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The Happiest Hour in Telluride

Our Abbreviated Guide to Après in Telluride

An après ski is a big part of the mountain lifestyle and there’s no shortage of end-of-day celebrations in Telluride. In the Town of Telluride and Mountain Village alike, there are many options for all of your happy hour needs.

Mountain Village

Our very own Altezza at the Peaks has a great bar menu where, daily from 2 to 6 pm, you can choose one decadent dish and a glass of wine or draft beer for $14. Not only can you get great drink and food specials but, throughout the ski season, Altezza will have live music Thursday through Sunday evenings. Or enjoy Bottomless bellinis, bloodies, and mimosas from 11 am to 2 pm. Another great Mountain Village favorite is Tomboy Tavern where you can enjoy live music featuring Cousin Curtiss all season long on Thursdays and Saturdays from 4 to 6 pm.  The Village Table , also located in Mountain Village, has tapas and drink specials from 4 to 6 pm.

A local’s favorite, the ski-in/ski-out Mountain Lodge in Mountain Village plays host to one of the best pool/hot tub combos in the area and serves up what some call the best burger in town. The View Bar & Grill does not disappoint when it comes to the $5 burger special all week long from 2 to 5 pm. A great option for a late lunch or early dinner, enjoy a perfectly crafted house burger, crispy cauliflower, incredible ribs and more at the appropriately named restaurant and be sure to bring your bathing suit along for a soak afterwards.

Town of Telluride

Just a short gondola ride to the Town of Telluride, you will find more spots to enjoy happy hour and relax after a long day of skiing. Cosmopolitan Restaurant , a local’s favorite, has a happy hour from 5-6 pm with their signature cosmo martini special and half price sushi. Just down the road at La Marmotte , you can get half price appetizers and $8 glasses of wine from 5 to 6 pm. Right across the street from La Marmotte is Smuggler’s Brewpub , where from 3 to 5:30 pm every day you can enjoy $3 pints and a $15 glass of wine and pasta dish combo. Smuggler’s is a fun spot because of their extensive beer list that is all brewed in house below the main restaurant. A new spot that opened just a few months ago is the Roma Bar and Grill on Main Street. From 3:30 to 6 pm you can enjoy drink and food specials at the new gastropub including a seriously delicious burger, these specials are also available late night for your enjoyment. If you’re looking for a more casual spot and have the taste for pizza, head over to High Pie Pizzeria and Taproom . From 3:30 to 5:30 pm you can enjoy a happy hour menu including their signature $10 PBR and 1 topping pizza, among other great specials and delicious cocktails.

Just outside of Telluride, you can reach Lawson Hill by car or a scenic fat tire bike ride to visit both Telluride Brewing Company and Telluride Distilling Company . You can rent a fat bike for a half-day or as long as your stay from Bootdoctors and ride along the River Trail or bike path to Lawson Hill where a cold beer or cocktail awaits you. The best part about the brewery and distillery is the free tasting before you decide on your beverage, or you can tour the brewery and see how the local beers being made.

On The Mountain

Our on-mountain dining closes with the ski resort each day but that doesn’t mean your après can’t start early. Bon Vivant , our classic country French cuisine restaurant, is located at the top of Polar Queen Express (Lift 5) and serves until 3 pm. You can enjoy an array of appetizers and a bottle of bubbly while looking out over Palmyra Peak (13,320’). Another favorite on-mountain restaurant is Gorrono Ranch . A fantastic stop for BBQ, ramen, or soup, Gorrono hosts some of the best outdoor seating on the mountain. Located below Mountain Village Express (Lift 4) accessible via Misty Maiden or Butterfly, you can sit outside on “The Beach,” listen to live music and enjoy two different bars with unforgettable views of Mt. Wilson. Also open until 3 pm, it’s the perfect place for your après ski cocktail and plays host to the annual Closing Day celebrations in April.

Plenty of options await for your happy hour needs in Telluride and Mountain Village, and if you haven’t booked your trip to Telluride yet, The Peaks Resort & Spa , Telluride's only ski-in/ski-out and golf-in/golf-out resort, is a short, free gondola ride away from the historic Town of Telluride. Looking for other options, visit our website to explore all of Telluride's lodging options along with our trip planning guide .