Kick up your snow boots and enjoy a drink at these après-ski destinations.After a day of perfect powder at Canyons’ Peak 9,990, skiing the steeps of Jupiter Bowl at Park City Mountain Resort or just cruising the classy corduroy of Deer Valley, an après-ski drink or two is in order. And with 2009’s repeal of Utah’s restrictive private-club laws, it’s easier than ever to enjoy a cocktail or other libation in historic, vibrant Park City.
For an Asian twist to your evening, drop into Shabu, which serves “freestyle Asian cuisine” as well as some of Park City’s most creative cocktails. This is the spot for an after-ski saketini — a martini made with sake — bearing exotic names like Green Dragon, Jupiter Cosmo and Bloody Tiger. And instead of serving traditional après-ski standards like fondue and raclette, Shabu specializes in sushi, sashimi and steaming bowls of shabu-shabu, its namesake.
At O’Shucks Bar & Grill, you’ll find a boisterous mix of locals and visitors, mostly hoodie-clad, enjoying loud music, ginormous schooners of beer, inexpensive burgers and free peanuts, the shells of which cover the barroom floor. There aren’t many rules at O’Shucks, but attention should be paid to two: Don’t throw peanuts at your bartender, and check your attitude at the door.
In Park City’s Newpark area, Maxwell’s is the place to be for a cold brewski and casual fare. There’s plenty of room for everyone at the sprawling bar, and the food is some of the best (not to mention some of the least expensive) in town. It’s awfully hard to top Maxwell’s winning combination of ice-cold beer and perfect New York–style pizza after a day on the slopes.
825 Main St. (435) 658-1183
442 Main St. (435) 645-7253
C O’Shucks Bar & Grill
427 Main St. (435) 645-3999
2100 Frostwood Drive (435) 647-5566
1456 Newpark Blvd. (435) 647-0304