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Breck learned how to party when the first gold nugget was brought to the mining camp in 1859, and by 1880 there were 18 saloons lining the streets of the little town, all vying for the hard-earned gold dust of the miners. "There’s nothing like a cold beer after a day on the mountain" held true then as it does today. Now, nearly every bar and restaurant hosts après ski for the winter crowds and happy hour in the summer. For those looking for late-night action, the the best Breckenridge nightlife spots deliver until the wee hours.

Breckenridge Brewery

Neighborhood: Downtown
This brewpub at the south end of town serves exceptional pub fare and is a great spot for a cold one after skiing, hiking, biking or for just hanging out. And, when you enter, you become part of history-in-the-making. Started in 1990 by a ski bum beer lover, the brewery and the beer became so popular that he opened three other locations in Colorado and now distributes the ever-growing family of brews around the country. So much for being a ski bum. But all his compadres in Breck are grateful for the legacy. It operates on a first-come, first served basis from 11AM until 1AM. Happy hour is 3-6PM. Monday is ladies night until midnight.

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Cecilia's

Neighborhood: Downtown
With Happy Hour starting at 4PM, Cecilia’s is already in full swing when other bars are just opening. This is Breck’s most refined dance club and martini bar, and is one of the few places where you can light up from its well-stocked cigar humidor. To go with the smokes is a large selection of single-malt scotch, cognac and armagnac. Martinis are the specialty; try a Green Apple Cosmo, Lemon Drop or Irish Martini—two for ones every day 4-8PM. Cecilia’s layout spreads people around. The front bar and cigar room is just inside the main entrance. The middle bar with a pool table and sofas accesses the patio. From there, stairs lead to the dance floor and another bar, stage and dance stage (yes, with a pole) where DJs play every Friday and Saturday night until closing at 2AM. For a hunk of change, you can reserve one of six private booths for your party.

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Three20South

Neighborhood: Downtown
Those of you who remember Sherpa & Yeti’s intimate music venue downstairs off Main Street will be glad to hear that sounds still waft up the staircase with the opening of Three20South. The owners have aggressively booked local bands with amazing talent in bluegrass, hip hop, jazz, punk, reggae, rock and electro. Some of the groups include Mountain Standard Time, Dead Winter Carpenters and Mystic Roots. Doors open at 9PM and there’s usually a cover or tickets required, depending on the band.

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Napper Tandy’s

Neighborhood: Downtown
Ah, there’s nothing like the luck of the Irish...or the drinkin’! This newish Irish Pub calls itself “The Pub that Parties like a Club.” It starts with Happy Hour every day 4-7PM. Sunday and Monday are game nights, with 14 42-inch flat-screen TVs around the walls of the spacious room above Salt Creek restaurant. Tuesday and Thursday, play beer pong and gorge on $2 baskets of Napper’s famous wings and skins washed down with $3 pitchers from 5 to 7PM, and $5 pitchers until closing at 2AM. Friday—DJ night—girls drink free until 11PM and pay $3 until closing. And every Saturday, live bands rock the joint until 2AM. Pub food, dart boards, foosball and a great dance floor—it’s all there for the younger 20-something crowd.

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The Gold Pan

Neighborhood: Downtown
You haven't done Breck until you've bellied up to this bar on Main Street. The Gold Pan stands as an iconic link to the past. It started as a tent saloon for the miners in 1861, two years after the town was founded. It has been a landmark bar since that time, giving it the distinction of the oldest operating bar in Summit County and one of Colorado's oldest. The place is filled with legends and stories from the past, such as its underground tunnel that ran under the town and the "Shotgun Window" in the second floor used by lookouts during prohibition. Early ski area employees and Eisenhower Tunnel construction workers ritually passed through its swinging doors for a 35-cent beer.

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