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.
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.
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!
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!?…”
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.”
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.”