Those who ski hard, often party hard. So, as one of the baddest mountains in the U.S., you can imagine the Jackson Hole night life and après scene are almost as impressive as the gravity defying feats you’ll see on the mountain. You can be a part of the off-mountain local action if you know where to go. Jackson has plenty of rowdy bars that often serve as dance clubs. Or you can saddle up at one of Jackson many historic saloons and experience a slice of the bygone days of the Wild West.
If you ask a local where they go to let loose, they’ll probably respond with, “the ‘Coach.” They’re speaking of none other than The Stagecoach Bar in Wilson, a Jackson Hole night life staple for the last 70 years. The drinks are cheap, and the dance floor−and the bar− is usually packed, especially on Sundays and Thursdays. If you venture out for Sunday Church at the ‘Coach’ you’re in for one memorable Jackson night out. From six to 10 p.m. the resident Stagecoach Band takes, well, the stage and performs crowd pleasing country and honky tonk. A younger crowd appears on Thursday night for Disco Night; a DJ spins classic 70s and 80s music. The Mangy Moose Saloon in Teton Village is also famous for its impressive live music lineup−past acts have included Julian Marley, Blues Traveler and Ben Harper−and its “Spicy” margarita.
If you don’t have least one beer and a shot of whiskey at the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar, you’re really missing out some essential Jackson Hole nightlife. Belly up at the bar and sit your keister in a real saddle bar seat. The museum-like bar is covered from floor-to-ceiling in genuine cowboy memorabilia, from wildlife mounts to cowboy murals and original wrangling equipment. And if the atmosphere doesn’t make you feel like you stepped back into the early 1900s, then the country line-dancing certainly will. There are few places in the world that can compete with the authentic experience to be had at the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar.
A big day on a big mountain deserves a big après-ski session. The Jackson Hole après-ski scene provides several options for a celebratory beer or bite to eat. Dietrich’s Bistr****o in the Alpenhof Lodge, located just steps from the Tram, attracts visitors and locals alike with a great beer and wine selection, a roaring fire and chocolate or cheese fondue. Hailed as the “Best Apres-Ski Bar in North America” by Skiing Magazine, Mangy Moose is always a no-brainer with its hearty fare and numerous beverage options, but if you want to avoid the crowds Cascade in Teton Mountain Lodge is the place to be. Cascade features wine, beer and great pub food to slate the hungriest skier or boarder.