With so many options for a Breckenridge martini, settling on a place to go for a happy hour martini may just be the toughest decision of your day. Lucky for you we have tried them all and while this isn’t by any means a complete list, it is a collection of some of the best.
Blue River Bistro
Ask any Breckenridge local where to go for Happy Hour and there’s no doubt that the Blue River Bistro will come up. Situated on the north end of Main Street, the Blue River Bistro is known for their martinis, casual sophisticated atmosphere, and modern Italian-American cuisine. From the classic to the creative, the Bistro’s extensive menu of original martinis is unparalleled in town, and with 2-for1 martinis and apps during two daily happy hours, you’ll be twice as tempted to try a few! The Blue River Bistro also has a fantastic patio adjacent to their bar and updates their martini menu seasonally so there’s always something fresh to try.
Our martini pick: Cucumber Gulch – Skyy vodka, muddled cucumber and fresh lime juice
Right in the heart of historic downtown Breckenridge, Modis offers Colorado contemporary dining in a vibrant atmosphere that honors the history and feel that is Breckenridge. The mixologists at Modis are masters of their craft, specializing in the precise preparation of vintage cocktails like the ‘Vesper’, the original Bond martini, and known for creating innovative flavor profiles in new favorites like the ‘Thyme Served’. They actually call their bar & kitchen science labs! And with two daily happy hours, 3pm-6pm and 10pm-midnight, you’ll be twice as tempted to try one of the tasty concoctions at Modis.
Our martini pick: Corpse Reviver #2 – First recorded in 1930, the original ‘hair of the dog,’ is made with gin, Cointreau, Lillet Blanc, fresh lemons juice and an absinthe rinse. Guaranteed to awaken your senses!
Located in the 125-year old Kaiser home on Ridge Street, the Hearthstone Restaurant has been a Breckenridge institution since 1989. Warmly decorated in Victorian period style, the romantic home has great views of Breckenridge Ski Resort and the majestic Ten Mile Range. Though the Hearthstone has long been recognized as one of the best restaurants in town, their happy hour remains one of Breckenridge’s best kept secrets. Make your way to the upstairs lounge during happy hour and enjoy a perfectly chilled martini with one of the enticing $5 small plates. During the summer, we recommend sitting outside on the patio among the wildflowers and aspen trees.
Our martini pick: French Pear Martini – Absolut Pear Vodka, Lillet Blanc, fresh queezed lemon juice, Sparking Cava.
Also found on Ridge Street with an amazing outdoor patio, Twist is the perfect place to unwind with friends at the end of the day. Twist focuses on local and seasonal ingredients so the Happy Hour food menu is always changing, but the pork shoulder tacos for just $3 each have been a staple since Twist opened, given locals have been known to order them by the dozen. If you feel like branching out of your comfort zone try the bartender’s creative cocktail of the evening, always different, always refreshing and always just $5.
Our martini pick: Jalapeno Grapefruit Martini – as simple and delicious as it sounds!
Cecilia’s, Breckenridge’s first martini and cigar bar has gained notoriety for serving the finest martinis and craft cocktails since 1996. With three unique bar areas, Cecilia’s captures just the right balance between intimacy and excitement. While Cecilia’s has definitely made a name for itself as one the best late-night joints in town, visit the bar in the late afternoon and you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the laid-back atmosphere and wide drink selection. Also, if you feel like a glass of scotch and a stogie this is definitely your place as Cecilia’s boasts one of the biggest humidors you will find in Summit County. Find them in La Cima Mall.
Our martini pick: Satan’s Soul Patch – Old Forester bourbon, sweet and dry vermouth, a splash of orange juice and a dash of Angostura bitters. This drink is prepared with a fiery float made from Grand Marnier, Root liqueur and Paul Masson VS Brand
Blue River Bistro
Blue River Bistro
The Blue River Bistro in Breckenridge, CO is a Modern Italian-American restaurant serving Sunday brunch, lunch & dinner featuring unique appetizers, fresh salads and delicious entrees. Seasonal wine and cocktail offerings combine with moderate prices to make the Blue River Bistro one of Summit County’s best restaurants.
