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Vail + Beaver Creek Nightlife

Bonfire Brewing Co.
127 West Second Street
Eagle , Colorado
Tel: 970 306 7113

This small-batch microbrewery and taproom in nearby Eagle is worth the 30-minute drive from Vail. Opened in December 2010, the bar's 10 taps feature the house brews, with an emphasis on IPAs (try the Firestarter), brown ales, and wheat beers. If you like what you're drinking, look for Bonfire's label at local restaurants and bars, including Larkspur and Bully Ranch in Vail Village.—Samantha Berman

Coyote Cafe
210 The Plaza
Beaver Creek , Colorado
Tel: 970 949 5001

This isn't your boss's Beaver Creek. The slope-side Coyote Cafe, a fave of the mountain staff, is a refreshing alternative to the swank that's been steamrolled across the village. Inside, you'll find a Corona logo–bedecked kayak and a disco ball hanging from the ceiling, and a buffalo head mounted on the brick wall. The clientele can be as colorful as the decor: Lift operators, ski school instructors, and snow bunnies stream in at 4 pm and again after 10 pm for late-night action until 1 am. The tap selection includes Dos Equis and Fat Tire along with the standard Bud and Bud Light, or you can try your luck with a $58 pitcher of Cougar margaritas made with Corzo Añejo tequila.—Sarah Tuff

Open daily 8 am to 1 am.

Dusty Boot Steakhouse & Saloon
304 St. James Place
Beaver Creek , Colorado
Tel: 970 748 1146

A chain bar and restaurant with three other locations in Colorado, the Boot is kicking from 3 to 5 pm, when for just $6 patrons can get some pretty decent grub (quesadillas, fish tacos) along with a draft beer. Like the Coyote Café, it's got an over-the-top margarita (the 46-ounce Platinum for $200). But mostly it's an island of good value—where mostly regular Joes tip back cans of PBR and shots of tequila—in a sea of Veuve Clicquot and caviar. Though the blond wood and bright lights don't scream Alpine coziness, the tin ceiling and cowboy posters are nice touches, and there are 16 beers on tap.—Sarah Tuff

Open daily noon to 10 pm.

536 E. Lionshead Circle
Vail , Colorado
Tel: 970 476 3789

With its enormous deck at the bottom of the Eagle Bahn gondola, the bar is an après-ski people-watching magnet—especially during the March–April spring season. ("Is she wearing a bikini?") It's also known for its daily drink specials and overall kicked-back vibe.

The Red Lion
304 Bridge Street
Vail , Colorado
Tel: 970 476 7676

This elbow-to-elbow packed bar, where ski-boot-clad revelers gather in Vail Village after a day on the hill, has a great selection of local microbrews. There's also live acoustic music nightly—expect to hear some Elton John and the occasional Goo Goo Dolls riff. Beat the crowds by reserving a table in advance on the website.

Samana Lounge
228 Bridge Street
Vail , Colorado
Tel: 970 476 3433

Vail's epicenter of electronic music, Samana lights up the after-hours scene with hip-hop, techno, and live music. The dance floor sizzles after 10 pm on weekend and holiday nights.—Samantha Berman

Ski Bar
333 Bridge Street
Vail , Colorado
Tel: 970 476 0360

Owned by three young guys, this is party central in Vail Village, complete with $15 cocktails. The nightclub draws a young, sexy crowd gabbing on their Razr cell phones. The gimmick is themed rooms—including a 1950s jukebox room, disco dance floor, and a smoking lounge.

The Tap Room
333 Bridge Street
Vail , Colorado
Tel: 970 479 0500

Let's face it: Few things taste better after a long day of skiing, at least to carnivores, than a heaping bucket of chicken wings. That's why Monday nights at the Bavarian-themed Tap Room, when all-you-can-eat wings are just $7.95, are packed with anyone who might be pinching pennies around Vail. The $3.50 Colorado lagers from 3 to 6 pm every day are a big draw, too. The best spot in this bar is at one of the deck tables: Skip that last run to stake out a spot with a view.—Sarah Tuff

291 Bridge St
Vail , Colorado
Tel: 970 476 5070

A good rule of thumb: If you are looking for a casual night out, go where the ski bums go. It's not the swankiest joint in town, but Vendetta's is well loved by Vail veterans, including the patrollers and instructors who come around for late-late-night pizza and beer.—Samantha Berman

Information may have changed since the date of publication. Please confirm details with individual establishments before planning your trip.