Happy Hour

10 Patios to Perch on This Summer

A happy hour goer's guide to the valley's most scenic outdoor dining spaces (and what to sip while you savor the view).

By Kirsten Dobroth June 13, 2018

The patio at the Sonnenalp Club's Harvest in Edwards.

Harvest at the Sonnenalp Club


The patio at Singletree's signature golf club restaurant is offers one of the finest east-facing vista's in the valley, best savored with a grown-up version of Blueberi Lemonade (stolichnaya blueberi vodka, fresh lemon juice, agave nectar, blueberry shrub, lemon) to toast with. harvestvail.com

Sauce on the Creek


The patio at Sauce on the Creek is the place to be this summer at happy hour in Avon, sipping flights of Colorado whiskey and generous pours of Tuscan red, paired with margherita pies hot from the oven, as the sun goes down and the competition on the bocce court heats up. sauceonthecreek.com

The view from the outdoor area of The Remedy at the Four Seasons.

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The Remedy at the Four Seasons

Vail Village

So-close-you-can-almost-touch-it views of Vail Mountain can be had at the firepits (while sports fanatics favor the bar area, which features an impressive array of screens prime for game-watching), although Beverage Director Steven Teaver suggests toasting the longest day with a Gin Sour, made with seasonal herbs from the resort's on-site garden. fourseasons.com


Vail Village

Classic people-watching on Bridge Street calls for a classic venue. Enter Pepi's Bar & Restaurant, one of the valley's landmark eating and drinking establishments that's been dishing spätzle and pouring hefeweizen since astronauts started walking on the moon (and coming here to decompress and sign photos that still hang on the wall of fame in the bar area, which, during summer, opens onto the breezes and passers by on Bridge Street). pepis.com


Dining views from the patio at Maya.

Maya at the Westin


Happy hour-priced street tacos and house margaritas come with a complimentary view of Beaver Creek's Birds of Prey terrain at Maya's Friday Afternoon Club (June 22 through September 7; 5 p.m.), when drink and food specials (plus live music) attract one of the valley's most festive crowds. westinriverfront.com

Vail Brewing Co.

Vail Village

One of the finest places to watch the sun go down in Vail Village is on this tasting room's deck at the Solaris, where locals toast the end of the day with pints of Pete's Stash (an homage to Vail's founder) around fire pits overlooking the mountain. vailbrewingco.com

Golden Peak views from The Fitz's patio at Manor Vail.

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The Fitz at Manor Vail

Vail Village

Manor Vail's happy hour venue on Golden Peak is a primo place to bask in the last few rays of the day—just don't forget to order a Late Check Out cocktail (made with St. Germain, tequila, fresh lime a dash of Tabasco, and garnished with cilantro and a cayenne, chili, and salt rim) to heat things up as the sun goes down. manorvail.com

Westside Café

West Vail

Tucked into a corner of a commercial strip off the North Frontage Road in West Vail, Westside might not be the most scenic of the valley's patios, but once you've spent a morning nursing your post-big-night-out headache with one of the restaurant's enormous Bakon Bloody Mary's (made with bacon-infused vodka and stuffed with slices of candied-cured bacon), you'll understand the appeal. westsidecafe.net 

The Park Hyatt's patio at 8100.

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Park Hyatt, Beaver Creek

Must-have for grownups: the Spicy Southern Rita (made with house-infused jalapeño tequila, fresh lime, agave, cointreau, ghost pepper salt) served slopeside. Must-do for kids: s'mores happy hour (7 p.m. daily), featuring house-made marshmallows for roasting round the fire. hyatt.com


Lionshead Village

Racks full of skis are replaced with bikes come summertime, when the deck at Lionshead Village's Garfinkel's fills with apres-hikers and bikers looking to refuel after mountain adventures. The drink of choice? Anything local from the tap, served in a frosty pint glass. garfsvail.com

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