Steamboat is such a great winter getaway – we’ve been almost every winter over the last five years – and every time I love visiting the breweries in Steamboat Springs, CO.
They have such a fun vibe and are always toasty warm which is so nice after a cold day snowboarding. This is actually where I fell in love with snowboarding for the first time. There are so many other outdoor adventures here too.
Whether it’s your first time visiting Steamboat Springs or you’ve been coming for years, here are the best breweries in town plus some fun bars.
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3 Breweries in Steamboat Springs, CO
There are only three breweries in the town of Steamboat Springs but that’s actually pretty impressive considering it’s a town of less than 15,000 people!
Mountain Tap Brewery
This was the first brewery in Steamboat that I ever visited so I think it’s a little special to me. My favorite part about this one is that they have three gondolas outside that you can reserve.
The gondolas are old ones from Killington Mountain that they got rid of when upgrading their system in 2018. They can fit up to six adults but reservations are required and you must meet a food & beverage minimum.
They have their own Bluetooth speaker that you can hook up to and a small heater but dress for winter as the heater can’t quite keep up with a Colorado winter chill.
We’ve always eaten inside because we are terrible with making reservations but the plus side is it’s warm and inviting.
They have tons of different beers to choose from which makes this a great place to go with a group and you can’t beat their pizza.
I’ve also had their garlic rolls and popcorn and 10/10 recommend the garlic rolls. The popcorn is addicting and very good but I’m just a sucker for garlic rolls.
It’s located downtown along Yampa Street right by the Yampa River.
Storm Peak Brewing Company
Storm Peak is the only one that has two locations in town – one downtown and then another near the base of the slopes.
I’ve only ever been to their brewery & taproom near downtown. The taproom is pretty big and they have high top tables as well as picnic style tables. During the summer they also have a nice patio.
They have 20 different beers on tap making it another great group option plus sodas and kombucha on tap.
While they don’t have an in-house restaurant, they are connected to How Ya Doin Pizza and Eatz. Right beside where you order at the bar you’ll see a little hallway that leads to the restaurant where you can place your order and they’ll bring it over to you.
I’ve had both their pizza and a sub and both were very good. You can also order something from Moe’s Original BBQ which serves Alabama-style barbecue and is located in the same parking lot.
Their other location, Storm Peak – Bus Stop, is walkable from the base of the slopes which makes it super convenient. Aprés Burger Bistro is located above them and Wild Plum Eatery is across the street.
You can bring your own food into either locations as well.
Mahogany Ridge Brewery and Grill
Mahogany Ridge is set up more like a traditional restaurant instead of a brewery. I would only recommend visiting if you want to eat here too.
They do have a good happy hour from 4 – 5pm everyday though if you wanted to have drinks at the bar. Their food though is fantastic and I would totally go eat here again!
I had the country fried chicken which came with mashed potatoes, Jicama coleslaw, and sausage gravy. After a long day, it hit the spot.
Their menu is pretty unique because they have sandwiches and the typical hearty American food but then they also have upscale entreés with an Asian twist.
It’s only open from 4 – 10pm in the evenings so it’s a crowded spot for dinner. I would recommend making reservations if you can plan in advance.
During the summer they also have patio seating but it’s first come first serve.
Other Bars in Steamboat Springs, CO
I do love the breweries in Steamboat Springs but sometimes you want cocktails or just a different atmosphere. Here are a few other bars in town.
T Bar at Steamboat
One of our favorite bars at the base of the mountain is T Bar. It’s literally just off the trail Right-O-Way before you get to the bottom of the mountain.
If you’re on foot and meeting people who are skiing then it’s a bit more difficult to reach. If you look at the map, you can see T Bar is separated from Slopeside Grill and the base of the mountain by a small magic carpet area that the ski school uses.
You can either walk directly across that or take the access road by Slopeside Grill back out to Ski Time Square Drive and go around that way.
This isn’t a fancy spot and they really just have beer to drink. You can get draft beer in a pint or pitcher or they have lots of options in cans. Their food really is good though.
The downside here is they don’t have a ton of seating and the indoor seating fills up very quickly. There are two options for outdoor seating – picnic tables and Adirondack chairs. You just can’t have food at the Adirondack chairs.
You can either sit down at one of the picnic tables and order with a waitress or order at the bar and they’ll give you a number. This isn’t a late night spot – they are only open from 11am to 5pm.
Timber & Torch
Located in a building attached to the Sheraton, Timber & Torch is more of an upscale bar facing the base of the slopes. They have a very nice outdoor patio with fireplaces and it’s such a chill place for a drink and to people watch.
Inside they have a full bar and their mimosas are fantastic. I haven’t eaten inside so I can’t speak to how good the food is but people tend to recommend the grilled cheese and chili. Keep it simple.
This is a pricey spot since it’s right in Steamboat Square but my favorite time to go here is during the day for a break from the slopes. I just grab one drink and then head back out.
I will say – they have a separate building in front of their main restaurant that looks more like a concession stand where you can get food and drinks as well. The food here is not good so I would skip that.
The Barley Tap and Tavern
The Barley, located downtown, is the place to be for a night out in Steamboat. With an ever-rotating selection of kegs, 31 beers on tap, and 8 different wine offerings – this bar has definitely got you covered.
If beer or wine isn’t your thing not to worry – they also offer cocktails if spirits are more up your alley. There’s no food here, but they do serve some snack items to keep your appetite going until closing time.
This is by far a favorite among locals and visitors to Steamboat. They’ve even won Best Bar of the Boat for five years in a row from Steamboat Pilot & Today’s awards.
If a bar with traditional pub food is more your style then you will love Carl’s Tavern. For drinks, they have a large whiskey list, lots of craft cocktails, plus beer and wine.
Their Happy Hour really shines as you can get select beers for $3, house margaritas for $5, 50% off all wines by the glass, plus a few other great deals. They even offer 50% off a few of their appetizers.
The food can be hit or miss but the dry rub wings are one thing people usually love. Prices are pretty steep but it’s typical of what you’ll find in town at a dinner restaurant.
Double Diamonds Bar
For three years in a row Double Diamonds Bar was voted as USA Today’s Top Apres Bar in North America and for good reason – friendly bartenders, cheap drinks, and great tater tots.
What’s not to love?
It’s located in the Steamboat Grand which is just across Mt Werner Circle from Gondola Square. This is definitely a late night hotspot with music and a space to dance.
Wrap Up: Breweries in Steamboat Springs, CO
With three breweries in Steamboat Springs and lots of other fun bars, you have tons of options for aprés ski.
Mountain Tap and Storm Peak are the best options for beer lovers or if you’re just looking for a spot to hang out in the afternoon.
If you want a more upscale dinner option then Mahogany Ridge would be a good option. There are plenty of bars in town too – this list just scratches the surface.
Have fun and be safe exploring Steamboat!