In a town known for its blend of fine powder and hot spots worth savoring, it would be hard not to have a good time in Park City. In fact, thanks to the presence of two world-class ski resorts and tons of ski-in/ski-out lodging and eateries, the number of options are almost dizzying for those who aren’t from around the area.
The good news is that it’s hard to mess this up: if you’ve come as far as Park City, you’re well poised to run into a quality watering-hole where soggy ski pants fit seamlessly into the dress code.
That being said, locals are partial to a few particular standbys, and we know where to take visiting friends to either impress them, fill their bellies on a budget, show them a fun time, or demonstrate the vast proficiency of a beloved local Mexican establishment that features a full bar of colorful salsas. Here are a few of our favorites.
High West: Because it Belongs on Every List
Call us unoriginal, because High West Saloon is well known as a hip Park City hangout that happens to be the only ski-in distillery in the world. But it’s on every must-do list for good reason, so let’s start with it. You’ll find exceptional cocktails (mostly featuring whiskey, of course) and some truly tasteful menu items with just the kind of classy spins on comfort food that you want after a chilly day outside.
Firewood: The New Kid on Main Street
If you’re looking for something interesting, saunter up Main Street to Firewood, a head-turning new hangout featuring a fully wood fire-cooked food menu. (That’s right, the chef has skipped a conventional stove and oven altogether and prepares everything over wood fire.) Its downstairs bar, called the Nickel Bar, is a throwback to the town’s earliest days and serves superb cocktails (many, of course, with fiery themes) and a tasty food menu from upstairs. Try the Fire Line drink, which combines all things related to tequila, citrus, flames, and awesomeness.
The Cabin: When You’re Feeling Un-fussy And Just Want a Drink
This unassuming bar near the bottom of the main drag is one locals tend to duck into when you just want a beer and a good time. The Cabin’s calendar is packed with a variety of live music, so there’s no need to wander off after après. Settle in, enjoy rambling conversation, and stare at their brilliant "Elkupine" logo creature. Ask nicely and they’ll send you home with a matchbook bearing this noble mascot.
Spur Bar & Grill: Live Music Every Night
This western-inspired bar and grill is known for its great comfort food and live music every night. It does a solid job with pub favorites like chicken wings and burgers, and brick-oven pizzas are a popular choice for sharing. On tap you’ll find wine and beer, plus a selection of signature cocktails. Every evening, the Spur hosts live music, including both local musicians and national artists on tour. Check out its calendar to see who’s playing, but expect to find entertainers across all music genres, including rock, country, folk, bluegrass, and blues.
No Name Saloon: The Must-Do
In the center of Main Street action, No Name isn’t exactly a no-name...in fact, it’s a longstanding favorite of locals and tourists. It oozes with character and a bar top most visitors and residents of Park City have, at some point, set a glass upon. On warmer evenings, bask in the outdoor deck upstairs. And enjoy the random tchotchkes and ski memorabilia. Because they’re cheesy, and that’s absolutely perfect.
El Chubasco: When Your Heart and Soul Yearn for Mexican
Set off Main Street, five minutes away in an unassuming little strip-mall, is a hallmark of local cuisine called El Chubasco. This little nook is home to some seriously authentic Mexican fare, which you can wash down with a Dos Equis or two, spending less than $20 for the visit. One high-point of the experience: a prominent salsa bar in the center of the restaurant offers nearly every type and spiciness-rating you can think of. After you place your order at the counter, you can bide your time collecting mini plastic cups of every salsa you’d like to try with your dish. This place is the right move when you’ve had a big day and need meaningful sustenance, now.
Originally written for Visit Park City.