HOURS: 4–6 p.m. daily
THE SCENE: Aurum translated from Latin means gold, and this year-old restaurant a block up the hill from the main drag has set a new gold standard in Breckenridge. Happy hour visitors rejoice in knowing that they’re both beating the crowds flocking here for dinner and getting a sweet deal on fine food and drinks. The shady patio is a summertime draw, and snow seekers will find the interior warm, cozy, and energetic.
WHAT TO DRINK: All wines by the glass are half-off, so prices on Aurum’s list of 20 or so selec- tions drop to $5-$9. Draft beers cost $3-$4. We struck gold with the “Preserving the Past” list of mostly classic cocktails, all of them $7 during happy hour. The winner: the Sazerac, made of rye, cognac, demerara, absinthe, and bitters.
WHAT TO EAT: The scrumptious food that emerges from Chef Brian Duncan’s kitchen includes “Snacks,” a list of 8-10 items that are half price during happy hour. Look for the lemon Parmesan fries ($5), the crispy curried cauliflower ($6.50), and the Korean fried chicken ($6.50). Then there’s the French Onion Burger ($12). We’re not sure who ever pays $24 for a burger, but, this is Breck, so time your visit right and enjoy the price break.
209 S. Ridge St., Breckenridge