Originally Posted by TerpSKI
Any good bars in town or any of the mountain bases?
Ah! Finally a subject near and dear to my heart.. unlike all this skiing stuff this forum seems to be interested in.
Why yes, Summit County does have a few bars. Let's focus on Frisco first (which, by the way, we do pronounce "Fris-co" with no San, Fran, or Cisco to be found in the name). Oh, and in case you enjoy a smoke-free atmosphere, you'll be delighted to know an ordinance was passed throughout the county banning smoking in all public places including bars. Smoking indoors isn't an option. If you don't enjoy a smokefree atmosphere, then you'll get to meet lots of interesting people huddled around the entrances to all the bars smoking. All of the people horrified by people smoking indoors are probably even more frightened of ski bums smoking on the street next to their brand new Lexus and Mercedes SUV's. I'm sure next year someone will figure out a way to completely ban smoking, quickly followed by outlawing hoodies.
The favorite local bar with lots of character is the Moose Jaw located on Main St across from the gas station. "Lots of character" could be taken to mean dive bar. A pitcher of Michelob will run ya $5 during happy hour.. a great start to any evening. They also serve a decent burger for a good price.
Assuming you stumble out of there and want to find more entertainment, head either direction up or down the street. Blue River Inn can offer a very nice atmosphere (complete opposite of Moose Jaw) with a nice upscale restaurant. Whereas you'll meet lots of ski instructors and lift mechanics at Moose Jaw, you're more inclined to find resort VP's at Blue River Inn. If that's your scene, you'll probably stay all night. If not, head the other direction down Main St. and stop in at Johnny G's. Darts, pool, live music, cheap beer and other sinfully good stuff can be found. It's hit or miss there, but generally I've found business doesn't pick up till 9pm or so.
From there, keep going to Barkley's. It used to be one bar with one owner in two different buildings. Now it's two bars with two owners in two buildings.. and everyone will likely still be calling it Barkley's for a few years. Barkley's Margarita Bar has new owners that seem relatively boring. Business seems to have dropped off. Though, if you like NTN you'll find it here. The other side is going to be called something like, "The Chill". It's closed for renovation right now, but will likely open about the time you're arriving. They're doing an awesome Texas Hold'em tournament on Monday nights that's free to enter and cash prizes for the winner. They do lots of other cool events, the Frisco Disco has been going for a few years and usually attracts quite a crowd. Last year they started Drinkin' with Lincoln - all you can drink for $5. Probably scares the hell out of the aforementioned Mercedes SUV owners.
Two other places get an honorable mention - Tuscato's and Farley's. Both are more restaurants than bars, but they're really nice. Farley's just opened, though they ran a restaurant at Copper for several years under the same name. This one is nicer. If you want a great steak and are willing to pay for it, go to Farley's. One place gets a dishonorable mention - Backcountry Brewery.
As far as he rest of the county goes, there's no shortage of drinking establishments, and it sounds like you'll end up in Breck at some point. With that in mind, Gold Pan Saloon Breck is the longest continually operating bar west of the Mississippi. Eric's serves a nice and extremely affordable dinner with a great beer selection (a great all-round place to go.) Fatty's off Ridge St is another good all-round place and with the Backstage Theatre next door you may be able to enjoy a local production. Ullr's is a great place to warm up if you're wandering down the street shopping. The best (dive) bar in the county you won't hear about is The Brown, up the street from Fatty's on Ridge. If you find it, just go in.. the bar is down the hall. Pool, ping pong, darts, lots of history and the best patio no one knows about. Though, I'm not sure how much a good patio matters in December.
As far as the rest..
Keystone - I hate the bars there.. with the exception of The Goat (again, lots of character) and Snake River Saloon (nicer, great restaurant).
Copper - Pass up Endo's to go to Double Diamond or Salsa Mountain Cantina. Late night you may enjoy Pravda. JJ's for apres is great - between 3pm and 5pm it's a good place to be. If you go to JJ's and don't like it, go to Salsa.
Dillon - Billiard's is a great place to go for, duh, billiards. Wild Bill's and Arapahoe Cafe both have good bars with great good. Pug Ryan's is overrated for atmosphere, but the microbrew beer is the best in the county.
Silverthorne, you likely won't end up there, but if you take the Summit Stage and have to do a transfer in Silverthorne you can stop off at the ODI (Old Dillon Inn). It's right across the street from the transfer station. On Friday and Saturday nights it's one of the most happenin' places around.
Okay.. that's pathetic I wrote all that.
Look me up when you're here.. it's not uncommon for me to stop off in Frisco after work.