Even without the après-ski crowds, the restaurants were still busy in the summer.

Fondue was a must order at Alpenrose.

Molly O’Brien

The ski crowds obviously weren’t out in June, but Vail’s restaurants were still buzzing. I recommend making reservations if you’re dining at the Villages, regardless of when you plan to sit down for your meal.

On my first night in Vail, I ate at Alpenrose, which seemed to be the center of the action in Vail Village. The Austro-German restaurant is a cute, local-owned place with great, tasty food and a must-try fondue.

I also went to Margie’s Haas, the upscale restaurant at the Hythe Hotel. This place is more expensive, so I recommend booking it for a special occasion or a date instead of a family dinner or a casual get-together.

I didn’t find a ton of breweries when I wandered around the villages, but there were bars where I could have a drink and take in the scenery. One of my favorites was the Vail Village Tap Room, located in the main plaza.

People were certainly out in the evenings, but the city’s nightlife seemed milder in the summer compared to the famous après-ski parties of the winter.

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