Best Aprés-Ski Bar (2021)


"Après ski" may sound fancy, but it is simply French for "after ski." After a day of fun and adventure on the slopes, skiers and snowboarders fill up the bars and restaurants in ski towns across North America to have a good time with good friends. To find the best après ski bars for 2021, a panel of experts selected 20 nominees, then our readers voted for the 10 best.

  • Double Diamonds Bar

    Double Diamonds Bar
    Steamboat Springs, Colorado

    A true late night party spot in Steamboat Springs, Double Diamonds Bar is known for mixing some of the least expensive après-ski drinks in town. Brats and sandwiches satisfy hunger, and there’s a dance floor, perfect for late night antics just across the street from the mountain base shuttle stop.
    Photo courtesy of Double Diamonds Bar

  • The Village Idiot Bar & Grill

    The Village Idiot Bar & Grill
    Revelstoke, B.C.

    Unapologetically Canadian, The Village Idiot Bar & Grill in Revelstoke invites toque-wearing skiers and snowboarders to pull up a chair for pizza, beer, pub fare and live music. The patio is perfect for people watching over a drink in the heart of town.
    Photo courtesy of Keri Knapp / The Village Idiot Bar & Grill

  • Clocktower Cellar

    Clocktower Cellar
    Mammoth Lakes, California

    A favorite local hangout in Mammoth Lakes, Clocktower Cellar sits across from the Village Gondola beneath an alpine-themed lodge. Opened in 1993, the bar pours some two dozen beers on tap (and 50 more by the bottle), as well as a selection of more than 160 whiskeys.
    Photo courtesy of iStock / Ilnur Khisamutdinov

  • North Pole Bar & Restaurant

    North Pole Bar & Restaurant
    Mount Bohemia, Michigan

    Mount Bohemia’s North Pole Bar and Restaurant is known for its sweet crepes, served alongside draft beer from Keewenaw Brewing Company. Stop in on weekends for live music.
    Photo courtesy of Joey Wallis / Mount Bohemia

  • Iron Furnace Brewing

    Iron Furnace Brewing
    Franconia, New Hampshire

    This brewery in the heart of New Hampshire’s White Mountains has already become a favorite après spot after a day on the slopes (whether skiing in winter or hiking in summer). Expect a rotating selection of hop-forward beers served alongside a menu of paninis, pizzas and appetizers.
    Photo courtesy of Iron Furnace Brewing

  • TBar

    Breckenridge, Colorado

    This on-mountain après-ski spot, located on Peak 8, pours micro-brewed beers just steps from the BreckConnect Gondola. The menu features burgers and other comfort foods, like grilled cheese, chicken wings, Bavarian pretzels or hot buffalo chicken dip.
    Photo courtesy of iStock / DisobeyArt

  • Mangy Moose

    Mangy Moose
    Jackson Hole, Wyoming

    Since its opening in 1967, the Mangy Moose has become a Jackson Hole après-ski institution, with live music, low-key vibe and often rowdy crowds. Kick the night off with a signature spicy margarita.
    Photo courtesy of Mangy Moose

  • High West Distillery

    High West Distillery
    Park City, Utah

    High West Distillery is the world’s only ski-in ski-out gastro distillery and is located at the base of the Quittin' Time ski run in Old Town, Park City. This Apré ski location comprises of two repurposed historical buildings with a bustling outdoor patio. High West also has the distinction of being Utah's first legal distillery, in operation since the 1870s.
    Photo courtesy of Visit Park City

  • Rocky Mountain Underground

    Rocky Mountain Underground
    Breckenridge, Colorado

    This combination ski shop and après-ski bar makes their own skis and once poured one of the world’s longest shotskis. Step into this tavern on Main Street for draft beer (12 rotating taps), a whiskey cocktail or a spiked apple cider.
    Photo courtesy of Rocky Mountain Underground

  • 6th Alley Bar & Grill

    6th Alley Bar & Grill
    Arapahoe Basin, Colorado

    6th Alley Bar & Grill is a favorite après spot in A-Basin where skiers and snowboarders gather after a day on the slopes to sit back and relax. The bar includes indoor and outdoor seating with full table service, and guests can order from a menu of 20 rotating taps (many of them Colorado microbrews) or sample a famous bacon bloody Mary.
    Photo courtesy of Arapaho Basin


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