A group of friends cheers on the deck of the Bavarian
March 5th, 2022

Taos Bars: The Best Après-Ski Watering Holes

Whether you're a beginner who spent the day on your bum on the bunny slope or an experienced rider making hiking laps on West Basin, we've put together a list of the best bars in Taos to enjoy an après-ski drink and cheers with friends to a successful day on the mountain. These ten après-ski watering holes offer some of the best craft beer, cocktails, and atmosphere inspired by the New Mexico culture and landscape.

The Ten Best Taos Après-Ski Bars


Alley Cantina

A historic staple of the heart of downtown Taos is the Alley Cantina. Known as the oldest building in Taos, the Alley Cantina is an all-around local favorite packed full of entertainment from karaoke, shuffleboard, and live music. It's an authentic local Southwestern experience. Check out the monthly music schedule and listen to lively tunes while you enjoy your apres-ski cocktail. 

Rolling Still Distillery

If you're looking for a light, botanical craft cocktail with a touch of New Mexico character, then stop into the Rolling Still Distillery. This woman-owned distillery prides itself on locally sourced spices, botanicals, and water straight from the Sangre de Cristo mountains. Whether your group is visiting or you live in the area, the cozy lounge, or outdoor fire pit, is a great spot to sip on a cocktail inspired by the very landscape you spent all day adventuring in. The best part? You can purchase your favorite bottle from the distillery and bring a little piece of Taos home with you.

The Bavarian

When you're ready for an immediate après-ski drink, make your way to the base of Lift 4 to find a tasty beer at our German-inspired alpine ski lodge. Let us be clear, there's no need to leave the ski hill for a refreshing drink…gotta love the convenience. 

The Bavarian offers traditional German beer in steins and German-style pretzels, goulash, and brats. Sip and snack on the outside deck and enjoy amazing view of the Kachina Basin.

Adobe Bar 

With a nickname like “The Living Room of Taos” the Adobe Bar in the historic district of Taos is a must-see. The rustic Southwestern establishment has been serving up its legendary margaritas to locals and visitors alike since the 1930s. Reminisce about your favorite part of the day with friends while sipping a delicious cocktail to the tunes of the live music the Adobe Bar often presents. 

Taos Mesa Brewing

There's nothing finer than enjoying a tasty craft beer after a day of fresh powder on the hill. The Mesa Brewing Tap Room, is conveniently located within walking distance to the heart of Taos. Delight in artisan beers alongside comfort food and wood-fired pizzas.  

192 at The Blake

Belly up to the bar or gather with friends around the fireplace at 192 at The Blake, located on the 2nd floor of the alpine guesthouse in Taos Ski Valley. The lively and inviting ambiance offers a relaxing environment for a late afternoon drink and delicious shareable dishes with others.  

Doc Martin's

For an authentic New Mexico experience offering a flavorful menu and charming atmosphere, check out Doc Martin's. The restaurant, nestled in the Taos Inn, offers savory Southwestern dishes paired with top-notch margaritas and drinks. You won't want to miss this vibrant local spot located right in the heart of Taos.    

The Blonde Bear Tavern

Can’t decide between a nice glass of wine or a craft cocktail after a day spent skiing? This cozy tavern just might be the place for you. Within the Edelweiss Lodge, the warm and intimate Blonde Bear Tavern offers an elevated dining experience with savory appetizers and dinners to satisfy any apres-ski appetite.  

Rhoda's Restaurant

Are you looking for a laid-back spot with a great selection of food and beer? The slopeside restaurant Rhoda's is a casual spot for a tasty beverage accompanied by snack options to satisfy your taste buds. Grab a beer and seat on the outdoor patio to watch fellow skiers enjoy their last runs of the day. 


Well, there you have it - the ten best après-ski watering holes in Taos! After a full day of runs, there's nothing better than sipping a refreshing drink on an outdoor deck at the base of Taos Ski Valley. Be sure to explore our lodging options just in case you have one too many at any of these bars. Are you looking to continue your Taos Ski Valley adventures? Check out what other indoor and outdoor activities Taos Ski Valley has to offer.