The best way to unwind after a day on the mountain skiing or snowboarding is to head to Après-ski! What is apres ski? Après-ski is a French term from the 1950s which literally means “after ski” or “after skiing”. According to Merriam-Webster, it is defined as a “social activity (as at a ski lodge, bar or restaurant) after a day’s skiing“. And, Vail’s “Après” offerings are incredible, whether you’re looking for a large sunny mountain side deck or a more intimate fire-side spot, we’ve got the perfect spot for whatever mood you’re in that day!
We’ve broken down our favorites by area throughout the Villages and invite you to find your favorite spot (but no need to choose just one)! This list could go on and on, but this gives you a starting point to explore all the Après-ski spots Vail has to offer.
Vail’s Bells Ring Daily to Kick-off Après Aki
After a day of adventure, join in on the second awakening of our quaint alpine villages as bells ring to signify the start of Vail’s après ski. Kick off your skis, explore the Villages and enjoy Signature Specials while you reminisce on the day’s best moments with family and friends. 4pm, daily all winter long. #VailApres
vail village après
Pepi’s – Pepi’s deck, with its large orange umbrellas, is one of the most iconic spots in Vail. Situated in a prime location in Vail Village it is the place to see and be seen. Pepi’s deck is a go-to spot for lunch, afternoon snacks, and dinner. With extensive patio seating featuring maximum afternoon sun or options under cover, this legendary Bavarian restaurant is not to be missed!
The Red Lion – At the top of Bridge Street, discover another iconic location by looking for the signature red and white striped umbrellas. Come early to secure the best spot and order a few drinks, enjoy the casual menu, listen to live music, and enjoy a parade of people watching.
Vendetta’s Italian Restaurant – A hot spot for locals and ski patrollers, the “V” Bar is a perfect spot to share ski stories with friends. This sunny patio is tucked away on Vail Village’s Wall Street and has been serving locals and visitors since 1983. With its casual, friendly vibe, you’ll feel like a local as you pull up a chair and unwind with pizza and a beer.
Los Amigos – Possibly the sunniest deck in Vail Village, at the base of Gondola One, with incredible mountain views and thirst quenching margaritas. Sit back and soak in the rays….watch skiers attempt the famous Pepi’s Face and relax as the kids play at Pirate Ship Park.
El Segundo – This Vail newcomer boasts a large deck overlooking Gore Creek. A high-energy, sophisticated, semi-traditional taqueria & tequila bar, El Segundo is the perfect spot for apps and drinks (do try the Kiss from a Rose white sangria).
Alpenrose – Located along Meadow Drive, Alpenrose has a delightful patio filled with charming Bavarian style to make you feel like you are sitting at the base of the Alps. Enjoy warmth, hospitality, and traditional Bavarian beverages and savory snack plates.
King’s Club – Located inside the Sonnenalp Lodge, visit the King’s Club for live music, comfortable seating and a roaring fireplace – it’s the perfect spot to unwind after a day in the mountains. Enjoy a specialty drink from the top shelf selection, a glass of wine or German beer while you relax by the fireplace and listen to great music from local musicians.
Bad Kitty Lounge – This little hideaway bar is tucked down under the main drag on Bridge Street in Vail Village, with a speakeasy décor and vibe. Enjoy a fresh new cocktail or a spin on an old favorite in this small drinking hole.
Barrio Social – Located in the West Village of Vail, this new high-end bar offers a sleek interior that flows outside onto the patio for optimal people watching and outdoor sunning with a beverage. Drinks (and food) are inspired by travels through Iberian Peninsula, with Spanish and Portuguese wines, cinders, sherries and ports.
Newly opened at the Sonnenalp Lodge, this European street bar serves authentic German fare, creative cocktails and more!
Gorsuch Ski Café
Located at the top of Bridge Street, grab a café table outside or inside and cozy up with a specialty café cocktail, liquor, schnapps, wine or beer.
Honorable mentions: The outdoor patio scene at the top of Bridge Street has become the place to be, as many restaurants have spilled out to the street and often host live music. Notables include 7 Hermits Brewing Pub, Blu Cow, and Big Bear Bistro. And Solaris Plaza is home to many restaurants offering outdoor dining with an exciting and cosmopolitan energy – don’t miss Vail Brewing Company, Deca+Bol, Yeti’s Grind, and Matsuhisa.
Garfinkel’s – Location, location, location! Garfinkels’ expansive deck overlooks Vail Mountain and the Eagle Bahn Gondola. Featuring casual food and libations, it’s a convenient stop before or after a mountain adventure.
Lionshead Chophouse – Located at the base of the Eagle Bahn Gondola and Chair 8, enjoy the sunshine and live music of longtime Vail musician Phil Long while enjoying unique cocktails and delicious post-ski snacks!
Tavern on the Square – With live music nightly during peak season and an outdoor patio with breathtaking mountain views, the Tavern is the perfect spot to kick back after a day on the mountain. Just steps from the Eagle Bahn Gondola in the Arrabelle Lodge, the Tavern has an exciting array of après items with the perfect atmosphere for making new memories.
Bart & Yeti’s – One of Vail’s only local pubs left in the Valley, Bart & Yeti’s doors have been open for 38 years and features one of the most welcoming decks in Lionshead. Tucked in the Lifthouse Lodge, this little Vail bar-and-eats joint is a staple to visit every time you’re in the neighborhood. The laid-back atmosphere is the perfect spot to grab a beer, with good prices and a great staff to bring a smile to the soul.
Honorable mentions: Blue Moose Pizza in the center of Arrabelle Square, Moe’s BBQ on the west end of Lionshead, and El Sabor overlooking Gore Creek in the Lionsquare Lodge.
Golden Peak après
The Fitz – Located in Manor Vail, the patio at The Fitz sits just above the creek and is the perfect spot to grab a bite and beverage after a day on the slopes. The stunning location is a gem serving modern and seasonal American cuisine.
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Gessner Vail & Fireside Lounge – Located in the Grand Hyatt, in Cascade Village, the bar at Gessner features an expansive line up for local microbrews, wines and spirits in a chic atmosphere. The Fireside Lounge provides inventive après-ski food, drink, music, breathtaking mountain views and a can’t-miss social scene.