As for what to drink, well, it's Colorado, so you can be sure that your beer mug will runneth over with some of the finest beer anywhere.
Ska Brewing was founded in 1995 and is one of the largest in the state by output (although you wouldn't believe it by the size of the facility - go on a free tour and see for yourself). The tap room has almost two dozen beers, including small batch creations from the experimental Mod Project. Environmentalists will also love this place. The company's efforts to go green include a rooftop covered with solar panels, bar top and tables made from recycled bowling alley lanes and walls insulated with recycled denim jeans.
STEAMWORKS BREWING CO.
Steamworks Brewing is one of the oldest brewpubs in the state having been founded in 1996, and it's a very popular spot for groups and families. They have a drink special every day including Pint Night on Thursdays - $3 a pint all day. If you're looking for something familiar and different at the same time try the Prescribed Burn, a light German ale conditioned with habañero, poblano and hatch green chiles.
ANIMAS BREWING COMPANY
From the old to the new, Animas Brewing Company is the newest brewery in town. Located right next to the train tracks, their beer is good and they offer the old mining classic, pasties.
DURANGO BREWING COMPANY
One of Colorado's founding breweries, the brew pub and kitchen offers an ever-changing selection of small batch ales and lagers.
THE BOOKCASE AND BARBER
For those that want a little more theater with their libations, look no further than The Bookcase and Barber. This fully functioning barber shop hides a delicious secret behind the bookcase. Find the password to be granted access to the secret flapper-cum-Gatsby bar beyond the bookcase where you'll find some of Durango's (and no doubt the state's) finest cocktails, too - a mix of reinvented classics and original creations. The prohibition era is in full swing at this really fun local haunt. For a Bookcase original, head over to page 68.
DURANGO CRAFT SPIRITS AND HONEY HOUSE
There are also two distilleries in town - Durango Craft Spirits and Honeyville House Distillery, the latter of which offers Colorado Honey Whiskey (read more about both of these distilleries and on page 66).