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The spirit of the West is calling, and High West Distillery and Saloon is the answer. This gastro-saloon at the base of Town Lift is the only ski-in/stumble-out distillery in the world and pays homage to the history of saloons in the Old West. Upon entering the distillery, you’ll be greeted by a 250-gallon copper still, used to produce award-winning, small-batch whiskies and vodkas. As Utah’s only whiskey distillery, High West’s bar and restaurant have quickly become a Park City staple, especially with its menu of culinary concoctions and small plate vittles. In the winter, an outdoor ice bar serves up a limited menu of High West’s most popular cocktails, including a fragrant whiskey cider, around an open fire pit.
No Name Saloon on Main Street is the quintessential ski town watering hole in Park City, but don’t let its drive bar personality keep you from walking through the doors. On any night of the week, No Name is bustling with thirsty patrons in the mood for loud music and large schooners of beer. Mardi Gras beads dangle from moose antlers, which may or may not distract you during a round of shuffleboard, and though its typical bar menu keeps the appetite at bay between rounds of drinks, No Name’s Buffalo Burger is notoriously popular among locals and visitors. The two-story bar also features a rooftop patio – a perfect addition to summertime imbibing
Park City boasts plenty of après ski bars, but none can compare to the ambient mood of Sky Blue, located inside the chic Sky Lodge hotel. Head to this rooftop lounge for upscale cocktails and wide-angle views of Park City’s Historic District and Park City Mountain Resort. Large bay windows open up to an outdoor patio, which is dotted with comfy chaise lounge chairs and toasty outdoor fire pits. Sky Blue provides soft and snuggly throws or blankets if you prefer to sip your libation outside, but if you’re still cold, patrons are invited to don their beach attire and soak in the bubbling rooftop hot tub, open to guests of the Sky Blue lounge. Sky Blue also features a “menu” of premium cigars among their top shelf selection of spirits.
Similar to many other attractions and activities in Park City, the best bars are really determined by your age and how you define, “best.” Some like loud, live music where you can toss peanut shells on the floor, others like refinement, where you can sip cocktails in relative peace. The good news is that Park City runs the gamut. Here are some of the best to choose from.
High West Distillery and Saloon is Utah’s first legal distillery since 1870. Located at exactly 7,000 feet above sea level in historic Old Town Park City, High West is the world’s only ski-in gastro-distillery. What this means is you can ski into the area, and eat there as well as drink. Distillery visitors can eat western bar food next to a hand hammered copper pot still. This venue is in a renovated 100-year-old livery stable and Victorian mining-era home, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The High West Saloon is adjacent to the distillery.
Butchers Chop House & Bar
Butcher's is located at the base of the town ski lift, and offers great food and bar service. Their signature cocktails are wonderful: for summer, there is the Washington Pear, The Raspberry Cosmo, and our favorite the Blueberry Lemon Drop.
No Name Saloon
No Name Saloon has exceptional bar food, the Buffalo Burger especially good, and there are many types of draft beer. In summer, the rooftop affords great views. Their motto? “Helping People Forget Their Names since 1903."
St. Regis Bar And Lounge
For the more quiet and elegant, there is the St. Regis Bar And Lounge, located at the St. Regis Deer Valley. Their Signature Bloody Mary (most the major St. Regis Resorts have different variations) is called the 7452 Mary, a blend of their famous Bloody Mary mix as well as the oat-distilled Vodka 7000 from the local High West Distillery. It is served with a salt rim and wasabi-celery foam. In addition, are two St. Regis Wine Vaults, where you can drink exceptional wine by the bottle or glass. You can enjoy winemaker dinners, or use the Vaults for intimate parties and receptions.