Après Everything

The best watering-holes by activity.

The sun warms your skin and you shed a layer as you push harder and higher into the mountains. Just when you think you can’t go on, adrenaline kicks in, and you take that last step, sprint that last quarter-mile, or clean that last rock garden. You have no regrets, and at the end of the day, nothing left over but sweat-stained gear and the anticipation of your next trip. For now, though, it’s time for a drink. We’re all familiar with après-culture: it’s a way to honor close calls, laugh about crashes, and talk big with like-minded adrenaline junkies. A beer at the trailhead is standard, but where should you go once you’ve returned to town? Here’s a rundown of where to go and what to order.

Après Ski
Nothing is more classic than ski Après. So much so, that some people seem to ski just for the Après. And not just anywhere will do. It’s got to match the alpine ambiance and keep the ski-hill energy going.

Après Mountain Bike
Pedaling up those hills is hard work, and going down them is no ride in the park either. By the end of the day, you’re sure to have broken-a-sweat and depleted your body of critical electrolytes. You’re in need of some refreshments. Where to go now?

Après Float
On the river, the comradery is about as high as it can get, and you’ll want to keep the good times going out on the town. One great option is…

Après Run/Hike
I don’t know about you, but when I go out for a run, the entire way home is fueled by the desire to get back, grab a glass, and fill it with a local ale. Better yet, while you’re out and about, fill-up at this ideal locale.

Après Gravel/Road Ride
Alright road warriors and gravel grinders, you just put in some serious miles. Nothing sounds better to you right now than kicking off your clip-ins, kicking back, and having a cold one with a view. Here’s where you should go….

Après Climb
After a day of crimping and grabbing jugs, go fill a jug of your own at this spot in town. They’ll fill your growler and your belly with some of the best local fare around.

Après Fish
After a long day on the water, a hydration break is almost always the first stop. And we don’t mean the gas station. Local dive bars are a great place to share a fish tale or two. Buddy up at a local favorite.

Après Hunt
So you filled you tag (or not). Either way, it’s time to celebrate the hunt. Plus, you’re gonna need something to wash down that fresh meat. Here’s an idea on where to go….

Après Garden
Fellow gardeners know that tending the field can be hard work. And for those who don’t, you should consider getting out there, scratching the dirt, and making hay while the sun shines. Afterwards, you can enjoy the fruits of your labor just around the corner at…