Summit County, Colorado, is a haven for powder hounds – because where else can you find over 1,400 miles of ski runs? But once you’ve finished skiing for the day, there’s no better way to warm up and relax than with a beverage for apres.
Summit County delivers in this department, too, boasting a vibrant apres scene buzzing with happy hour deals as epic as the peaks themselves. Apres-skiing – the art of unwinding after a long day on the slopes – has become a beloved tradition in this part of the country.
So, where should you head after a day on the slopes? Whether it’s discounted food and drink specials, live music, or just good conversation with friends, here are some of the best apres happy hours in Summit County to check out.
Arapahoe Basin’s 6th Alley: Just off the Hill
Nestled at the base of A-Basin, the 6th Alley is a legendary bar and grill. This local spot is a favorite for fantastic food, drinks, and their renowned “theme suppers” – where their award-winning chefs whip up delicious feasts paired with local brews.
The 6th Alley is known for its great apres ski favorites, including Bloody Mary’s, nachos, and their famous wings. Don’t miss this fan-favorite spot right at the base of the ski area!
Bistro North: 2 for 1 Martinis for Apres
For a touch of sophistication, head to Bistro North in Dillon. Known for its modern American cuisine, Bistro North is an excellent spot to grab a bite for Happy Hour after a long day on the slopes.
Enjoy their happy hour with 2-for-1 Martinis plus craft cocktails and beer, as well as their full menu of appetizers and dinners – all crafted sustainably with local ingredients!
Timberline Craft Kitchen + Cocktails: Great Happy Hour
Timberline Craft Kitchen + Cocktails, right in the heart of Silverthorne, boasts an après scene as vibrant as its décor. We pride ourselves on serving New American cuisine with global touches using fresh, high-quality ingredients that are sourced locally whenever possible.
Our menu changes with the seasons, so visit whenever you’re in town – and don’t skip the cocktails! Timberline Craft Kitchen is famous for our own line of bloody mary mixes called Tree Line, which comes in fun flavors like cucumber dill and bourbon maple. These award-winning mixes have garnered accolades at the Denver Bloody Mary Festival for several years.
Broken Compass: Local Beers
For a laid-back, locals-only vibe, head to Broken Compass in Breck. This Breckenridge-based brewery was born when lifelong friends Jason and Jolene got “lost” in the mountains years ago and stumbled upon their new hometown community at the base of the gorgeous Tenmile Range.
Sidle up to the cozy bar to try one-of-a-kind brews made with high-quality ingredients and Rocky Mountain water. This is a must-visit if you’re a craft beer head, especially for apres!
Can’t Choose Just One Apres spot? Try Them All!
Remember, Summit County offers a kaleidoscope of après-ski options, each catering to a unique vibe and budget. One of the best ways to explore the range of options is to visit one each day of your ski trip – and find out what Après means to you.
So, grab your crew, choose your happy hour haven, and raise a toast to epic ski days, shared laughter, and the magic of Summit County. Cheers to sunshine, snow, and good times!
Make sure to stop by Timberline Craft Kitchen + Cocktails to enjoy the ultimate après-ski experience. We’re located right off I-70 and offer delicious food, unique cocktails, and unbeatable prices – see you soon!