6 Best Post-Hike Happy Hours in Durango

The best spots for affordable drinks and grub after a day in the mountains.

6 Best Post-Hike Happy Hours in Durango 

Durango is undeniably a hiking town. Outdoor adventure is one of its main draws, with thousands of hiking trails and other get-up-and-go opportunities against the backdrop of the San Juan Mountains.

But with the area’s growing food and drink scene on a major upswing, Durango is quickly becoming a beer-and-hiking town, too. Local breweries and creative restaurants with killer views make for the perfect end to a long day of exercise and adventure. (Plus, hiking and cold beer just go together.) We spoke with local chefs and brewers to weed out the good from the great and find the best happy hours in town, period.

Ore House

Recommended by: Sage Anderson, Joy Martin, Katie Burford, Jenna Black

Ore House is known for its great steaks, fresh seafood, creative cocktails, and lengthy wine list. Its happy hour, Joy Martin says, is equally to die for: “Ore House is really farm to table, fine dining. The owners are great, and they draw this awesome community of people who just love local food.”

El Moro Tavern

Recommended by: Sage Anderson, Sean Clark, Kami Swingle, Kris Oyler, Jenna Black, Marcos Wisner, Katie Burford

Locally sourced, carefully crafted food in a former saloon with a steampunk-inspired aesthetic? Sounds like Durango, all right. Patrick Jose of Carver Brewing Company, another Durango mainstay, swears by El Moro Tavern for post-hike drinks: “I’d recommend El Moro for designer cocktails. They make all their ingredients in-house. They take their time, and it shows.”

Ska Brewing

Recommended by: Jen LaCroix, Alex Mickel, Dave Thibodeau, Jenna Black, Marcos Wisner, Katie Burford, Zoey Schultz, Patrick Jose

Boasting a picturesque beer garden and a rotating menu of creative brews, made in a wind-powered facility, Ska Brewing has made a name for itself as a Durango favorite. Katie Burford of Cream Bean Berry, the local creamery, says Ska has the perfect atmosphere for a cold beer and a chance to unwind after a day on the trails. “Ska Brewing is a great place to have a really good meal and sit outside,” she says. “And a lot of times they have music. And, of course, the great beer. It’s a super popular place for locals.”

Eolus Bar & Dining

Recommended by: Kami Swingle, Jenna Black

New American and sushi spot Eolus Bar & Dining has a softly lit, brick-walled interior that’s as friendly and warm as the city of Durango itself. Happy hour at Eolus includes beer, wine, Thai tinis, sushi rolls, and calamari, but Kami Swingle of Braided likes the world-class burgers best: “Eolus has a great happy hour. They have burgers from James Ranch that are to die for and really great cocktails and beer.”

The Bookcase and Barber

Recommended by: Kami Swingle, Jenna Black, Cody Tinnin

If Gatsby-inspired digs are more your style than a mountain brewery or traditional eatery, Kami Swingle recommends The Bookcase and Barber, a working upscale barber shop with a classic speakeasy (and to-die-for cocktails, of course) in the back: “I’d end a perfect Durango evening at the speakeasy in town, The Bookcase and Barber,” she says.

Steamworks Brewing

Recommended by: Alex Mickel, Kirk Komick, Marcus Garcia, Dave Thibodeau, Cody Tinnin, Sean Clark, Heather Mobley, Andy McKinley, Patrick Jose

Durango brewpub Steamworks Brewing is a local powerhouse and one of the city’s most popular destinations for food and beer. Generous specials and a rotating menu of happy hour items every day will keep you coming back for more. Marcus Garcia of The Rock Lounge makes Steamworks his pick for post-adventure beers: “Steamworks has a wonderful atmosphere and great local cuisine,” he shares. “It’s a perfect place to come back to after a day of biking or hiking.”