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The Best Happy Hours in Breck: A Local’s Guide

Cheers!After a long day of skiing, nothing sounds better than to sit back, relax, kick off your boots, and enjoy a cold one (or two). So where are the best places in Breckenridge to go for happy hour? Who has the best deals?

Don’t worry; we’ve got you covered.

Here’s the inside scoop on the hot spots in Breckenridge. We asked some locals about their favorite happy hours in Breck. Here’s what they had to say…

Aurum Food & Wine | 209 S Ridge St

Price: $$
Gluten-Free Menu: No, but gluten-free options are available.
Happy Hour: Considered the best happy hour spot in Breck right now. 4-6 pm daily.
The Deals: Half-priced apps, half-priced wines by the glass, $3 draft beer and $7 classic cocktails!
The Cherry on Top: The food is to-die-for, the atmosphere is lovely, and the bartenders/servers are super friendly and accommodating!
Local’s Guide: Since this place is so awesome, you will most likely be battling for a seat at the bar. Get there early! Also, we recommend wetting your whistle with the “Corpse Reviver” or the “Bees Knees.” Then top it off with the signature House Rolls and the French Onion Burger (the best burger in Breckenridge – in our humble opinion. :))

Modis | 113 S Main St

Price: $$$
Gluten-Free Menu: No, but gluten-free options are available.
Happy Hour: Modis has TWO daily happy hours as well! From 3-6 pm & 10-midnight daily.
The Deals: Appetizers for under $10, reduced price on cocktails, and wine pours.
The Cherry on Top: One of the original owners Eric, was feeding his son dinner one night. His son kept saying, “mo dis” (as in, I want “more of this”)… and that is how the name “Modis” was born.
Local’s Guide: Try “The Implication” if you’re a bourbon lover, or the “Powder-Hound Sour” if you want to try something truly unique and delicious.

The Blue River Bistro | 305 N Main St

Price: $$
Gluten-Free Menu: No, but gluten-free options are available.
Happy Hour: The Blue River actually has TWO happy hours every day! From 3-6 pm & 9-midnight daily.
The Deals: Two-for-one appetizer menu, two-for-one martinis and $2 off drafts.
The Cherry on Top: Live music to groove to from 5-10 pm.
Local’s Guide: Try a martini! They have an extensive and diverse list of different types of martinis. Check out the “Paloma Martini” with Espolon tequila, St. Germain elderflower liqueur, Cappelletti Aperitivo, ruby red grapefruit, and muddled cucumber.

Ember | 106 E Adams Ave

Price: $$
Gluten-Free Menu: Yes
Happy Hour: Scratch that. At Ember, it’s called Euphoric Hour! From 4-6 pm daily.
The Deals: Reduced drink prices, great wines for $5/pour, and $5 appetizers.
The Cherry on Top: This place has a great atmosphere, everyone is friendly, and the bar is curved which makes it easy to chat with your neighbor.
Local’s Guide: The selection of appetizers is the best part, and the quality of the food is fantastic for the prices. Try the “Sexy Woman” with jalapeño infused vodka, passion fruit, and lime.

Motherloaded Tavern | 103 S Main St

Price: $$
Gluten-Free Menu: No, but gluten-free options are available.
Happy Hour: 3-6 pm daily.
The Deals: $1 off beer and wine, $2 off house infusions (shots, mixed drinks, mason jar cocktails, and hot drinks), and $5 food specials.
The Cherry on Top: Live music every Friday and Saturday. Football specials on Sunday and Monday night. Trivia Tuesdays:  9-midnight. Whiskey Wednesdays: $3 whiskey drinks. Thirsty Thursdays: happy hour drinks all day and night! There is always something going on here!
Local’s Guide: Motherloaded has a laidback vibe, with friendly and attentive staff. Everything they make is from scratch; try their infused vodka, the Mac & Cheese Egg Rolls, Disco Tots, or the Sweet Pepper Applewood Bacon (candied magical bacon deliciousness) and then toast marshmallows right at your own table!

Mi Casa | 600 S Park Ave

Price: $
Gluten-Free Menu: Yes
Happy Hour: 3-6 pm daily.
The Deals: Enjoy great drink specials, discounted tacos, and wings.
The Cherry on Top: Mi Casa has been a locals’ choice for après ski since 1981, so why not check it out for yourself? They have an impressive selection of Mexican cervezas and the largest tequila list in Summit County with over 100 selections!
Local’s Guide: There are also free chips and salsa and FREE NACHOS during happy hour! Check out their Specialty Margaritas with freshly squeezed lime juice and your choice of tequila!

