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Crested Butte — Apres-ski and nightlife

The immediate apres-ski action is at the slopeside Butte 66 Roadhouse BBQ (left) in the Treasury Building, with apres-ski drink specials and live entertainment. It has the largest and sunniest deck at the base area, a great happy hour and the best slopeside mountain view of Crested Butte Mountain. Some head to the Plaza Bar in the Plaza Building.

Then the action begins to move downtown to the Wooden Nickel, with some wild drinks, and The El Dorado, known around town as “The Eldo” and, according to one local, it has a “smokin’ dance floor.” The Eldo also has a brewery. Talk of the Town is a smoky locals’ place with video games, shuffleboard and pool tables. Kochevar’s is another local favorite where Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid used to saddle up to the bar. The Crested Butte Brewery is a microbrewery with live music and dancing on weekends. Cover charges are $5 to $10, depending on the talent.

Duck into the cellar entrance of Lobar and discover the uptown side of Crested Butte. Lounge in cushy seating, sidle up to the long bar for drinks and sample sushi and tapas while DJs and live music keep you entertained. On weekends, folks come here to kick up their heels on the dance floor.

The Princess Wine Bar at 218 Elk Ave. is the place to finish your night on the town. This Wine Spectator award-winning establishment offers a limited menu of appetizers, and a few tempting desserts to enjoy with cappuccino or a fine dessert wine. With no doubt the best selection of quality wines by the glass, the Princess also carries a full list of cognacs, ports and single malts. Come relax by the fire. Open daily from 10 a.m. to “whenever.”