One glorious summer we spent a month in Breckenridge Colorado. It was the vacation of a lifetime and we really got to know the town, including the best Breckenridge restaurants, and more importantly, the best happy hours Breckenridge has to offer that is appropriate for families.
NOTE: Check the website or call before you go to confirm the deals still stand, but this gives you a good place to start.
In addition to my own experience, I enlisted the help of the experts at Breckenridge Tourism Office to help put together this list for families, because it’s not only about the booze. Know one we missed in Breck or in the larger Summit County? Leave a comment.
Best Happy Hours in Breckenridge
Happy Hour: 3-6 pm daily
Motherloaded doesn’t have their happy hour menu online, but they do a happy hour $5 food menu and $2 off infusions. Fun and funky spot, Americana kitschy. Also comfortable for families w/younger kids as happy hour is offered in the restaurant area.
Happy Hour: Sun-Thur
At Breckenridge Brewery enjoy half-priced apps and $3 craft beer pints (all the beer served at this original location is made in-house), house wines and wells. This microbrewery has good craft beer and a nice pub menu. Go Sun-Thur for half price apps, get a bunch and share to make it dinner. They always have a $5 kids menu. If ordering from the menu, our crew enjoyed the burger and fish and chips.
Happy Hour: 2-5 pm daily
At The Quandary Grille at Breckenridge Ski Resort’s daily happy hour enjoy two-for-one apps (that are each big enough to call dinner) and great discounts on wells, drafts, house wine. They have a bar but the restaurant part really feels like a sit-down casual pub dinner, so I like this one a lot for families w/younger kids.
Happy Hour: 3-6 pm daily
Mi Casa has free chips and salsa plus three tacos for $5, and they usually put out free nachos at 5 pm, plus cheap beer/pitchers, etc. Happy hour is in the bar and deck area which overlooks the Blue River, not the restaurant.
Bonus – they offer a dedicated gluten-free menu if you’ve got someone w/restrictions (though I’m not sure if you can get GF tacos at happy hour prices). A popular happy hour spot for good reason.
Canteen Tap House
Happy Hour: 11 am – 2 pm on Weekends and 2 – 5 pm on Weekdays
We visited Canteen Tap House based on positive Yelp reviews (and a decent happy hour). It didn’t disappoint, and it had enough kid-friendly choices that everyone found something they liked.
Gold Pan Saloon
Happy Hour: 3 – 7 pm daily
The Gold Pan Saloon in Breckenridge’s oldest bar, so you definitely want to have a drink here. Although not always called the Gold Pan, there has been a saloon on this site since 1865. The actual bar you belly up to dates back to the 1800’s!
For happy hour expect $1 off draft beer and tap wine, as well as $2 – $5 food specials. Stay late for live music, because no matter when you go, you can get a PBR for $3.
Happy Hour: 4-6pm daily
Aurum’s first location is in Steamboat, but now you can find them in Breckenridge too. During happy hour get half-priced menu items, half-priced wines by the glass, $3 draft beer and $7 classic cocktails!
Happy Hour: 2-5 pm
If it’s not too cold, sit out on the back deck at Kenosha. They have a decent happy hour with a good hummus plate. We didn’t eat dinner here because the wait was too long, but the food looked and smelled delicious.
Happy Hour: 3-6 pm daily
It’s a bit of a hike up the hill from Main Street, but Fatty’s Pizza is worth it. During happy hour you get half-priced appetizers, half-price cocktails, and specials on beer and wine.
More Upscale Choices for Happy Hour in Breckenridge
If you have older kids or kids w/more adventurous palates, these spots offer great quality food and a taste of finer dining, plus a nice glass of wine for mom and dad! Or leave the kids at home and head out for an early date night.
Happy Hour: 4-6 pm daily
Twist has $5 and $6 plates, order a few and make it dinner, it’s modern comfort food and delicious. $5 select seasonal cocktails and wines, cheap beer, all offered at tables.
Blue River Bistro
Happy Hour: 3-6 and 9-midnight daily
Blue River Bistro happy hour is at the bar area only (they do have tables in the bar area) – this one is best if you have older kids, not a great fit for younger ones. Two-for-one apps and martinis.
Afterward, you can split something off the full menu and get the high-quality dining experience for less.
Happy Hour: 4-5 pm daily
Legends Steak and Italian has a special happy hour menu, as well as wine specials and $3 draft beers, and $4 high-end wells.
Happy Hour: 4-5:30 pm daily
I’d probably save Relish for a quick date, best if the teens want to skip out for coffee or a walk along Main Street 🙂 Two for $10 or $12 (includes drink and app) – I usually do wine here, normal size apps, not a meal, but really, really good.
Happy Hour: 4-6 pm
Visit Hearthstone fine dining restaurant for happy hour and get craft cocktail drink specials, beer, and wine specials, plus $6 small plates.
Breckenridge Restaurants We Love – Even without Happy Hours
Downstairs at Eric’s
Downstairs at Eric’s is a popular establishment on Main Street with locals and tourists. Waiting for a table isn’t a big deal because you can play skeeball for 50 cents while you wait on your table.
Empire Burgers are good. Fresh cut fries are great, and the handmade margaritas are awesome. Even my Bud Light drinking husband was impressed and commented that we should learn how to make these.
Crepes a la Cart
This gem is quite a hot spot. There was a line down the street every night for Crepes a la Cart, a food truck-style eatery. I finally stopped for a savory crepe and my son had one of the sweet variety. Quite tasty. Bring cash, they don’t accept credit or debit cards.
I was a bit disappointed to learn Daylight Donuts was a chain, but good donuts all the same. Bring friends and enjoy the extra-large, bigger than your hand cinnamon rolls.