Mother Nature is sending an El Nino to the northern Utah area this winter which means that visitors to Park City will have a treat waiting for them in better than usual snowfall and amazing skiing. In years with strong El Nino conditions, the weather patterns include wetter, cooler conditions with above average snowpack.
So, skiing in Park City Resort in the 2015-2016 season is a must for a memorable ski trip. But almost as important as the slopes are the après ski stops to unwind, relax or party the night away. Here are some hot spots that locals love and will certainly become your favourites too.
J&G Grill is the only Park City venue to saber the champagne
After a brisk day on the slopes, stop in at J&G Grill for its award-winning cuisine and an over 900-label wine list. J&G Grill won Best Restaurant in Park City for 2014 by Salt Lake Magazine. The J&G Grill is one of the most sophisticated spots in the area but don’t let that stop you from getting comfy and settling in to a dinner of Koosharem Valley Trout Amandine and Haricot Verts or Braised Niman Ranch Short Rib with Carrot Puree and Glazed Carrots with Fine Herbs. Of course, the highlights of any après ski outing are the beverages and J&G Grill doesn’t disappoint. Guests rave about J&G’s signature cocktail, the 7452 Bloody Mary, mixed with black lava, wasabi and celery espuma. You can also reserve private dining for you and up to 20 of your new ski buddies. If you’re there by 5:30, the mixologists will show you how to perform the art of sabering a bottle of champagne. Add that impressive talent to your skills on the slope and your visit to Park City will be one for the books.
Ski right into the High West Distillery and Saloon
Located at the bottom of Quittin Time ski run, the High West Distillery and Saloon is an après ski venue like no other in the world. The saloon is known for its small batch craft brews, High West whiskey and cowboy inspired grub. The High West Whiskey is the favorite here and you’ll find it in the food as well as in drinks named for riding into the sunset: the Giddy-Up Jupiter, Cochise and Ol’ Smokey. The kitchen offers food and spirits pairings in their high country cuisine and there are also family-friendly menu items for those still in the chicken fingers and lemonade zone. There are so many distinctive spirits to try at High West so the locals suggest more than one visit to try and get a handle on your favorite. Giddy up, partner.
Best kept secret of Park City locals: The Silver Star Cafe
The Silver Star is about as cozy as it gets in Park City. Warm up quickly in the dining room with a specialty coffee or tea before tucking into a small plate of Clams and Corn or Heirloom Tomato Salad. If you’re up for something heartier, you’ll definitely want to go for the Pork Osso Bucco or Rocky Mountain Lamb Chops. The wine and beer list is hearty with house favorites as well as imports and you won’t want to miss their nice selection of craft brews. No matter where you find a seat at The Silver Star, you’ll have a fabulous view as it faces the cross-country ski track and stunning scenery all the way to the Uinta Mountains. The Silver Star may be smaller than some other Park City hot spots, but the food, the people, and the culture are as big-spirited as you’ll find anywhere. And now you know the locals’ secret for the best eclectic après ski experience.
The best bar in Park City really has No Name
For the past three years, the No Name Saloon & Grill has been named the best bar in Park City. And that’s a title they don’t take lightly. They’re like Vegas in a way because whatever happens at the No Name stays at the No Name. This is definitely the place to go when you’re ready to cut loose and forget your own name for awhile. Not to say that drinking is the only game here, but it is the headliner. Grab one of their signature Buffalo Burgers and a brew and head to the roof to witness an amazing view of Park City or watch the 55-inch flat screen TV. Or if you want to catch up on sports, check out one of their 17 TVs. If you’re familiar with the television series “Blood & Oil,” you’ve probably seen the No Name bar but with a different name, “Jules’ Tack Room.” Play some shuffleboard with the locals or just warm up by the fire. The No Name Saloon & Grill is open late and the locals consider it the last call of the night. You’ll call it amazing.
See and be seen at Park City Live
Mingle with the beautiful people at Park City Live, Utah’s exclusive venue with live concerts, exclusive events, amazing DJs, and the best place to spot Sundance celebrities. If you’re looking for an over-the-top experience, check out Park City’s multiple bars, pulsing audio and visual music scene. You may want to opt for the intimacy of the VIP mezzanine area where you can drink, dine and watch a show with privacy for you and your guests. Film festivals dot the annual calendar at Park City and this is the spot where the celebs go to be seen. You can also catch live acts such as Snoop Dogg, The Foo Fighters, Keisha, Slash, Shawn Colvin and Stevie Nicks who have all played at Park City Live. If you want an après ski experience that makes the night come alive, be sure to check out Park City Live.
Locals vote Riverhorse on Main best for ambiance
Everybody knows that if you want to find the best place for an experience, you need to ask the locals and in Park City the go-to spot for ambiance is hands down Riverhorse on Main. The Riverhorse has its share of awards too, winning the Mobil Travel Guide Four-Star rating as one of the best 108 dining establishments in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. The award is now known as the Forbes Travel Guide Rating and the Riverhorse has consistently been named a recipient. The Riverhorse on Main is a distinguished venue known for distinctive culinary offerings such as Crispy Duck and Oxtail Ravioli with foie gras, brandied cherries, and asparagus. You can also choose some fabulous seafood dishes such as Utah Red Trout, Alaskan Halibut or Sea Bass glazed with local honey. Steaks and chops are done to perfection and served with a cabernet reduction, cheddar grits, crispy onions and sizzled green beans. The acclaimed chef at the Riverhorse enjoys talking with guests to determine what they like and is also available for private events. The Riverhorse sits in a historic location but don’t let that divert you, its urban vibe, live music and upscale cuisine make it a must for any visit to Park City.