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Tips and Tricks for a Night out in Crested Butte

Wildflowers in Crested Butte

Tips and Tricks for a Night out in Crested Butte

Couple walking in downtown Crested Butte

Wondering what to do, where to go and how to make the most of your vacation in Crested Butte? Besides skiing or riding, there are several go-to activities and restaurants to visit while you’re here. We asked a couple of Crested Butte locals to suggest some personal tips and tricks for a night out. Read more to maximize your stay and blend in like a local.

$1 Slices at 3 pm

When we asked longtime local, Nick Catmur, about what to do outside of skiing, he suggests starting your evening at the Brown Lab for après ski and $1 pizza slices after 3 pm.

The Most Convenient Après

Not feeling pizza? Craving nachos or a burger instead? Head on down to Butte 66 for après ski specials and assorted appetizers. Butte 66 is also a great place to watch the big game or listen to weekly live music.

Advice for Dinner

Keep in mind that some restaurants in town don’t take reservations, though for parties of 6 or more, there are some that do. If you cannot make a reservation and the town is especially busy, make sure you get there early!

Ditch the Car, We’ve Got Shuttles

The Mountain Express shuttle is a free and convenient way to travel into the town of Crested Butte. The bus comes every 15 minutes and it is a 6-7 minute ride to town.  Keep in mind, the last bus leaves Crested Butte’s Old Town Hall bus stop at 11:40 pm. If you miss the last Mountain Express shuttle from town, there is a $5 per person (cash only) option that is operated on-demand by Dolly’s Mountain Shuttle. Call (970) 209-0509 for rides and more information.  Check out the full Mountain Express schedule here.

Staying in Gunnison? Make sure you download a picture of the RTA bus schedule.

Slow Down on Elk Ave

According to local resident, Hedda Peterson, Townie Books is the number one place to kick back and relax with a cup of tea on Elk Avenue.

A Multi-Generational Learning Experience

The Crested Butte Heritage Museum is the perfect place to take all ages to learn about the rich history of the area. Schedule an appointment for guided historical walking tours. Tours cost $15 per person if you have less than three people and $10 per person with three or more. Open from 11 am to 6 pm, the museum is a priceless time machine to exhibit the history of Crested Butte and is worth the time to walk through and learn something new.

Live Tunes at Multiple Saloons

More often than not, there is live music somewhere in town. Locations such as Montanya Distillers, Public House, Kochevar’s Saloon, Princess Wine Bar, the Eldo Brew Pub or Dogwood Cocktail Cabin are a handful of popular spots to choose from (that feature live music).

Remember, you’re at 9,000 feet above sea level and it can take fewer drinks to reach that buzz than you’re used to, so don’t forget to drink a lot of water. Conclude your night reminiscing on how fantastic the day was. Have a great day out on the slopes and we’ll see you out there!

Words by Jake Burchmore