The Best Bars, Breweries, and Distilleries in Telluride
Collected by Kathryn O'Shea-Evans , AFAR Local Expert
Telluride wouldn’t be a ski town without a great après scene. Its bars go far beyond dives, however, ranging from a historic watering hole to a modern-day speakeasy to a distillery making its own peppermint schnapps.
231 W Colorado Ave, Telluride, CO 81435, USA
If there are ghosts haunting the Historic Bar—which was rebuilt in 1895 after a fire decimated the original building—we don’t blame them for wanting to stay for eternity. Tucked within the New Sheridan Hotel, the tin-ceilinged...
100 E Colorado Ave, Telluride, CO 81435, USA
A Telluride favorite since 1978, Last Dollar Saloon is renowned for two things: $5 margaritas (made with agave tequila and served in a pint glass) and an eclectic selection of beers from all over the world (more than 60 at last count). Start your...
118 Lost Creek Ln, Mountain Village, CO 81435, USA
This Oklahoma institution opened its first Colorado outpost in 2018 at the Lumière Hotel, offering unconventional menu items like cauliflower steaks with mushroom risotto, mahi-mahi mango ceviche, and new spins on local classics,...
225 S Pine St unit f, Telluride, CO 81435, USA
The owners of Sidework hit on the idea for their cozy little eatery after listening to locals grumble about how hard it was to find a low-key place to have a drink and casual bite during the summer and winter tourist seasons. They already owned...
225 S Pine St, Telluride, CO 81320, USA
A beloved member of Telluride’s nightlife scene for more than two decades, Smuggler’s Brew Pub shows no signs of slowing down. The restaurant has won multiple awards at the Great American Beer Festival with its classically styled...
156 Society Dr, Telluride, CO 81435, USA
Started by two friends who met at a bar, Telluride Brewing Company has come a long way since its founding in 2011. Its Face Down Brown ale took home the gold medal at the 2012 and 2014 Great American Beer Festival, and its Whacked Out Wheat beer...
152 B. Society Dr., Telluride, CO 81435, USA
Telluride was a fount of local liquor in its Wild West heyday. Today, the town is returning to its boozy roots with help from Telluride Distilling Company, which produces gluten-free vodka (made entirely from sugarcane), whiskey (finished in...
627 W Pacific Ave, Telluride, CO 81435, USA
This local favorite is known for its global fusion fare and jam cocktails (yep, jam cocktails—surely Queen Elizabeth would approve). Stir blueberry jam into a gin-citrus libation, or warm up with pepper jam and tequila. It’s all so...
700 W Colorado Ave #242, Telluride, CO 81435, USA
Opened in 2018, The Tunnel is a speakeasy for the modern era. You enter the 12-seat restaurant through a trap door—after supplying a password, natch—but that’s where the old-timey-ness stops. Once settled in the quaint, hidden...
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