1. J-Bar at the Hotel Jerome in Aspen, Colorado
J-Bar is the cozy lounge you've been waiting for. Its casual but classy decor attracts Aspen locals and ski tourists alike. There's food, beverage, and an unbeatable atmosphere. Rumor has it Hunter S. Thompson headed for the J-Bar when he needed a drop...
2. Wobbly Barn in Killington, Vermont
After a long day on the slopes, a porterhouse from the Wobbly Barn's kitchen will put some color back in your cheeks. The upstairs bar and music venue is a great way to pass the evening and meet people. It's the no-frills, food-and-fun establishment every ski town needs. Oh, and there's a free shuttle to and from the bar. No wonder they've been a Killington staple for 45 years.
3. The Attic at the Salish Lodge in Snoqualmie, Washington
The Attic is one winter hideaway you'll want on your map. This bar overlooks the gorgeous Snoqualmie Falls, which partially freeze in the winter creating an incredible vortex of ice and mist. Come for the view and stay for the wood-fired pizza and drinks — including local craft brews.
4. The Million Dollar Cowboy in Jackson, Wyoming
Escape from the wild Wyoming winter at the Million Dollar Cowboy. There are a million reasons to go, but here are three: It's got the best country Western music in the Tetons, famous knobbled pine construction, and Western curios on display for customers. Oh, and they serve the stuff that'll warm you up.
5. KANU Lounge at Whiteface Lodge in Lake Placid, NY
Cozy up next to the fireplace in the relaxed Adirondack atmosphere of the KANU Lounge. With 20 different vodkas, a selection of 25 single malt scotches, a wide variety of local brews, and over 400 wines to chose from, you can find the perfect drink to complement the live music after a long day on the slopes.
6. Shovel Handle Pub in Jackson, New Hampshire
When temperatures begin to drop in the Northeast, the rustic charm of the Shovel Handle Pub makes you feel at home. The views of Black Mountain, combined with the Yankee-style cuisine, makes this a must-go après-ski destination in the New England area.
7. The Last Dollar Saloon in Telluride, Colorado
Located in the heart of Telluride's historic Victorian downtown, The Last Dollar Saloon — known locally as “The Buck” — is the go-to bar destination for a great atmosphere, diverse crowd, and wide selection of music. Grab one of their highly acclaimed margaritas and warm up next to their old stone fireplace.
8. Maggie's Pub at Lake Placid Lodge, New York
Enjoy the Adirondacks in style and comfort from Maggie's Pub at the Lake Placid Lodge. With a fire in the hearth, a full bar of spirits, hearty pub food, and armchairs to spare, Maggie's is the coziest setting you can imagine after a long day in the snow.
9. Troll Hallen Lounge at Stein Erikson Lodge in Park City, Utah
Situated in the heart of Deer Valley, the views offered at the Troll Hallen Lounge are unparalleled. Treat yourself to an amazing dinner or order fondue as you sit by the fire pit after a day on the powder!
10. Le Chamois in Squaw Valley, California
Le Chamois is THE bar hotspot of the Squaw Valley. Located on the west side of The Village, Le Chamois is the go-to spot to see and be seen. After a day of conquering KT-22, you can grab a beer and make new friends on the lawn, in the loft, and even on their roof.
11. Shooting Star Saloon in Huntsville, Utah.
The Shooting Star in Huntsville is one dive that you cannot miss. The beer and burgers can't be beat, particularly the Star Burger. It's got two patties, Polish knackwurst cheese, and sautéed onions. Wowzah. The eclectic wall decor will give you something to talk about, and the beer and burgers will shut you right up. The perfect winter hang.
12. 39 Degrees Lounge at Sky Hotel Bar in Aspen, Colorado
Called one of the hippest and trendiest places in town, 39 Degrees Lounge is the authority for an après-ski party. With poolside dance parties, innovative cocktails, modern decor, and a highly acclaimed burger, the lounge at the Sky Hotel is proof you can party like spring break in the dead of winter.
13. Taste Bistro at Mirror Lake Inn in Lake Placid, New York
It's not called Taste Bistro for nothing! This cozy gastropub serves interesting drinks and elevated dishes, the perfect class (but not too classy) way to end a cold winter's day. Come for dinner or for drinks and enjoy the views over Mirror Lake. Your stomach certainly won't regret it.
14. Coppertop in Breckenridge, Colorado
Because location really is everything. Sometimes you need vitals midway through a day on the slopes. Enter Coppertop, part of Beaver Run Resort at the base of Peak 9. They've got beer on tap, wine, liquor, drink specials, and plenty of grub to fill your stomach. It's a place to end your day, begin your day, or chill out for a while. And you just can't beat the location. Feel free to clomp inside with your boots on.