As well as the skiing St.Anton is world famous for the apres ski. A lot of this takes place up on the mountain from around 3pm – 8pm but there are also some great places to apres in the village centre too.
Taps has a lounge bar and sun terrace above the main bar area and a chill out room has been added downstairs. These day sit is very popular with the “younger” crowd with loud music to match! When things are really kicking off it seems that the clothing is too with half of the party animals quickly getting down to their ski underwear! Taps is on the slopes and next door to the Krazy Kanguruh apres ski bar and can be reached by coming down red run no.21 from Gampen or if you are coming from Galzig it is down blue run no.1 that starts just below the Zammermoos chairlift- although you have to cut off to the left after passing Heustadl (just follow the big sign to Taps & the Krazy Kanguruh) and you will find it.
Apres ski bar on the slopes and now owned by local legend and olympic champion Mario Matt the KK is the oldest and original après ski bar on the mountain. Again it does tend to be a favourite of the “younger crowd” and there is a tradition that any girl taking her top off gets a free bottle of sparkling wine! To find the KK follow the same directions as for Taps as described above. Be careful as to where you leave your skis here – it is very easy to lose them or worse, have them stolen. Best to try and get in there early if you want a seat as it does get very business as the slopes close.
Underground on the Piste
For anybody who has skied in St.Anton over the last few decades I am sure that you will know of “The Underground” bar – you may not know however that it closed it doors several seasons ago when the lease on the premises ran out. Joan then opened a newer version of this old après ski spot in the ground floor rooms of her own house (no lease problems here!) right at the bottom of the piste. Old regulars will be pleased to know that Joan is the same as ever (in joke) and that great live music is normally on the agenda. The bar is totally different to the old one, much more homely and cosy. The food is pretty good in here too if you are feeling a little peckish but you will need to reserve a table if you want to eat and you are arriving later. A note to newcomers to this little place – Joan can be a little touchy as to where you sit so expect to be moved around occasionally – all part of her eccentric charm! To find the “Underground on the Piste” ski down towards the village under the new gondola and just before you reach the gondola station itself peel off to the right and you will spot a neon après ski sign. If you intend to come by foot from the village head up the hill from the roundabout beneath the gondola station (Alte Arlbergstrasse) and after about 100m turn right into Rudi Matt Weg and you will soon spot it on your left. No smoking rules are in force inside.
The Heustadl (Hay Store) has always been a very friendly place to drop into for a few beers after a good day out on the piste, it has a very big outdoor terrace as well as lots of room inside. There is a good sound system which blasts music out onto the slopes (a good number of which are German!!) and they also have live music 6 afternoons a week. Inside there is seating upstairs and downstairs and it is all in the fashion of an old hay loft – I like it a lot. The Heustadl is the first après ski bar that you will come to as you head down Blue run 1 from below the Zammermoos chairlift and is on the left hand side of the slope. Since it is the first bar you will come to there is good scope to have a few in there before moving further down towards the village and the other après ski bars…..Hey it could be the start of a great bar crawl…..!!
Well what can we say about the Mooserwirt? It is probably one of the most famous après ski spots in Europe, it sells more beer per square metre than anywhere else in Austria and it has the worst euro trash music on the mountain unless you are German! BUT when you are in the mood the place really does kick, you have to experience it at least once during your trip – it does have atmosphere a-plenty. From 3pm onwards the crowds really start to arrive and by 4pm you have no chance of finding a seat inside as the music booms out across the piste. To truly enjoy the Mooserwirt experience I would suggest that you get there early (ideally book a table) and watch what happens at 3.30 when they start the “Final Countdown”, the electronic shutters all close, the amazing light show starts and the crowds pour in…..very soon the place is packed, literally to bursting point with very loud, beer drinking skiers all singing along to the mostly naff German dance music – it is great!!
To get to The Mooserwirt just come down Blue run No1 which starts just past the Zammermoos chairlift and it is the last après ski bar on the mountain – so stay to the right and just follow the noise.
The Anton Bar
The Anton bar is your first stop as you remove your skis at the bottom of the slopes by the Galzig Bahn and it blasts out loud music. This trendy bar shows ski / snowboarding films, plays good music and serves plenty of alcohol. It is always very busy in here and plenty of the ski instructors also hang out here as it is just around the corner from the ski school. If you fancy something to eat then pop into the Anton cafe (a great place for breakfast) next door, they have sheep skin rugs on all the chairs outside which is very nice…
The Griabli has a nice log fire in the centre of the main area and for those sunny days there is also a terrace (sadly overlooking the Mooserwirt !!) If you choose to apres ski here you will find that there is a great sound system installed with great music flowing from it. there is normally life music a couple of afternoons each week too. Griabli is very popular with my orange clad friends from below sea level. You will find Griable right next to the Mooserwirt on the run down to the village under the new Gondola.
Fang House is an après ski bar at the bottom of the slopes in Nasserein that takes it’s name from the slope that you ski down to get there. This is about the only lively place to après ski at the Nasserein end of town. I always think of it as being very much like Taps – a small bar with a great atmosphere that is always crowded. The advantage here is that the Fanghouse is actually in the village and not on the slopes – so when you have drunk too much and decide it is time to leave, you only have to remember your skis, not use them.
The Kandahar is probably the most sophisticated niteclub in town but it also opens at 4pm for apres ski and from about 5pm they have live music. The bar staff are always good as well as being very pleasing on the eye. In the early evening you can order Thai / Indian food to eat, there are small and large booths for groups as well as smaller tables for two. As the evening moves on the restaurant gradually morphs into a music bar and then at 2am into St.Anton’s top night club pumping out the funky, happy house music until 3am allowing you just enough time to get home, shower and be ready to hit the 8.30 lifts…. You can find the entrance to The Kandahar next door to the Sport Hotel and opposite the Post Hotel in the centre of the village. The restaurant opens at 7pm.
The Piccadilly bar is open from 4pm – 8pm for apres ski with great live music live music each afternoon with a resident musician and the occasional guest player turning up to join in the fun. it then becomes a late night bar after 9pm at which point nobody can come in with ski gear on… There is l Piccadilly is a very lively apres ski bar with a great atmosphere. You can find the Piccadilly underneath the Post Hotel with the entrance next to Alber Sports. Get there early if you want to find a seat as it does get very busy in here as the time passes and more people find their way into it.
Base camp has become very popular of late, you will find it at the bottom of the slopes next door to the ski school and next to the Gampenbahn. There is a nice sun terrace as well as indoor seating but you need to be there early to get a seat. They serve a variety of great pasta dishes if you are feeling hungry.