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Summer is filled with a steady procession of festivals in Telluride, many of which provide entertainment well into the night. Whether you’re part of the huge crowd in front of the outdoor stage at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival or breathing in the mountain air at the Telluride Yoga Festival, there’s something for nearly everyone. Though the nightlife scene that Telluride was once famous for is rather tame these days, there’s still plenty to do around the clock. Like any other ski resort, the après ski scene is big here — venture to any of the local bars and you’ll find a cozy spot to unwind.
A Forbes Travel Guide editor favorite is New Sheridan Bar. Next door to the eponymous restaurant in the eponymous hotel, is Telluride’s oldest bar. Opened in 1895, it retains that turn-of-the-last-century charm and patina. These days, New Sheridan Bar is known for well-priced and generous pours of Jack Daniel’s and the like, expertly mixed cocktails and oceans of beer.