Steamboat Springs Bars and Nightlife

After a day of cat skiing you will probably be to exhausted to go out dancing or raging in the Steamboat bar scene.  But for those diehards or on your non-cat skiing days we hope you’ll get after it and enjoy your vacation with a bit of apres skiing or late night partying.

Fortunately for us here at Steamboat Powdercats one of the premier, long time venues for debauchery is located right next door to our office.  The Tugboat Grill & Pub has been satisfying our guides and guests’ thirst ever since we started the operation in 1983.  We used to meet our cat skiing groups in the morning at the Tugboat prior to getting our office space here in the Clocktower Square, so we are very familiar with the crew there at the Tugger.  Since 1972 it has been the go to location for on mountain partying.  They have music on most nights during the winter and have pool tables and foosball for those needing a bit more options, beyond drinking.  The food is good as well.

The Slopeside Grill is another on Steamboats mountain classic.  Mostly known as the place to be for apres ski partying, Slopeside has a monster “beach” where post skiing groups hang out and consume massive amounts of beer.  They have great food, especially their brick oven pizzas, and its a good place to catch a game with all their tv’s surrounding the bar.  In the spring, the crew at Slopeside annually erect a fantastic ice bar where they make it even easier for us all to enjoy some cold beverages under the amazing bluebird days of March and April.

The Steamboat Springs nightlife isn’t that of Aspen or Vail and you shouldn’t come here thinking you are going to rage on.  If you are expecting the crazy party scene of Whistler you’ve somehow been falsely advertised. What we lack in wild raging and diverse options, we definitely make up for it in powder skiing, hence why you are coming to Steamboat, right?

Downtown Steamboat Springs definitely has the most options for partiers looking for nightly music and options for bars.  The Mahogany Ridge Brewery & Grill is not only a fantastic place to eat (see our restaurant list) but also a great late night hang out especially during most winter weekends when they have live music. The Hog is Steamboat Springs’ only brewery so understandably it makes our list of bars and nightlife options.

The Ghost Ranch Saloon is a welcome addition to Steamboat’s nightlife venues.  This full scale music venue opened in 2009 and hosts more bands than any other location in Steamboat.  Check out the calendar here. The bar is vintage western.  It’s a multi-level place that get’s packed when really good bands visit.

Some other downtown options for you are The Old Town Pub, The Steamboat Smokehouse, The Double Z, Sweetwater Grill and Sunpie’s Bistro.

Remember that if you are partying the night before your Steamboat Powdercats visit, the 7:30am van pick up will come early and hangovers don’t work well in our bumpy cat rides.  Good luck with that.