If you’ve had your fill of adventure and are looking for a low-key yet delicious afternoon, head to Blue River Bistro for Sunday Brunch.
Brunch Service Hours: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Sunday
Modis first opened in June of 2007 by the creative team of Eric Mamula & Ian Hamilton; who created the Breckenridge staple: Downstairs At Eric’s. They had a vision of a contemporary restaurant on Main St. that would join the growing ranks of foodie havens available in Breckenridge. In late 2012 Eric & Ian turned over their creation confident that Teryn Guadagnoli was the right person to build on the legacy they had established.
You can’t go wrong with any of the dinner options but Modis Happy Hour is our favorite! Peruse the extensive craft cocktail list during happy hour for $3 off each drink. Avoid a case of the hangries and pair P.E.I Mussels with your favorite beverage.
Come as you are and share our richly decorated Victorian-era home while you take in the breathtaking views across town to the slopes of the Breckenridge Ski Resort and Ten Mile Range. Enjoy a perfectly chilled martini and one of our enticing $5 small plates during Happy Hour in our upstairs lounge. During the summer, sit outside on the patio among the wildflowers and aspen trees.
Follow with a dinner of Colorado Lamb, Ginger Sea Scallops and a bottle of your favorite California Cabernet at a cozy table in one of our dining rooms. Allow us to serve you with the genuine Colorado hospitality that has earned us recognition by the local readers of the Summit Daily News as the “Best Restaurant in Breckenridge”. We look forward to seeing you at The Hearthstone.
The Hearthstone has one of the best window seats in town. Make sure you ask for dinner with a view when you are making reservations.
Chef Matthew Fackler and his wife Lisa are veterans in the Colorado culinary scene. They currently own and operate the award-winning restaurant, Relish, a 60 seat venue located in the heart of Breckenridge. Relish features an eclectic menu, focusing on local, regional, and seasonal influences. Relish has appeared in travel magazines and newspapers world-wide as one of the best places to dine in Breckenridge. Chef Fackler started his distinguished culinary career at The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY in 1989. After graduating in 1991, he spent time in Nantucket, Colorado, Florida, Chicago and North Carolina before moving to Breckenridge in 1996.
In the decade that followed, Chef Fackler was the sous chef for seven years at Café Alpine in Breckenridge. In May of 2004, he became the head chef of Ski Tip Lodge, an elite restaurant in Keystone, CO. In 2005, he was awarded chef-of- the -year by his peers and students that he instructed at the Culinary Institute in Keystone.
Long-time Relish manager, Thomas Messerschmitt (T.J.) is partnering with Chef Matt in twist and brings his love and knowledge of wine and general operations to the mix. T.J. has been in Breckenridge for over 6 years now, since completing a degree in Business and Graphic design from the University of Saint Francis in Fort Wayne Indiana. His love of the mountains and outdoor activities brought him to Breckenridge where he met Chef Fackler at another local restaurant. For the past 6 years T.J. has been studying food and wine with travels around the entire west coast and participating in courses across the country.
It’s tempting but don’t fill up on Twist’s $6 & $7 appetizer plates. Trust us, you’ll want to save room for dinner. While the scallops and short rib are two of our favorite dishes, the nightly special is always a hit.
Cecilia's Martini Bar and Nightclub
With three unique bar areas, Cecilia’s captures just the right balance between intimacy and excitement. The front room features a beautiful hand-carved bar that shelves an unrivaled collection of single malt scotch. This room is Cecilia’s most intimate space with seating for both groups and couples and is suitable for spirited conversation and mingling. This room is also home to Cecilia’s large walk-in humidor. The second room, the Walrus Room, is home to everyone’s favorite, Charles the Walrus, and is divided by the tunnel that leads to the third room. The Walrus room is perfect for relaxing in the early evening yet heats up with the energy of the crowd as the night progresses. The third and largest room is the dance bar at Cecilia’s. This room is where Cecilia’s late night, rowdy-fun, reputation was fostered. It is also home to Breckenridge’s largest dance floor and our infamous dance pole.
The only nightclub on this list, Cecilia’s is best experienced as a late night location.