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Best aprés ski spots around Queenstown

Gemma Pitcher
Monday, May 21, 2012
Onsen hot pools
Onsen hot pools
Queenstown nightlife. Image: Tourism New Zealand
Queenstown nightlife. Image: Tourism New Zealand
Queenstown nightlife. Image: Tourism New Zealand
Queenstown nightlife. Image: Tourism New Zealand
World's signature Teapot cocktails will pose a serious challenge to your plans to get up in time for the first ski lift tomorrow.
Gemma Pitcher

Whether you're a glass-of-red-by-the-fire type or prefer dancing on the tables of a sweaty club, Queenstown has something to offer. Just remember — the best cure for a hangover is some fresh powder snow the next morning.

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Ferg burger / Ferg baker

Ferg Burger has long been a Queenstown institution. Huge juicy burgers are served up to hungry punters jostling for a place at the communal benches. Gluten free and veggie options abound. Ferg Baker opened last year to great excitement, serving up pies just as yummy as the burgers.

Winnies

Queenstown's iconic pizzeria is a good option for a relaxed stomach-lining dinner. Sit out on the balcony while admiring the quirky décor (look for the bicycle hanging from the roof…) The bar gets raucous later on, and if the dance floor gets too sweaty, the roof slides back to let some fresh air in.

Bunker

Tucked away down a back alley, this is one for the smarter set who are not too keen to gobble burgers or hang out with backpackers. The chic restaurant has an intimate, clubby atmosphere and serves modern European and Kiwi cuisine, while the elegant bar upstairs sometimes has DJs on the rooftop.

World Bar

In contrast to Bunker, World Bar is Queenstown's champion backpacker bar, featuring all the booze deals, bar games and drunk Scandinavians a person could possibly require. Busiest after midnight, World's signature Teapot cocktails will pose a serious challenge to your plans to get up in time for the first ski lift tomorrow.

Bardeaux

Bardeaux is a tiny, tucked-away jewel of a bar with the comfiest armchairs in town and a roaring fire. A glass of Otago Pinot and a cheese platter here is all you'll need if you're looking to rest those weary legs and simply enjoy good conversation and great music.

Minus 5

Walls, floor, ceiling, bar — even the glasses at Minus 5 are made from pure ice. The ice sculptures, illuminated by coloured lights, are spectacular, and the cocktails aren't bad either.

Onsen Hot Pools

OK, so it's not a bar or a restaurant, but this is a Queenstown must-do. Perched up a hill overlooking a spectacular river gorge, these Japanese style hot baths can be booked for a couple or a group of friends for a blissful post-slopes soak. The roof retracts, leaving you free to enjoy the view or the starry sky above. Heaven.

Wanaka

Queenstown's neighbour Wanaka is a lot quieter, but there are plenty of options for a chilled out drink after a hard day on the slopes.

Cardrona hotel

Right at the bottom of the hill from the Cardrona ski fields, this famous pub serves a beautiful glass of mulled wine, alongside beers on tap in a lively, friendly atmosphere.

Cinema Paradiso

This quirky little movie house comes with comfy sofas and a cute café serving fresh, homely food. The hot cookies come out in the intermission, alongside homemade ice cream and cold beers.

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