3 of the Best Après Ski spots in Vail

Mention Vail, Colorado - a world-class ski destination - will come to mind amongst travelers with good reason. While this scenic locale is certainly loved for its luxury, ski schools, and amazing slopes, it’s also home to some of the most inspiring après ski stops imaginable. After a day of snowboarding, skiing, tubing, or downhill lessons, nothing is more refreshing than gathering with family and friends and enjoying delicious bites and amazing beverages with stunning views. Here in Vail, there’s no shortage of options when it comes to the best après ski in Vail to choose from, so here are a few of the best to make narrowing down options simpler the next time you’re here.

The Red Lion

Located at 304 Bridge Street in the heart of Vail Village, The Red Lion is a restaurant and nightclub that’s also earned its stripes as a top après ski destination in the area. From the vibrant setting and live music to the friendly service, The Red Lion has all the ingredients required to make it a place the après ski crowd longs to linger, including outdoor seating. It’s a staple in the village that hosts a sprawling patio that fills up quickly during ski season. Not to worry, the tables inside are just as nice! The handcrafted cocktail menu here is always a big draw but guests can also enjoy local Colorado beers, wines, and small bites that are sure to please. Visit TheRedLion.com >


When a sports bar setting is more your idea of a great après ski stop, then Garfinkel’s is the place to be. Found at 536 E. Lionshead Circle, Garfinkel’s hosts great mountain views, a wrap-around bar, and a large deck for patrons to enjoy. This stop is notorious for its many creative cocktails and solid beer and wine listings, making it the perfect place for a guy’s ski trip too. When cravings come calling after a day on the slopes, Garfinkel’s invites guests to enjoy everything from burgers and chicken wings to nachos, fries, fish and chips, and beyond. Visit GarfsVail.com >

Tavern on the Square

For those who are looking for après ski stops around Lionshead, Tavern on the Square is a savory must! Located at 675 Lionshead Place, this locale hosts a large patio, and stunning views of Vail Mountain too. Tavern on the Square boasts a laid-back yet energetic atmosphere for guests to enjoy with touches of European-inspired style included, making one of our favorite Lionshead dining experiences. Whether you sit down for service or settle in at the bar, you’re sure to find something to order that pleases the palate with every visit. Learn More >

Couple enjoying apres ski in Vail, CO

No matter when you arrive in Vail in the name of fun, having amazing accommodations in place only makes it all that much better. Reach out to the team at the Lodge at Lionshead today to learn more about our incredible vacation rentals available and how we can help you elevate your Colorado experience from start to finish. We can’t wait to see you here soon!