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The Billy Goat Saloon roadside honky tonk is alive and well in beautiful Gem Village, Colorado
The Billy Goat Saloon has been an island for thirsty travelers, a refreshing watering hole for touring motorcyclists and a live music hot spot for the Four Corners area for 30 years. The building that houses the Billy Goat Saloon was originally built in 1952, and has served as a rock shop and a café in the aptly named Gem Village before becoming a bar in the late 1950's. It went by the names the Coloradoan, the Westerner, the Last Chance Saloon, and then finally the Billy Goat Saloon in 1982. The Goat celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2012.
Located 16 miles east of Durango on Hwy 160 it is truly one of Colorado's last road houses. Its current incarnation is an homage to the famed Billy Goat Tavern in Chicago well known for its "curse of the Cubbies." On a Journey to find America's top bars, Men's Journal named the BGS one of America’s top 50 bars in 2002.
The Goat has a little something for everyone - TVs for sports, pool tables, cheap beer, live music and it is the perfect stop for a cold one on one of the many scenic drives through Colorado's beautiful Rocky Mountains.