Hearthstone | 130 S Ridge St

Price: $$
Gluten-Free Menu: Yes
Happy Hour: 4-6 pm daily.
The Deals: $5 small plates, $2.50-3.50 beers, $6 house-crafted cocktails, and $5 wine by the glass.
The Cherry on Top: The Hearthstone is the perfect destination for a romantic date night!
Local’s Guide: Head upstairs for a small, secluded bar with phenomenal views of the town and mountains. Try the “Strawberry Serrano Martini” or the “Moscow Mule.”

Cheers!

 

BEAT THE HEAT: BRECK’S SUMMER HOT SPOTS

As the rest of the country swelters in the summertime scorch, folks in the High Country are comfortably basking in Breck’s inviting warm rays and cool mountain breezes while enjoying activities on the slopes… or, while relaxing on a deck soaking in the views of the slopes…. with a refreshing mixy in hand. Why do these ten short weeks cause Breckenridge-lovers to fall even harder for these perfect peaks? Mother Nature serves up summer in Summit on a silver platter of ideal weather for all who enjoy having fun in the sun (which means there’s no need to roast in unbearable heat or lock yourself away in an air-conditioned basement). Because you guys rock, the BOB staff scrupulously scoured local watering holes and lapped up countless cocktails in the name of research, enabling us to confidently bring you the best of Breck’s summertime bevvys. It’s a tough job, but someone’s got to do it, and we would never let you down.

  1. MODIS: Known for being one of the swankier places on Main Street, Modis has one of our favorite roof decks in town. Lounge on one of their comfy couches while you take in the uninhibited views of the mountains. We give their happy hour an A+!
    • Staff Favorites: Butcher Block appetizer and a French 75 cocktail.
  2. SOUTHRIDGE SEAFOOD: Now located in La Cima mall, Southridge is still serving up Breck’s finest seafood, but now boasts one of Breck’s best decks for dining (and drinking). With the only raw bar in Summit County and some of the best happy hour deals, you will want to make sure to stop in. 
    • Staff Favorites: P.E.I. Mussels (their signature dish) and a Watermelon Marg (or three).
  3. BURKE & RILEY’S: Enjoy traditional Irish fare, generously made libations and a second story deck in the heart of town. Burk’s is open late, making it a prime spot for nighttime munchies. This restaurant serves some authentic Irish foods like fish and chips as well as Shepard pie. They hae a large patio with some of the most amazing views of Breckenridge as well. If you’re looking for a great place to eat and mountains scenery, this place is the place to go! 
    • Staff Favorites: Irish Stew entrée and a traditional Moscow Mule.
  4. NAPPER TANDY’S: Warm up by the fireplace, play some pool, get a game of darts going or try to beat our high scores at Big Buck Hunter while enjoying one of town’s most popular spots. Napper’s has one of the tallest, most spacious decks in Breck and is a great spot to catch the sunset. Make sure to check out their sister restaurant downstairs, Salt Creek, for yummy breakfast and classic Irish meals. 
    • Staff Favorites: Chicken Finger Basket and a Green Tea Shot.
  5. BANGKOK HAPPY BOWL: It’s hard not to be happy when you’re admiring mountain views while munching on a plethora of authentic Thai dishes including curry, sushi and wontons. We also enjoy their happy hour pricing and occasional live music.
    • Staff Favorites: Pad Thai and Purple Haze Sake.
  6. BLUE STAG: This local hotspot offers both a back deck to view the sunset on and a front deck with a fire pit, where you can choose to eat or warm up by the fire pit. The Stag is one of the prime places to grab a wood-fired pizza, which is served until midnight. Play a game of stump out front if you’re feeling rowdy!
    • Staff Favorites: N.Y. Buffalo Wings and a nice tall B.Y.O.-LD Fashioned.
  7. FLIPSIDE: Boasting the best burgers in town and three floors of seating plus a full bar and outdoor patio, Breck’s new burger joint is as tasty as they come. The coolest part (pun intended) about Flipside is that they make MILKSHAKES. And, yes, you can get them with booze. As a matter of fact, they list suggested liquor pairings alongside their unrivaled shakes.
    • Staff Favorites: Blueberry Pie Shake (with Huckleberry Vodka) and the Flipside Burger.
  8. RMU TAVERN: Rocky Mountain Underground is definitely Breck’s most popular up and coming bar. Featuring a huge deck with tons of seating in the front and an entire yard to play in with another FULL bar, hammocks, lounge chairs, regular live music, and cornhole out back, you’ll never want to leave. Shop while you sip and enjoy the truly unique ambiance of RMU. Charlie is our favorite bartender and serves tasty drinks!
    • Staff Favorites: BYOF (grab a pizza from Giam’s) and the Ginger Spice cocktail.
  9. ROBBIE’S TAVERN: Nestled on the slopes in the Grand Colorado Resort on Peak 8, Robbies is quickly becoming Breck’s top ski bar and restaurant. Owned by locals who know their stuff, this spot comes complete with a huge deck lined by fireplaces. If you’re grabbing lunch while enjoying Epic Discovery or you’re hitting the bar after a long hike, Robbie’s is the place to go!
    • Staff Favorites: Mac N Cheese (with pulled pork) and their famous Bloody Mary.
  10. KENOSHA: This spot rocks one of the best and biggest decks in town with plenty of seating and Breck’s only horseshoe pits. Bring the whole family down for some fun in the sun while you enjoy their amazing happy hour deals and famous steak.
    • Staff Favorites: Brewhouse pretzels and the Dry Dock Apricot Blonde Ale.

