When you’ve had a big day on the slopes there’s the time-tested tradition that one simply must make time for after the lifts have closed, Après Ski, the act of celebrating a good day on the hill. This is the “after ski” enjoyment of good food and drink. Here in Park City, we have a diverse array of bars and restaurants that cater to the post-ski crowd, as most après-ski establishments offer small plates for sharing or entrees for heartier appetites, in addition to warming winter drinks and tasty libations. Après-ski is as much a part of skiing as the actual skiing itself. In fact, it’s even a thing that some people go skiing just so they can après-ski or better yet they sit by the fire watching the snowfall to then meet their friends for some celebratory cocktails.
So after a day spent shushing, sliding and floating (or relaxing) around our mountains you are warranted to an afternoon of eating, drinking and revelry, refueling and toasting to the ski gods for more powder days to come. So set up shop at one of Park City’s Après Ski spots that will have you continuing the wintertime mountain merrymaking.
Canyons Village Kimball Junction Area
The Umbrella Bar, Canyons Village
Open daily from 11:30 am to 6 pm the Umbrella Bar, a 21 and older hot spot with a great outdoor patio, is within walking distance from the Red Pine Gondola, even in ski boots. Enjoy popular draft beers, live music, burgers, and hot wings at the mountain’s base while you retell the stories of the day.
Draft's Burger Bar, Canyons Village
Draft's is a casual, yet elegant sports bar and grill located in the Westgate Resort, but is accessible from the Canyons Plaza. Bringing together the popular concepts of gastro pubs and gourmet burger bars, Drafts features a menu of creatively designed appetizers, burgers, wings, and stone hearth-baked pizzas paired with an extensive selection of draft and bottled beers, specialty microbrews, worldly wines, and unique cocktail beverages. Catch a game on one of the high-def, flat screen televisions, conveniently broadcasting local, national, and worldwide sporting events for your viewing pleasure.
Red Rock Junction, Redstone
The perfect spot to get away from the hustle and bustle of the end of the day ski exodus. Escape to Red Rock, where you won’t break your budget or your spirits. Red Rock features a kid’s menu and fun coloring activities, so your family will always feel welcome. With award-winning brews, a full liquor and wine selection, and a menu that boasts much more than your typical pub fare, you’re sure to find something for everyone at Red Rock!
Park City Base
The Corner Store at Park City Mountain
Serving up a local’s favorite après scene at Park City Mountain Resort for over 30 years, the Corner Store is the best (and family-friendly) place at the base for brews, burgers, and live music. Offering a full bar and a huge, outdoor patio, you can usually jam to live local tunes here, which is a bonus!
The Après Lounge, Montage, Deer Valley
If you like your cocktail with a side of atmosphere, kick off your skis and head to one of the cutest yurts in Park City, located just behind the Montage at the base of Ruby and Empire Express. Choose from black and red checkered chairs, a rustic couch or simply belly up to the wooden bar and grab yourself a glass of rosé. This winter dream boasts small bites, an assortment of wines by the glass, and a champagne list that will transport you from Utah to France in a single sip.
RIME Raw Bar at Deer Valley
RIME, is probably the world’s only slopeside raw bar located at the top of Deer Valley’s Jordanelle Gondola in a refurbished cabin. RIME’s Oyster Happy Hour makes 2:00-3:00 p.m. prime time for some après ski snacks and beverages. Get oysters on the half-shell for $2.50 and pair them with bubbles, brews, or wine. If oysters aren’t your jam, try the lobster rolls and chowder. Open Thursday-Sundays from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
St. Regis Deer Valley Champagne Sabering
Want to change things up a bit? Take the funicular to the St. Regis Mountain Terrace and toast sundown with a free glass of bubbly. Each winter night when the clock strikes 5:30, a bartender narrates the Napoleonic roots of champagne sabering, strikes a blade across a sealed bottle, and pours a round for the whole patio.
Main Street and Off-Main
High West Saloon, Park Avenue
If you ski into town and take the last right just before the town lift bridge, you’ll practically slide right into High West Saloon’s front door. This popular après ski spot is open until 10 pm and is well known for its Utah-made whiskey. Choose from seasonal releases, barrel-aged cocktails, or classic favorites like Rendezvous Rye, Campfire, and Valley Tan. But don’t stop there, with a menu that ranges from gourmet popcorn to their Niman Ranch Double Thick Pork Chop, this is a one-stop-shop for both food and drink.
