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Mapping 27 Ski Country Cocktail Spots to Get Your Drink On

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Gone are the days when ski towns only supplied shot skis and cans of nasty light beer. Now, in bars from Stowe to Whistler, master mixologists are whipping up cocktails made with house-made syrups, specialty bitters, and locally distilled spirits. And while Curbed Ski has mapped the best ski town breweries and the top distilleries in the high country, we now bring you the ultimate guide to craft cocktails. Whether you're looking for an après indulgence or a wee-hour night cap, these 27 hot spots have you covered. Please note, the following map is ordered from east to west.


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1. 45 North

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5092 Sugarloaf Mountain Access Road
Kingfield, ME 04947
(207) 237-4220
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2. 22 Broad Street

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22 Broad St
Bethel, ME 04217
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3. Wild Coyote Grill

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Route 49
Waterville Valley, NH
(603) 236-4919
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A short drive from Waterville Valley Resort and an easy two hour trek from Boston, Wild Coyote Grill is not only the best restaurant in the region, it also serves up decent cocktails and a good wine list to match. Don't order anything too fancy, instead stick to classic drink orders and you'll leave satisfied.

4. Stowe Mountain Lodge

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7412 Mountain Rd
Stowe, VT 05672
(802) 253-3560
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5. Motor Room at Killington Resort

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4763 Killington Rd
Killington, VT
(802) 422-3333
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6. Fire Tower Restaurant & Tavern

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5 Village Lodge Rd
Stratton Mountain, VT 05155
(802) 297-2000
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7. Tim's Stray Dog Cantina

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105 Sutton Pl.
Taos Ski Valley, NM 87514
(575) 776-2894
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8. Dram Apothecary & Bread Bar

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1010 Main Street
Silver Plume, CO 80476
(720) 608-0016
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9. Modis

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113 S. Main St.
Breckenridge, CO 80424
(970) 453-4330
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There's no shortage of drinking holes in Breckenridge, but Modis is Curbed Ski's go-to spot for handcrafted cocktails. There's something for everyone on the massive list, whether you want a Pimm's Cup or the local's favorite, the Breck Bourbon Smash (Breck bourbon, lime, mint, sugar, & fresh seasonal fruit).

10. Kelly Liken

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12 Vail Rd
Vail, CO 81657
(970) 479-0175
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Whether it was on Top Chef or Iron Chef America, Colorado local Kelly Liken has proven she can cook in her namesake restaurant in Vail. But Restaurant Kelly Liken also delivers on fresh, seasonally-driven cocktails that take advantage of house-made ingredients and infused liquors. You can't go wrong with the house-made tonic syrup in Chef Liken's Gin and Tonic, and when it's available, we're also suckers for the Colorado Campfire, a drink made with Breckenridge Bourbon, apples, brown sugar, peach eau di vie, and smoked ice.

11. Justice Snow's

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328 E Hyman Ave, Aspen, CO 81611
Aspen, CO 81611

Time and time again, Justice Snow's has proven to be one of our favorite spots in Aspen to drink. The renowned 'cocktail mechanics' will make whatever drink you'd like, but that's only if you can stay away from the enticing menu. The downtown location, historic building, and lively, slightly hipster crowd makes for a fun, booze-filled evening.

12. Chefs Club by FOOD & WINE

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315 E Dean St
Aspen, CO 81611
(970) 920-3300
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13. There...

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627 W. Pacific Ave
Telluride, CO 81435
(970) 728-1213
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14. High West Distillery & Saloon

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703 Park Ave.
Park City, UT 84060
(435) 649-8300
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15. The Handle Bar

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7680 Granite Loop Rd
Teton Village, WY 83025
(307) 732-5000
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16. Knob Hill Inn

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960 N Main St
Ketchum, ID 83340
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17. Crush Lounge

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124 Central Ave
Whitefish, MT 59937
(406) 730-1030
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18. Club Bombay

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672 Pine Knot Ave
Big Bear, CA
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19. Mammoth Tavern

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20. West Shore Cafe & Inn

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5160 W Lake Blvd
Homewood, CA 96141
(530) 525-5200
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21. Moody's Bistro Bar & Beats

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10007 Bridge St
Truckee, CA 96161
(530) 587-8688
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22. The Umbrella Bar

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The Village at Squaw Valley
Squaw Valley, CA 96146
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23. The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe

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13031 Ritz Carlton Highlands Ct
Truckee, CA 96161
(530) 562-3000
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24. Dogwood Cocktail Cabin

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147 NW Minnesota Ave
Bend, OR 97701
541-706-9949
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25. Camp 1805

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501 Portway Ave Suite #102
Hood River, OR 97031
(541) 386-1805
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26. Glass & Bottle Bistro

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7819 Center Boulevard Southeast
Snoqualmie, WA 98065
(425) 888-9463
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Located 30 minutes from the Summit at Snowqualmie on the way back to Seattle, Glass & Bottle serves up cocktails and tapas in a low-key atmosphere. Martini and Manhattan lovers will be right at home with a wide array of creative combinations, and diners rave that the food is worth a stop too.

27. Alta Bistro

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104-4319 Main Street, Whistler
BC V0N 1B4, Canada
(604) 932-2582
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1. 45 North

5092 Sugarloaf Mountain Access Road, Kingfield, ME 04947
Photo courtesy of Sugarloaf
5092 Sugarloaf Mountain Access Road
Kingfield, ME 04947

2. 22 Broad Street

22 Broad St, Bethel, ME 04217
Photo from 22 Broad Street
22 Broad St
Bethel, ME 04217

3. Wild Coyote Grill

Route 49, Waterville Valley, NH

A short drive from Waterville Valley Resort and an easy two hour trek from Boston, Wild Coyote Grill is not only the best restaurant in the region, it also serves up decent cocktails and a good wine list to match. Don't order anything too fancy, instead stick to classic drink orders and you'll leave satisfied.

