Vail Colorado (US)

Ski Resort Apres Ski, Dining, Bars and Nightlife Guide

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Vail Village Summary:

Bars: 10+
Dining: 57+

Lionshead Village Summary:

Bars: 4+
Dining: 14+

Drinking Age:

State of Colorado: 21

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Vail Village

Patio at Red Lion in Vail Village
Vail Apres Ski:

Apres Ski at Vail Village:

The more popular happy hours are in Vail village. On warmer days the early crowd goes to the patio at Los Amigos at the base of Pepi's Run where one can watch the skiers on Pepi's run. This is also a warning that you will have an audience is you ski Pepi's any time after noon. After the lifts close, skiers will begin to converge on the patio of the Red Lion where the action begins with happy hour and goes strong till closing on any given Friday or Saturday night.

Apres Ski at Lionshead Village:

The scene at Lionshead is mostly centered around food. The most popular bar is Garfinkel's. Look across from the gondola and look for their Moose mascot logo.

Happy hopur at the Red Lion at Vail

The Red Lion is probably the most popular of the Apres ski bars and often features quality live entertainment.

Apres ski at Vail

Los Amigos: At the base of Vista Bahn lift. From here you can watch skiers make their way down Pepi's Face run.

Vail has some of the best Apres ski bars of any ski area.

Dining and Where To Eat:

Vail Village caters to all tastes from the high end to the cheap but good. Vail Village is the larger town center and thus hosts the bulk of the restaurants.

Lionshead shuts down early with most restaurants closing their doors at 9:00pm. After 9:00 there is one choice down by the steps to the outdoor ice rink: Blue Moose Pizza. Also note that Dominos delivers (970) 476-0330

Vail Village:

  • La Tour: French 970-476-4403
    122 E Meador Dr, Vail CO
  • The Left Bank: French 970-476-3696
    183 Gore Creek Drive, Vail CO
  • Joe's Famous Deli: 970-479-7580
    288 Bridge St, Vail CO - located by the Vail covered bridge to the parking area
  • Kelly Liken: American 970-479-0175
    12 Vail Rd - Suite 100, Vail CO
  • Sonnenalp Hotel: Ludwig's: American 970-479-5429
    20 Vail Rd, Vail CO
  • Matsuhisa: Asian 970-476-6628
    141 East Meadow Drive, Vail CO - Dinner only
  • Sweet Basil: 970-476-0125
    193 Gore Creek Dr, Vail CO
  • Vendetta's: Pizza (served till 2:00am)/ Bar food
  • The Lodge at Vail: Cucina Rustica: American 970-754-7872
    175 East Gore Creek Dr, Vail, CO
  • Campo De Fiori: Italian 970-476-8994
    100 East Meadow Dr, Vail CO
  • Bol: 970-476-5300
    141 East Meadow Drive, Vail CO
    Bowling and food
  • 7 one 5: 970-476-4444 ex. 5675
    715 W Lionshead Cir, Vail CO
    Eclectic American
  • Pepi's Restaurant and Wild Game Room: Wild game 970-476-4671
    Great happy hour.
    231 East Gore Creek Dr, Vail CO - located at the foot of Vista Bahn chair lift
  • The Sebastion at Vail Hotel: Leonora
    International Alpine Bistro

Lionshead Village:


  • A la Car grocery and restaurant delivery service: 970-949-4000
    In 2008, A la Car represented 15 restaurants. Minimum $15.00 per restaurant. Hours: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, ~20% delivery fee.
  • Dominos: 970-476-0330

On Mountain:

  • Game Creek Restaurant: 970-754-4275
    Dinner only - American-French cuisine and steak house.
    Just below Eagle's Nest and just above the Game Creek chair lift
  • Bistro 14: 970-754-4530
    Lunch - Top of Eagle Bahn Gondaola.

Vail dining explorer
Elk Lodge at Vail

Elk Lodge

Lunch at Elk Lodge at Vail

Lunch at Elk Lodge

Vail Night Life:
Nightlife at the Red Lion at Vail

Vail Village: Live bands at the Red Lion

Nightlife at the Tap Room at Vail

Vail Village: The Tap Room: enter the Vista Bahn Building and go upstairs

Vail Village:

Garfinkles at Vail

Lionshead Village: Beware the "Shot Wheel" at Garfinkel's.


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