Originally Posted by klkaye
Bars and Restaurants at Copper
To follow up...
JJ's in the east village has the shiny, happy apres thing people like. You can all hold hands and sing along with Mo. Expect a lot of Jimmy Buffett covers and Coors products. It's probably worth going to if you were planning on hitting the bar at 4pm anyway.
From there you can head to Double Diamond. It usually has a decent crowd and can be a nice place to hang out with someone.
Over at the center village, the prime Copper location is Endo's. I'd skip it, but you'll probably find the cheapest drink specials on the mountain there. All of the other options are much more interesting.
You might want to check the list of events for the day because a lot of stuff has been happening in center village near the new half pipe. It's kind of fun to sit on the deck of Jack's bar or the new umbrella bar, Jill's, and watch people in the stunt ditch. That'd be a like a 3pm or 4pm time for seeing the Copper Freeride team in there. Drinks on the deck on a sunny day.. it makes me wish it was April.
Blue Moose has a nice little bar. I really like going there and I should probably get there more often. They have a decent beer selection.
The chinese restaurant, Imperial Palace, has a bar too. It feels kind of weird to drink there and no one really does, but I think they have a cheap happy hour. It'll be the quietest bar on the mountain.
My favorite bars are Storm King Lounge and McGillicuddy's. If I want a nice place to sit down (couches, chairs, tables) I go to Storm King. It's a great place to kick back with a martini and I was pleasantly surprised to see a local musician playing there the other night. If you're looking to hook up with a newly divorced 40-something year-old, it's the best place to go.
McGillicuddy's is an Irish Bar and there's plenty of nights I've found myself waking up on the floor of the office because I didn't make it home from there. They serve Smithwick's and I'd recommend not having more than 10 - 12 pints. You can also get black & tans, car bombs, Guiness, etc. A pool table is upstairs and it's a great place to hang out with a group. There's a futon hiding up there too.
Salsa Mtn is sort of the local place on the mountain. It's where a lot of employees hang out and it's a decent place. If there's one place I usually end up, it's there. It's low-key, beer at a decent price, tables, pool, TV's, and nice bartenders.
Lazy Lizard has a bar with good margaritas, tables, etc. It's ok, but I'd really only go there if you're looking for a marg. Otherwise there's nothing special about the place.
Alexander's on the Ditch.. um, I mean on the Creek, has a really nice bar too. It has the same atmosphere as Storm King sans couches. It's the place I'd go for wine. It's also the nicest restaurant on the mountain.
Pravda is the late night spot. They have newly installed handles on the ceiling to facilitate dancing on the bar. It'll likely be a young crowd. The music may or may not be too loud to have a conversation. Downstairs is usually quieter and that's where I'll end up if I'm out past midnight. If you're looking to hook up with a slutty 20-something year old with a tattoo in the middle of her back, it's your best bet.
Union Creek and Solitude both have a bar if you're bored. Maybe a good place to meet up with people during the day. I'm not sure if Solitude's bar is operating right now though.
If I was going to do a bar crawl, I guess it'd go like this: check the events list and see if there's something going on in the half pipe late in the afternoon. If so, go Jack's and sit on the deck to watch it. If not, go see Mo. If you get bored, go to Double Diamond. For a really nice dinner, go to Alexander's. For an average meal, go to Lazy Lizard. For a cheaper, bar-style dinner, go to Blue Moose. Have a drink at Blue Moose to start the night. Then head to Storm King for a drink or three before going to McGillicuddy's. If you're still standing (keeping in mind your body is not going to react the same way to alcohol and dehydration at 9600') head to Salsa or Pravda.