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Let’s be honest: sometimes the best part of a ski day is what happens after it’s over, the way a cold beer tastes when your cheeks are still flush with the cold, your tired legs can relax, and you can finally catch up with friends who tend to ski too fast. That might be why après ski is as integral a part of ski culture as catching the first chair on a powder day or stopping for a hot chocolate when it’s cold. Here’s our list of Steamboat’s hottest spots for après ski—even if you didn’t actually ski.

SLOPESIDE

The most obvious place to start is Ski Time Square, where ski boots are still going to be the most acceptable style of footwear. Click off your skis and slide right into Slopeside Grill, aptly named for its prime location right on the slopes, but still stumbling distance from the base. Here you’ll find more than a dozen beers on tap and cocktails that can be purchased by the pitcher. There’s also a sizable wine list including a hearty selection of bubbly and you can even buy the kitchen staff a 6-pack for $8. Happy hour deals abound in addition to all those bar food favorites you’re craving after a long day on the slopes, from burgers and wings to handmade pizzas. //slopesidegrill.com

TBAR

Located right below the base of the Thunderhead lift, the TBar  is a Steamboat après institution. The self-proclaimed “five-star dive bar” is a refreshing throwback to old school Steamboat. Get your après on local style with creative cocktails, plenty of beer, tasty wine and a menu featuring “classic and international ski cuisine” with everything from Swiss Rosti to a peanut butter panini. For those who mean business, there’s a menu of shot specials where get-er-done drinkers can down the hard stuff for only $5. //tbarsteamboat.com

THE PARAMOUNT

If you want to start a little early, say over brunch, swing by The Paramount for S@#^ on a Shingle (corned beef hash with gravy and eggs on toast) and a Bellini, as well as a full brunch menu with a creative spin on traditional favorites. Après ski lasts until 3 p.m. but with cocktails like Bloody Marys, Mimosas, and Greyhound Punch, it’s the perfect spot for a little day drinking. Also serving salads, sandwiches and soups, it’s a great place for a boozy lunch, too. //theparamountcolorado.com

LOS LOCOS

If happy hour and Mexican food are synonymous in your ski vacay vocabulary, get crazy and head over to Los Locos where the tacos are next-level—from ancho chili braised beef and blackened tuna to battered mahi and marinated pork, there are over a dozen varieties to choose from. Ditto for the cocktail menu, with its elevated margaritas including strawberry basil, pineapple jalapeño and watermelon. During cocktail hour, nachos are only $5, and tacos, drafts and margs are $1 off—now that’s a language we can all understand. /loslocossteamboat.com

ROUTTIE’S BBQ

Named for Routt County locals, Routtie’s BBQ is all about fueling your inner fire with low and slow pecan smoked Colorado meats served with a secret BBQ sauce. With daily happy hour specials, a full bar and Colorado craft beers on tap, there are plenty of options to choose from to wash it all down. Just steps from the lifts in Torian Plum Plaza, with a patio facing the slopes to soak up the sun, it’s a great place to stop for that long lunch that (oops) might extend into après. //steamboat.com/things-to-do/dining/routties-barbecue

TIMBER & TORCH

With its brand-new base area plaza, you can bet Steamboat Square will be hopping all winter long with options new and old. Sit next to the roaring fire and soak in the views from the deck at Timber & Torch, where you’ll have front row seats to the new Skeeter’s Rink and Gondola Stage, or enjoy their version of al fresco dinning when they roll up the doors and bring the outdoors inside. Wash down bistro-inspired, Steamboat themed items such as the Ski Town U.S.A. burger with a wide variety of craft beers and creative cocktails. //steamboat.com/things-to-do/dining/timber-and-torch

TRUFFLE PIG

With a name like Truffle Pig you know you’re going to find creative cocktails, including three different spins on traditional drinks like Old Fashioned and the Manhattan. Hipsters will love the extensive list of craft cocktails with unusual ingredients like the Lavender Flip (gin, rose hips, lavender pollen emulsion, emulsified egg white and lavender smoke). There’s even a single barrel select program with over 25 selections of bourbon, whiskey, and tequila—now that’s what we like to call a high brow happy hour. //trufflepigrestaurant.com

SADDLES AT THE SHERATON

Known for its “elevated après,” Saddles at the Sheraton attracts both locals and visitors alike for their epic views of the slopes from the outdoor heated patio and the cozy lounge seating inside. In terms of food and drinks, Saddles is dishing out exactly what you’re craving, from nachos and wings to delicious pizzas and burgers old-school style. With a sizable cocktail menu and beers on tap to wash it all down. Whether you like to go big or small, when it comes to a hopping après ski scene, Steamboat has it all. //marriott.com/en-us/hotels/hdnss-sheraton-steamboat-resort-villas/dining


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