Whether you’re outdoorsy in the sense that you like drinking on patios, or you’re an enthusiastic mountaineering activity junky, the decks of Breck have just the thing to quench any thirst you might work up as you celebrate the locals’ favorite season. This is REALLY good news for those of us who like to keep it cool while sipping on scrumptious seasonal fusions without a care in the world (well, maybe one: reapplying sunscreen after activities… or, in between rounds). It’s time to grab your drinking shoes and maybe even pack some biking, climbing, hiking or water shoes, too. The best time of year in Breck is upon us, and anyone who doesn’t get up here will be thirsty (and sweaty) until those flakes start hitting the ground.

TASTES OF BRECKENRIDGE: TOWN’S BEST ETHNIC EATS

Mountain towns aren’t usually known for the best ethnic cuisine, but Breckenridge is changing that misconception! With more than a dozen restaurants serving international cuisine, it can be a challenge to choose where to mow down. We’ve handpicked our top ethnic food joints in town, along with the local lowdown on their best dishes.

 

ASIAN FARE

♦  Asobi Teppanyaki & Sushi, 110 S. Park Ave., Phone (970)547-2862: Asobi is Breck’s only restaurant featuring Hibachi grilles and Malaysian Curry dishes. This is the perfect spot for any sort of celebration. Their lunch menu is amazing, too!

♦  Bangkok Happy Bowl, 103.5 N. Main St., Phone (970)547-9998: Serving some of the best Thai cuisine and fresh sushi in town, this new establishment is known for their curry, Thai iced tea, sushi hand rolls and delicious sake.

♦  Pho Real, 301-2 N. Main St., Phone: (970) 423-6732: Breck’s only pho joint, this new favorite features Vietnamese dishes with a twist. Our favorite treat here is the pho-rrito! Their spring rolls are scrumptious as well.

CAJUN CUISINE

♦  Lost Cajun, 411 S. Main St., Phone (970)547-8330: Bringing tasty Louisiana flavors and southern hospitality like no other place in town, the Cajun is known for some of the most epic gumbo which is sure to please all palates!

EUROPEAN EATS

♦  Swiss Haven Restaurant, 325 S. Main St., Phone (970)453-6969: The Haven offers authentic Swiss cuisine and tasty European fare with an atmosphere inspired by the Swiss Alps. Recently remodeled and under new ownership, many say this spot offers some of the best fondue in the country.

♦  Crepes ala Cart, 307 S. Main St., Phone (970)453-4022: The crepes cart is Breckenridge’s most popular food stand, having served over 1.5 million crepes to date. The line for this coveted cuisine can get lengthy, so we suggest hitting it earlier in the morning to avoid the crowds.

 FRENCH DISHES

♦   Belle V, 500 S. Main St. in La Cima Mall (ground level), Phone (970)771-3456: This new restaurant serves French-inspired plates crafted by Chef Stephane Ohayon. Enjoy a glass of fine wine while enjoying recipes straight from France that have spanned centuries.

♦   Le Petit Paris, 161 E. Adams Ave., Phone (970)547-5335: Le Petit Paris has been bringing some of the finest French cuisine to Breckenridge for decades. Their extensive wine list will not disappoint, and neither will their Steak Frites and Crème Brulee!

