Estes Park Bars, Breweries, & Nightlife

There’s no good reason to spend your nights on a couch in Windcliff!  Estes Park offers a number of desirable destinations for memorable evening entertainment.

Estes Park Restaurant Bars

Start with Happy Hour at  The Rock Inn from 4 to 6 with BOGO house beer and wine… plus a wooden nickel to keep you coming back. All the appetizers are fabulous, but you won’t get Devils on Horseback or Spicy Corn Dip anywhere else! Salads are fresh and generous.

The Rock Inn Estes Park

Then head over to Bird & Jim — but don’t let their renowned “modern mountain” farm-to-table dining atmosphere take you off focus.  This is the best bar in Estes Park! Start with the “smoked Manhattan” and take your time with the very lengthy wine list, numerous regional beers on tap or mixed drinks from Estes Park’s most friendly and talented bartending staff: Marin, Scotty, Matt, Andrews, Sarah and Charlie.

Bird & Jim Estes Park

We’re sorry if you can’t find a seat in the bar at Ed’s Cantina… it happens to be the local favorite hang-out!  Start with Ed’s signature avacado margaritas and plan to stay a while. Some of our favorites include the bison tacos, fish tacos, chimichangas, chile rellenos, a torta or if you’re feeling brave: the 14’er burrito!

Ed's Cantina Estes Park

Estes Park Bars

Without question, your best destination in Estes Park is singular:  The Barrel at 251 Moraine Ave, Estes Park, CO 80517. Enjoy a craft beer, wine or spirit in picturesque Estes Park, Colorado. This is a true beer garden atmosphere. Cool off and relax after a hike in Rocky Mountain National Park or a full day of shopping. You’re sure to find something to delight you from the extensive offering of unique beverages here.  The Barrel now also has INDOOR accommodations for year-round enjoyment. An industrial vibe permeates the new facility, giving locals and tourists the opportunity to drink and share their stories of “what brought you to Estes Park!?…

The Barrel Estes Park

Estes Park Craft Breweries

Estes Park is home to two of the finest craft breweries in Colorado:  Rock Cut and Lumpy Ridge.  Frankly, we recommend you visit BOTH.

At Rock Cut, try a swath of dark 4-ounce pours — the English porter, Russian imperial stout and a smoked brown ale dubbed the Smoky Brunette. Plus, their Mosaic-hopped pale ale… or just go off script and try what your heart calls out for. Before you leave, perhaps consider leaving a drink for a friend on the gift board!

Bottlemakesthree.com said it best:  “Normally after we have a flight we like to highlight our favorites. We can’t do that this time, because, and I’m totally serious here, we thought all these beers were fantastic. Seriously, these were all some great beers. We were not expecting to be so impressed from such a new place, but Rock Cut Brewery has got it going on.”

Estes Park, CO Breweries

At Lumpy Ridge Brewing, execute a flight of Lumpy Ridge IPA, Centennial Smash Citrus Pale Ale, Collash 3rd Anniversary Trippel, Ogg’s FM Alter (a creamy German Amber), Achilles Double IPA (an avant garden aleworks collaboration), Thurmans’s Stout or Winter Breeze Coconut dark lager.  Most beers are also available for carry out in 22oz. bombers so you can bring the party back to your Windcliff vacation rental home!

Bottlemakesthree.com says, “This isn’t the first gas-station-turned-brewery we’ve visited, but Lumpy Ridge may just be the coolest. We love that they didn’t try to hide their gas station past, but rather embraced the unique architecture and made a truly great space.”

Beer and Breweries in Estes Park Colorado

Estes Park Live Theater

Estes Park’s Historic Park Theatre is the oldest motion picture theatre in the United States. Construction of the theatre was begun in 1913 by J.L. Jackson, and it was completed by C.H. Bond. Fred Jackson operated the theatre until 1922, when he sold it to Ralph Gwynn. In 1926, Gwynn added the landmark tower and lobby. This structure became known as the Tower of Love — because Gwynn built it to represent the beautiful love of his life. Here, you can enjoy a movie or a live performance, perhaps with a sandwich and a beer. It’s truly a remarkable vintage theatre!
Estes Park Live Theater