Nowhere else in Utah are libation-serving establishments more concentrated than Park City. Following are a few of my favorite après ski locales, conveniently divided into Ski Bum (the dirt bag hangouts), Ski Bunny (mid-range, slightly more mature gathering places) and finally Ski Billionaire (swankaterias where furs and diamonds are the rule).
O’Shuck’s Bar & Grill(427 Main Street) is a subterranean haven for 22- and 23-year-olds which feels (and often smells) like a frat house basement. O’Shuck’s serves big schooners of beer—18 different brews on tap—and all-you-can eat peanuts, the shells of which cover the floor. On Tuesdays, PBR schooners and burgers are just $3 each.
Just try and resist the gravitational pull ofThe Corner Store(Park City Mountain Resort Plaza) as you clomp through the plaza at Park City Mountain Resort. Live bands play here most days of the week and the daily $2 PBRs and $3 tequila shots attract the kind of crowd you’d expect: 20-somethings looking for a quick and cheap buzz before heading up to Main Street for more serious partying.
OShucks, caption: O’Shucks is Park City’s quintessential “come as you are” beer and burger bar.
Christened after Deer Valley’s beloved founder Edgar Stern,Edgar’s Beer & Spirits Lounge (Snow Park Lodge, second level) is where locals and visitors not staying at a Deer Valley property go for a cocktail either inside in the intimate bar or outdoors on the sun-washed deck. The EBS’s Blueberry Mojito and Elderberry Cocktail are past Park City cocktail contest award winners.
In it’s previous incarnation as The Alamo,The No Name Saloon (447 Main St.) would have been listed squarely in the Ski Bum section of this post. New owners have managed to maintain the no-frills appeal of this popular watering hole while bumping service up just enough to attract a more well-heeled customer. Pooches waiting patiently outside for their owners are a common sight at No Name.
If you’re looking for a quintessentially European après ski experience, go directly to the Deer Valley’s Goldener Hirsch Inn (7570 Royal Street East). Tucked slightly behind the slope-facing lodges at Deer Valley’s Silver Lake area, this rustically elegant oasis is worth looking for. In addition to a warm fire, cold beer and decadent mulled wine, the GH serves some of the best après ski fare in Park City including classic fondue and Raclette.
At Canyons’Waldorf Astoria (2100 Frostwood Dr.) the après experience is a high-end family affair. Après ski receptions are held in the front lobby in front of the enormous Italian marble fireplace most afternoons of the winter season. And then slightly later in the evening the action moves outside to the fire pits for Cowboy Tunes & Tales.
Swiss native Elsbeth Gugi plays the accordion, yodels and leads sign-a-longs every Thursday at the Goldener Hirsch from 2:30 to 5 p.m.