With decks and patios aplenty for unforgettable après-ski experiences, cozy bars for a quiet drink, and late-night clubs that vary from casual to full tilt, Breckenridge apres-ski and nightlife is a good enough reason in itself to book a ski vacation. Truly. There are more than 30 bars, clubs, pubs, and lounges that line historic Main Street.
Most of the Breckenridge après scene takes place slopeside at the base of Peak 8 and Peak 9, but there are several great options on or just off of Main Street, too.
After a great day on the slopes, belly up to the T-Bar, located at the base of Peak 8 in One Ski Hill Place, and enjoy a few well-deserved drinks. The slopeside T-Bar is just a few steps from the BreckConnect Gondola so you can get a fast and free ride back to the downtown core when you’ve had your fill.
Base Nine Bar
The bartenders at Base Nine Bar, located at the bottom of Peak 9, are renowned for their martini menu, so head here if you’re feeling posh. With billiards and flat-screen televisions, Base Nine also serves as a great spot to shoot a little pool or catch a sports game.
Locals’ tip: If you’re still in the Peak 9 neighborhood and looking to tie one on, the Park Avenue Pub is an easy walk and worth checking out.
Mi Casa’s happy hour (3 p.m.-6 p.m.) wings ($6), tacos ($5), Tecate cans ($2) or Modelo Especial ($2) and house margaritas ($4.75) are the perfect complement to a day of skiing. Just walk towards Main Street from the Peak 9 Village and you’re in business.
Locals’ tip: If you’re looking for daily drink specials après-ski entertainment, Tiffany’s Sports Pub features daily drink specials.
The Coppertop Bar
Located in Beaver Run Resort at the base of Peak 9, The Coppertop Bar draws a large crowd during apres-ski, thanks to it’s large patio, live music, appetizers and menu, and variety of drafts.
Take a stroll along Main Street to get a feel for the downtown Breckenridge bars.
Breckenridge Brewery & Breckenridge Distillery
In addition to mining and skiing, Breckenridge has also acquired a name for itself in the locally made libations department, i.e. The Breckenridge Brewery and Breckenridge Distillery.
Founded by a local Breckenridge ski bum with a skill for brewing handcrafted beer, Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, located at 600 S. Main St., has been in the biz since 1990. There are year-round ales that you might recognize from the bottle shop, such as the smooth Avalanche (amber) ale or delicious vanilla porter, seasonal micro-brews, and special small batches if you want to try something special at the Breckenridge Brewery. Plus, if hunger strikes the pub food will more than please and pairs well with the Breck-made brews.
If your après-ski and nightlife palate prefers stronger beverages, you have to sample a cocktail or two at The Breckenridge Distillery’s Tasting Room, 137 S. Main St. Renowned for its vodka and bourbon, The Distillery, located at 1925 Airport Rd., is open six days a week (closed Monday) and you can swing by to watch the distillers mash, ferment and distill; or, step into the Downtown Tasting Room on Main Street to try complimentary pours of their award-winning spirits.
Gold Pan Saloon
130 N. Main St.
For a taste of Breckenridge history, saddle up at the Gold Pan Saloon. The oldest operating bar West of the Mississippi, Gold Pan dates back to the mining-boom days which put Breckenridge on the map.
Apres Handcrafted Libations
130 S. Main St.
Ideal for post-skiing or pre-nightclub, Apres Handcrafted Libations is the place to be if your nightlife tastes sway towards the sophisticated side. Enjoy handmade cocktails designed using craft spirits and house-made syrups, fresh juice, proprietary bitters and lots of love.
Burke & Riley’s Irish Pub
520 S. Main St.
For a casual vibe, head to the locals’ favorite water hole: Burke & Riley’s Irish Pub. Here you’ll find a down-to-earth atmosphere with great draft beer selection and late-night food options.
520 S. Main St.
If a night of dancing is call your name, Cecilia’s is is. Cecilia’s—considered the best late-night hot spot in Breckenridge for decades—is a lively scene every night of the week during the ski season. Enjoy great local and regional DJ sets, a large dance floor and multiple bars at Cecilia’s.
Director of SEO + Content
Originally from the icy trails of New Jersey, I moved West to pursue powder and a career in writing and editing. Now living in Aspen, Colo. and working for Ski.com as Director of SEO + Content, I've been able to combine a litany of skills, passions and interests. You'll find me skiing at Aspen Mountain or Aspen Highlands in the winter and mountain biking at Snowmass in the summer.