Most of the menu items at this Vail venue are made from scratch and served in huge portions. The appetizers are what put The Red Lion on the map - ... More
Red Lion (The)
Most of the menu items at this Vail venue are made from scratch and served in huge portions. The appetizers are what put The Red Lion on the map - with 1 thick onion rings and nachos (beef or chicken) that are almost impossible to finish. The lunch and dinner menus offer Dry Smoked Ribs, Pulled Pork, and a BBQ sauce that is made in-house. Their Red and Green Chili is award-winning. They offer live entertainment, Bingo, and daily drink specials. Be sure to try their signature Lion's Bull!
Been going to Vail for years and unhappy to report that the Red Lion is not what it used to be. Their focus is now on serving food, not alcohol, and the place has rules and regulations not apres ski friendy. They cleared bar space for food tables, and have attitude if you should even lean on a table while having a beer. It's a shame as this was the best ski bar in America and now it's a roadside diner trying to make money off it's reputation. Forget what the guide book says and go elsewhere. Vail now has lots of good alternatives for the party circuit so no reason to frequent this place. That said, if you want a burger and beer and a place to bring the kids, the Red Lion is still the place to go. If you want a party, this place is done . . .
This is a fantastic restaurant/bar. Phil Long can really entertain a crowd. However never ever book the condo upstairs, You will never get any sleep. It was like trying to sleep above party central. No A/C so windows must be open if not you will sweat to death or be up all night with the noise. Neither a good option. Vail Management is worhtless except for Gail who did comp 2 nights. The owner never responded to any E-mails. Not worth it for even a quarter of the expensive price. Terrible
We went to the Red Lion to grab a bite to eat. My mom had a diabetic episode. All I can say is that the staff is exceptional. They took care of us and were truly professional. The paramedics made my mom eat here lunch and the food was just as good as the service. Five Stars
Phil Long is a master entertainer and an outstanding musician. The Red Lion is an institution, and everyone has their first experience that shapes history. Each first visit and first impression of Phil's music for the last 18+ years gives everyone their own version of apres ski at the Red Lion. May it last as long as Phil enjoys the ride.
The people and the music between rounds are what you remember.
When you're on a vacation at a ski resort there is nothing more sacred than that first beer after the last run. The Red Lion does not disappoint. We had the privilege of meeting Phil, the owner, who was also the entertainment of the evening. This guy has over 200 songs committed to memory on both Acoustic Guitar and Piano complete with song book for every table. Group Participation, Fashion Malfunctions, and eye contact are rewarded with witty banter, invitations to the stage for sing alongs, and drink specials only Phil could authorize. The prices are reasonable and Delia was a top notch server. Our glass was never empty despite the large crowd after 4:00. The crowd was a mix of local skiers and Riders, Faux Hawked Fashionistas, Cougars, and Kids (with parents of course). We have every intention of making this a regular hang out when at Vail.
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