After hurtling down Stowe’s famous slopes, park your skis and join the nightlife for a much deserved drink. As the sun dips west, these best après ski spots at the resort or along the Mountain Road are true to mountain-life culture. RENOUN’s HQ is a short drive away — we know what we’re taking about when we say these are best.
Bottom Line: The best place to grab a beer at lunch. Amazing views. Great people.
The Octagon - Before you take your skis off, get back on the 4Runner Quad and take it to the top. The Octagon is nestled at the peak and commands some amazing views of the surrounding area. Don’t expect anything fancy, though. This place definitely leans on the location as its main drift.
Bottom Line: It’s Le Cham of Stowe. If you don’t know what that means - are you a skier?! Old-school watering hole. Ski boots expected.
Nestled at the base of the 4Runner Quad, loosen up before you even leave the mountain. Small but welcoming, The Den is an old-school watering hole. Ski boots are welcome (if not mandatory). You’ll find more than a dozen beers on tap, mostly local craft brews. Reunite with ski friends and enjoy drinks with live music on weekends. * 5781 Mountain Road, Stowe.
Bottom Line: A more romantic one-on-one spot to grab a craft cocktail with your nearest and dearest - or the one you just met on the lift.
Wrap your fingers around an Hourglass Ale or sip a custom cocktail made with local libations like Green Mountain Distillery's organic vodka. This contemporary bistro offers creative twists on traditional appetizers – BBQ pulled pork nachos, anyone? * 7412 Mountain Road, Stowe, (802) 282-4625.
Bottom Line: Cozy and comfortable for great fireside conversations in a truly magnificent location. Best to get a reservation before heading over.
Relax into dinner at Solstice at Stowe Mountain Lodge for seasonal, artisan-inspired cuisine. A fireplace and two-story, floor-to-ceiling windows bring the classic alpine vibe. Make reservations and trade your ski boots for regular (fancy) footwear before settling in. * 7412 Mountain Road
Stowe, (802) 760-4747.
Bottom Line: A true, music-bumping, classic après spot with an interesting mix of patrons (and that’s a good thing).
The Matterhorn, inspired by the great ski bars of the world, including one at the base of Matterhorn in Switzerland. It is the first après bar along the Mountain Road once you leave the slopes. This is a local's go-to. Start with a microbrew and stay for the sushi (yes, sushi). Bring friends to share the three-for-two sushi roll special midweek. Not excited about fish? Go for the signature appetizers and gourmet pizzas. * 4969 Mountain Road, Stowe, (802)-253-8198.
Bottom line: Craving some 'za? Best place along the mountain road. With a 2-slice and a domestic for $7, yes please!
Piecasso Pizzeria and Lounge has everything from a grab'n'go pizza by the slice counter to an upscale bar and lounge. This has something for the whole family. A arcade room is a easy-entertainer for a restless child, if you need to wait for a table. *1899 Mountain Rd. Stowe. (802) 253-4411
Bottom Line: A easy place to bring the family, or meet a friend at the bar. Open ceilings and a great backyard patio in the summer.
Stop at this Mountain Road brewery before hitting the hot tub at your hotel. It seems that cold beer – specifically a frothy IPA – is hot in this ski town. Idletyme boasts “classic European brewing with a healthy dose of the Vermont hop culture.” That means you can choose from two, hoppy double IPAs or an assortment of other beer styles. A full menu ranges from sandwiches and salads to burgers and entrees. * 1859 Mountain Road, Stowe, (802) 253-4765.
Bottom Line: An easy place to gather 'round a table with two (or five) friends. Local’s secret: Order the burger and a Schitz — it’s $9.
Enjoy the fresh, trendy vibe at this Mountain Road destination. Choose from 24 rotating taps and more than 100 bottles and cans. Or have one of their top bartenders shake up a cocktail. Doc Ponds plays it old school with more than 1,000 vinyl records on two turntables. Open daily. * 294 Mountain Road, Stowe, (802) 760-6066
[Doc Ponds upscale sister restaurant, Hen of the Wood, is always a 5-star experience. About a minute drive, located in Waterbury, VT. *Always* make a reservation- often booked months in advance]
Bottom Line: From Dunkel to Pilsner... The Sound of Music's cool brother: iconic VT craft brewery with stunning mountain views.