Best Atmosphere — Best of Vail Valley 2019 |

Best Atmosphere — Best of Vail Valley 2019

The line stays constant for the benefit of Eric Harlan at Rocky Mountain Taco and Vail Brewing Company Thursday in EagleVail. Harlan was injured in a motorcycle accident last week,
Chris Dillmann |

1. Vail Brewing Company/Rocky Mountain Taco

2. Almresi Vail

3. Bonfire Brewing

Defining atmosphere can be as difficult as qualifying art – you don’t know how to explain it, but you know what you like. When you’re looking for a laid-back, fun and welcoming atmosphere, look no further than Vail Brewing Company and Rocky Mountain Taco in EagleVail. Though the two businesses are technically separate, the vibe flows easily from one to the other, embracing both.

“We have a similar vibe and we joke around a lot,” said Dan Purtell, one of the owners at Rocky Mountain Taco. “We like to have a lot of fun.”

Whether you’re stopping for lunch (and a beer) or meeting friends for a beer (and maybe a few tacos), you’ll find a hospitable place that treats everyone who walks in as friends. Grab a beer and settle into the comfy couches in front of the fireplace at VBC or sit out at a patio table and soak up the sun. You’ll hear the bartenders calling customers by name and the guys in the truck cracking jokes with regulars.

But perhaps the most illustrative anecdote comes from Purtell: “It’s somewhere I come on a day off – and I’m here all the time. I still like it.”

-Katie Coakley

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