As any Vail local will tell you, après ski is something we look forward to after a long day on the slopes. It is a time to unwind, spend time with good friends, and enjoy a delicious alcoholic beverage with appetizers. After returning your rental ski/snowboard equipment for the day to American Ski Exchange, go ahead and take a load off. Here are a list of our favorite après ski places in Vail Village and in Lionshead. Cheers!
Best Slopeside Views: Los Amigos
Los Amigos: https://www.losamigosvail.com/
Located at the base of Pepi’s face and Gondola One, Los Amigos has great slopeside views! Grab some nachos and watch the skiers as they cruise down the mountain. There are also a variety of different margaritas to choose from: the jalapeño-rita, skinny señorita, and riva margarita.
Best Live Music: The Red Lion and Pepi’s
Bar & Restaurant
The Red Lion: https://www.theredlion.com/
These two locales are always hopping with locals and tourists alike. Both have live music regularly. They are great places for large groups of friends to grab drinks and enjoy great music!
Best Mudslide: Bully Ranch
Bully Ranch: https://sonnenalp.com/dining/bully-ranch/
Located inside the Sonnenalp, Bully Ranch has a unique European ambiance. It is most well-known for its great burgers and delicious mudslides. The mudslides are my favorite!
Best Sangria: El Segundo
El Segundo: https://www.elsegundovail.com/welcome
El Segundo not only has delicious tacos that change seasonally, but also the best sangria – red wine and white wine sangria. The deck of El Segundo also overlooks Gore Creek.
Best Handcrafted Cocktails: The Remedy Bar in The Four Seasons The Remedy Bar: https://www.fourseasons.com/vail/dining/lounges/ the_remedy_bar/?seo=google_local_vai3_amer
The best place for a unique handcrafted cocktail while sitting fireside overlooking Vail Mountain. My favorites are the – V – (Wheatley Vodka, Lemon, Blueberry, St Germain, Laurent-Perrier Brut) and Red Sky in the Morning (Maestro Dobel Remedy Selection Tequila, Pomegranate Reduction, Fresh Orange Juice, Lime).
Best Deck: Garfinkel’s
Affectionately referred to as “Garfs” by the locals, Garfinkel’s is a great place to watch a football game and grab a beer. Located steps away from Lionshead Gondola, it boasts an expansive deck. Loosen your ski boots and grab a picnic table on the deck. Enjoy the people watching as you kick back and spend time with good friends!
Best Slopeside Margarita: El Sabor
El Sabor: https://elsaborvail.com/
El Sabor is also located steps away from Lionshead Gondola. The deck overlooks Vail Mountain and Gore Creek. Grab a table on the deck and order some margaritas! They are the best in Vail! Top that off with some chips, queso, and salsa and it’s a party! They also have a wide variety of Mexican food to choose from. I personally am a fan of the fajitas, but they also make a mean cheeseburger.