6 Cozy Cocktail Bars to Try This Winter

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After a long day on the slopes, there’s nothing better than relaxing with friends and family by a fire with a cold, refreshing drink in hand. Whether you’re in the mood for a local microbrew, a craft cocktail or glass of red wine, the après ski scene in Park City has just what you’re looking for.

These six bars will take your après game to the next level, thanks to their intimate ambience, delicious drinks and bar menus full of tempting bites to eat.

Fletcher’s Library Lounge 

Fletchers Library LoungeOne floor below Fletcher’s main dining area, you’ll find a cozy, dimly lit downstairs bar that opens at 5:30 p.m. It’s an ideal spot to sink back into a plush leather wingback as you enjoy an appetizer and hand-crafted cocktail from their extensive bar menu — our favorites are the tuna poke and short rib grilled cheese.

Nickel Bar at Firewood

Firewood Nickel BarWhen you step downstairs at Firewood, you’ll feel like you entered another era. The Nickel Bar has maintained its original 1906-era vibe, lending it an air of sophistication and romance that’s hard to beat. To match the main menu’s seasonal food cooked by wood fire, the bar features cocktails that have elements produced by fire, coals or other open flame techniques — like the Woodlands Old Fashioned, with cherry wood-smoked demerara sugar.

High West Saloon

High West PatioAny list of Park City’s best après bars isn’t complete without High West, the only ski-in/ski-out distillery in the U.S. The saloon is located in a historic livery stable, and there’s a cozy back bar away from the main dining area. Try a sampling of their aged whisky in a High West Flight, or go for the popular Dead Man’s Boots or High West Lemonade cocktail.

The Montage Deer Valley

montageThe bar at Burgers and Bourbon is an ideal après spot located at the Montage, with fireplaces indoors and out. The bartenders serve up classic drinks inspired by America’s Golden Age of Cocktails — the Old Fashion, Mint Julep and Manhattan, to name a few. If you’re looking for an earlier après, don’t miss the Après Lounge (pictured above). Open from noon-4 p.m., it’s located inside a super-cozy yet super-luxe yurt space serving Veuve Clicquot and hors d’oeuvres designed to pair perfectly with the Champagnes.

Old Town Cellars

Old Town Cellar WinesKnown as the “official wine of après,” rest assured that Old Town Cellars is a solid spot to relax after a day on the mountain. With a spacious bar and lounge right off lower Main Street, OTC offers a small but eclectic wine list, locally crafted beer and top shelf spirits, along with locally sourced appetizers from Beltex Meats and Ritual Chocolate. Go for the the Snowbunny Syrah if you’re feeling spicy, or the Mountain Town Red, a smooth red blend from Washington.

St. Regis Bar 

St. Regis BarYou probably already know about the St. Regis sunset Champagne sabering ritual. But there’s plenty of good reason to stick around and continue the après party well into the night. The J&G Grill features a 13,000 bottle wine collection, while the St. Regis Bar serves up fresh, handcrafted libations — along with stunning views of Deer Valley. The roaring fireplaces inside and out add a nice touch.

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Locke Hughes is a freelance writer and health coach currently based in Park City. Her approach to health and life in general is all about balance. In other words, she believes long hikes, hot yoga, white wine, and delicious food each play an important role in a happy life. Follow her outdoors and eating adventures on Instagram @lockeitdown.

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