Route 49
Waterville Valley, NH

4. Stowe Mountain Lodge

7412 Mountain Rd, Stowe, VT 05672
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7412 Mountain Rd
Stowe, VT 05672

5. Motor Room at Killington Resort

4763 Killington Rd, Killington, VT
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4763 Killington Rd
Killington, VT

6. Fire Tower Restaurant & Tavern

5 Village Lodge Rd, Stratton Mountain, VT 05155
Photo from Fire Tower
5 Village Lodge Rd
Stratton Mountain, VT 05155

7. Tim's Stray Dog Cantina

105 Sutton Pl., Taos Ski Valley, NM 87514
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105 Sutton Pl.
Taos Ski Valley, NM 87514

8. Dram Apothecary & Bread Bar

1010 Main Street, Silver Plume, CO 80476
Photos by Tremper Design, courtesy of DRAM Apothecary
1010 Main Street
Silver Plume, CO 80476

9. Modis

113 S. Main St., Breckenridge, CO 80424

There's no shortage of drinking holes in Breckenridge, but Modis is Curbed Ski's go-to spot for handcrafted cocktails. There's something for everyone on the massive list, whether you want a Pimm's Cup or the local's favorite, the Breck Bourbon Smash (Breck bourbon, lime, mint, sugar, & fresh seasonal fruit).

113 S. Main St.
Breckenridge, CO 80424

10. Kelly Liken

12 Vail Rd, Vail, CO 81657

Whether it was on Top Chef or Iron Chef America, Colorado local Kelly Liken has proven she can cook in her namesake restaurant in Vail. But Restaurant Kelly Liken also delivers on fresh, seasonally-driven cocktails that take advantage of house-made ingredients and infused liquors. You can't go wrong with the house-made tonic syrup in Chef Liken's Gin and Tonic, and when it's available, we're also suckers for the Colorado Campfire, a drink made with Breckenridge Bourbon, apples, brown sugar, peach eau di vie, and smoked ice.

12 Vail Rd
Vail, CO 81657

11. Justice Snow's

328 E Hyman Ave, Aspen, CO 81611, Aspen, CO 81611

Time and time again, Justice Snow's has proven to be one of our favorite spots in Aspen to drink. The renowned 'cocktail mechanics' will make whatever drink you'd like, but that's only if you can stay away from the enticing menu. The downtown location, historic building, and lively, slightly hipster crowd makes for a fun, booze-filled evening.

328 E Hyman Ave, Aspen, CO 81611
Aspen, CO 81611

12. Chefs Club by FOOD & WINE

315 E Dean St, Aspen, CO 81611
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315 E Dean St
Aspen, CO 81611

13. There...

627 W. Pacific Ave, Telluride, CO 81435
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627 W. Pacific Ave
Telluride, CO 81435

14. High West Distillery & Saloon

703 Park Ave., Park City, UT 84060
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703 Park Ave.
Park City, UT 84060

15. The Handle Bar

7680 Granite Loop Rd, Teton Village, WY 83025
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7680 Granite Loop Rd
Teton Village, WY 83025

16. Knob Hill Inn

960 N Main St, Ketchum, ID 83340
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960 N Main St
Ketchum, ID 83340

17. Crush Lounge

124 Central Ave, Whitefish, MT 59937
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124 Central Ave
Whitefish, MT 59937

18. Club Bombay

672 Pine Knot Ave, Big Bear, CA
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672 Pine Knot Ave
Big Bear, CA

19. Mammoth Tavern

587 Old Mammoth Rd #10 Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
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20. West Shore Cafe & Inn

5160 W Lake Blvd, Homewood, CA 96141
Photo courtesy of West Shore Cafe & Inn
5160 W Lake Blvd
Homewood, CA 96141

21. Moody's Bistro Bar & Beats

10007 Bridge St, Truckee, CA 96161
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10007 Bridge St
Truckee, CA 96161

22. The Umbrella Bar

The Village at Squaw Valley, Squaw Valley, CA 96146
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The Village at Squaw Valley
Squaw Valley, CA 96146

23. The Ritz-Carlton, Lake Tahoe

13031 Ritz Carlton Highlands Ct, Truckee, CA 96161
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13031 Ritz Carlton Highlands Ct
Truckee, CA 96161

24. Dogwood Cocktail Cabin

147 NW Minnesota Ave, Bend, OR 97701
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147 NW Minnesota Ave
Bend, OR 97701

25. Camp 1805

501 Portway Ave Suite #102, Hood River, OR 97031
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501 Portway Ave Suite #102
Hood River, OR 97031

26. Glass & Bottle Bistro

7819 Center Boulevard Southeast, Snoqualmie, WA 98065

Located 30 minutes from the Summit at Snowqualmie on the way back to Seattle, Glass & Bottle serves up cocktails and tapas in a low-key atmosphere. Martini and Manhattan lovers will be right at home with a wide array of creative combinations, and diners rave that the food is worth a stop too.

7819 Center Boulevard Southeast
Snoqualmie, WA 98065

27. Alta Bistro

104-4319 Main Street, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4, Canada
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104-4319 Main Street, Whistler
BC V0N 1B4, Canada