Looking to extend and afternoon of zip adventure? Colorado’s got you covered with an array of hopping happy hours made for après adventure.
It certainly doesn’t hurt that the state, boasting 284 craft breweries alone, ranks third in the nation for breweries per capita. That means just about every large—and small—town around has a perfect place to sit down for a drink and discuss the day’s outdoor exploits.
If you’re zip lining on the Front Range, near the cities of Denver, Boulder and Fort Collins up north, or Colorado Springs and Pueblo to the south, you’ll have loads of happy hours to choose from.
If you don’t like having to make a decision about the best beverage bar in town, however, just ask your zipline adventure outfitter about recommendations.
Better yet, look for a package that includes happy hour. Denver Adventures’ zip-and-sip deal, for example, connects you with a day of zip adventure, followed by snacks and locally made brews and whiskeys.
Since river rafting and zip lining are increasing going hand-in-hand (with Colorado many whitewater outfitters offering zip courses right onsite), there are plenty of happy hour options in some of the top rafting towns in Colorado.
The top duo in the state is arguably Salida and Buena Vista, which both sit just miles apart on the edge of the mighty Arkansas and serve up some serious happy hours after a full day of play.
You’ll find your tribe at places like Eddyline in Buena Vista’s newly developed riverside urban hub, South Main.
In Salida, check out Soulcraft Brewing or have a pie and beer at Amicas Pizza & Microbrew. Wine-lovers should head over to Vino Salida’s wine bar and tasting room, which features more than 20 varietals.
Mountain Spirit Winery is another family-owned, low-key place to sample some of Colorado’s locally grown grapes.
No matter where your zip adventure takes you in Colorado, a bar, brewery, winery or relaxing place to enjoy a beverage with friends is never far away.