Friday Afternoon Club, or FAC, is the unofficial moniker of group meetings for cocktails at the end of the week. On vacation or after work, there’s no shortage of fun venues in the Grand Valley to host your next FAC:
At the corner of 12th and Patterson in Grand Junction, Breckenridge Ale House is the undisputed, though not unrivaled, king of FAC, dating back to the days of Gladstone’s occupying the same location. The Ale House features a wide selection of beers, including the full line of Breckenridge Brewing, their parent company. The open floor plan around the bar is conducive to socializing and may have a lot to do with the establishment’s reputation as a happy hour hot spot; If you don’t come here with friends, you may leave with one
Additional downtown Grand Junction happy hour choices include:
Rockslide Brewery, at 4th and Main, is the oldest brewpub in Grand Junction and draws a big after-work crowd. The bar area features a view of the brewing equipment and bowls of peanuts for idle hands.
Just to the west on Main Street is The Rouge. The Grand Junction fixture has wines by the glass, elegant cocktails, smooth jazz, Charlie Chaplin, and is the perfect setting for indoor-voice conversations.
For a high-class happy hour scene, head to 626 on Rood. The bar offers a wide selection of wines by the glass, wine flights, creative cocktails and the best bar food in town. Happy hour is a good time to enjoy a champagne lifestyle on a beer budget, albeit an import-microbrew-stadium-beer budget.
Heading away from downtown, there is Old Chicago on North Avenue, where you can choose from around 100 beers, many of them on tap, and munch on deep-dish pizza. Also near the mall, you will find Boston’s for yet more good beer and pizza.
If you find yourself in Palisade for happy hour, many excellent choices await:
The Palisade Brewery makes and serves tasty beers on tap as well as bottling for sale in area liquor stores. The bar occupies a corner of the brewery and has the feel of a friendly neighborhood pub set in the middle of a manufacturing plant. A popcorn machine rounds out the experience.
Across the parking lot, is the Peach Street Distillery. Peach Street makes cocktails featuring their gin, vodka, brandies and bourbon. They offer generous pours and outstanding house-made mixers.