This family friendly pub is a great place for parents to relax and grab a beer or cocktail after hitting the slopes. The locals love it here, as evidenced by the posts slathered with funny stickers. This place can be a bit loud and hectic, so head elsewhere if you are looking for an adults-only scene. In the spring, the patio is perfectly positioned for basking in the late afternoon sunshine.
Just 10 minutes down the road in Waitsfield you’ll find the very cozy yet casual Hyde Away Tavern. Enjoy a game of pool, board games, and fine microbrews. This is the type of place where it is easy to strike up a chat and connect with other winter lovers. The ambiance is welcoming and unpretentious.
Named after a beloved Bernese mountain dog mascot who called Sugarbush home, Rumble’s Kitchen is a great spot to grab a cocktail or appetizers. With farm fresh ingredients and local flavors, it’s difficult to pass up the fare here. Try the wings or the short rib poutine! Open until 9 PM, grab a few rounds or settle in for dinner.
Though only open until 9PM, The Mad Taco is a local favorite in nearby Waitsfield. There is often a wait, but the tacos are absolutely worth it. Grab a margarita or a local Vermont brew while you wait. Adjacent to the taco counter is a full service bar that can turn rowdy on weekends.
Green Mountain Lounge | Mt. Ellen Base Lodge, Top Floor
From the Mount Ellen Base Lodge, roll on upstairs to the Green Mountain Lounge. Mingle with the locals in this fun and retro themed ski bar. Sample local beers, wine, cocktails, hand-tossed pizza, or pulled pork. The selection of microbrews is indeed very tempting. The vibe in the lounge is fun and energetic and live music will be featured on Saturdays.
For the fitness fanatic, Sugarbush offers a year-round facility, the Sugarbush Health & Recreation Center (SHaRC) near Lincoln Peak Village. Smash out some laps in the indoor pool, soak in the hot tubs, sweat it out on the cardio equipment, or just pump some iron. There are also indoor tennis, squash, racquetball, ping-pong, and half-court basketball rooms. Relax in a co-ed steam room or the dry saunas. Day passes or 5 and 10-punch cards are offered.