Après-ski in St Anton

Après-ski in St Anton


With more than 80 bars, restaurants and clubs, St Anton is as well-known for its buzzing nightlife as it is for its skiing. Starting at one of the five bars on the slopes down from Gampen or Galzig, it’s easy to bar-hop around the village, taking in both the hot spots and the quieter corners as the evening grows late.

Senhutte gives traditional Austrian-style fun, with rowdy Mooserwort farther down towards the village an absolute must for the compulsory ‘dancing on tables’ ritual as wells as rivers of great beer. Set on the slopes close to the ski museum, Underground is for chilling and relaxing, with village hangouts including the Brit-style Pub Piccadilly with live music and explosive atmosphere, while the next-door Post Kellar Disco and tiny Pub 37 liven up the decibel level as the night progresses. For more chilling out or even conversation, try the Hotel Alt Poste’s terrace or the many smaller cafes and bars away from the centre.

For diners, good, honest meat-heavy Austrian food is everywhere, along with the usual international and Italian fare. However energetic you are on the slopes, St Anton is not the place to lose weight. Although, due to the large number of half-board lodgings, the restaurant scene isn’t extensive, although the minimal choice does offer excellent value. Favourites are the mountainside eateries and bars, where lunchtime often merges seamlessly into après-ski festivities until the early hours, followed by a slide down the mountain for a few hours’ sleep.