Telluride's lauded, complimentary Gondola connects historic, downtown Telluride to the new Mountain Village until midnight, making it a cinch to get around at night and check out all the dining and nightlife option in the Mountain Village and downtown Telluride. Much like the nightlife scene, the Telluride nightlife is an interesting mash up of historic and contemporary. Most of the true revelry happens in downtown Telluride nightlife, while the better après-ski scene is had at the Mountain Village, thanks to sunny patios or “breezeways,” as the locals call it.
As one of the oldest hotels in the West, the New Sheridan’s saloon attracts both locals and visitors. When you step into this historic bar featuring original, mahogany paneling, you'll feel transported to the past. You may wonder about how many miners, cowboys and skiers have bellied up to the bar at the end of the day. There's nothing like the New Sheridan saloon, and it's $5 cocktails make it even sweeter. Those looking for a more refined drink, guest can order off their wine list hailed by Wine Spectator in hotel lobby bar, The Parlor. Quite, well-reviewed cocktails can also be enjoyed at La Marmotte.
If you're looking for more raucous Telluride nightlife experience, head to the The Last Dollar Saloon or the “The Buck" as locals call it. The crowd is largely local and rarely sober. Be sure to check out the original punched tin ceiling.
If it’s sunny, you can expect a hoppin’ crowd at the Tomboy Tavern in the Mountain Village base area. The large patio is conveniently located in front of Village Express lift, so you can click off your skis or de-strap from your board, sit right down and order one of the 32 local drafts on tap. If you've worked up an apetite, try the burger with truffle fried or the schnitzel sandwich.
For a Telluride après-ski session you'll never forget, make a reservation at the famed-Alpino Vino, a wine bar located on the mountain on See Forever Run. The experience is likened to a classic on-mountain dining experience high in the Alps, and it’s no wonder as Alpino Vino boasts the highest (11,966') dining experience in the U.S.