After a long day out on the slopes, there's nothing better than cozying up by a fireplace and connecting with friends to re-live the day's adventures, share some drinks, and enjoy delicious après grub. Fortunately, powderhounds around Jackson have plenty of options to choose from, from down-home watering holes to upscale breweries. Whether you ski at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, Snow King, or out in the backcountry, these options will keep you fed and happy after a great day out on the hill.
One word of caution: If you happen to find yourself overserved, be sure to take a taxi or the local START Bus home. It costs just $3 for a bus ride from Teton Village to town and will help keep you off one local website you definitely don't want to make an appearance on.
So, without further ado, let's raise a glass to the best après bars in Jackson. Cheers!
1. Mangy Moose
The Mangy Moose is the classic Teton Village apres ski spot, and Forbes Traveler even named it one of the “10 Hottest Apres Ski Bars in the World.” The Moose boasts live music most days of the week with weekly standbys like Major Zephyr on Sundays and Fresh Roy and the Winch Cats on Tuesdays, just to name a couple. The venue boasts regular shows Sunday through Thursday with bigger acts on Friday and Saturday nights, and it's kid-friendly until 10 pm, when the real nightlife starts. The Moose also offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner in addition to après eats.
2. Million Dollar Cowboy Bar
If sitting on a saddle is on your agenda, saunter over to the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar , which many visitors place on their “must do” list. This famous bar features a down-home cowboy vibe and a plethora of western memorabilia to check out as your sip your suds from atop a genuine saddle. Many nights also feature live music.
Stop by this contemporary steakhouse during happy hour (4-6 pm) for what's been voted the best happy hour in town. Local also has a prime location, right on the Town Square. Enjoy a buffalo burger, oyster shooters, wings, or handcrafted charcuterie along with a full drink menu.
4. Snake River Brewing
Wyoming's oldest brewery also boasts a killer après scene. Snake River Brewing is the place to come for Pako's IPA, Jenny Lake Lager, Zonker Stout, and many other favorite local brews. They're complemented by favorites like sweet potato fries, a sausage sampler plate, wings, or wild game chili. Stop by during happy hour from 4-6 pm for specials.
5. The Handle Bar
For the skier who also happens to be a discerning foodie, The Handle Bar inside the Four Seasons is just the spot, with modern pub grub for lunch, après, or dinner. Classic après snacks come with a Western twist, such as nachos with elk chili, or try one of the many burgers on the menu. Sides like truffle mac and cheese add an extra dash of swankiness. Warm up at the outdoor terrace features fire pits; a full wall of fire adds some extra drama (just keep the jackets and scarves away from the flames, especially after a few drinks!).
6. Alpenhof Bistro
At the base of the mountain, the Alpenhof Bistro dishes up hearty après options with hearty German flair. Bring your buddies for rib-sticking grub like sausages and fondues alongside wings, burgers, and bison chili. Try the Alpen Fondue with gruyere and emmenthaler mixed with white wine and served alongside apples and bread for dipping. Or try one of the bratwurst and knackwurst options along with sauerkraut and whole grain mustard with a stein of Spaten. Prost!
7. The Spur
Located inside Teton Mountain Lodge, The Spur is the place to be in the Village on game days, but it's also a good après stop any day of the week. Executive Chef Kevin Humphreys' après, lunch, and dinner menus incorporate local ingredients and fresh flavors in hearty, skier-sized portions. Bring a bevy of friends (or make new ones) to attempt the infamous Spur nachos or Marley Nachos, which feature jerk chicken. They're described on the menu as “enough to feed a small village,” and that's no exaggeration—the plates are massive. Or chow down on the 307 fries with braised elk gravy, cheddar, and bacon. Craving some lighter fare? Choose from a range of salads and healthy-ish starters, such as roasted baby beets.
8. Piste Mountain Bistro
The on-mountain Piste Mountain Bistro is a great second stop along your après path. It opens at 5:30 pm, a solid hour and a half after the lifts close, so stop by one of the other Teton Village watering holes first and then load the gondola to ascend to this on-mountain culinary delight. Reservations are recommended if you'd like a table, but sauntering up to the bar for some draft beer and shared plates can be another way to enjoy this brand-new restaurant, which just opened in mid-December. Shared plates include lamb and quinoa meatballs and braised buffalo sliders. And the sweet treats—warm monkey bread with banana caramel and cinnamon salt and pear pie—are incredible.
After a ski day at the Village, stop by the Roadhouse on your way back into town for some award-winning microbrews and eats. Sample one of the crowd-pleasing saisons on the menu, delve into a Rhombus, and be sure to sample the Avarice & Greed if it's available. The menu features a mix of tried-and-true favorites and more creative dishes: hush puppies with honey butter, cornmeal-dusted fried pickles, fried chicken and waffles, or a grilled octopus tostada. The Roadhouse is conveniently located along a bus line so you can safely get back to town if you happen to overindulge in those tasty microbrews.
10. Silver Dollar Bar
If you ski at Snow King or otherwise end up in town after your ski session, don't miss a stop by the Silver Dollar Bar inside the historic Wort Hotel. The real star of the show are the more than 4,000 1921 uncirculated Morgan silver dollars throughout the hotel and bar. While you're admiring those historic coins, dig into the nachos, a buffalo burger, or the Wort's famous corn chowder to satisfy your après ski hunger. Happy hour is from 4-7 pm and lets you save a dollar (silver or otherwise) on certain drinks.