A Brew with a View

It's not officially spring until you kick back outside with a cold one. We'll even throw in the scenery for free.

Aspen Highlands

Cloud Nine Alpine Bistro, Aspen Highlands, Colo.

It may be the ultimate springtime après scene—in the U.S., at least. When the party kicks off at Cloud Nine, at 11,000 feet at Aspen Highlands, there’s nowhere else you’ll want to be. Make a coveted reservation for the 2 p.m. seating then claim a spot on the south-facing deck with jaw-dropping views of the Maroon Bells. Limber up, loosen those boots, fill your flute, and prepare to dance the afternoon away as the DJ starts spinning club and pop hits. Want to dance on the table in your ski boots? Climb on up. We promise you won’t be alone.

Portillo, Chile

Tio Bob’s, Portillo, Chile

Ready to sip Pisco Sours in full view of Lake Inca and the surrounding Andes? We are, too. Tio Bob’s, named for Bob Purcell, the former co-owner of the resort, enjoys a perfect setting at the top of the Plateau Lift. Head up for a late lunch and stay for the lively après scene before you ski down to the base.

Zermatt, Switzerland

Zephyr Lodge, Northstar, Calif.

The rustic mid-mountain Zephyr Lodge offers expansive Sierra views from its perch at nearly 8,000 feet. Order the signature Beefy Mary—house-made Bloody mix, beef jerky from Truckee’s Jerky Junction, and pickled beets, carrots, and green beans on a bamboo spear—and nab a spot on the patio to take in the afternoon rays. 

Mt. Norquay, Alberta

The Cliffhouse Bistro, Mt. Norquay, Alberta

In possession of some of the prettiest views overlooking Banff, Mt. Rundle, and the Bow Valley, the Cliffhouse Bistro was built in the 1950s and renovated in 2014. It also doubles as a history museum, with graphics about the region’s past. Grab a brew, nosh on warm spiced nuts, and take in those Banff views from a near-perfect vantage.