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Beaver Creek — Apres-ski and nightlife

Asked what nightlife was worth a look, one worker first told us, “There isn’t anything,” then after a bit of thinking, amended her response to, “Well, there are some meeting places.” The first place to stop on the way back to town from the Larkspur Bowl is The Talons Deck at Red Tail Camp, where revelers gather to begin apres-ski. In the spring, the deck is packed and Sundays mean live entertainment al fresco.

The Coyote Cafe would surely qualify as a meeting place, particularly among locals such as the Beaver Creek Ski Patrol, at the end of the day. This Mexican cantina/watering hole caters to locals, and with well-drink and draught-beer specials at the end of the day, its prices are reasonable. Bartenders can whip up a margarita to get you in the apres-ski mood, and the staff is intentionally informal—in contrast with the rest of Beaver Creek. Don’t plan on staying out late—it closes at 11 p.m. (as late as 1 a.m. on hopping nights). If you’re young and looking for apres-ski, this is it.

McCoy’s is the place to go for live apres-ski entertainment as soon as you leave the slopes. Also try the Dusty Boot Saloon, where you’ll find 46-ounce margaritas and a comprehensive tequila list. Blue Moose has great pizza and a fun atmosphere, and the lowest prices in Beaver Creek Village.

The Park Hyatt’s Whiskey Elk bar, which stays open until 2 a.m., features entertainment from local musicians and serves small batch bourbons, single malt scotch, ports and wine by the glass. At night, when the stars are out, it’s a dazzling display for tired skiers and snowboarders.

The best deck in Beaver Creek might be at the Chophouse (845-0555). While you watch the sunset with drinks and occasional live music, a magician entertains kids and adults six afternoons a week.