Big Bear Guidebook

Aaron And Elyse
Aaron And Elyse
Big Bear Guidebook

Sightseeing

Snow leopards, mountain lions, arctic foxes, coyotes, wolves, bears, owls. Make sure you bring your camera, and don't be shy, animals like selfies too.
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Big Bear Alpine Zoo
747 Club View Drive
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Snow leopards, mountain lions, arctic foxes, coyotes, wolves, bears, owls. Make sure you bring your camera, and don't be shy, animals like selfies too.
Looking for gold? You found it. Scenic hiking trails, guided tours, and history of Big Bear Lake.
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Big Bear Discovery Center
North Shore Drive/Hwy 38
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Looking for gold? You found it. Scenic hiking trails, guided tours, and history of Big Bear Lake.
One of the best spots in So Cal to enjoy some snowboarding and downhill skiing. Forgot some gear? They have plenty of rentals or you can buy some at the local shops. As the smaller of the two resorts, and the more family-friendly one, Snow Summit typically has more people going up and down its slopes, and it typically has better conditions. Summit even has night skiing/boarding.
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Snow Summit Ski Resort
880 Summit Blvd
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One of the best spots in So Cal to enjoy some snowboarding and downhill skiing. Forgot some gear? They have plenty of rentals or you can buy some at the local shops. As the smaller of the two resorts, and the more family-friendly one, Snow Summit typically has more people going up and down its slopes, and it typically has better conditions. Summit even has night skiing/boarding.
SNOW TUBING!!! One of the two snow tubing spots in town. You'll find a ton of fun and snow waiting for you. Race your friends, bring the kiddos, and enjoy. Insider Tip: Show up early and you'll have the whole hill to yourself. People tend to show up here around 10 a.m
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Big Bear Snow Play
42825 Big Bear Boulevard
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SNOW TUBING!!! One of the two snow tubing spots in town. You'll find a ton of fun and snow waiting for you. Race your friends, bring the kiddos, and enjoy. Insider Tip: Show up early and you'll have the whole hill to yourself. People tend to show up here around 10 a.m
One of the two snow tubing spots in town. The hill is a little steeper here than Big Bear Snow Play. That being said the ride is a little shorter. It's definitely a good time. Be sure to dress warm! Insider Tip: Show up early to beat the lines and get the fresh snow. This place starts to get packed around 10 a.m.
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Alpine Slide at Magic Mountain
800 Wildrose Lane
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One of the two snow tubing spots in town. The hill is a little steeper here than Big Bear Snow Play. That being said the ride is a little shorter. It's definitely a good time. Be sure to dress warm! Insider Tip: Show up early to beat the lines and get the fresh snow. This place starts to get packed around 10 a.m.
Shred your weekend away! Bear Mountain, formerly Goldmine Mountain, is a ski area established in 1969. With a vertical drop of only 1,200 feet, the mountain is a great place to learn how to snow plough without getting in the way of an expert skier. 55% of the area is designed for beginners, and is one of the most fun Big Bear Mountain things to do.
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Bear Mountain Ski Resort
43101 Goldmine Drive
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Shred your weekend away! Bear Mountain, formerly Goldmine Mountain, is a ski area established in 1969. With a vertical drop of only 1,200 feet, the mountain is a great place to learn how to snow plough without getting in the way of an expert skier. 55% of the area is designed for beginners, and is one of the most fun Big Bear Mountain things to do.
It's like Disneyland for mountain bikers and for the littles ones as well. Great food options, fun activites, Mr. and Mrs. Claus are always hanging out, chatting and posing for pictures. The summer concert series is a total blast with everyone dancing and enjoying themselves. Perfect for the whole family!
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SkyPark at Santa's Village
28950 CA-18
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It's like Disneyland for mountain bikers and for the littles ones as well. Great food options, fun activites, Mr. and Mrs. Claus are always hanging out, chatting and posing for pictures. The summer concert series is a total blast with everyone dancing and enjoying themselves. Perfect for the whole family!
Fun for the whole family! Besides bowling, they have arcade games, and a cool laser maze.
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Big Bear Bowling Barn Inc.
40625 Big Bear Boulevard
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Fun for the whole family! Besides bowling, they have arcade games, and a cool laser maze.

