Stowe's après scene is a vibrant mix of rustic Vermont charm, creative breweries, relaxing fire side meals and family fun. Our top picks by category:
The Matterhorn | Mountain Road
Voted the #1 Ski Bar by USA Today readers, this is an absolute classic for après shenanigans. Established in 1950, this bar has a history of welcoming Stowe’s skiers for a lively experience. With live music every Saturday and most Fridays, this is the place for nightlife. You’ll find locals and out-of-towners enjoying the ruckus and extensive beer selection. Added bonus: this place serves decent sushi.
If you’re at the mountain on a busier day, you can expect a wait to get down the access road. Consider dealing with this like a local and head straight to the The Den at Mansfield Lodge. It doesn’t get more down to earth than this unassuming space, but don’t be fooled: the draft list is killer.
Just down the road from the resort, the Trapp Family Lodge has a relatively new Bierhall, perfect for sampling beer and Bravian eats. Their homemade lagers are refreshing and pair perfectly with the bratwurst and chicken schnitzel. There is plenty of space for the kids to run around.
Intimate and romantic, this tavern could easily go unnoticed, which is just how the locals like it. Harrison’s hides in a below-ground space, off a quiet side street serving American classics with a local twist. Think steaks and fish with Vermont sourced flavors such as maple, Cabot cheddar and bacon. Leave the kids at home and enjoy a cozy meal by the redbrick fireplace. Reservations are a must.
A comfort food haven in a casual environment. This newer restaurant is family friendly, yet satisfies more sophisticated palates. Excellent beers flow on tap to complement a menu of wood fired pizzas and seafood, smoked wings and duck. The kale caesar salad is not to be missed.
This culinary gem is tucked in a secluded, 22 room boutique hotel. Enjoy seasonal dishes while overlooking the snowy, quiet grounds. Locally sourced ingredients produce dishes such as seared scallops served with maple roasted baby turnips. Selections include beautifully curated cheese boards and craft cocktails if you choose to make this a small plates destination.
Hard to miss on the access road to Stowe, Piecasso has become an institution for pizza and beer over the last 20 years. They have tons of options, but we really enjoyed the pesto pizza. It's no secret though and they don't take reservations so come early or be ready to wait.
While more of a summer activity, who doesn't love ice cream after skiing? Ben & Jerry's factory is only 15 minutes away from Stowe. The ~30-minute tour is history rich, informative and comes with an ice cream sample. Benefit of visiting during the winter? Smaller crowds...tours can not be reserved online.
If you like beer, DO NOT MISS THE ALCHEMIST!! Home to award winning IPAs Heady Topper (most renowned) and Focal Banger (our favorite) that are hard to find outside of Vermont, the Alchemist is a hop-lovers heaven. They have a sweet, modern tasting room and you can grab some 4-packs for the road.
This brewpub lets you try their beers on a tasting ski, but also has some other great local beers from other breweries. Beer pairs perfectly with the large pretzel that comes with mustard and cheese sauce. The casual, modern atmosphere is fun for groups of friends or families.
While Mexican does not exactly come to mind in Northern Vermont, Tres Amigos adds tasty tacos, fajitas and nachos to Stowe's outstanding dining scene. Serving delicious margaritas with live music, this place is super fun for après and it's easy for the whole family to stay for dinner.