Downhill slope: Buffalo Restaurant & Bar

Oblects in the mirror are roughly where they appear.
Oblects in the mirror are roughly where they appear.
Photo by Eric Peterson
The day was all bluebird at Loveland until the powder turned into half-dried cement sometime around 2:30 p.m. The latter interpretation of snow grabbed my skis while my body kept going more times than I could count. My ankle was already sore from a drinking injury -- now the rest of my body has caught up. It's nothing a PBR at the Buffalo Restaurant & Bar in Idaho Springs can't at least temporarily salve.

I sidle up to the bar part of the place with two compatriots -- the restaurant looks a little slick for us.

"This does seem a little higher quality than your normal write-ups," says one of my friends. I agree -- the old place John Rohner took over as a bar circa 1900 (roughly the same year he fought for the heavyweight championship) looks great.

"What can you do?" I reply.

Inspired to Tiger Woods' return to HDTVs in bars everywhere, the conversation degenerates over $1.87 PBR drafts and a $2.99 basket of fries dipped in the house's private-label chipotle sauce by Captain Spongefoot. A steady stream of skiing families and locals pass in and out of the doors. I admire the Rapid-Kool Milk Conditioner sign and "The Stampede" mural, featuring a buffalo horde and a lone horned basset hound.

"How old is the bar?" asks a tourist.

"It was built in 1862," comes the bartender's response.

Our conversation continues to devolve. "What about a death metal band where they all look like Taylor Swift?" somebody offers.

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"These things just write themselves," I respond, scrawling some notes on a chipotle-sauce-speckled piece of paper.

Buffalo Restaurant & Bar, 1617 Miner St., Idaho Springs, 303-567-2729, www.buffalorestaurant.com.


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