Although après ski has its roots in the Alps, the tradition has become so popular that it’s found its way to Vail in Colorado. More and more ski resorts in the USA are embracing the après scene; sitting down at a bar with a good drink as a reward for a long, exciting day of skiing. Although a new tradition in the resort, here are our best picks for your Vail après-ski and nightlife.


A slice of Italy in Colorado, Vendettas is a great choice for your Vail après ski. Found in the resort centre, its great location means this pizza bar is never far away. Enjoy some delicious food whilst basking in the sun on their patio with a pint in hand. It’s the best of Italy in the best of Colorado.

Stay At:

Hotel Lodge at Vail in Colorado is located slopeside and is one of the top hotels in the resort.

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Vail après ski

Mountain Standard

If you’re looking for that classic American grill experience, then you need to stop by Mountain Standard. The perfect people watching spot, relax on the patio with a delicious burger and drink. This Vail après ski grill is a great reward for a tiring day exploring the slopes.

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The Antlers in Vail is a condominium style hotel with a great location positioned by the ski lifts.

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Vail après ski

The Remedy Bar

Just like its name says, this Vail après ski bar is the remedy to a long, exciting day on the mountain. With a great selection of drinks, choose from delicious wines to exciting cocktails to a reliable pint. The friendly service at this bar is really the cherry on top when you unwind as the sun goes down.

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Arrabelle Hotel in Vail is a luxurious property and is ideally located close to the slopes.

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Vail après ski

Shakedown Bar

A great hideaway in Vail, Shakedown bar is a staunch favourite amongst live music lovers. Come here in the afternoon for all your Vail après ski needs. The house band never disappoints, and the intimate setting of the bar makes it one of the cosiest evening places in the Vail nightlife scene. Sit back and enjoy the ambience with a good drink in hand.

Live music bar


With great food, an amazing view, live sports on the screens, and a great atmosphere, Garfinkels is one of the most popular Vail après ski bars for a reason. You can also relax on the terrace whilst looking out over the stunning views. And with such friendly staff, what’s keeping you away?

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Roost & Flower

This sophisticated wine bar is perfect for those looking for a delicious drink and good conversation in their Vail nightlife experience. Roost & Flower is found right in the centre of the resort, a perfect location as you come off the slopes and crave a delicious wine or cocktail. And while you’re there, why not order some calamari or even oysters!

Wine bar

Bart & Yeti’s

This small bar tucked in the Lifthouse Lodge in Lionshead, has a great range of drinks and bar snacks to enjoy. You can keep warm by the log fire in this cosy bar whilst enjoying live music or sport on the TV. There’s also a great patio area to enjoy a drink in the sun.

Bart and Yeti's bar in Vail

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