The Best Apres Ski In Queenstown

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Our Guide To The Best Apres Ski Spots In Queenstown

Queenstown has its fair share of food and drink establishments to unwind after a day on the slopes.  Our quick 'Apres Ski' guide highlights some of the best places to continue the fun long into the night along with a few foodie options.

Onsen Hot Pools

Ease your bones after a hard day’s session on the slopes with a hot soak overlooking the Shotover Canyon.   Indulge yourself with refreshments as you gaze out at uninterrupted views of the iconic Shotover.  The Cedar Hot Tubs are a welcoming 39.8C during the winter, with room for up to four adults.  There is even complimentary transport to and from Queenstown. 

Location:  162 Arthurs Point Road, Arthurs Point
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Rhino's Ski Shack 

Continue the skiing theme with a visit to an Après-ski themed bar tucked away in a basement just off Queenstown Mall.  Rhino’s Ski Shack is a cosy bar for beers, games & DJ.  This themed bar is typical après in style, with vintage skis, chopped logs combined with cutting edge photography, street art, and dance floor.

Location:  The Mall, Queenstown
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The 'old west' themed Cowboys Bar offers some of the liveliest nights and best drink deals in town.  The large grizzly bear that greets you at the door and the mechanised bull ride are big hints that this is a bar that’s ideal for those who like a good time.  The long bar offers plenty of shots, beers and cocktails along with a couple of log fires that add to the atmosphere in winter and a pool table.

Location:  7 Seale Lane
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Patagonia Chocolates

Centrally located Patagonia Chocolates is well known for the best hot chocolate in town.  Relax with a coffee and sample the delicious chocolates that are made in store with the finest ingredients.  Be tempted by great choice of ice creams and amazing chocolate creations.  You can also enjoy pastries for breakfast.

Location:  2 Rees Street
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Fergburger is the most famous burger joint in Queenstown and many travellers' make a beeline to sample the fare.  Just look for the line outside on Shotover Street, and you’ll know where to go.  Using prime New Zealand beef, the burgers are on the large size and the perfect way to replenish burnt calories for the slopes.  If you prefer a pastry, try the Fergburger Bakery next door.

Location:  42 Shotover Street
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World Bar

With its quirky decor and laid back vibe, the World Bar has grown up a bit since its original days but is still a great place to hang out in the town.  Enjoy teapot cocktails or craft beers including 11 on tap or choose from the extensive wine list.  In winter cosy up next to the open fire. The venue hosts regular live events.

Location:  12 Church Street
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Village Green

The Village Green with terraced lawns and Horne Creek running through the centre of the green, is home to a number of the bars that all have outdoor seating areas to take advantage of the location.  In the late afternoon, 1876, Brazz, Pig and Whistle and Speights Queenstown Ale House all offer 'happy hours' for skiiers and snowboarders to enjoy.  With the well maintained lawns, a view of the Skyline Gondola and Remarkables, the Village Green is a great place to unwind.

Location:  Corner of Ballarat Street and Athol Street
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Happy Hour Guide:

To find all the best ‘happy hour’ deals in Queenstown check our ‘Happy Hour Guide’ for pricing and location details.