The Best Pubs in Vail

Best pubs in vail garfinkels patio deckGarfinkel’s

Since 1992 Garfinkel’s (or Garf’s as it is locally known) has been a cornerstone in Lionshead (VAIL) for both tourists and locals alike. Located at the base of the gondola, their sunny patio provides the best après ski, sun catching and overall late sping and summer experience. Over the years some things have changed but the feeling of a classic ski town bar/grill atmosphere remains the same. Seasons pass by, memories are created, good times are had, and lifelong friends are made. The walls inside tell the stories of the past with photos of patrons, athletes, and events gone by. Garf’s is a great place to enjoy a burger and beer, see live entertainment, and feel at home with the exceptional service at one of the best pubs in Vail.

Best Pubs in Vail Minturn SaloonThe Minturn Saloon

Welcome to The Minturn Saloon – the most historic restaurant in the Vail Valley. Folks have been enjoying great food and drinks at this location since 1901 from a variety of owners sporting various restaurant names. The Minturn Saloon has been a “must” for valley locals and visitors since 1976. There is something for everyone on The Minturn Saloon menu. AAA magazine said it best - ”A mix of Mexican food, wild game birds and ribs are on the menu at The Minturn Saloon, a popular eatery in a historic building in Minturn, not far from Vail. It’s as homey and affordable as Vail is upscale, and typifies Colorado cuisine at its best.” On the menu you’ll find Mexican favorites along with chicken, fish, ribs, steak, duck, quail, nightly specials, and a children’s menu. Whether it’s after skiing The Minturn Mile, out for a summer evening on the riverside deck, or meeting some friends, stop by for a margarita and dinner. If you miss The Minturn Saloon, you’ll have missed the real Colorado and one of the best pubs in Vail.

  • “Best in America” – Esquire Magazine
  • “Best Margarita in the Rockies” – City Magazine
  • NY Times “Pick” Restaurant
  • “Best Restaurant” for Groups – Plum TV
  • “Best Après Ski” – 5280 Magazine

Bars in Vail Tap RoomThe Tap Room

The Tap Room, located at the top of Bridge Street in Vail Village has been offering diners and après skier’s cold beer, great food, martinis and more at affordable prices for over 8 years. The setting is perfect with Bavarian woodwork, flat screen TV’s, a cozy fireplace inside and a deck overlooking the quaint town and awesome slopes on the outside. The Tap Room is divided into two separate and different bars both offering casual gourmet cuisine and one of the largest libation selections in Colorado. In the front bar, you  can enjoy one of the finest media systems, while overlooking the action on Bridge Street from one of the large decks. In the back, the media system continues with awesome views of Vail Mountain and access to two decks.

  • Best Après Ski Bar
  • “Best Place to be seen”
  • “Best Ski Lunch”
  • “Best Martinis”
  • “Where to visit when in Vail, Colorado”
  • “Best Place for Singles”
  • “Top Ten Après Places in the world”
  • “Best Place to watch Sports”
  • by: 5280 Magazine, Forbes Traveler, MSNBC, NewYork Magazine, Ski Magazine, Vail Daily, and more…

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  1. Posted January 18, 2013 at 9:46 pm | Permalink

    What are your thoughts on the best pubs in Vail??

  2. Nenna
    Posted February 6, 2013 at 12:57 am | Permalink

    The Red Lion is THE spot to hit up at the beginning of your night!

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