As diverse as the outdoor activities are in Durango, the dining and nightlife options are just as varied. The Ore House, a staple since the 1970s, has the best steaks in town, and feature locally raised meat and local produce. Steaks can be done in true southwest style: topped with melted white cheddar and hatch green chilies. For nationally acclaimed Mediterranean cuisine, the Cyprus Café offers seasonal specials—and the warm duck salad is almost as good as a fresh 12 inches.
Beer lovers will find themselves in the land of plenty with several award-winning breweries calling Durango home. The ultimate après snack/beer combo can be found at Steamworks Brewery. The Ignachios, a nacho plate to beat the band, paired with a Backside Stout (Gold Medal, 2010 Great American Beer Festival) will make you reconsider that flight home. While down the road, you can saddle up to the bar at Ska for a signature True Blonde Ale or a Mexican Logger.
For those with legs still ready to boogie down late-night, The Abbey Theatre right in the heart of downtown is Durango’s biggest nightclub, and features a range of live music and movie screenings including ski films. If you’re looking to get a little country, the Wild Horse Saloon durangowildhorsesaloon.com goes big on weekend nights – don’t forget your bolo tie.