Nothing beats drinking a cold, frothy beer after a long day on the slopes. Pair it with some onion rings, a great steak, or a juicy hamburger, and you have the recipe for the perfect day of skiing or snowboarding. If you’re looking for the best bar in Vail to grab your favorite brew après ski, we are here to help. Here’s a look at the best bars in Vail, Colorado.
– Pepi’s Bar at the Hotel-Gasthof Gramshammer
Pepi’s is well-known and loved by locals as a great destination for an après skiing drink. They are located right in the heart of Vail Village, and provide fantastic Austrian beers as well as live entertainment. One reviewer on TripAdvisor says:
“You can always count on Pepi’s. You will find great music, friendly people, solid food and best of all, Pepi can always be found greeting his patrons.”
– The Red Lion
The Red Lion Inn was built in 1962. Originally, the owners intended to rent out a few rooms above the restaurant, thus where the “inn” part of the name comes in. Owned by a group of locals, the Red Lion is a favorite spot for locals and visitors alike. One reviewer on TripAdvisor says:
“The Red Lion is a staple of Vail. This place is always busy, but service and food is some of the best.”
– Root & Flower
If you’re more of a wine connoisseur than a beer drinker, then Root & Flower is for you: they serve a wide variety of wines that are selected by their sommelier. Root & Flower is a newer establishment in Vail, and it brings a fresh new taste and perspective to the area. One reviewer on TripAdvisor says they were:
“…drawn in by its tempting menu of charcuterie, cheese and other après ski delights. What we also found was a world class wine list, beautifully and artfully crafted by the owner and sommelier…an absolute must for any trip to Vail.”
– Bart & Yeti’s
This little bar is tucked in the Lifthouse Lodge in Lionshead. Its cozy, log-cabin atmosphere, great food, and patio all make it a great choice for après ski and early evening drinks and food. One reviewer on TripAdvisor has this to say about Bart & Yeti’s:
“Barts is a smaller place but big on atmosphere. A log cabin inside makes you feel like you are in the woods.”
Kick Back and Relax at a Bar or Pub in Vail
Vail is home to many pubs and bars that are perfect for grabbing a bite and a brew after hitting the slopes. See a complete list of great places to enjoy the nightlife of Vail, or see a complete list of restaurants in the area. Wherever you decide to visit, we know you’ll enjoy all Vail has to offer!