So much energy encompasses daytime activities in the Vail Valley that it often seems that nothing could follow a day of on-mountain action found throughout the area. And while the après ski scene in Vail, Beaver Creek, and the surrounding area remains a beloved rite of passage for locals and visitors alike – there are plenty of outlets for night owls to hit the town. Just lose the ski boots and continue the daytime revelry with an evening at some of the area’s most iconic spots for food, drink and music.
Piano bars in particular are some of the most classic ways to take in the area’s jazz vibes, and plenty of local acts makes for an exciting winter line up throughout the Vail Valley. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that a valley so full of jazz and summer concert series is just as musically inclined in the winter months, as local bars and restaurants look for ways to keep the music alive and the evenings exciting.
Down valley is the spot for classic jazz and piano tunes from some of the Vail Valley’s most recognizable performers; pianists like Micky Poage, Peter Vavra, Kathy Morrow and Tony “Tony G” Gulizia – just to name a few–provide nightly entertainment at some of Edwards and Beaver Creek’s fine dining establishments that perfectly compliment a three course meal, or provide reason on their own to head out for an evening of cocktails and live jazz with family and friends. Grouse Mountain Grill’s headliner and resident pianist, Tony “Tony G” Gulizia is known to mix it up with an assortment of local and nationally acclaimed musicians to keep things exciting.
The music scene extends to Vail and Lionshead Villages, too; Pepi’s Bar & Restaurant and the King’s Club in the Sonnenalp Hotel are area staples to take in some German-inspired small plates or beverages and kick back after a day on the hill to local entertainers playing more contemporary hits. Or, if you’re looking to really hit the town–and maybe have a later morning the next day–head to Frost Bar in the Sebastian Hotel on Friday and Saturday nights for a live DJ set, cocktails and dancing.
Vista at Arrowhead, Edwards
Winter is in full swing starting December 12th at Vista, and
resident “piano man” Micky Poage will be in house six nights
a week from 6pm to 9pm, Monday through Saturday. Call
(970)926-2111 for more information or reservations. King’s Club, The Sonnenalp, Vail
Spend the evening with a German beer, and a full calendar
of local acts on Fridays and Saturdays starting at 8pm each
night. For more information on our nightly performers, call us
at (970) 479-5429.
Timber Hearth Grille, Cordillera, Edwards
Peter Vavra will be behind the piano at the Club at Cordillera
each Saturday night from 6pm to 9pm. For reservations call
(970) 926-5500. Tavern on The Square,
The Arabelle, Lionshead Village
Local bands will take the stage on Friday and Saturday
evenings, starting at 8pm, for some beloved classics and
newer hits. Tavern on the Square will also be featuring live
music for New Year’s Eve with no cover. Call (970) 754-7704
for more information.
Splendido at the Chateau, Beaver Creek
Nightly music will be a staple at Splendido throughout the
winter, featuring a rotating schedule of local jazz and piano acts
such as Kathy Morrow, Bob Finnie, Taylor Kundolf, and Peter
Vavra each evening starting at 7pm. For more information and
reservations, call (970) 845-8808.
Grouse Mountain Grill, Beaver Creek
Beaver Creek’s Grouse Mountain Grill will be hosting local
jazz legend Tony Gulizia, known around town as Tony G,
from 6:30pm to 10:30pm each night with the exception of
Tuesdays. Reservations are recommended, and the restaurant
can be reached at (970) 949-0600.
Pepi’s Bar & Restaurant, Vail
Nightly entertainment will be provided by local musicians in
the restaurant’s bar area, starting at après and going through
the evening. Call (970) 476-4671 for more information and
Frost Bar, The Sebastian Hotel, Vail
After earlier hours of small plates and lounge music, Frost Bar will
be featuring a DJ on Friday and Saturday evenings kicking things
off at 10pm for some afterhours cocktails and dancing. Frost bar
can be reached at (970) 477-8130 for more information.