Our Top Picks for Aprés Ski at Sunday River
Sunday River has a lively après ski scene featuring top notch Maine inspired cuisine, craft beer and cocktails. With road side barbeque, great settings for an outdoor brew and live music, there is something for everyone. Our top picks by category are below:
GRAB A BEER OUTSIDE
Foggy Goggle | South Ridge Lodge
A Sunday River institution. Grab a beer and head out to the second-floor deck to catch some rays at the end of a long day or stay inside and watch the game. Featuring live music on Friday's and Saturday's, mid-week happy hour from 3-5pm, and the recipient of a Top 30 ranking for "Best Après Ski Bars in the United States" from Unofficial Networks, this is the place to be at the end of the day.
More of a "late-in-the-day" stop than a true après destination, but The Mountain Room really is a must. If you didn't come for lunch, definitely stop in for a quick drink before you head down at the end of the day. Sip on a carefully curated selection of Maine brewed beer and craft cocktails with spectacular views of the valley below.
Brian's | Main Street, Bethel
For a more upscale experience with a rustic ambiance, head to Brian's. New to town in 2017, Brian & Jessica Nicols restaurant quickly nabbed the spot for best restaurant in Bethel on TripAdvisor. Executive chef Brian Nichols was trained at the New England Culinary Institute in Vermont and has over 25 years of experience in restaurants including time at the Chatham Bars Inn and Sun Valley Resort. No reservations so come early.
Matterhorn Ski Bar | Skiway Road
Ranked as the "Best Classic Ski Bar of the East" by Ski Magazine, come here when you're looking to get the party going. Inspired by the North Wall Bar in Zermatt, Switzerland, Matterhorn offers a full dinner menu including authentic Neapolitan style pizza, an endless selection of beer, wine, and cocktails (they even feature a mug club for locals), and live entertainment every night from mid-December through the end of March.
GRAB A BEER
Shipyard Brew Haus | White Cap Lodge
Shipyard Brew Haus has ski-in-ski-out access 152 days a year. Located at the base of the White Cap Quad, this Maine classic features modern pub fare, small bites and a full beer selection from its legendary Portland-based brewery. Grab a beer and head out to catch some rays or gather with friends and family around the outdoor fire pit. Inside is fun too — featuring live music or even the occasional stand-up comedy set.
RELAX & REJUVENATE
Jordan Spa | Jordan Hotel
The recently renovated Jordan Spa at the base of the mountain in the Jordan Hotel is convenient for loosening up after a day on the slopes. They offer deep tissue, Swedish, Sports, hot stone and now CBD massages along with facials, and nail care.
Smokin' Good BBQ | Route 2
Smokin' Good BBQ on Route 2, located between the mountain and nearby Bethel, is the perfect place to refuel after a day on the slopes. This converted trailer spends all day smoking meats and serving up insanely large portions (go ahead and split this one with a friend) of the best BBQ north of the Mason-Dixon line.
FOR THE FAMILY
Sunday River Brewing Co. | Sunday River Road
This place specializes in two things — craft beer and doughnuts (donuts if you're a real New Englander). These goodies can be enjoyed exclusively or together, but either way you're in for a treat. They also offer a family breakfast to start the day and live music in the afternoons.