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Lake Placid is a destination focused on daytime activity. Most of Lake Placid’s attractions, recreations and sports, regardless of season, take place outdoors - either as active sports adventures or relaxing leisure recreational activities. That means the favored night-time activity is sleep. However, because sometimes you want a celebratory meal, or a libation to salute your good fortune, the best local for that is to head to Lake Placid.
Of course, the habit of gathering around a campfire with family, friends and a stranger or two is an activity with roots all the way back to Native Americans, and is widely the most preferred nightlife; but after a full day of skiing, swimming, biking, climbing, fishing, sailing, boating, canoeing, ice skating, if you belive a nice meal with a glass or wine or a local micro-brew is highly recommended then head to Lake Placid.
Since having held the Winter Olympics twice, in 1931 and again in 1980, Lake Placid holds many choices, but over the last three decades one place has remained - The Dancing Bears Restaurant & Lounge, located within the High Pearks Resort, which has been a favored hot spot for athlete and spectator alike for decades. During the 1980 Olympics newly crowned Olympic champions could be found showing off their new medals and dancing skills in celebration. Today is a bit more sedate, as The Dancing Bears offers breakfast to late night dinners still supported with a full bar complete with microbrews on tap. The nightlife is supported with a daily happy hour and live entertainment on most weekends, which makes it a great place to unwind after a hard day skiing or biking, regardless of if you won a medal or not. Music is eclectic, from Celtic balads to Top 40 hits depending on the night. A dance floor allows space for kicking up your heels and an oversized fireplace gives those who want to get off of their feet and relax a place of their own. During the summer, Reflections is directly overhead, a tiered outside restaurant and bar that has Lake Placid's only outside bar which overlooks both Mirror Lake and the surrounding Mountain Peaks, as well as the antics of Main Street.