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Its fair to say that the folks who come to Winter Park are more interested in the skiing than the party scene, but that doesn’t mean that we don’t have a few friendly establishments where you can toast the day, fill your belly, and blow off a little steam!
Our Top 10 Apres Ski Favorites Around Winter Park
#1 Derailer Bar At Winter Park Resort
The Derailer Bar is a two-level bar offering a full-service lunch menu featuring pub-style food and a variety of daily drink specials. When the whistle blows at 2pm, it’s time to start heading to the Derailer bar and watch the end of day skiiers charge down the mountain.
“Live music by White Water Ramble made the bar more energetic and quite the place to be. A Mardi Gras celebration was happening at the resort and beads were everywhere. Derailer Bar has great atmosphere, good bar food and excellent service. It keeps me coming back.”
The locals favorite with friendly staff and a great selection of brews and food. Go fancy or go relaxed, just go to Deno’s Mountain Bistro.
“Jerk Wings. Just get them. SO good. Otherwise, great atmosphere. Awesome happy hour. Friendly staff and prompt service. Fresh food and good portions for the price.”
Winter Park’s newest restaurant to open its doors is the Italian fusion inspired Davinci’s, in Cooper Creek Square. This coming ski season, they will be offering two opportunities to indulge at fraction of the cost, with a 4-6pm happy hour, and a late night happy hour from 10pm – midnight.
#4 Sushi bar
Ultra hip vibe with great happy hour specials on food & drinks between 4pm – 6pm. Try out the delicious sakitinis and awesome selection of rolls, and ask about their club nights throughout the winter season.
“LOVED IT. Hook yourself up with the Happy Hour 2 for deal. Try the salmon skin too. I have nothing but good things to say about the place. Groovy decor. Delicious. Just do it.”
“The owner is super friendly and talks to everyone. Our waitress has a hidden talent and we found her hula hooping with an led hula hoop in the bar area- wow!
The bar had a DJ playing techno music and the atmosphere was fun. Great chill place to hang out and grab a burger in Winter Park. See you soon at The Ditch.”
Definitely the place for class not crass. Devils Thumb Ranch offers happy hour drink and food specials, in its acclaimed Hecks Tavern. Watch the sun set over the continental divide as you sample their incredible wine list from a plush leather sofa, while the kids amuse themselves toasting smores on the patio.
“I live in Tabernash this summer and we are always looking for fun things to do in the afternoons. We have started going to Devils Thumb for their happy hour food and drinks and we are loving it. Good prices, really nice waiters, lots of interesting people.”
#7 The Foundry
For apres-ski with a family friendly twist, try out the Foundry Cinema & Bowl in downtown Winter Park. Offering a full bar service, wood fired pizza, billiards, shuffleboard, bowling and the latest movies, The Foundry is well worth a trip to town.
“Went bowling here with the family. It is a gem and super original. The restrooms are funky and fun ha, movie theatre looked pretty comfy. The bowling alley has large leather couches to lounge on between play. Really unique and fun vibe here. Totally recommend this place on a rainy day in winter park. Totally worth a stop!”
#8 The Library Sports Grille & Brewery
Modern sports bar in the center of downtown offers microbrews on tap, pool room, and a fun lively atmosphere. Offering a late night happy hour between 10pm – 12am, the party kicks off with awesome drink specials and yummy belly filling grub.
“Nice people and GREAT beer. Fun atmosphere with good bar style food.
The only place I ever found that also has Dales Pale Ale on Tap (very hard to find).
Good meeting place too”
The Cheeky Monk sits in the heart of the Village at Winter Park Resort and prides itself on offering a cozy destination for beer lovers seeking out unusual brands. The beers are strong and delicious, and perfect accompaniment to the hearty fare of European inspired cuisine on offer.
“If you are a beer connoisseur, especially Belgian beer, this is the spot for you. Even if you’re not particularly an explorer of the brewing style, you can become a beer adventurer in a cozy, classic bar environment. “
#10 Ullrs Tavern
The staff of Ullrs strive to create a friendly atmosphere with an intense party vibe for the 21+ crowd. Easily the liveliest joint in town, Ullrs delivers a full event schedule of DJs, live bands and party nights throughout the year. Killer drink specials will help you get in the mood, and stay in the mood as you boogie the night away.
“They have the best nightlife in town. You might think that that’s not saying much in a town so small. They try to bring in semi-famous acts on a regular basis to create a great venue. I’ve seen Del da funkee homosapien, collie budz, James and the devil. The best night to go is Wednesday, it’s ladies night, two free drinks for them.”