Double Diamonds Bar provides late-night option at base area

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— The Double Diamonds Bar doesn’t have a sign out front — or inside for that matter.

Its logo plays off being a cattle brand and marking expert terrain, but even the brand isn’t readily visible inside the space.

It kind of has an “If you know, you go” vibe, owner Scott Agnew said.

More than three years after the Powder Room closed, Agnew is heading up another late-night option at the base area.

Double Diamonds Bar is open from après ski until 2 a.m. in the line of shops at the base of The Steamboat Grand across from the Gondola Transit Center.

While some might consider not being slopeside an obstacle, the new location, according to Agnew, is perfectly positioned for the late crowd he’s hoping to draw into what he envisions as a cowboy lounge.

“As far as visibility, this is a great spot,” Agnew said.

After it gets dark, the base area loses a lot of foot traffic, Agnew said. But with lights and the neon glow of beer signs on at night, passing cars and people traveling by shuttle or bus will know something still is happening along Mount Werner Circle.

Double Diamonds Bar figures to be a little bit of everything.

A cornhole set sits out in an area that doubles as a dance floor when it’s not occupied by people playing foursquare.

To fill the dance floor, Agnew has plans to stream live DJ performances from other, larger locales.

And couches and chairs can slide out to turn the space back into a cowboy lounge.

Agnew still is searching for a chef to get his kitchen up and running, but he hopes to have a chalkboard menu that focuses on small plates and local game.

Menus, events and other information eventually will be available at www.doublediamondsbar.com.

Double Diamonds opened on New Year’s Eve, and within 15 minutes, the place was filled, Agnew said.

MusicFest attendees were looking for a place to party, and Double Diamonds had three Shiner selections on tap.

Now, the bar is transitioning back to what will be its standby mix of mainly Colorado beers and liquors, and Agnew said he’s set drink prices so they will be reasonable at all times of the day, not just for a couple hours.

Agnew said he has a lot of ideas for his new place.

“It’s not going to be the same place, necessarily, every time you come in,” he said.

To reach Michael Schrantz, call 970-871-4206, email mschrantz@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @MLSchrantz

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