Hangouts and Hot Spots 13

Guys need guy time, just as girls need girl time. It’s a fact. Fortunately, the valley is home to a plethora of spots perfect for unwinding with buddies post-work or after a day of adventuring in the mountains. Whether the group is looking for something traditional or trendy, all of our recommendations this month offer the top two prerequisites for a great guys’ night out: beer and burgers. Check out our picks from Glenwood to Basalt:

The Grind has been a staple of Glenwood’s restaurant scene for seven years, and it’s hands-down the best place to grab a burger/beer combo. A self-described “burger joint with the sensibilities of a farm-to-table restaurant,” the Grind has the atmosphere of a casual hangout but with locally-sourced, handcrafted menu options. With great beer, Tuesday night trivia, and a fun vibe to boot, it’s no surprise that this spot is a go-to for locals and tourists alike. 701 Grand Avenue #101, Glenwood

With hearty good cooking, cold beer, and Western flair, the Pour House is a reminder of the valley’s old ways. As a locals’ favorite and fixture of downtown Carbondale for decades running, this place sees ’em all—from ranchers to businessmen to old mountain hippies. Put some quarters in the jukebox, saddle up to the bar, and order something meaty from the menu adorned with local cattle brands. 351 Main Street, Carbondale

Bowling is an everyman’s game, perfect for a big group of people with otherwise disparate interests. Worried about putting together an outing with long-lost cousins, former frat bros, coworkers, or friends of different ages? The Bowlounge in El Jebel is there to help. With bowling, pool tables, retro video games, beer, and greasy goodness galore (fried chicken buckets!), it’s a great spot to entertain just about anyone. 280 Favre Lane, El Jebel

Capitol Creek Brewery (Basalt’s first) is the trendiest place to hang out midvalley, and great for grabbing a quick drink at the bar or settling in for a meal at one of the outdoor tables. If your buddies are into the local beer scene, get a group together and compare notes on Capitol Creek’s unique offerings. When hunger strikes, classic pub fare like fish ‘n chips, wings, burgers, and nachos should do the trick. 371 Market Street, Basalt