Food & Drink

The best damn places to drink in Squaw Valley

Published On 04/11/2014 Published On 04/11/2014
Squaw Valley Drinking Guide (yes that's a to-go boot of beer)
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1. Rocker@Squaw 1960 Squaw Valley Dr, Olympic Valley, CA 96146

The burgers here are huge: you get a whole half-pound of beef, and a choice of two toppings. Grab the buffalo mac & cheese if you wanna get your mind blown.

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2. The SLOT Bar The Village at Squaw Valley, Squaw Valley, CA 96146 (Tahoe)

Pop down into this base mountain locals' dive bar, decorated with retired skis, after a day on the slopes for $2 PBRs - a welcome change from most ski lodge prices which border on extortion - and tunes on the old jukebox.

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3. Cornice Cantina 1960 Squaw Valley Road, Olympic Valley, CA 96146 (Tahoe)

Quesadillas, double-layer nachos, and burrito bowls make for the perfect Mexican spread at this Tahoe cantina. With the ability to go from a family-friendly grill when the sun is high to a DJ dance party once night has fallen, the budget-friendly destination is stocked with a full bar that serves margaritas in pint glass and even hot chocolate for the little ones.

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4. Auld Dubliner Irish Pub 1850 Village South Rd, Olympic Valley, CA 96146 (Tahoe)

It's the full Irish experience: an interior hand-crafted in Dublin to recreate a cottage pub, live Irish bands making a stop by while on tour, and Guinness served by the "perfect pint."

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5. The Terrace Restaurant & Bar High Camp, Olympic Valley, CA 96146

One of the most magnificent venues at Squaw Valley, this resto/bar is located at High Camp (elevation 8,200ft) and features awe-inspiring views of Lake Tahoe, elegant fare, and a classy interior.

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6. Umbrella Bar The Village at Squaw Valley, Squaw Valley, CA 96146

Umbrella Bar is an ideal spot to hit in the Summer at Squaw Valley because here, you can take a swim in their pool, grab a drink, or lounge in their massive jacuzzi at 8,200ft.

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7. KT Base Bar , Olympic Valley, CA 96146

This warm and inviting bar is perfect for everyone coming down off the mountain to enjoy a beer, cocktail, or great bar food including KT's signature flatbread pizzas and tasty nachos.

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8. The Arc , Olympic Valley, CA 96146

One of the many eateries around Squaw Valley, The Arc offers a number of different food stations where you can grab up salads, gourmet 'za, grilled items, Asian fare, and other options.

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9. Alpine Bar 2600 Alpine Meadows Rd, Alpine Meadows, CA 96146 (Tahoe)

This cozy bar, tucked into a lodge at the Alpine Meadows Ski Resort, serves up their own specialty cocktails -- try the Local's Lemonade or the Tahoe Toddy next time you stop by.

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10. Ski in, Ski out Starbucks 1960 Squaw Valley Rd, Olympic Valley, CA 96146

For all the times you find yourself saying, "Ughhh, I want my caffeine fix but I JUST DON'T WANNA QUIT SKIING", fear not! Squaw Valley's Gold Coast complex is bringing you the first-ever ski in, ski out Starbucks, where you can ski straight up to the window, order your caffeinated beverage, and then hit the slopes.

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11. Mamasake 1850 Village South Rd, Olympic Valley, CA 96146 (Tahoe)

With high ceilings and an open floor plan, Mamasake has an inviting atmosphere in which Chef Elsa Corrigan delivers her takes on Asian-inspired dishes, ranging from sushi to veggie tempura.

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12. Le Chamois & Loft Bar 1960 Squaw Valley Road, Olympic Valley, CA 96146 (Tahoe)

Part bar, part loft, and part drinking lawn, Le Chamois serves up traditional American bar bites (think wings, jalapeno poppers, onion rings, etc) plus plenty of brews, so you can bask in that comfort good-glow after a day on the slopes.

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13. Alice's Mountain Market 1850 Squaw Valley Rd, Olympic Valley, CA 96146

Save your Apres-ski money and head over to Alice's Mountain Market to pick up your supplies -- beers taste much better from the comfort of your own hot tub.

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14. The Chalet 2600 Alpine Meadows Road, Tahoe City, CA 96145 (Tahoe)

This mid-mountain Bavarian beer garden is literally the only (and perfect) place to stop for a refreshing brew on your way down. In a rush? Their signature ‘Bierstiefln’ is a liter of beer in a plastic boot you can ski away with.

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15. Last Chair 2600 Alpine Meadows Road, Tahoe City, CA 96145 (Tahoe)

Last Chair is the ultimate boozing destination for those in no rush after a long day of hitting the slopes. Within the Main Lodge, their après menu caters to all walk of life -- from nachos to wings to seared tuna tagarashi.