Garfinkel's or Garfs as the locals call it, is an Après ski spot that is located in Lionshead Village directly across from the Eagle Bahn Gondola. Après Ski at Garfinkel's in Vail Colorado has one of the best outdoor patios in the entire village. It offers skiers and riders excellent pub food, with drink specials that will make you and your wallet happy. Garfinkel's is nestled in between high-end lodging and pricey retail stores. The restaurant's deck sits directly atop a row of windows, where the masses line up daily for their $105 lift tickets. Considering its location you might expect something slightly different upon arrival. Garfinkel's doesn't quite fit the mold of an upscale Vail Après scene.
As soon as you walk in, Garfinkel's classic ski bar feel will surprise you. From their moose head logo to their shot wheel, this place is more of a local pub than your stereotypical slope side Vail restaurant. You will encounter ski bummin’ locals and rowdy vacationers both equally enjoying Garfinkel's Après scene. The menu consists of greasy appetizers, burgers and specialty sandwiches. I suggest trying the teriyaki beef skewers and the chicken wings, which come smothered with your choice of nine different sauces. Both selections were delicious and will not disappoint. Garf's has a decent selection of draft and bottled beers, as well as some tempting specialty cocktails. They usually have cheap drink specials, so ask your server or bartender for the deal of the day.
I recommend sitting outside on the deck as you get a great view of the trails serviced by the Eagle Bahn Gondola and the Born Free Express. The deck allows you to sit back relax and breathe in that Colorado air. You and your buddies can recap the day’s adventures, all while shaping your goggle tan and sipping on your favorite beverage.
Vail Colorado is an enormous ski resort with everything from outdoor ice rinks, fine dining, to the steepest terrain imaginable. When you picture Vail in your mind, you wouldn't visualize a vintage ski bar with loud music, cheap eats and Big Buck Hunter in the corner. Well that’s exactly what Garfinkel's is! Perfect location, perfect atmosphere and a must see Après spot in Vail Colorado.