Vail Nightlife Scene: Where to Kick Back With Friends

Vail’s gorgeous mountain views and outdoor recreation draw thousands of visitors to the area each year. But this alpine village also has a vibrant nightlife scene, with several hot spots. Local brews, live bands and chill vibes welcome visitors to relax and have a good time. And there’s no better activity after a long day outdoors. Learn more about the Vail nightlife scene and where to go.

Vail Nightlife Scene Welcomes Travelers to Unwind and Have Fun

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Loaded Joe’s

A coffee shop and lounge, Loaded Joe’s morphs into an apres ski destination at night. This local favorite has a hipster vibe and happy hour specials that include beers, wells and wines for under $6. The pita and hummus or hot dog and chips make a great late-night snack.

The Red Lion

For more than 50 years, The Red Lion has given patrons a place to relax with a family-friendly feel. At night, live music is so popular, they recommend reserving tables. To start, choose between classic cocktails or Colorado microbrews, and don’t miss house specialties including BBQ and burgers. For added fun, The Red Lion also has HD TVs spread throughout for sports fans.

Los Amigos

Los Amigos, the top Mexican restaurant, offers tasty margaritas and other cocktails, wines, and beers. Nearly 20 varieties of tequila and a selection of reposado and anejo help you create the perfect drink. Happy hour can get crowded, so stand or sit outside with a drink and enjoy Vail Mountain views. House dinner specialties include mini tacos, quesadillas, and three amigos, including mini tacos, mini chimichangas and jalapeño poppers.

Kings Club

Located in the Sonnenalp Hotel, Kings Club provides a place for relaxation, and ranks as a favorite among locals. Enjoy fireside cocktails and live music with a full drink menu – from champagne to whiskey – that complements a lighter fare menu. Top picks include truffle tots, definitive burger and baja fish tacos.

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Vail’s Ale House

With more than 20 craft beers, Vail’s Ale House and Kitchen and Tap offers a comfy atmosphere and large dance floor. Craft cocktails, such as the spicy oasis and Moscow mule, start the evening off right. Pair a drink or beer with the Ale House chicken pot pie or Rocky Mountain rainbow trout. Looking for Vail nightlife activities? Don’t miss open mic nights, trivia nights and live local music.

Shakedown Bar

East of the fountain in Vail Village, swing by Shakedown Bar, a popular small music venue featuring a house band and scheduled shows. A full bar and LED lighting inspire visitors to jam. The bar holds approximately 160 people, providing an intimate venue for live music. Shakedown’s owner strives to provide a memorable Vail nightlife expereince and has toured with artists such as Dave Matthews and Lenny Kravitz.

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