- Many Kinds Of Fun
- Foodie Fave: Twist, Breck
- Family: 9280, Keystone
- Like A Local: The Goat, Keystone
Whether you prefer to hang with the locals, cut a rug in your ski boots, trade adventure stories with your kids, or linger over a dreamy cocktail and small plate, there’s no shortage of places to indulge after your last run of the day at Breckenridge or Keystone.
If you appreciate culinary greatness as much as an après vibe, we’ve got a suggestion or two.
Housed in a lovely Victorian residence that served as the Breckenridge newspaper office in the 1880s, Twist’s dining area is bright, boutique-like, and warmed by a fireplace.
In addition to a daily creative cocktail, the 4 to 6 p.m. happy hour menu serves super-tender turkey tacos for $2, and $5 rotating plates like the irresistible Breck fries.
The coziest spot and best view in the house is the large bay window table at the front.
Arapahoe Café Pub Down Under, Dillon
The après scene is underneath the historic café in a no-frills sports bar, which, albeit dark and dated, has some of the best mussels in Colorado.
Order them—along with any other appetizer—for half price from 4 to 6 p.m. along with discounted drinks.
During the week, the pub runs nightly specials in which one of the café menu faves—red trout, burgers, cheesesteaks, and more—is discounted.
The café itself is adorable, much brighter and better for enjoying flavorful sirloins or creative salads; try the Yucatan with chile-braised pork and avocado dressing.
Frisco, Colorado is a great little getaway and is less than 30 minutes from Breckenridge and Keystone.
New to the Frisco dining scene, Vinny’s follows a farm-to-table philosophy with its Sicilian-inspired seasonal cuisine, which ranges from homemade pasta dishes to duck confit to mushroom strudel.
Sound like a bit much for après? That’s why Vinny’s offers a $5 tasting menu 3 to 5 p.m. daily, featuring smaller portions of the strudel and pastas, rich samples of buffalo sausage, polenta truffle fondue, and crab cakes, plus discounted wine, beer, and liquor.
No need to sacrifice après-ski indulgences just because the kids are along; bring ’em with to these kid-friendly hotspots.
9280 Tap House, Keystone
Like Keystone in general, kids’ picks are a priority here.
Even your most finicky youngster will dig the pesto sticks (warm pizza dough covered with mozzarella), but there’s a kids' menu just in case.
While the kids munch away, you can take your pick from a sizable beer list that includes a custom 9280 ale.
The deck is the best in Keystone’s River Run Village, serving as the ultimate spot for reliving each family member’s favorite run of the day to a soundtrack of live music from the River Run stage.
Although the comfort food options are plentiful (try the roast beef-and-cheddar melt or the butter- and parmesan-drenched sweet potato fries), healthier choices—hummus or house salad topped with candied pecans and multigrain croutons—let you set a good example for the kids.
Downstairs at Eric’s, Breckenridge
Beware that this beloved sports bar has a massive arcade with enough video games, pinball machines, prize pickups, and Skee Ball to make the kids forget the outdoors altogether.
You and your family might get stuck here all night. It’s packed during prime time, but hitting it in the late afternoon just might land you a table without waiting.
Domestic drafts are super cheap from 3 to 6 p.m. on weekdays, the beer list is three pages long, and the amazingly affordable food menu is filled with pizza options, burgers, salads, sandwiches, cheese sticks, and just about every form of post-mountain sustenance adored by big and little kids alike.
LIKE A LOCAL
Everyone lives the dream at these resident-approved favorites.
Breckenridge Brewery & Pub, Breckenridge
You’ve seen it at tap houses all over the country, but there’s something about a Breckenridge ale knocked back in the mountains that just feels right.
There are locations throughout Denver, but the original brew house at the south end of Breck’s Main Street is staffed with bartenders who have spanned generations, packed with jolly regulars on corner bar stools, and notorious for one of the best après deals in town.
Try the $3 beers and half-priced appetizers (Sunday through Thursday, 3 – 5 PM). We never pass up the perfect pairing: spinach artichoke dip with warm pretzels.
The Goat Soup & Whiskey Tavern, Keystone
The Goat is nearing its 20th birthday, and the vague yet oddly comforting stale beer scent is a mark of lasting popularity.
Long-time diehards rarely break their post-work or post-ride ritual pool game and that’s mostly because the après deals here are indeed hard to beat.
From 3 to 6 p.m. you can dig into three pork-and-chicken sliders and a draft pint.
The Goat’s kitchen is open until midnight, serving a slew of sandwiches, wraps, and decadent pub food.
The vibe goes late-night with a steady stream of live music that, over the years, has included Elephant Revival, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, and John Lee Hooker Jr.
If you packed your dancin’ shoes along with your ski boots, this is the place for you.
Breck might seem an unlikely place for a martini and cigar joint, but here it blends seamlessly.
In the wee hours, the dance floor—replete with live DJs, mirrors, and a dance pole—becomes a throbbing mass still amped up from a day on the slopes.
You’ll find a bit more peace from 1 to 8 p.m.
The walk-in humidor is in steady use, but there’s plenty of room to kick back in the dark lounge and enjoy two-for-one martinis offered in a mind-boggling variety, from straight-up 50/50s (gin and Vermouth) to more elaborate chocolate, espresso, and fruit-flavored concoctions.