Après-ski at Utah's Vintage Bars and Modern Classics
The Best Après-Ski Spots From Slopeside to Downtown
A day spent sliding and floating on The Greatest Snow on Earth® warrants such an afternoon of eating, drinking and revelry, refueling and toasting to the ski gods for more powder days to come. Take your last turns, stow away your skis or snowboard, then come with us to several world-class vintage bars at mountain resorts and to modern classics in the city within walking distance of several hotels. It’s the ideal way to end your snow day. These are some of the best après ski bars in Utah.
Après Ski Bars in Park City
136 Heber Ave, Park City – (435) 602-1155
One of Park City’s newest culinary attractions, Handle has turned heads with its refined, yet casual, comfort cuisine made with local and regional ingredients. Prepared by former Talisker on Main executive chef Briar Handly and served in industrial-modern-decorated digs, the food ranges from imaginative small plates to quintessential high-elevation entrees and is backed by a well-crafted wine list and pre-Prohibition-era cocktails.
High West Distillery
703 Park Ave, Park City – (435) 649-8300
“Sunday brunch is one of the most popular times to visit the Wanship distillery,” High West Distillery brand manager Jenny Goolsby says. “People come mid-morning for a relaxing meal. Then they find out they can stay for a distillery tour and will come back into the bar for a tasting flight after. It makes for a great day.” Since construction finished in 2015, the Wanship site snuggled in the Wasatch Mountains off of I-80 has become the flagship destination distillery for tours and tastings in Utah (Read: “The Hills Are Alive with the Scent of Whiskey”). Originally started in Park City by Dave and Jane Perkins in 2006, High West Distillery’s brand paved the way for distillers all over the state to apply for licensing. Visitors can still see the original distilling operation at the historic High West Saloon in Old Town Park City. The Saloon is still a ski-in hot spot from Park City Mountain while the distillery is a destination drive about 30 minutes away. (Contributed by Darby Doyle)
4000 Canyons Resort Dr., Park City – (435) 615-4828
After some corduroy laps around Park City Mountain, watch the sunset from inside the Umbrella Bar. This unique yurt-like structure has full glass walls for 360-degree panoramic views. Conveniently located at the Resort Village, the Umbrella Bar is an unbeatable gathering spot on a sunny winter afternoon. Umbrella Bar serves grub like housemade chili and buffalo hot dogs, as well as an extensive selection of brews. Indulge in a Utah sconeburger (as awesome as it sounds), or join your friends for a game of corn hole in your ski boots while sipping pints of local Cutthroat Ale.
Après Ski Bars Near Salt Lake City
161 E. 200 South, Salt Lake City – (385) 259-0905
The libation emporium complex co-owned by "Modern Family" actor Ty Burrell is made up of the craft-cocktail-minded Bar-X and the brew-centric Beer Bar. “A love letter to the beer of the world,” Beer Bar pours nearly 30 beers on tap, with another 140-plus in bottles. What’s more, there’s always plenty of sports projected on the walls. And a menu — created in part by local chef and "Iron Chef America" winner Viet Pham — gives the hungry apres-ski crowd a choice selection of the best brats in the city, served till 2 a.m. (Read: “Short List: Local Salt Lake City Nightlife Picks”)
111 E Broadway #190, Salt Lake City – (801) 355-0543
Celebrity restaurateurs in their own right, Ryan and Colleen Lowder have elevated the dining scene of Utah’s capital city with big city skill, hospitality and a passion for locally sourced food. Though fine dining is their background, the Copper Onion is a relaxed atmosphere focused on community, craft and sustainability. They quickly built a loyal local and traveler following and have since expanded their portfolio to nextdoor’s sophisticated and urban Copper Common and the mid-valley Copper Kitchen. Kick things off with the market cocktail at Copper Common to taste the best of the season, and with whatever plate you order, be sure to precede it with the tots. (The signature Copper Onion burger is always a good choice.) Open 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. (Copper Onion opens for lunch).
Cotton Bottom Inn
2820 E 6200 S, Holladay – (801) 849-8847
Many canyon locals will argue that Cotton Bottom Inn has Utah’s best garlic burger. Dig in, because there are scant other food options here aside from the award-winning explosion of garlicky goodness. After eating, don’t miss knocking around a few games of pool and putting some quarters in the jukebox at this dark no-frills tavern.
The Hog Wallow Pub
3200 E Big Cottonwood Canyon Rd, Cottonwood Heights – (801) 733-5567
The Hog Wallow is a locals’ favorite spot for listening to live music four nights a week — Wednesday through Saturday — and devouring Tornado Tom’s barbecue. Established at the bottom of Big Cottonwood Canyon in 1947, an oaky interior and wooden sculptures help give Cottonwood Heights’ most notorious après-ski bar a rustic charm.
Sugar House Pub
1994 S. 1100 East, Salt Lake City – (801) 413-2857
Sugar House Pub attracts a diverse blend of patrons: college students from nearby Westminster College, skiers en route back to downtown Salt Lake City and everyone in between. Friendly bartenders serve cheap sips in this dimly-lit enclave, and the vibe is chill as you sit in comfy chairs or play a game of pool after your ski day. Best of all, the rising Sugar House area is home to several new restaurants and old valley favorites, and a streetcar line connects to TRAX light rail for public transit back downtown.