Did you know that one of the most frequently asked questions on my YouTube channel is what the heck there is to do in Cheyenne, Wyoming—especially after dark? In this episode of Wynot Wyoming?, I’m going to take you along with me on Cheyenne’s Tales and Ales pub crawl. We’ll visit over ten different local establishments to sample awesome drinks and see what makes Cheyenne so much fun.
What’s There To Do In Cheyenne?
A lot of you think that all I do is watch TV or put a puzzle together, play with my little miniature greenhouse, or sit by myself in the bar and have a whiskey or crack open a craft beer. The truth is I do all of those things—but I’m going to show you another fun activity Cheyenne has to offer.
Tales and Ales is a pub crawl through the historic district of downtown Cheyenne. The locations we’ll visit include distilleries, breweries, bars, and one secret place (that you’ll have to watch until the end to discover). Along the way, we’re going to take some trolley rides and hear a history lesson from the driver about some of the old buildings of different establishments in town. This is why the pub crawl is called “A Drinking Tour With A History Problem.”
Let's go downtown and visit some local establishments. Cheers!
Our first stop is Chronicles Distilling, founded by the Lesher brothers. It's a veteran-owned business, as both Chase and Aaron are veterans of the Marine Corps. The pair is really handy and have built all of the equipment and furniture that's used inside the distillery. In addition to signature cocktails, Chronicles Distilling also serves a variety of mocktails (for those of you that are under 21).
Freedom’s Edge Brewing
Our second stop is Freedom’s Edge Brewing Company, Cheyenne’s oldest craft brewery. They started in 2012 as a locally owned and operated brewery and were put under new ownership in 2020. Here you’ll find eight taps with a variety of different beers, live music, a ton of events, and a friendly bartender. Be sure to come on down and have a drink.
Rib & Chop House
Our next stop on the Tales and Ales pub crawl is Rib & Chop House here in Cheyenne, Wyoming. The Rib & Chop was originally founded in Montana in the early 2000s, moving soon after down to Cheyenne. They are known for their world-famous baby back ribs and steaks and also feature an awesome bar.
At the full bar, you can get any kind of cocktail or mocktail. They have 15 taps so you can get your choice of beverage and offer good steaks, good ribs, and a bunch of really fun events that are good for the community.
The Crown Bar
I grabbed a Jameson Mule from The Crown Bar, a local fan favorite for shooting pool and throwing darts. There’s plenty of parking for drivers and bikers, and you can enjoy Comedy Night and really good live music you don’t want to miss.
The Albany Hotel
The Albany Hotel was originally founded in 1905. The restaurant got privately bought in 1942 and is privately owned and operated. They specialize in making a variety of different comfort foods, and everything is made from scratch. They're famous for their prime rib sandwich and other steak dishes as well as the Friday Fish Fry.
So come on down, have a cocktail, and grab a beer at the full bar. They have over 16 tabs here, so you can find something that will whet your whistle no matter what you like. They also have mocktails for the kids that are under 21.
Accomplice Beer Company
Next on our stop is Accomplice Brewing Company, a really cool place that was started in 2016. They have 14 tabs, all of their own beers, plus taps of a bunch of different mainstream brews. With a full bar and menus for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, this is a great place to visit. They even have a little event area where you can do meetings.
Housed in the historic train depot, you can grab a beer and then run right next door and visit the train museum.
The Metropolitan is the next stop on our Tales and Ales tour of downtown Cheyenne—otherwise known as The Met. This place has an event center that can host 250 people, a fully stocked bar, and a handful of taps that include microbrews and your mainstream drinks
The menu is top-notch and it's really well appointed inside, so you might want to dress up a little more than I did in my blue t-shirt. The Met is a fantastic place to come down on a Friday or Saturday night, whether you want to watch the dueling pianos or laugh on Comedy Night. They even have some live music from time to time.
Who would have thought there is a bar in an arcade? Here at Flippers, you can play Space Invaders on a giant screen, enjoy a cheeseburger building game, and speed around on Rally-X rally. You can also play a variety of pinball machines, try your fist at the boxing game, or shoot some baskets—all while having a cocktail. You’re definitely going to go home fulfilled with fun.
Our next stop is the WigWam Lounge, located in the historic Plains Hotel. The WigWam was originally opened back in the early 1900s but went out of business several years ago. It turned into a coffee shop and now it’s back as The WigWam 2.
Here you’ll find pool tables, a few poker machines, bingos, a full bar, and live music on the weekends. On our visit, the singer was awesome; he killed a Tom Petty tune. The WigWam also makes an absolutely delicious drink called The Parasol, which is a variety of different vodkas and flavored iced teas. So come on down to The WigWam to have a drink.
The Lincoln Theatre
While not officially part of the Tales and Ales tour, I wanted to show you the Lincoln Theatre as we pass by. This theater has a great box office and hosts a variety of live music every weekend—pretty much throughout the year. This includes some big-name people like The Samples. Be sure to come on down to the Lincoln when you're not on the Tales and Ales tour.
Sanford’s Grub & Pub
Although it's not being used on our visit, Sanford's Grub & Pub has an amazing little room that you can rent out for any number of different activities. They have cornhole and a private bar, which can be used for company meetings or personal meetings. I think some of our city officials come down here and use this space.
They also have this really fun game room, making it a family-friendly place. You can play Giant Jenga, a variety of video games, air hockey, a pool table, and a handful of dartboards. You’ll also find amazing memorabilia on the walls, so you’ll never run out of stuff to look at. Their menu is astounding and includes Creole cocktails and Creole creations. The gumbo is a die for, and my wife had a cheeseburger. She couldn't believe how delicious it was.
Sanford’s also has over 50 taps, offering any beer you could possibly want. This is the go-to place in downtown Cheyenne, so don't miss Sanford's Grub & Pub.
One of the places that might seem a little unusual for a beer tour is Beach Please. This place is really cool, specializing in a variety of healthy smoothies, boba teas, and chai teas. You name it, they've got it. If you weren't here in the middle of the night after a whole bunch of touring around town drinking beer, they'd also have an amazing food truck selling ribs, pulled pork, and a variety of other barbecues.
One of our last stops is Danielmark’s Brewery. We learned they have eight taps, six that are ongoing, and a couple of rotators. They also have an amazing ambiance, as the brewery occupies an old Victorian house that was built back in 1886.
One cool feature is that they have a huge backyard that's been converted into a party place. With cornhole, games, a bunch of picnic tables, and a variety of places to sit, you can't miss coming to the Danielmark’s Brewery.
Black Tooth Brewing
Our final stop of the day is Black Tooth Brewing, originally founded in the northern part of Wyoming in 2010. They opened up here in Cheyenne in 2020 and have six constant taps and about ten more rotating taps. This huge facility is used for a variety of big events as well as your normal patronage. With 16 beers available at any given moment, Black Tooth Brewing is a great place to come enjoy a brew.
Missing The Trolley
I hope you enjoyed our Tales and Ales tour! Unfortunately, we missed the trolley. I don't even know how that's possible; the entire history lesson was on the trolley, so how we did not make it on? However, we did walk the entire city of Cheyenne and had a lot of fun, so I hope you guys had a lot of fun with us.
If Cheyenne’s nightlife looks appealing to you, you can always hit me up if you want to find out how to make this city your home. I'd be happy to talk through what mortgage solutions might look like for you, and I can introduce you to a number of really great real estate agents—as I work with some of the best people in town.
Don’t forget to subscribe to my channel if you have a good time hanging out with me. Stay tuned to see what adventure I take on the next episode of Wynot Wyoming?, and I look forward to you joining me!