28075 Highway 74, Evergreen, CO | Directions 8043939.633243 -105.318738
best of the small town bars – I visited the Little Bear for the first time on Valentine's night. The band was smokin' hot and the place was packed to the rafters with friendly people. It was a great contrast to the typical Seattle bar, where people are definitely more reserved. And yes, it's true - it's a great place to hook up, if that's what you're there for, but no one was obnoxious. I was there on a girls' night out, to listen to some great music and drink a few beers. The crowd was 50/50 guys/gals, every age from 21 to 60-something, and it was Standing Room Only. Yeah, the service is a bit cranky, and the menu is basic bar food, so don't go there for a dining experience. Go there to literally rub shoulders with a crowd of partiers who were very welcoming to this newcomer.
Best Mountain Bar in the Front Range – I've been going to this place since I was 3 years old back in 1958. I think it was the Red Fox Inn at the time. After Saturdays fishing at Evergreen Lake, I would belly up to the bar with my grandfather and an ice cold root beer, listening to him swap baseball and fish stories with his buddies.
This is my second favorite bar on the planet, but if you're looking for all of the creature comforts with great food, great drinks, perfect temperature and comfortable seating - this isn't it! This rustic mountain hideaway is everything you'd expect a backwoods bar to be. It is also a very intimate venue to watch and listen to some of the best B circuit bands around. Expect it to be crowded on popular nights and summertime Sundays, often with standing room only (arrive early), with a very little dance floor, restrooms and a kitchen that would likely fail any Good Housekeeping inspection, archaic wood seating - and expect to serve yourself most of the time. Most of the food is okay and the pizza is, at times, really good.
The personality of the crowd varies by the type of band, but you can expect to see folks from 21 to 60 on any given night. If you can put away your hoity toity big city attitude, throw on some old blue jeans, boots and a flannel shirt, cut loose with a few bottled beers and listen to some great musicians of various rock-blues genres - you're bound to have a great time. They also say if you can't get picked up at the Little Bear, you can't get picked up anywhere - if you're traveling single you might take protection. AND - Don't even think of driving down that canyon with a buzz. It's tricky enough when you're straight!
TOURIST TRAP – THIS IS REALLY JUST A PLACE TO GO TO SO YOU CAN SAY YOU'VE BEEN THERE. MAYBE IT WAS THE PLACE TO BE "HISTORICALLY" BUT THAT'S WHERE IT BELONGS-JUST A PART OF HISTORY. SERVICE IS UNBELEIVABLY TERRIBLE-FOOD IS EVEN WORSE. DRINKS ARE WATERED DOWN SO IF YOU GO, STICK WITH BEER. THE STAFF IS EVEN UNFRIENDLY. YOU CAN CHOOSE TO WAIT IN LINE FOR 30 MINUTES TO GET A BEER OR SIT AT A BOOTH AND NOT GET SERVED AT ALL. DON'T GO IF YOU'RE LOOKING FOR A GOOD TIME!
Terrible service and food. – We missed half the show we came to see because the bar had booked two back to back performances of artist David Wilcox. Waited 1 hour and 45 minutes to get food and couldn't hear a single song because there were no speakers near the line to get your order in. When we finally got our dinner we had 10 minutes to eat before being told by a rude staff member to "get out". Kitchen staff were equally unpleasant and unsanitary and gave us a burger that looked like it had been cooked for less than 15 seconds.
We would never go back.
Rustic bar in historic Evergreen draws varied crowd with its dynamic live-music scene. – In Short
This watering hole's rough-hewn exterior is matched inside by bra-draped rafters and walls plastered with license plates. But the bar's quirky décor and come-as-you-are attitude are only half the appeal. Mountain-town locals and tourists gather here to listen to nightly sets of live rock and blues provided by touring groups and local bands. Hungry music fans nosh on basic food options ranging from nachos and hot wings to salads, burgers, and pizzas.
one of the best bars--period – Great time. A bar everyone should experience
for themselves. Can't wait to get back there.
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