Butchers Chop House & Bar
If things are a little too busy over at the High West Saloon - head across the street to Butchers Chophouse & Bar also offering an upscale bar and cocktail environment. They are bringing back their alpenglobes on the patio - so book one for your private party in advance for a unique après ski experience.
Bridge Cafe, Base of the Town Lift
When it’s Quittin’ Time on the slopes, take the run aptly named all the way down to Historic Main Street where it dead ends at the Brazilian-American Bridge Cafe & Grill. Located next to Park City’s Town Lift, this restaurant boasts a spectacularly sunny patio overlooking the slopes. Sip the signature Brazilian Caipirinha, Bridge Mojito, or keep it basic with a Utah craft beer.
No Name Saloon at Park City Main Street
This Main Street landmark may have no name, but it’s arguably Park City’s most popular and raucous bar, and the place to hobnob after hours. Here, buffalo burgers take center stage, but bison meat also stars on the hearty nacho plate. Climb the stairs to the heated rooftop patio, where Main Street views await.
Strip off your ski gear and sip on a Hot Buttered Spur (Alpine Spur whiskey, butterscotch liquor, spiced butter, hot water) or a Spur Whiskey Sour (Alpine Spur whiskey, lemon, lime, egg white) and enjoy some live music at The Spur. Local musicians and national artists come out to play blues, rock, and country music. You can refuel with jambalaya mac and cheese, maple jalapeño wings, and brick-oven pizzas.
If you are looking to extend your après ski head over to The Cabin, one of Main Street’s most popular haunts for cocktails and live music. Occupying two levels of completely remodeled space, patrons can experience dining in a modernized space while enjoying live music, Park City’s local personalities, and a relaxed mountain town vibe.
Fletcher's, Main Street
Eat, Drink, Lounge in the heart of Main Street. After a day of riding chairlifts, descend the stairs at Fletchers to their intimate Library Lounge reminiscent of a speakeasy, where you can share small plates and enjoy crafty cocktails by the fire.
Old Town Cellars, Main Street
Another subterranean gem is the Old Town Cellars bar, lounge, and tasting room. They feature a sommelier crafted wine list, locally brewed beer, and top-shelf spirits with some small bites. Enjoy the relaxing ambiance as you sip on the official wine of après.
Silver Star Café, Bottom of Silver Star Lift
Heralded as a "Hidden Gem in Park City" and "A locals' secret” Silver Star Cafe is located directly behind the Park City Golf Club, at the base of the Silver Star Lift at Park City Mountain Resort and is an intimate, upscale rustic cafe with award-winning Roots Cuisine. They have a cozy dining room with additional dining on a wrap-around outdoor patio and plaza depending on the weather. Lunch is offered Monday through Friday, brunch Saturday and Sunday, and dinner nightly.
Every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, the Cafe offers an intimate, live music dinner show featuring all-acoustic folk, jazz, blues, Americana, and bluegrass. Come as you are, whether it’s straight from the ski hill or out for a special celebration.
Handle, Main Street
If you are looking for something a little more upscale after you’ve showered and taken off those ski boots, head to Handle, one of Park City’s culinary attractions with its well-crafted wine list, pre-Prohibition-era cocktails, and refined, yet casual, comfort cuisine made with local and regional ingredients
The Viking Yurt on Park City Mountain
The Viking Yurt is one of the most unique places to grab a drink on Park City Mountain. This Nordic-themed yurt is located at 8,700 feet, near the top of Crescent Lift. Before you head down to the base, stop in and order a fresh-baked cookie or a homemade sandwich, then get cozy outside in one of their Adirondack chairs to enjoy a midday après. You’ll enjoy the people watching as the yurt happens to sit next to one of the busiest areas on the hill.
The Grind Cafe, Woodward Park City
Woodward Park City is the third ski area in Park City that caters to the extreme athlete in all of us. After a day of messing around on their outdoor playground, hit the Grind Cafe with a full list of snacks AND beer, wine and specialty cocktails. If you're a parent, grab a cocktail as you watch your kiddos play on the indoor trampolines.
Toasting post-shred — no matter the language, location, or libation — is universal. And it doesn’t matter if you’ve aced a black-diamond run, skidded down the bunny hill, or spent the afternoon curled up by the fire. Any and all such daytime winter activities warrant an invite to lift a glass and kick up your heels as the sun wanes and kisses the mountaintops of the Wasatch Back.