9 Best Bars in Vail Valley, Colorado

Red Lion

Fodor's choice

This popular spot is a tradition in Vail. It's standing-room-only in the afternoon, and a bit mellower in the evening. Most nights there's guitar or piano music, and there's bingo in the winter.

Root and Flower

Fodor's choice
With more than 50 by-the-glass pours of wine (handily categorized by flavor rather than geography), an extensive bottle selection, select draft beers, and a robust list of creative craft cocktails, as well as exquisite boards of cheese and charcuterie and other carefully curated gourmet offerings, Root and Flower is a charming and stylish spot for an elevated après-ski or après-hike drink.

10th Mountain Whiskey Tasting Room

Warm your belly with a flight of mountain magic at this industrial-cool but cozy tasting room in the heart of the village. Samples of locally distilled potato vodka, corn moonshine, bourbon, whiskey, and cordial are served up with a history of the 10th Mountain Division.

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8100 Mountain Bar and Grill

Beaver Creek Village

The faux candlelight, modern chandeliers, and lounge-y vibe lure an upper-crust crowd who knock back favorites from the local craft beer and sparkling cocktail menus. Try the Bootwarmer, a mix of local spiced whiskey, lemon juice, and honey. The appetizers are just as delicious—consider the shucked oysters with a Colorado hot sauce.

50 W. Thomas Pl., Beaver Creek, CO, 81620, USA
970-949-1234

Coyote Café

This boisterous spot is a kick-back-and-relax sort of place right on the pedestrian mall, where locals hang out at the bar and enjoy the patio.

Deca + Bol

At this upscale bar and restaurant with a bowling alley, winter rates start at $150 per hour not including shoes.

Dusty Boot Roadhouse

Beaver Creek Village

For the best après-ski scene among both visitors and locals, head to this rollicking saloon complete with Wild West decor, including cowboy hats and buffalo skulls over the pinewood bar. When the ski slopes close, the bar is usually packed.

Garfinkel's

Near the gondola in Lionshead, Garfinkel's has good service, tons of local flavor, and plenty of TV screens for watching sports.

The Met Kitchen

Extensive menus featuring Colorado-made vodka, whiskey, gin, craft beer, and wine bring thirsty travelers here for flights of all types with small plates for pairing. Those with bigger appetites can turn to comforting favorites like chicken and waffles and short ribs, each with its own suggested wine pairing.