With summer succumbing to fall’s fast approach, Vail will be seeing more and more traffic come through its town gates as the temperatures dwindle and the snow begins to fall. While the allure of the mountains is fun for the entire family, the 21+ crowd can look forward to a bustling nightlife or a calm aperitif after an arduous day on the slopes.
Not only will the local bars like Vendetta’s or Bart ‘n’ Yeti’s have the schnapps to sooth your muscles, but many of the local restaurants featuring bars have also been renowned for their excellent cuisine. In fact, Vendetta’s Pizza Bar has been serving its locally-famous Italian-themed dishes to hungry skiers for over 30 years, and has seen Vail transform into a once little-known mountain town into the highly desirable, skier-friendly real estate it is today. While you’re winding your way through Bridge Street dodging all the weary skiers and boarders after a day on the slopes, be sure to call in advance for what has been referred to as “the place to be après ski,” The Red Lion.
Featuring deck seating and live acoustic music on a nightly basis, this bustling bar features a healthy list of beers, wines, and the Red Lion’s signature drink selection. While it stands to reason that the popularity of the bar alone dictate that this bar is no sleeping den, the deck fills up quickly and the music is loud.
So if your ideal après ski adventure is quiet time next to a warm fire this winter, look no further than Pepi’s Restaurant. Compared to the kitchens of a Berlin household, Pepi’s food consists of authentic German dishes and the bar has the biggest selection of Austrian beers in all of Vail. And if you’re a history buff, you’ll swoon over Pepi’s Bar’s Wall of Fame, featuring everyone from actors to presidents.
If you find yourself in Vail as the sun rears its shiny head and the lifts begin to slow and stall, a warm dish and a cold beer is not far at all. Walk down Bridge Street and you will surely find a meal and drink with you in mind. Prices may vary but the moral is: to find a good bar in Vail doesn’t take a whiz.