Welcome to Jackson Hole, Wyoming!
Ski Apres Party Bar and Nightlife Guide
With steep terrain and powdery snow, Jackson Hole is for serious skiers.
It's rustic, a throwback to the Old West.
And, if done right, the Wild West.
In Jackson Hole, Wyoming, you don't have to wear your cowboy boots to go out, but you can sit in a saddle at a barstool. Here's your guide to the bars at this resort which is known as a haven for really good skiers and snowboarders.
Jackson Hole Bars & Nightlife
That is indeed a stuffed bear in a glass case in the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar.
When it's time to go Apres skiing, the Mangy Moose is the place to be in Jackson Hole. Located at the base of the hill, it's recognized as one of the top apres bars in the United States. Open since 1967, it shows its character on its walls, has a deck overlooking the mountain, holds 500 people, has live music 3-4 nights a week and is the quintessential Jackson Hole watering hole.
This is a welcome sight in Jackson Hole after a day on the slopes.
You can't go to Jackson Hole and not have drinks at the Mangy Moose.
The restaurant (separate from the bar) serves delights such as buffalo meatloaf. There's even a market and cafe. No self-respecting skier or boarder comes to Jackson Hole without venturing from the hills into the Mangy Moose.
Another option is Nick Wilson's Cowboy Cafe at the base of the tram, which has $2 beer and live acoustic music. Moderately priced breakfasts and lunches are also on the menu.
The Peak in the Four Seasons is for the higher-end and older crowd with cash to spend on post-skiing cocktails. For a little Austrian chalet feel in cowboy country, the Alpenrose in the Alpenhof hotel has local microbrew and specializes in fondue.
After the sun has set and the condo calls, those looking ot keep up the momentum from the apres head in town to Jackson.
This is a welcoming sign for a true Wild West honky tonk.
Saddle up to the Jackson Hole's most famous bar.
One top destination is the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar, perfectly located at the town square. A stuffed bear in a glass case greets patrons but that's only the beginning. The real attraction is the barstools which, in addition to being in close proximity to the bartender, are genuine leather saddles. This is a real cowboy bar, a Wild West honky tonk.
Live entertainment enhances the atmosphere which encourages western dancing. There's no telling who may wind up on stage. Waylon Jennings, Hank Williams, Jr., Asleep at the Wheel, Hoyt Axton, Glen Campbell, Tanya Tucker, Willie Nelson have all gotten up from their saddles to sing.
Another choice is the Snake River Brewery with its microbrews bearing names like Custer's Last Ale and Snake River Pale Ale (made at the on-sitre brewery). It has wireless Internet for those who forgot to print out this guide to Jackson Hole and Teton Village.
Finally, the Cadillac Grill Lounge is "the spot" for Happy Hour (2-for-1 beers and mixed drinks from 5-7 p.m.).
Other Activities in Jackson Hole and Teton Village
There is a ski area in town, Snow Kng Ski Area, just six blocks from the town square. One of the first ski spots in America, it's small but steep and has night skiing. Lift tickets are $39.
Other activities include snowshoeing and ice skating. Plus, snowmobiling through Yellowstone to the National Museum of Wildlife Art located just three miles outside of town toward the airport.