Dec 262011
 

Top PickRed Lion

While the voice of Phil Long (co-owner) might be new to visitors, few locals are unfamiliar with the musician’s upbeat covers of classic songs (think Elton John, James Taylor, Billy Joel) and more current hits (Five for Fighting, Goo Goo Dolls, Train).  The Red Lion’s front patio is to die for and is the best place to relax and watch the world go by.  He performs two shows nightly in the winter, Wednesday thru Saturday, from 4-6 pm and 9-11 pm.

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The Club

Starting at 5 pm on most Th/Fri/Saturdays, Steve Meyer (known as “The Good Times Man”) entertains at  The Club on Bridge Street.  Expect a good time.  After all, their motto is “If you don’t come to party, don’t f***ing come!”

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Pepi’s Bar and Restaurant

The crowd will be rockin’ and rollin’ here even though it’s an acoustic guitar that gets them that way!  Located in the Hotel Gasthof Gramshammer, you’ll find acts from either longtime local Rod Powell or Jonny Mogambo each afternoon starting at 4:30 pm.

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Splendido at the Chateau (Beaver Creek)

Sophisticated Splendido features one of their two pianists nightly starting at 7 p.m. Bob Finnie plays popular piano tunes, and his repertoire ranges from Steely Dan to Elton John to the Beatles. Peter Vavra relaxes those dining at the restaurant with classical music.

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Cima at the Westin Riverfront Resort (Avon)

The crowd will be rockin’ and rollin’ here even though it’s an acoustic guitar that gets them that way!  Located in the Hotel Gasthof Gramshammer, you’ll find acts from either longtime local Rod Powell or Jonny Mogambo each afternoon starting at 4:30 pm.

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King’s Club at Sonnenalp

Vail’s best apres ski and apres dinner gathering spot is right here in the King’s Club with live entertainment from 3-11 pm. Comfortable seating, a roaring fireplace, your favorite cocktail and plenty of entertainment make the King’s Club the perfect spot to unwind after a day in the mountains!

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Grouse Mountain Grill (Beaver Creek)

Tony Giliza, or “Tony G” as the locals call him, is a pianist who has been providing the Grouse Mountain Grill with smooth jazz tunes and some cool conversation for more than 20 years. He will perform every Wednesday through Sunday from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Tony G offers a smorgasbord of jazz styles — big-band, Latin, New Orleans, contemporary — that jives with the restaurant’s lively atmosphere.

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Ritz-Carlton at Bachelor’s Gulch

Enjoy après ski this winter at The Ritz-Carlton, Bachelor Gulch in a warm and rustic setting. The Buffalo Bar offers an extensive bar menu daily, complemented seasonally by live music.  With his smooth southern drawl that accompanies soulful songs on guitar, Eagle-resident McKinney is a local favorite.

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Bear Fish Bar & Grill

If you want genuine tailgate jamming, go here.  Great food; nice locals!  The West Vail bar hosts a mid-week jam Wednesdays with George Hilliard and Skip Dog at 8:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays at 10 p.m.  The Dead Rednecks perform each week too.

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Vista at Arrowhead (Edwards)

Mickey Poage will play six days a week Monday through Saturday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. After playing at the Lodge at Vail for 35 years, Poage has found at new home performing for the audience at Vista restaurant. Still with his Yamaha grand piano, Poage continues to do what he does best by being a class-act après entertainer.

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Tavern on the Square at Arrabelle

The Tavern on the Square is one of Vail’s most happening spots for delicious food and drink after you’ve hit the mountain.  The acts featured here perform everything from piano, jazz, acoustic, and some good-old-fashioned rock n’ roll.  They play a great variety and it’s always consistent!  Start times change so visit their website for more details.

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