoy après ski in this outdoor setting with amazing views of the National Park. Daniel’s offers light fare and Colorado specialties in a quaint mountain atmosphere.


Après Ski, Late Night
Most people end up at Vendetta’s eventually! It’s open late and serves pizza, beer, wine and cocktails. Crowd is a mix of locals and tourists. Laid back and friendly atmosphere.

Bistro Fourteen

Après Ski, Restaurant Bar
Bistro Fourteen is located on top of the Eagle Bahn Gondola at Eagle’s Nest. The floor-to-ceiling windows and patio offer amazing mountain views. Try one of their microbrews, fondue, or chicken pot pie.

Bart & Yeti’s

Après Ski, Restaurant Bar
This popular local’s hangout in Lionshead Village is a great place to relax and have a cold beer. The patio offers great people watching. If you’re hungry, try a burger or Mr. Bill’s Nachos, made with homemade pineapple sauce.

Dusty Boot Saloon

Après Ski, Happy Hour, Restaurant Bar
Happy Hour at this cowboy themed restaurant and bar is 3-5pm. Try their fried mac and cheese or one of their many 46 oz. margaritas.

The George

Après Ski, Dive Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night
The George is hard to find, but worth it if you like a laid back atmosphere and cheap drinks. The George hosts one of the best Happy Hours around, from about 3 to 7 and drinks at $3.75. The $16 King Crab and Steak dish is their most popular. You can bring equipment inside and relax on one of their lazy boy couches.

Gore Range Brewery

Après Ski, Live Music
Gore Range brews their own beer, has live music on the back patio, and sports TVs throughout. They are a popular stop on Vail pub crawls.


Après Ski, Live Music, Hotel Lounge
Frost offers microbrews, cocktails, and a signature scotch collection. They have live music on the weekends during après ski and dinner.

Vin 48

Wine bar, Happy Hour
Vin 48 has Happy Hour nightly from 5-6:30pm at the wine par. There are amazing views of Beaver Creek from their patio. Vin 48 hosts special wine events and wine tasting as well.

Loaded Joe’s

Après Ski, Pub, Late Night
Loaded Joe’s is a gourmet coffee shop by day and bar by night. Happy Hour is from 3-7pm, and their new special offers $3 well shots from 9pm to midnight. Loaded Joe’s was named “Best Local’s Pub” by Vail Daily’s Best of 2010.

Altitude Billiards & Sports Club

Billiards, Sports Bar, Happy Hour
Altitude offers big screen HDs throughout the venue and regulation size pool tables. There are drink specials, specialty beers, mixed drinks and wine.

Grouse on the Green

Pub, Restaurant Bar
This Irish pub and restaurant offers a nice ambiance and imported microbrews.

King’s Club

Après Ski, Live Music
King’s Club is one of Vail’s most popular après ski spots. They offer live entertainment, comfortable seats, and a fireplace.

Sandbar Sports & Grill

Sports bar, Live Music, Dancing
This club & bar has 30 TVs located throughout the bar, pool tables, and video games. Happy Hour Monday through Friday offers half price on wells, calls and beer specials. At night, Sandbar morphs into a nightclub with DJs live local and national talent

Ski Bar

Bar Scene, Dancing
Ski Bar has four rooms, a soundproof disco room, a sports den with TVs, casual front bar, and VIP Red Room.

Samana Lounge

Bar, Dancing
Samana is a great place to see a live show or enjoy local or international DJs spinning music on the dance floor. Different nights offer different music, from hip hop to house, 80s, and international dance hits. Themed nights include: Monday Karaoke, Wednesday Live Music, Thursday DJs and Electronic, and Friday & Saturday International DJs.


Live Music, Restaurant Bar
This Mexican restaurant serves traditional Mexican food and a large selection of tequilas. Enjoy a big margarita while watching a live local band.

The Red Lion

Après Ski, Restaurant Bar
The Red Lion is a Vail après ski institution. The front patio gets crowded quickly in the afternoons with people who enjoy the Vail scene. Phil Long, co-owner and performer, entertains with live music Wednesday through Saturday. The Red Lion serves signature cocktails, margaritas, microbrews, wine, and winter warmers.

Bully Ranch

Apres Ski, Hotel Bar
The Sonnenalp’s alpine style mountain pub is a great place to kick back and enjoy a drink after a long day of skiing.

Sarah’s Lounge

Après Ski, Live Music, Hotel Lounge
Sarah’s is located at the Christiana Lodge and has a good après ski scene. Helmut Fricker, a well known Vail personality and performer, entertains once a week with songs, jokes and stories about Vail’s history.

Pepi’s Bar

Après Ski, Restaurant Bar, Live Music
This Austrian restaurant features live entertainment with local artists, après ski, and special Austrian beers.


Après Ski, Restaurant Bar
Located in Lionshead Village, Garfinkel’s is a popular après ski spot. There is a great selection of beer, sports TVs, patio with great mountain views, and a lively atmosphere. The chicken nachos and Garfbuger are excellent, and the shot wheel is a lot of fun!


Après ski, Restaurant Bar
This Italian restaurant is very popular after skiing, especially on the deck overlooking Gore Creek River. Happy Hour is 3-5pm, or 3-6:30pm at the bar and deck. Try the hot chocolate with bourbon!

Tap Room

Après Ski, Bar
Try their all you can eat chicken wings night for $8! Their buffalo burger with sage mayo is also delicious. Sit outside on the balcony and enjoy the mountain views.

Shakedown Bar

Après Ski, Dancing, Live Music
Shakedown Bar is one of the best live music bars and nightclubs to enjoy Vail's nightlife. Whether enjoying a night out with friends or for après ski, stop by Shakedown for the amazing local performers as well as performers from across the country.