Breakfast Favs

Some of the best breakfast sandwiches in town. Go for the croissant with whatever fixings you like. They also have wi-fi if you're in the mood to relax with some joe.
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Moonridge Coffee Company
42626 Moonridge Rd
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Some of the best breakfast sandwiches in town. Go for the croissant with whatever fixings you like. They also have wi-fi if you're in the mood to relax with some joe.
Legendary breakfast in Big Bear. BEWARE. The Grizzly is PACKED ON WEEKENDS. If you're not there before 6 a.m. be prepared for a wait. This quintessential diner offers all of the best breakfast items and the biggest pancakes you've ever seen. No really. They are that big. If you're in town during the week you'll find a great local vibe.
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Grizzly Manor Cafe
41268 Big Bear Boulevard
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Legendary breakfast in Big Bear. BEWARE. The Grizzly is PACKED ON WEEKENDS. If you're not there before 6 a.m. be prepared for a wait. This quintessential diner offers all of the best breakfast items and the biggest pancakes you've ever seen. No really. They are that big. If you're in town during the week you'll find a great local vibe.
True donuts, soft and flavorful. Huge pineapple fritters and cinnamon rolls are enough for three people. They also serve food and adult beverages in addition to breakfast items, can't go wrong here!
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Dank Donuts
42612 Moonridge Rd
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True donuts, soft and flavorful. Huge pineapple fritters and cinnamon rolls are enough for three people. They also serve food and adult beverages in addition to breakfast items, can't go wrong here!
First, come early as this place can get busy and parking is limited, but there's some also along the side street. The service is quick and and efficient. It's a cozy standard breakfast spot with a variety of options to choose from: omelettes, burritos, pancakes, waffles, etc.
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Lumber Jack Cafe
1001 West Big Bear Boulevard
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First, come early as this place can get busy and parking is limited, but there's some also along the side street. The service is quick and and efficient. It's a cozy standard breakfast spot with a variety of options to choose from: omelettes, burritos, pancakes, waffles, etc.
Pickle's really brings it with their pies! From sweet to their savory pies, each are mouth watering delicious. Don't believe us, try this local favorite yourself.
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Pickles Pie Shop
829 West Big Bear Boulevard
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Pickle's really brings it with their pies! From sweet to their savory pies, each are mouth watering delicious. Don't believe us, try this local favorite yourself.

