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Vail apres

Apres Ski and Nightlife


Definition: Après-ski (French: after skiing) refers to going out, having drinks, dancing, and generally socializing after skiing. Skiers often stop at bars right after their last run of the day while still wearing all their ski gear.

Kicking back after a day on the slopes with food and drinks is a time honored tradition in ski culture. At Vail, the après scene is as varied as the terrain. Grab a beer and watch skiers and snowboarders make their way down the last run of the day at the slopeside decks of Garfinkels, The Chop House, or Tavern at Arrabelle in Lionshead or Los Amigos looking up at Pepi's Face from Vail Village. A trip to Vail isn't complete without a slice at Vendetta's and a sing along with live music at The Red Lion. You could spend an entire month at Vail and not visit all the options!

Once the sun goes down, the party starts. Vail is a pedestrian friendly town, with too many restaurants and bars within walking distance or a short free bus ride to list. Whether you are looking for a laid back bar scene or an all night dance party, you're in for a good time. 

Some of the bars, dancing, and live music venues are listed below. Have fun and drink lots of water - Vail's elevation is over 8,000 feet, so staying hydrated is key to making the most out of tomorrow's day on the mountain!

Après Ski

Tavern on the Square - Vail’s premiere après hot spot, Tavern on the Square is just steps from the Eagle Bahn Gondola in Lionshead. Enjoy incredible mountain views from the year round patio.

Cucina - Possibly Vail’s best kept secret, enjoy fireside après at Vail’s original hotel, the Lodge at Vail, adjacent to Gondola One in Vail Village.

Elway’s - Denver’s best steakhouse meets the mountains at John Elway’s highly acclaimed restaurant. Settle-in for a hearty meal and fine cocktails in Vail Village.

Vendetta's - Featuring pizza by the slice, it has become the local hang-out for Vail's ski patrollers. On Bridge Street.

Bart & Yeti's - Apres or evening, this is a down-to-earth tavern and long time fixture on the Lionshead Mall.

Bully Ranch - Locally famous mudslides and burgers hit the spot in this low-key, western-style bar after a day on the slopes. In the Sonnenalp Resort.

Sarah's Lounge - A Vail apres tradition, alpine style with the legendary Helmut Fricker. In the Christiania Lodge.

The Red Lion - 'The place to be after you ski.' Get there early for a prized spot on the front deck or the traditional ski bar inside. Top of Bridge Street.

Shakedown -  Shakedown Bar is a music venue and bar that is dedicated to delivering a musical experience that you won't soon forget! Top of Bridge St.

Pepi's - For a more refined crowd, this is the apres-ski place for live music on the heated patio. On Bridge Street.

Garfinkel's - A huge deck for apres-ski an people watching at the base of the mountain. In Lionshead across from the Gondola.

Bistro Fourteen at Eagle's Nest - The perfect spot to stop and enjoy the views, a beverage and great food atop Vail Mountain before heading down into town. Top of the Gondola.

Fireside Lounge at Four Seasons Resort and Residences - With an outdoor terrace illuminated by firepits year-round, Fireside Lounge is a destination for cocktails, cuisine and conversation.


Vendetta's - New and expanded, featuring pizza by the slice. On Bridge Street.

Bart & Yeti's - Apres or evening, this is a down-to-earth tavern and long time fixture on the Lionshead Mall.

The George - Intimate setting and downbeat nightlife in The Mountain Haus Lodge. On Bridge Street.

The Bully Ranch - Be sure to sample a 'mud-slide' and enjoy the true Colorado Western cuisine and barbecue. In the Sonnenalp Resort.

The Red Lion - 'The place to be apres ski.' Get there early for a prized spot on the front deck. Live acoustic music nightly. Top of Bridge Street.

Pepi's - For a more refined crowd, this is the apres-ski place to listen to live music on the heated deck. On Bridge Street.

The Vail Ale House - Craft beers and great food with live bands and sports in West Vail

Garfinkel's - A huge deck for apres-ski at the base of the mountain. Nightly specials throughout the week. In LionsHead across from Gondola.

The Altitude Billiards and Sports Bar - A big sports bar with big screen TVs, billiards and video games. In the Evergreen Lodge.


Shakedown Bar- A live music joint.  Shakedownbarvail.com  Phone: 970-479-0556

Samana - Live Music and DJ's on Bridge Street near the covered bridge.

Vail Underground- An entire room, just to get your groove on. On Bridge Street.

Live Music

The Red Lion - Traditional ski bar in Vail with live acoustic music nightly. Top of Bridge Street

Shakedown Bar - A live music joint.

Vail Ale House - Craft beer and great food in West Vail, showcasing live music from touring bands.

Samana - Live DJ's and music acts, on Bridge Street near the covered bridge.

All Ages

Adventure Ridge - A snow park the size of a football stadium on the top of the mountain, with tubing, ski bikes, bungee trampoline, bunny run, kid's snowmobile and family food favorite Bistro Fourteen.  Call 970-SKI-VAIL for more information.

Imagination Station - A Children's Museum for ages 2-12
Engage, explore, wonder and question. The Imagination Station will be open Sunday through Friday from 10am to 6pm throughout the ski season.Located in the loft above Subway in Lionshead.
$5 per child. Adults and Infants are Free.

Registration: Required only for drop-off.
If you are 3 or older - and potty trained - you can stay with Imagination Station staff for up to 3 hours staff will guide you through a variety of activities depending on your interest. Your parents can enjoy the Vail Valley while you play and learn with us.

Parking is available for 90 minutes FREE in the Lionshead Parking Structure and free after 3:00 p.m. for any length of stay.

To register or for more information contact VRD Youth Services at 970-479-2292.

Ice Skating - Located in the Arrabelle at Vail Square in Lionshead and at Solaris Plaza in Vail Village, ice skating is available in the winter. 


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