IRISH MEALS

♦   Burke & Riley’s Pub, 520 S. Main St. (La Cima Mall 3rd Level), Phone (970)547-2782: With a roof deck known for having some of the best views of Breck, Burke and Riley’s offers traditional Irish cuisine and libations in the heart of town.

♦  Napper Tandy’s, 110 E. Lincoln Ave., Phone (970) 453-4949: Serving up Irish fare in their downstairs restaurant known as Salt Creek, Napper’s also has some of the best nightlife in town at their upstairs pub. Make sure to check out their enormous deck and fire pit while you’re there.

 MEXICAN FOOD

♦   Mi Casa Mexican Restaurant & Cantina, 600 S. Main Street, Phone (970)453-2071: Mi Casa sports some of the best Mexican food and most delicious margaritas in the county. Enjoy a meal on their patio which overlooks the Dredge and Blue River with one of the best mountain views in town.

♦   Rita’s Margs & Taco Bar, 301 S. Main St., Phone (970)453-7313: Rita’s has been a local favorite for years and serves some of town’s tastiest tacos (the hippie taco is amazing), salsa, and pleasantly potent margs. We highly recommend heading there on a Thursday for trivia night, but get there early so you can claim a seat! The games start at 8 p.m.

 

With so much variety, there is something on this list for all to enjoy. Next time you’re visiting your home away from home in Breckenridge, pop by one of the above establishments for an experience that your taste buds will not soon forget. For the best lodging deals in town, make sure you book your stay with breckenridgediscountlodging.com today!!

 

Breckenridge Spring Beer Festival

The Breckenridge Spring Beer Festival hits Breckenridge Saturday, April 8th. Read all you need to know about this event below and make sure to get your tickets in advance before this event sells out!

  • Time and place

The festival is held at 505 S. Main Street, at the Main Street Station in Breckenridge. The Doors open at 12pm. Make sure to buy your tickets online as the first hour of this event is only for pre – purchased tickets. You can pick up your tickets off Park Avenue at the entrance to the Village at Breckenridge. The event will end at 5pm.

  • Tickets – $30.00 (online) $40.00 day of

Breweries will be bringing out special brews the first hour of this event for exclusive pre – purchased ticket holders. Get your tickets online, this event WILL sell out! You may also purchase day – of tickets there (if they are not sold out). *Please be aware there are no refunds. Click here to purchase today!

  • VIP – $75

Spend the extra cash and get exclusive access! The VIP tickets grant you to specific VIP entrance lines so there is no waiting around to try that special beer! You will also receive a collector’s mug and full size tasting! Worried about food? Don’t worry, with the VIP access you will also get access to the VIP tent that includes catered lunch, snacks, heaters, view of stage and private bathrooms!

  • Live Music

There will be a stage and live music at this event. Get your dancing shoes on and meet us for the party!

  • What to bring

This event doesn’t allow pets so keep the furry ones at home! Bring the kiddos if you would like, however be cautious, this is a beer tasting festival. Keep the bags to a minimum if possible, no camel backs will be permitted. Make sure to bring a water bottle as well and stay hydrated after all the beer!

  • After Party

The location is still TBA however, there will be an after party in Breckenridge following this event!

Still want more information on this event? Click here to learn more!

For lodging deals make sure to check out www.breckenridgediscountlodging.com

 

Winter Lovers Rejoice: More of Colorado’s Hottest Winter Events

Weekend Events 7.15.16

The sun is out, the flowers are bloomin’ and it’s the perfect time to come visit Breckenridge! Grab your favorite hiking buddy and head on up! Check out all of these events going on this weekend:

Friday, July 15th:

  • Friday Night Flights! Wine Tasting | 5 – 9 pm | Breckenridge Wine & Cheese | 304 S Main St | $15

Saturday, July 16th:

  • Mac & Cheese Fest | All Weekend Long | Copper Mountain | 0509 Copper Road, Copper Mountain CO | Price Varies
  • Canvas Painting Party! | 7 – 10 pm | Ready Paint Fire | 323 N Main St | $35
  • Zach Balch – Live Music | 6 pm | The Historic Brown Hotel | 208 N Ridge St | Free

Sunday, July 17th:

  • The Lion, The Witch, And The Wardrobe |1:00 pm | The Breckenridge Backstage Theater | 121 Ridge St | $15
  • Breckenridge Summer Fun Park | All Day | Base of Peak 8 | Price Varies

Looking for somewhere to stay in Breckenridge? Check out our newest lodging special and stay at the Grand Lodge on Peak 7 and get TWO Adventure Passes to the Breckenridge Summer Fun Park for FREE! Click below to learn more.

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