Food scene

We love this place. It's real Mexican food run by a family who are just kind and friendly. The owner Omar came out and said hello and recommended a few dishes. Try the Chicken Enmoldas and the Molletes con chorizo, but seriously everything is delicious!
La Bamba Mexican Grill Big Bear
587 Bonanza Trail
We love this place. It's real Mexican food run by a family who are just kind and friendly. The owner Omar came out and said hello and recommended a few dishes. Try the Chicken Enmoldas and the Molletes con chorizo, but seriously everything is delicious!
Boasts American cuisine with California flavor. The outdoor patio is definitely a fun place to hang out on a Saturday. During the summer they have live music and a solid appetizer menu. The dining room offers a more "upscale" experience and there's a cool bar on the top floor that's casual (That's where you'll find us). We're fans of the the pasta and steak. Insider tip: Make a reservation for dinner. The wait can get really long during peak season and weekends nights. Also, the patio is dog friendly.
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Oakside
40701 Village Dr
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Boasts American cuisine with California flavor. The outdoor patio is definitely a fun place to hang out on a Saturday. During the summer they have live music and a solid appetizer menu. The dining room offers a more "upscale" experience and there's a cool bar on the top floor that's casual (That's where you'll find us). We're fans of the the pasta and steak. Insider tip: Make a reservation for dinner. The wait can get really long during peak season and weekends nights. Also, the patio is dog friendly.
Great outdoor patio with shade! Yes, they'll let you bring your furry friend. Order some ribs, grab a drink and relax. If you're looking for something to snack on, grab some artichoke dip and a grilled salmon salad. They sometimes have a live band playing outside while you dine, make to sure call ahead and ask!
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Nottinghams Restaurant
40797 Big Bear Boulevard
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Great outdoor patio with shade! Yes, they'll let you bring your furry friend. Order some ribs, grab a drink and relax. If you're looking for something to snack on, grab some artichoke dip and a grilled salmon salad. They sometimes have a live band playing outside while you dine, make to sure call ahead and ask!
Order the salad bar and steak or seafood. I promise you won't leave hungry, and you'll get a taste of a true family style restaurant. Be prepared for a wait when you go for dinner, but that will give you an opportunity to hang at the bar for a cocktail. It's worth it. Insider tip: Grab some calm chowder from the salad bar and enjoy.
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The Captain's Anchorage
42148 Moonridge Way
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Order the salad bar and steak or seafood. I promise you won't leave hungry, and you'll get a taste of a true family style restaurant. Be prepared for a wait when you go for dinner, but that will give you an opportunity to hang at the bar for a cocktail. It's worth it. Insider tip: Grab some calm chowder from the salad bar and enjoy.
If you're looking for a higher end dining experience this is your spot. Give them a call for a reservation during the winter months or you'll be waiting. Go for the steak, crab cakes, or the lobster ravioli. If you're in town during the summer months be sure to check out their patio. Don't worry about being cold, they have plenty of outside heaters.
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Peppercorn Grille
553 Pine Knot Avenue
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If you're looking for a higher end dining experience this is your spot. Give them a call for a reservation during the winter months or you'll be waiting. Go for the steak, crab cakes, or the lobster ravioli. If you're in town during the summer months be sure to check out their patio. Don't worry about being cold, they have plenty of outside heaters.
Lunch or dinner at the Bone Yard Bar and Grill is always a pleasure. Grab one of the outdoor seats and start the meal off with the Irish Nachos. For the main course move on to one of the flat bread pizzas or get involved with the Tri-Tip sandwich. The portions are enough to keep you going on the trails for a while. Pro Tip: Grab an indoor seat if you're looking to take in a game. The T.V.'s are wall to wall.
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The Bone Yard Bar & Grill
560 Pine Knot Ave
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Lunch or dinner at the Bone Yard Bar and Grill is always a pleasure. Grab one of the outdoor seats and start the meal off with the Irish Nachos. For the main course move on to one of the flat bread pizzas or get involved with the Tri-Tip sandwich. The portions are enough to keep you going on the trails for a while. Pro Tip: Grab an indoor seat if you're looking to take in a game. The T.V.'s are wall to wall.
In the summer this is one of the best patio's in town. At night you'll find the fire pits blazing and during the day there's often some live music. The menu has plenty of options and we'd recommend the fish and chips. They're lightly breaded with just the right amount of seasoning. Insider Tip: This place gets busy during the day and night. Put your name in and grab a drink at the outdoor bar located right behind the seating check in.
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572 Social kitchen & lounge
572 Pine Knot Avenue
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In the summer this is one of the best patio's in town. At night you'll find the fire pits blazing and during the day there's often some live music. The menu has plenty of options and we'd recommend the fish and chips. They're lightly breaded with just the right amount of seasoning. Insider Tip: This place gets busy during the day and night. Put your name in and grab a drink at the outdoor bar located right behind the seating check in.
Our local pizza place in the village always boasts a line during the busy season and has a nice little patio to relax on during the summer months. We love building our own pizza. They have a solid selection of beer on tap and a limited wine selection.
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Saucy Mama's Pizzeria
618 Pine Knot Avenue
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Our local pizza place in the village always boasts a line during the busy season and has a nice little patio to relax on during the summer months. We love building our own pizza. They have a solid selection of beer on tap and a limited wine selection.
