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Crested Butte Nightlife

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Crested Butte’s small town convenience and fun-loving local community make it a great (and hassle-free) place to get out and mingle. Like many mining-boom towns, the Crested Butte night life sways towards rugged, Western experiences and beverages. You’ll find lots of locally made brews and handcrafted, small batch whiskey, plus great live music, like bluegrass, country and folk at Crested Butte bars. The bulk of the Crested Butte nightlife scene is in town, so if you’re staying there, you’re just a short walk to the historic saloons and local breweries. First-time Crested Butte visitors will appreciate its small-town accessibility, since nearly every bar and restaurant is located on Elk Avenue. And, if you’re staying up at the Mt. Crested Butte base area, you can take the complimentary five minute bus ride to town. 

If you’re looking for a more low-key nightlife scene, opt to stay up at one of the base area’s more contemporary hotels. Mt. Crested Butte’s hotels offer chic bars, and fireside nooks and crannies, perfect for a quiet drink.

Crested Butte Bars

If you’re night life interests trend towards the rustic, then a beer, or three, at Crested Butte’s only local brewery, The Eldo is an absolute must. The handcrafted selection of drafts on tap, great food, stacked live music lineup and sunny patio attract locals and visitors alike, making it a great place to mingle. Talk of the Town is another don’t-miss. This local’s favorite offers fair prices and lots of entertainment, like a jukebox, giant Jenga, and pool tables. Plus, there’s usually a DJ spinning fun dance music that gets the whole house on their feet. For a more quiet drink that still offers historic atmosphere, head to the Wooden Nickel Saloon. The Wooden Nickel is Crested Butte’s oldest saloon and features a great beer and wine list, in addition to a well-versed menu if you’re looking to sit down for a meal.

The Montanya Distillery has new tasting room on Elk Avenue which provides rum-lovers with a chance to sample their high-mountain rum neat or in inspired cocktails. The tasting room lives in a historic building and provides an inviting and unique setting for enjoying handcrafted rum.

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