Quitting is Not an Option When High West Saloon Is


Quitting is Not an Option When High West Saloon Is

The trail is Quittin’ Time. Located all the way skier’s right at Park City Resort, you can hop on, schuss down right under the town lift, conveniently ending up just off historic Main Street in Park City, Utah. An easy cruiser, it’s the perfect conclusion to your day of skiing. However, as the acclaimed High West Saloon appears on the horizon you’ll quickly find out that the trail’s name only applies to skiing and hardly means that you’ll be quittin’ for the the day. And you shouldn’t, not with one of the world’s most unique bars within walking distance of your finish line. Boasting regular appearances on many publications’ lists of the top après-ski bars, stopping in is a must for anyone looking for a one-of-a-kind post pow experience.

A Throwback in Looks Only

Inside High West Saloon. Photo Credit: High West Distillery

Residing in the historic section of Park City, High West Saloon, which was once the actual distillery, is housed in a Victorian Era house and livery stable both built circa 1914. Upon entering you are instantly transported to a bygone era. Old wooden architecture, rustic exposed beams and a general store, all will have you believing that you are about to grab a drink in the Wild West. However, one look at the menu coupled with the large crowd of mountain riders and you’ll instantly realize that High West Saloon is well versed in the modern art of après-ski.

Whiskey Neat or Mixed You’re in For a Treat

High West Core Four Whiskeys. Photo Credit: High West Distillery

High West’s whiskeys are ideal for après. The perfect remedy for a cold day, a sampler of their Core Four offers a little something for everyone. Enjoy a variety of flavors from the caramel sweetness of the American Prairie Bourbon to the smoky, spicy scotch-like notes of their famous Campfire. The blood will once again begin to circulate throughout your body you as stories of your epic day fill the air. Looking to take your whiskey to new heights? Then have the bartender stir you up one of their amazing cocktails like their wildly popular Dead Man’s Boots. This smooth combination of their Rendezvous Rye, Tequila and Ginger Beer is deliciously addicting and well worth it, but be careful not to have too many. Doing so may cause you to miss out on the equally incredible food and you’ll be more than disappointed if you do.

High West is Not Your Average Whiskey Bar

Shishito Peppers. Photo Credit: High West Distillery

High West Distillery and Saloon is not just a whiskey bar. It a James Beard award winning restaurant and the world’s only ski in ski out gastro-distillery. Surprisingly, whiskey pairs quite well with food, opening up a range of flavors that you would not normally get when served with a glass of wine. High West accentuates this notion with their menu that offers a variety of dishes that are next level and, in many cases, cooked with their own spirits. Start off with the Shishito Peppers. Seared and fried with two mind blowing dipping sauces they have just enough kick to warm your insides but not enough to cause a five alarm fire in your esophagus. The Pickle Brined Chicken Wings are also an absolute must! Plump, juicy and glazed in a garlic siracha sauce, they are a taste explosion and as good as any that I have eaten. At the risk of sounding cliche, you should also have the burger. It is a staple on their menu, transcending seasons thanks to its popularity with their patrons.

Pickle Brined Wings. Photo Credit: High West Saloon.

Nobody likes a quitter. Quittin’ Time may be the name of the trail, but let’s be real, you’re not quitting. Not with High West Saloon as your option in Park City. From the rustic atmosphere, to the scintillating spirits, to the award winning food stopping in to one of the best and most unique après-ski bars in the world is an absolute must.

Rich Stoner

Rich Stoner is the founder of the après-ski lifestyle clothing and media brand, All About Après. No stranger to the ski and après-ski scene, Rich has been a long time contributor for many publications on topics like skiing, gear, beer and food. However, his passion is on the slopes and enjoying good times with good people. You can find him perfecting his craft carving turns and drinking beers in the Green Mountains of Vermont. @allaboutapres