The Tap House
The Tap House sports grill in the heart of downtown Steamboat Springs between Seventh and Eighth streets offers the best of both worlds.
With more than 40 TVs – including three 100-inch screens – and full satellite capability, The Tap House provides sports programming that rivals any big-city sports bar. And although it features a large dining room and bar, The Tap House retains the small-town charm and comfort unique to Steamboat.
The spacious dining room is a favorite spot for locals and tourists.
The bar often has been referred to as the Cheers of Steamboat – “the place where everybody knows your name.”
The analogy always puts a smile on the faces of long-time local owners Dave Daggett and Gary Saxe.
Atmosphere, however, is only one part of The Tap House’s popularity.
“What really keeps our customers coming back is our quality food at very affordable prices,” Daggett said.
The owners understand the need for a place where the entire family can enjoy a meal in a laid-back atmosphere.
The Tap House offers all the traditional sports grill food – burgers and fries, battered chicken fingers, onion rings and heaping piles of nachos smothered in cheese and fixings.
But the restaurant is equally proud of its authentic Mexican entrees such as the burritos, fajitas and tacos. The Tap House expanded its Mexican menu this year to include chimichangas and fish tacos. And, of course, there are the buffalo wings.
Usually regarded as the home of the best wings in town, The Tap House offers seven varieties of wings: mild, medium, hot, hot barbecue, barbecue, spicy garlic and the ever-popular oriental barbecue – which uses local legend Dean Martin’s sauce. The other sauces are made fresh at the restaurant.
Tuesday is Wing Day at The Tap House, when 33-cent wings are offered from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wing Day is so popular that owners track sales by weight, usually selling 2 to 3 tons of wings a month, Daggett said.
“Not only is Wing Night a great deal, but it has become a weekly social event in town,” Saxe said.
If your appetite demands more than wings after a long day of enjoying the Yampa Valley, The Tap House has appealing entree choices as well. Take your pick from ribs, a half chicken, tuna dinner, an 8-ounce sirloin steak, a 12-ounce New York Strip or a 16-ounce rib eye.
All are served with your choice of soup or salad, french fries, mashed potatoes and gravy or rice for $9.95 to $15.95.
But a delicious meal is only half the deal. Saxe and Daggett are avid supporters of local sports teams and events, and the duo has worked hard to create a unique sports bar atmosphere.
The Tap House’s interior walls display an extensive collection of sports memorabilia to rival any you might find in the big city.
But unlike big-city hot spots, The Tap House owns an impressive collection of winter sports memorabilia commemorating and honoring the hundreds of Olympians – past and present – who have competed or lived in Ski Town USA.
Plus, the 42 TVs ensure there is not a bad sports-viewing seat in the house. And it’s not just football, basketball, hockey and baseball that’s shown on the restaurant’s TV screens.
“Our philosophy is to be able to get any sports available by cable, Direct TV or satellite, including High Definition sports,” Saxe said.
And as Daggett likes to say, “If it’s in the sky, we buy.”
The restaurant and bar area also features the popular NTN Network, a national sports and trivia interactive game. There’s no cost to play.
While waiting for your meal to arrive or for others to finish, children and adults can entertain themselves on the restaurant’s arcade games. The bar area also boasts a pool table and jukebox.
As its name suggests, The Tap House proudly offers more beers on tap – 21 – than any other restaurant in town. Domestics, imports and microbrews are available at a reasonable price.
Happy hour at The Tap House is from 3 to 6 p.m. daily, during which pints of beer are $1 off and pitchers are $2 off. Every month, the restaurant features a different beer available for $2.50 a pint, or $1.50 a pint during happy hour.
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