Nightlife - Ski Season 12/1311/10/2012 08:51PM ● By Christina Freeman
Free concert in Gondola Square during Springalicious celebrations. Photo by Larry Pierce/Courtesy Steamboat Ski Area.
Après Ski for Adults
Whether you’ve been hitting the slopes all day or relaxing at one of the local coffee shops, the après ski scene in Steamboat Springs offers diverse opportunities to set the tone for the rest of the night. Sample mellow to rip-roaring from within seconds of the gondola to the heart of downtown.
Go big on the mountain.
Slopeside Grill has long been a favorite with its ski-in, ski-out location. Catch a game and enjoy pizzas named for iconic ski runs along with a refreshing cold beer or hot, spiked cocoa. Look for the ice bar and Steamboat‘s unofficial “beach” come spring. At Saketumi next door, satisfy your sushi and sake cravings with happy hour specials starting at 4 p.m. The Bear River Bar & Grill next to the gondola offers live music and après ski grub, plus one of the best views of the free winter concert series. Ditto for Gondola Pub and Grill with its ideal Gondola Square location.
What used to be the old ski patrollers’ trailer is now the T-Bar, where PBR can be found in abundance and locals hang out to recap tall tales from a day of riding or skiing. Personalized beer mugs line the wall, along with X-rays of on-mountain injuries, lending to the character of this place. Keg parties and beer discounts coupled with a short but fresh menu round out the experience. The Tugboat Grill & Pub offers a classic Steamboat experience with live music and a grand dance floor. Pool and foosball tables and darts offer something to do for those with two left feet.
Lounge in front of the fireplace, sip a cocktail and indulge your inner child by ordering a deep fried PB&J at the Saddles Bar inside the Sheraton Steamboat Resort. Or visit the newly remodeled Cabin Bar, inside the Steamboat Grand Resort. Enjoy their great happy hour featuring half-price drinks and a laid-back feel. Located in a new luxe property at the base of Mount Werner, the Truffle Pig sets the tone with an outdoor fireplace, truffle dusted fries and delicious drinks with unexpected twists. On Yampa Street, the Cottonwood Grill has a beautiful curved cherry wood bar that welcomes you to sit and enjoy Pacific Rim cuisine like tuna poke and pot stickers with a specialty martinis.
Downtown at Carl’s Tavern, you’ll find a down-to- earth place where ranchers rub elbows with city officials and visitors become locals. With made-from-scratch comfort food, there are Colorado beers on tap and Colorado Mules served in copper mugs. At Cugino’s Pizzeria & Italian Restaurant, unwind at the bar with a Birra Moretti draft or try one of the bartender’s delicious concoctions during a late night happy hour.
Cheer on your team.
If a burger, fries and a game are your style of late night relaxing, Steamboat boasts settings fit for a true sports fan. The Tap House is a basement-level bar with more than 50 big-screen televisions, tons of game choices and famous wings. Or try Rex’s American Grill & Bar, with killer appetizers and happy hour starting at 4:20 p.m. every day. At the Steamboat Smokehouse, you can toss peanut shells on the floor while grubbing on delicious BBQ and enjoying an ice cold schooner of beer. Numerous big-screen TVs make this the perfect hide-away for watching sports.
Don’t miss the Old Town Pub, a locals’ and visitors’ favorite. The drinks are stiff, the prices are spot on, and most nights you can hear live music. The Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant serves infamous “limit 3” margaritas and laid back ambiance, while just down the street is Steamboat’s only microbrewery, Mahogany Ridge which offers live music on weekends, happy-hour specials and an array of tasty homemade beers on tap. Move and groove to live tunes at the Sweetwater Grill or the Boathouse Pub, right along side the Yampa River.