One of the more upscale spots in Big Bear with a solid patio and lake views. During the busy season be sure to jump in with a reservation as you'll find yourself waiting a while if you walk in. The salmon is a favorite of many for a dinner entree and the veggie pasta hits home if you're avoiding meat. If you have room the creme brule is a winner to finish off the night. The Pines Lakefront has a wide selection of wines to accompany you on your culinary journey. Sit back, sip, and enjoy.
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The Pines Lakefront
350 Alden Road
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One of the more upscale spots in Big Bear with a solid patio and lake views. During the busy season be sure to jump in with a reservation as you'll find yourself waiting a while if you walk in. The salmon is a favorite of many for a dinner entree and the veggie pasta hits home if you're avoiding meat. If you have room the creme brule is a winner to finish off the night. The Pines Lakefront has a wide selection of wines to accompany you on your culinary journey. Sit back, sip, and enjoy.
This new spot is popular with the locals and visitors alike. It brings the clean fresh flavors of Hawaii to the top of the hill. Local is a must visit restaurant while here. Get to the spot early to beat the lunch rush and chat with the super friendly staff. Try one their signature bowls. Poke, tofu, or teriyaki you can't go wrong.
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Big Bear Local
41003 Big Bear Blvd
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This new spot is popular with the locals and visitors alike. It brings the clean fresh flavors of Hawaii to the top of the hill. Local is a must visit restaurant while here. Get to the spot early to beat the lunch rush and chat with the super friendly staff. Try one their signature bowls. Poke, tofu, or teriyaki you can't go wrong.
It's hard to believe that Big Bear boasts some of the best Himalayan food around, but this place is as good as it gets. Don't be shy, go in and try it. The garlic naan is amazing and the lamb curry is divine. Insider tip: Order takeout instead of delivery and enjoy it on the deck with a view.
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Himalayan Restaurant
672 Pine Knot Avenue
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It's hard to believe that Big Bear boasts some of the best Himalayan food around, but this place is as good as it gets. Don't be shy, go in and try it. The garlic naan is amazing and the lamb curry is divine. Insider tip: Order takeout instead of delivery and enjoy it on the deck with a view.
Big Bear Mountain Brewing Company has one of the best burger selections around. They also have a solid selection of salads, and it wouldn't be a brewery without good wings. This is one of our favorite hang outs in Big Bear. As far as beer is concerned try a Belgian or any one of the IPAs.
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Big Bear Lake Brewing Company
40827 Stone Road
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Big Bear Mountain Brewing Company has one of the best burger selections around. They also have a solid selection of salads, and it wouldn't be a brewery without good wings. This is one of our favorite hang outs in Big Bear. As far as beer is concerned try a Belgian or any one of the IPAs.
Hacienda is one of the best Mexican spots in town. Show up before your really hungry and grab a seat at the bar to enjoy one of their many appetizers. The nachos are solid and the quesadillas might be enough for a full meal. When it’s time to get serious and order your entree, go for the three cheese enchilada plate with rice and beans. You’ll definitely have leftovers. The beer selection is always solid with a variety of beers on tap but know that there are limited wine options. The margaritas are worthy of a taste. Portions are large and after all that we’ve never had room for dessert. Pro Tip: Once you get your basket of tortilla chips head over to the salsa bar and try them all. By doing this you’ll know exactly what you’re going to eat with your apps and entree.
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Hacienda Grill
41787 Big Bear Blvd
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Hacienda is one of the best Mexican spots in town. Show up before your really hungry and grab a seat at the bar to enjoy one of their many appetizers. The nachos are solid and the quesadillas might be enough for a full meal. When it’s time to get serious and order your entree, go for the three cheese enchilada plate with rice and beans. You’ll definitely have leftovers. The beer selection is always solid with a variety of beers on tap but know that there are limited wine options. The margaritas are worthy of a taste. Portions are large and after all that we’ve never had room for dessert. Pro Tip: Once you get your basket of tortilla chips head over to the salsa bar and try them all. By doing this you’ll know exactly what you’re going to eat with your apps and entree.
This has a fabulous deck for outdoor dining, come during sunset and it's a the most beautiful view. This place has it all, I mean literally.. the menu will take about 20 minutes just to look over all their options.. so if you're with a group and everyone can't decide what to eat, come here and satisfy everyone's taste buds.
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Santana Mavericks Bar N Grill
40771 Big Bear Blvd
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This has a fabulous deck for outdoor dining, come during sunset and it's a the most beautiful view. This place has it all, I mean literally.. the menu will take about 20 minutes just to look over all their options.. so if you're with a group and everyone can't decide what to eat, come here and satisfy everyone's taste buds.
The sandwiches here are always excellent and the club sandwich is among the best i've ever eaten. The staff is always so friendly and definitely a great place for breakfast and lunch.
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Mountain Munchies
42171 Big Bear Boulevard
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The sandwiches here are always excellent and the club sandwich is among the best i've ever eaten. The staff is always so friendly and definitely a great place for breakfast and lunch.
Can't go wrong with this place!
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BLT's Restaurant
41799 Big Bear Boulevard
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Can't go wrong with this place!

