Arnie Wilson, The Daily Telegraph, October 04, 2013
When the sun goes down, Jackson’s and Teton Village’s restaurants, bars and pubs light up with good food, drink and entertainment.
In your ski boots
The Mangy Moose ( mangymoose.com ) is the most popular après establishment in Teton Village, complete with a stuffed moose dangling from the rafters, high above skiers and riders knocking back beers and margaritas after another adventurous day on the hill.
If you’re eating in Teton Village, enjoy the spacious surrounding of the slopeside Four Seasons hotel ( fourseasons.com/jacksonhole ). The on-mountain Couloir restaurant ( jacksonhole.com/couloir-restaurant.html ) opens in the evenings too, so diners can enjoy a starlit gondola ride to get there. And since last winter après has taken to new heights with Elevated Après at the Vertical Lounge: you and up to 35 friends can celebrate on a private aerial tram for an intimate three course champagne flight to the top of Rendezvous Mountain and back down.
Il Villaggio Osteria ( jhosteria.com ) has a 12-seat wine bar and an eight-seat salumi bar, where guests can watch as imported meats and cheeses from Italy are hand-sliced to order.
For live music, you simply can’t miss the atmospheric Million Dollar Cowboy Bar ( milliondollarcowboybar.com ), where the bar stools are saddles and a stuffed grizzly stares out at you from his glass cabinet. But a warning - if any family members look under-age they will be asked for photo ID.
Or try the “other” cowboy bar – the more genteel Silver Dollar Bar at the Wort Hotel ( worthotel.com ), where the counters are inlaid with – you’ve guessed it – 2,032 uncirculated silver dollars. The Sidewinders Tavern ( sidewinderstavern.co m) at the Hillside Building, West Broadway has a sports bar offering cocktails, wine and a choice of 30 different beers.
Until recently the nearby Virginian Saloon was being described online, rather succinctly, as “good drinks, smoke filled, redneck bar. If you can't deal with cigarette smoke, beer and whisky don't come here”. Smoking inside is now banned. The jury’s out on how that will affect the place’s popularity.
And don’t miss the Stagecoach Bar ( stagecoachbar.net ), not far from Teton Village at Wilson, the little town at the bottom of the Teton Pass into Idaho – particularly on Sunday evenings when the Stagecoach Band performs as they have done for more than 2,500 nights during the past 44 years. With any luck they’ll include Bill Briggs, the first man to ski the Grand Teton peak, who is also a mean banjo player and singer. Thursdays draw packed crowds for Disco Night, with a DJ spinning tunes from the 70s and 80s.