Après ski is a look and a feeling unto itself. One doesn’t necessarily need to be fit, yet even need to ski to “Après” – yet looking the part is essential. It’s the perfect opportunity to layer on your fur, cozy knits, pompom hats, and scarves. Sitting in front of the fire with a hot toddy, some fondue or s’mores after a day on the slopes, snowshoeing or even a day in the city is a reward saved for, and enjoyed especially by those that endure and embrace the cold.
“Après” doesn’t necessarily need to happen up north. Here are a few of our favourite places in both Hamilton and Toronto, to feel the winter vibes and flaunt your après ski chic look.
Après Restaurants in Toronto:
The Drake Sky Yard – If you’re looking for the best winter patio then we suggest you look no further. The Drake Sky Yard is open all year long serving delicious food and drinks.
The Queen & Beaver Public House – Serving delicious dishes that are all made from scratch like their homemade breads and ice creams, sausages and pies, and even house-smoked bacon, The Queen & Beaver Public House is the place to be. With a large food menu and an assortment of beers this pub screams “après” after a long day in the cold.
Jacob’s & Co – Number five on Toronto Life’s “Cities 100 Best Restaurants” Jacob’s & Co is a classic and refined steakhouse. Not only serving delicious cuts of meat, they also have a wide range of seafood dishes. To elevate your après hour head to their piano bar to enjoy beautiful music and a glass of merlot.
Woodlot – If looking for classic Canadian comfort food, look no further. With a hand built wood fire oven, Woodlot features two flavourful seasonal evolving menus.
The Oxley Public House – The pub promises fantastic food served alongside a good pint or a delicious glass of wine…we say no more as this pub screams après!
L’Unita Enoteca – This stylish rustic restaurant offers a traditional Italian menu with an extensive list of local and Italian wines. This candle lit eatery is the perfect place for large parties as well as smaller groups.
Après Restaurants in Hamilton:
The French – Not only offering a delicious seasonal menu, The French offers brunch on Saturday and Sunday, perfect for starting your après hour early.
Aberdeen Tavern – Located in a former historic bank building, the restaurant offers a tasty menu with an emphasis on comfort food and an extensive wine and cocktail list. What more do need after a long day running errands in the cold?!
Born and Raised – The restaurant is owned by a Top Chef Canada alum who serves pizza and other Italian/ Canadian inspired dishes. This spot is a great place to meet up with friends and family to enjoy a couple pies and cocktails after a long cold day!
Brux House – If you enjoy a good pint of beer then we suggest you look no further, as the Brux House is inspired by the European beer belt!
Frat’s Cucina – This Italian restaurant is perfect for big parties to enjoy decadent pizzas and flavourful cocktails.