Essentials

Take care of all your snacking, food, and beverage needs. We have a big fridge. Don't be afraid to fill it. Also, they sell lots of firewood, but get it before it's gone during the winter months!
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Vons
42170 Big Bear Boulevard
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Take care of all your snacking, food, and beverage needs. We have a big fridge. Don't be afraid to fill it. Also, they sell lots of firewood, but get it before it's gone during the winter months!
A solid place to grab the essentials for your stay. It has a bit more local flavor than Vons, and is sure to have what you need. This is not as packed as Vons during their peaked season, so maybe want to check this out first.
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Stater Bros. Markets
42171 Big Bear Boulevard
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A solid place to grab the essentials for your stay. It has a bit more local flavor than Vons, and is sure to have what you need. This is not as packed as Vons during their peaked season, so maybe want to check this out first.
Ideal for lower Moonridge locations necessities. They have almost everything you need. That includes beer and wine.
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Walgreens
42107 Big Bear Boulevard
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Ideal for lower Moonridge locations necessities. They have almost everything you need. That includes beer and wine.

Bar/Nightlife scene

You'll find your favorite Whiskey, and the owner Dave here on any night. A simple taste of the local night live. Pro Tip: Stick to the American stuff. An order of your favorite scotch might get you a funny look or two.
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Whiskey Dave's
40740 Village Drive
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You'll find your favorite Whiskey, and the owner Dave here on any night. A simple taste of the local night live. Pro Tip: Stick to the American stuff. An order of your favorite scotch might get you a funny look or two.
Murray's has all the local flavor be sure to stop in for a beverage and a fantastic burger. This is a great place for a nightcap as it stays late and is a local favorite. Sing your heart out on Karaoke night Wednesday through Sunday, it's some good 'ol fun.
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Murray's Saloon & Eatery
672 Cottage Lane
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Murray's has all the local flavor be sure to stop in for a beverage and a fantastic burger. This is a great place for a nightcap as it stays late and is a local favorite. Sing your heart out on Karaoke night Wednesday through Sunday, it's some good 'ol fun.
It's a place to let loose and dance as there is a DJ or the jukebox to request songs. They have tables for bottle service. They sometimes have a cover charge, so bring some cash. There's also pool tables if you just want to chill.
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AV BAR & NIGHTCLUB
664 Pine Knot Ave
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It's a place to let loose and dance as there is a DJ or the jukebox to request songs. They have tables for bottle service. They sometimes have a cover charge, so bring some cash. There's also pool tables if you just want to chill.
A total Mountain GEM! If you're wanting to not be in the Village and avoid the tourists, this place is a local favorite. A great dive bar with friendly staff, pool tables and some arcade games.
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Kallans Bar And Grill
44761 Barton Ln N
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A total Mountain GEM! If you're wanting to not be in the Village and avoid the tourists, this place is a local favorite. A great dive bar with friendly staff, pool tables and some arcade games.