Classic Oldies & Goodies
Looking to step foot into a Yampa Valley landmark? At the mountain in Ski Time Square, check out the legendary Tugboat Grill & Pub, with live music and an old-time Steamboat atmosphere. If downtown is more your style, check out the Old Town Pub at Sixth Street and Lincoln Avenue. OTP is a local and visitor favorite featuring live music, drink specials and Western atmosphere in a 1904 building that was once a hospital and a dance hall.
Lively Decks and Patios
Rex’s Backyard Bar has been a local hotspot ever since it opened in the Holiday Inn. Happy hour starts at 4:20; cavort with the locals who walk or bike there via the Walton Creek trail. Backyard games are on hand with live music Thursday-Saturday. Slopeside Bar and Grill is an iconic après ski destination right on the slopes that bustles in the summer with ample outdoor seating and late night drink and pizza specials. Downtown, Sunpie’s fills its casual riverside yard all afternoon and into the evening. Cheap eats and drinks are their specialty along with one of Steamboat’s strongest drinks, the Hurricane. Mambo Italiano features an extensive deck, outdoor bar and lower beer garden and plenty of drink specials including several varieties of that cool summer treat, the Mojito. The Boathouse Pub has riverside dining on the patio and upper deck seating to take in the view of Howelsen Hill – plus live acoustic sets often featuring local bands. The brand new Sweetwater Grill is a prime location to watch the tubers float by, catch some live music and enjoy a cocktail on the deck.
Downtown Pubs & Grub
Once the county headquarters for cows, horses and hay, Lincoln Avenue has evolved into the cosmopolitan capital of the Yampa Valley. While in downtown, aka Old Town, check out the nightlife. On the main drag, the Cantina offers excellent people-watching on Lincoln Avenue and $4 fresh margaritas to boot. The Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant serves infamous “limit 3” margaritas and laid-back ambiance on the rooftop patio. Just down the street is Steamboat’s only micro-brewery, Mahogany Ridge Brewery and Grill, which offers live music on weekends, happy-hour specials and an array of tasty homemade beers on tap.
Step it up
For lengthy wine lists stop by Harwigs/ L’Apogée for their late night bar menu and live jazz piano on Friday nights. Cottonwood Grill offers an Asian fusion twist — and an extensive martini list — in an upscale atmosphere with views of Howelsen Hill and the Yampa River. Bistro C.V. has a long wine list and a menu featuring local ingredients. Riggio’s Ristorante offers Italian delicacies and one of the best happy hours in town with $2 Italian beers and a gourmet pizza menu. Upat the mountain, saunter into the modern digs at Sevens in the Sheraton hotel lobby for drinks and a moonlit view over the ski area, or visit the Powder Room in Torian Plum Plaza for martinis in a swanky living room atmosphere.
Late Night Eats, Treats & Music
For live music, dancing and Western character, check out the Ghost Ranch Saloon, where there’s a dance floor and stage featuring live music almost every night, plus a 1893 restored Brunswick Bar and a walk-up food window, open until 2 a.m. Down the street, Bellas wine bar serves up live music, DJs, decadent antipasta and desserts in an edgy cellar atmosphere. Where to watch the game: Steamboat sports bars If a burger, fries and the game are more your style of late night relaxing, Steamboat boasts settings fit for a true sports fan. The Tap House is the Mecca of sports bars, a basement-level bar with more than 50 big-screen televisions, tons of game choices and famous wings.
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