Breckenridge Food and Nightlife Review
Last updated Aug 07, 2017
From slopeside dining on the mountain and at the base to pubs and sports bars, saloons and bistros, there’s an amazing array of places to eat and drink at the resort and in town. No matter what your appetite or budget, we’re sure Breckenridge has something to your liking, and we’ll help you find it.
On the Mountain
The convenience of on-mountain dining isn’t exactly cheap, but much of the menu-choices have serving sizes large enough to split – depending, of course, on just how much of an appetite you’ve managed to work up! Most of the establishments offer self-service, cafeteria style eating, but of these, Pioneer Crossing is the newest and nicest while Ten Mile Station tends to be the least crowded. For a higher-end on-mountain experience, visit Sevens for table service and more refined menu choices.
Off the Mountain
Dining options in town are extensive. Even so, given how popular Breckenridge is, we suggest you make reservations if you can; otherwise expect to wait for seats – especially during holiday weekends and other peak times. In general, food is a bit more modestly priced at pubs than at restaurants. Breckenridge Brewery is as popular for their food as their beer and Downstairs at Eric’s is a family-friendly sports bar with plenty of TVs and an arcade. Columbine Café is a good place to go for breakfast, but plenty of other folks think so too so get there early. In addition to its après, Mi Casa is a popular choice for Mexican food, while Giampietro Pizzeria and Fatty’s Pizzeria are good options for Italian and, well, pizza. For something more Le Petit Paris offers a taste of Europe in Colorado with an intimate setting while the Hearthstone Restaurant has steaks, seafood (including a charred octopus appetizer), and game such as elk and buffalo.
If you like to chase your snow with adult beverages, you’re in luck. Breck has earned itself a reputation for knowing how to party, and you won’t have to look hard to find a place for a drink or two... or more. In fact, you could easily turn a tour of town into your own personal “pub crawl!” The Copper Top Bar in the Beaver Run Resort is a popular option, and an easy way to start your après experience since it sits right at the bottom of Peak 9. There’s a deck outside, and inside there’s often live music or a DJ. Other nearby options include the higher-end Base Nine Bar and The Maggie, which had its own cameo in the movie “Dumb and Dumber” (we can’t guarantee that the Hawaiian Tropic bus will be in town when you visit, though). Just across the road, you can try the nachos and margaritas at Mi Casa.
If you’re in the Peak 7/8 base area, the T-Bar inside of One Ski Hill Place offers great views with their food and drink specials. The BreckConnect Gondola and the free ride bus stop are both nearby, so getting into town to continue your revelry couldn’t be easier.
The options in town are plentiful, and many of the après spots have food. The Breckenridge Brewery is right on Main Street. You can find their beers served all over town, but if you visit the source, you might be able to get a taste of something new before it’s offered to the public. Burke and Riley’s Pub, an Irish Bar just off Main Street, stays open – and serves their full menu – late into the night. To sample some of Breck’s famously authentic Old West atmosphere, venture through the swinging doors of the Gold Pan Saloon, something straight out of the late 1800’s Colorado Gold Rush (then amaze your friends back home by pointing out it has the longest operating liquor license west of the Mississippi River).
For more entertainment with your drinking, visit Jake’s Dive Bar for karaoke Fridays or open mic night on Mondays at the cleverly-named Motherloaded Tavern. On the off chance your legs have anything left, Celia’s is home to Breck’s largest dance floor, three distinct bar areas, and a walk-in humidor. On the north end of town is the newer Broken Compass Brewing (who claims “it’s always 5 O’Clock on the Ski Hill”). It’s a bring- your-own-food kind of place with standard brews like Helles Hefe and IPA, but also some more daring ones like the Chili Pepper Pale. Not too far away is the award-winning Breckenridge Distillery, which also has a tasting room downtown. All of this is just a small sample of what Breckenridge has to offer. If snow’s in the forecast for the next morning, it won’t be easy calling it an early night!