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Hidden Breckenridge Bars, Lodges and Lounges
Breckenridge is host to a variety of lively watering holes and restaurants. When you’re craving a quieter corner, head to these new, lesser-known or secret-stash spots perfect for a mellow date night, girlfriends’ weekend or post-hike happy hour. Tuck away to one of these off-the-path nooks for a side of solitude- here are the local’s favorite hidden Breckenridge bars, lodges and lounges.
Myla Rose Saloon
Five miles south of Breckenridge in the tiny hamlet of Blue River lies an old-time lodge with a relaxed, kid-friendly restaurant and saloon. Locals love to steal away to the Myla inside the Lodge by The Blue and catch up on fireside couches over Broken Compass beer while the kids dig into the cache of board games. Hike 14,265-foot Quandary Peak across the street and then stop into the Myla to refuel. Don’t miss the tender bison short-rib poutine, zippy buffalo cauliflower and crisp roasted Brussels sprouts. Tip: The award-winning lobster chowder recipe hails from the Myla’s Florida sister restaurant.
Tiki Mana Island Grill
Beneath the River Mountain Lodge and along the river in Breckenridge, this Hawaiian gem is just steps from Main Street but feels miles away. Seek out the slightly hidden oasis for poke bowls, tiki cocktails and a laid-back South Seas setting. Staff is always smiling, music is flowing and happy hour is a consistent hit. Enjoy daily specials from 3 to 6pm that include $3 local beer, $4 Kona Brewing drafts, $5 wine, $7 tropical cocktails and $5 appetizers. The coconut shrimp, lava wings and ahi poke tower are favorites. Go native with the Loco Moco burger charbroiled and served open-face with brown mushroom gravy, cheese and a fried egg.
The Stinky Boot Saloon
Grand Timber Lodge’s new hangout delivers ski lodge vibes with mountain memorabilia and classic American pub food. Honoring the hard-working adventurer, The Boot is gaining a fan following for its delicious takes on comfort food—think pretzel knots with house made queso, saucy wings, creative pizzas and high-piled tater tots with pulled pork. The modern restaurant and bar is situated in the Grand Timber Lodge. Watch old ski films inside or sip Colorado craft brews outside by the fire pits.
An approachable and upscale hideaway, The Lodge at Breckenridge’s famed restaurant is perched high above town and comes with exquisite postcard views of the Ten Mile Range. Request a window seat and linger over a chef-driven menu of pork belly steam buns, artisan Colorado sausages, and house-smoked ruby red trout. This is the place to splurge on a juicy steak and take a glass of wine out to the deck to watch the sun retreat behind the peaks.
Ridge Street Wine
A true date-night treat, find the wine bar and accompanying Breckenridge Cheese & Chocolate down the quiet Ridge Street Alley. The cozy loft features wine flights, artisanal cheeses, meats, olives and chocolates. Sip and snuggle to live acoustic music Friday and Saturday evenings and hit the famous $10 wine rack on your way out. Bottles are hand-selected by buyer/owner and certified sommelier Anne Dowling, so you know they’re top notch.
Little Bar & Grilled
Small but mighty, this gourmet grilled cheese and burger shop pulls out all the late-night noshing stops. One of Breckenridge’s newest restaurants, it’s located just off Main Street on Adams Avenue (where Le Petit Paris operated for years) and serves a full indulgent menu until 12:30am. Settle in for crab cakes, craft cocktails and a Cuban-inspired sandwich, or go all out with the buttermilk fried chicken and cream cheese-stuffed French toast with buffalo and berry puree.
The Flight Club
Head north on Airport Road and dip into the Flight Club for an affordable, fun and young scene. The neighborhood hangout hosts regular live music, trivia and game nights and serves up specials on bar snacks, beer and cocktails. Summit County breweries rule the taps and all food is handmade in-house. Bring quarters and a friend and play old-school Pac-Man while savoring the roasted garlic alfredo pizza.
Check the Breck Insider Calendar for more live music, happy hour deals and more!
LOGE Wayside Café and Bar
Opening in June, 2019 three miles north of Breckenridge, this all-day café is part of the new hotel-hostel LOGE Camp concept. The outdoor-focused lodging group originated in Washington and the Breck outpost marks its fifth location. An onsite coffee shop serves a full café menu, including locally sourced breakfast burritos and coffee from Rocky Mountain Coffee Roasters in Frisco. Stop by in the evening for locally brewed beer around the fire pits and free open-to-the-public events such as outdoor movies at sunset on Friday nights and live music around the outside stage on Saturdays from 6 to 8pm.
More by Lisa Blake at: lisablakecreative.com.