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Jackson Hole isn’t home to any hip clubs. Here nightlife focuses on classic cowboy watering holes where western swing rules, quiet drinks at bars with amazing views and live music by local and national acts.
The Million Dollar Cowboy Bar and its saddle-topped bar stools, knobbled-pine interior, bar inlaid with 592 or 624 silver dollars (depending on who’s counting) and animal mounts have been a mainstay on Jackson’s Town Square since 1937. The bar’s neon bucking bronco might be the most photographed thing in the valley after the Tetons and the elk antler arches. Musicians from Waylon Jennings to Willie Nelson have graced its stage. Live music happens every night during the summer and on winter weekends, but don’t try any line dancing here. Real cowboys are western swingers. There are free dance lessons at 7 p.m. Thursdays throughout the summer.
Out in Wilson at the Stagecoach Bar, it’s a toss up whether the Thursday night disco parties or the Sunday night performances by the Stagecoach Band are more popular. The former is when the valley’s young and beautiful dress up in barely-there clothes; the latter is more sedate and a Jackson Hole tradition, going strong for more than 40 years. When you tire of dancing, there are pool tables, darts, a jukebox, and a full package liquor store.
Not a bar for partying, but still one of the valley’s most popular late-night hangouts is the Snake River Brewery. Not only has Snake River Brewing been twice named ”Small Brewery of the Year” at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver, Colorado, but it’s also got its own bakery and restaurant. It doesn’t just turn out great beer, but food to match. Everything on the menu is handmade; the pub even bakes its own bread. You won’t find any steaks, but there is a wide range of sandwiches, burgers, pizzas, salads and pastas. There’s even a kids’ menu. For many, the highlight of the menu, after the beer, is the S’more dessert: a homemade graham cracker topped with a melted Hershey bar and marshmallow. But back to beer: At any time there are at least seven beers on tap covering a wide variety of lagers and ales. Since 2006, there’s even been an organic beer: Organic Beer #1 (or ”OB-1” for short). It’s an English-style Brown Ale that is as good for the environment as it is for you.