Honky-tonk live music. Free, kid-friendly concerts on the lawn. A world-class symphony orchestra. Professional stage performances. You'll find there is still a lot of action in Jackson Hole when the sun goes down.
Jackson Hole nightlife is all about choices. Let us give you some ideas for an evening to remember!
If you'd really like to channel the outlaw spirit during your stay, look no further than Jackson Hole's historic watering holes. You can't miss the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar, which is directly on the Town Square. Founded before Jackson was even incorporated as a town, the Cowboy Bar's distinctive knobby pine decor dates to the 1930's. In fact, it was the first bar to gain a liquor license in the state of Wyoming after the repeal of Prohibition. Since then, that license has been put to good use as thousands of visitors and locals alike step through the swinging doors to plunk themselves on the saddle bar stools (yep, you heard that right), knock back a cold one and listen to the always-lively mix of live music.
Just around the corner at the Silver Dollar Bar & Grill (located inside the historic Wort Hotel), 2,032 uncirculated 1921 Morgan silver dollars decorate the bar and a tradition of rollicking live music shows, including Bluegrass Tuesdays, keeps the diverse crowds coming back for more. Last spring a replica of the original bar was built in the new Silver Dollar Showroom which features a large stage for musicians and bands that perform Tuesday through Saturday.
Free Outdoor Tunes
As summer temperatures rise and the sun sets later and later, lawns open up throughout the Jackson Hole valley offering free (and nearly-free), family-friendly live music programming with beer gardens, gourmet nosh and traveling musicians from around the world. Bring your lawn chair and check out the schedules for JacksonHoleLive, Teton Village's Alive @ 5 "Tunes on Thursdays" and Sunday's Concerts on the Commons, and Victor, Idaho's Music on Main series. Grand Targhee Resort also hosts several large fests during the summer.
And for real Western flair, go out to Dornan's in Moose for its free Monday night Hootenanny at 6 p.m., featuring the Tetons as the backdrop! The "Hoot" moves inside to Dornan's Spur Bar for the fall, winter and early spring months.
Our little enclave in the Wyoming mountains is also a haven for high culture. Since 1962, Jackson Hole has played host to the Grand Teton Music Festival, a gathering of fine classical musicians from around the world. The annual festival runs from early July through late August in the summertime. There is also a winter concert series and outreach events throughout the year. The festival orchestra plays at beautiful Walk Festival Hall in Teton Village, which makes for a perfect summer or winter evening at the base of Rendezvous Mountain.
Not to be outdone, the contemporary Center for the Arts represents a consortium of nonprofits and arts organizations all housed under one appealingly-designed roof. Year-round, the Center offers talks, dance performances, touring artists, grassroots theater, outdoor Shakespeare and much more. If you're hankering for a cultural evening out during your stay in Jackson Hole, be sure to check the Center's calendar for happenings.
Catch a show the Jackson Hole Playhouse, a time-honored venue for Western entertainment and dinner theater—and named one of Jackson Hole's top attractions by TripAdvisor—starring professional actors from around the country. You can enjoy dinner and a show, or simply come for the musical performance.
Dance the Night Away
Feel like kicking up your heels? From live bands to rowdy dance nights, there's usually something going on every night of the week in Jackson Hole, though the calendar is certainly most packed during the busy summer and winter seasons.
A diverse roster of national touring acts and local musicians take to stages at popular Jackson bars and restaurants, including the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar, the Silver Dollar Bar & Grill, Pink Garter Theatre, and The Granary (Spring Creek Ranch, just west of Jackson).
If you're in Wilson, look no further than the Stagecoach Bar, especially for the weekly Disco Night event and "Sunday Church," where the famous, 48-year-old Stagecoach Band plays music you can Western swing dance to. Other inducements include free drinks for the ladies and $2 cab rides when the evening comes to a close on Thursdays. For some history of the 'Coach and the band, click on this story.
Teton Village and The West Bank
During the ski season and beyond, the iconic Mangy Moose Saloon in Teton Village serves up great food, drinks and music and includes a popular outdoor deck. Nearby Alpenhof Bistro also offers live music and good eats.
Along the Moose-Wilson Road, the Q Roadhouse often brings live music to its welcoming atmosphere and makes the most of its ample lawn for games and the like.
For up-to-the-minute info on what's happening tonight, the Jackson Hole News & Guide's community calendar should steer you in the right direction.
Catching the Game
If you can't bear to miss your favorite team going head to head with its rivals during your stay in Jackson Hole, never fear. You can plant yourself on plenty a barstool and keep up with the score. From spacious Sidewinders American Grill to Cutty's Bar & Grill, the Snake River Brewery, and Q Roadhouse & Brewing Co., you're guaranteed to find someone screening the game.
And speaking of games, Hole Bowl is Jackson Hole's hot spot for family (as well as just the grown-up's) entertainment. Located in the Powderhorn Mall at 980 W Broadway, it includes—in addition to 10 bowling lanes—a full restaurant called The Pinsetter, full bar, lounge area, two pool tables, air hockey table, arcade games and kid's TV lounge. The bowling alley's lounge also features big screens on which to watch various sporting events.
If you're the type of traveler who loves to sample local brew or order a creative concoction from the cocktail menu, you're in luck! Jackson Hole is home to three award-winning breweries: Snake River Brewery, Melvin Brewing at Thai Me Up and the Q Roadhouse & Brewing Co.
For fancy bubbles or a worldly tasting menu of international wines, the cozy Bin22 wine bar has quickly become a locals' favorite. Just a block away, The Rose pours artfully crafted cocktails in a sophisticated lounge atmosphere.
For more Jackson Hole libation inspiration, check out our list of featured drinks. There's more where that came from!
Beneath the cover of a huge, star-flecked Wyoming sky, every Jackson Hole night begins with options. Whether you're lured in by the neon lights of the Town Square, a laid-back lawn concert alfresco, or a classy evening out at the base of Rendezvous Mountain in Teton Village, it'll be a night to remember.