To preface, I love Okemo. I grew up a weekend warrior, traveling up from Boston to Ludlow until my family moved to Vermont so I could pursue skiing full time. Ludlow holds a place close to my heart, as do the many bars and restaurants in the area.Here are my top picks for the best après ski bars and restaurants in in Okemo.
Best of the Best: Tom’s Loft Tavern
Best beer, best crowd, best vibe – a true winner
The Loft is the best. Everything about the place screams “après ski.” The gritty ski mountain ambiance, the Vermont beers on tap, and, most of all, the packed-to-the-brim crowd rockin’ ski boots at the bar. The bar generally fills up fast, so seats are at a premium. I would recommend cutting your ski day short to 3 pm at the latest in order to secure a spot on weekends. They have great appetizers and other food to fuel up after a long day on the hill.
Local's Tip: The Loft has my favorite wings in the world. I’m not kidding. Order the “Everything Wings” – you won’t be disappointed.
Address: 300 Mountain Rd, Ludlow, VT 05149
Phone Number: (802) 228-5638
Best Cocktails: Main + Mountain
Top-notch cocktails + an outdoor firepit = cozy mountain vibes
Recognized as one of the best cocktail bars in Vermont, Main + Mountain is my favorite bar in Ludlow once I’m off the hill. The bartenders are amazing and always incredibly friendly. Once you’ve grabbed a creative cocktail and enjoyed the friendly vibe inside, meander outside to enjoy the fire.
Local's Tip: Get the “Good ‘ol Boy”. This is their most popular cocktail for good reason. If you enjoy whiskey drinks, this is one of best you’ll ever have.
Address: 112 Main St, Ludlow, VT 05149
Phone Number: (802) 242-1608
Best Food: Homestyle Hostel
Rustic meets chic at this farm-to-table restaurant and bar
I know what you’re thinking: a hostel? Why would I go there for drinks and food? This place isn’t your average hostel. The entire bottom floor of the building is an amazing far-to-table restaurant with a great bar, making it one of the best restaurant options in Ludlow. I always recommend this place to anyone looking for a delicious post-skiing meal.
Address: 119 Main St, Ludlow, VT 05149
Phone Number: (802) 975-0030
Wine ‘n Dine: Stemwinder
Equal parts elevated and cozy
If you’re looking for a rustic and cozy atmosphere with great wine and incredible food, then Stemwinder is your place. Stemwinder is located in the same building as the Wine & Cheese Depot, making for a dynamic duo. Sample different small plates all while enjoying a diverse selection of wine, craft beer, and cocktails. Bonus points for the super friendly staff.
Address: 46 S Depot St, Ludlow, VT 05149
Phone Number: (802) 228-5200