Queenstown’s best three apres-ski bar

Queenstown may just be New Zealand’s finest gem, an idyllic spot for a mid winter getaway, to take in the surroundings of our magical landscape or hit the slopes. For those thinking about heading down this winter, consider getting a crew together, because Queenstown has a selection of epic après ski bars to have a few brews at after a day on the mountain. Whether it’s a boys’ trip, girls’ weekend, family vacay or couples’ retreat, these après ski spots offer world-class cocktails, along with delicious fare and great music.


3/8 Cow Lane, Queenstown

Hidden away in a basement off Queenstown Mall and Cow Lane, Rhino’s Ski Shack is one of Queenstown’s best-kept secrets, a welcoming joint with delicious pizzas and an extensive winter drinks list. Spiced mulled wine, warm buttered rum and eggnog shooters help warm the soul, while a selection of local DJs keep Rhino’s pumping until the early hours of the morning. Lined with walls of chopped logs, vintage skis, streestyle photography and original prints, Rhino’s is a charming spot for a few friendly drinks that could easily turn into a lively night out.


88 Beach Street, Queenstown

Renowned for creating the finest cocktails in Queenstown, this bar and eatery sits in the famous Steamer Wharf on the waterfront of Lake Wakatipu. The interior captures the cosy essence of winter with handcrafted wooden furniture and open fire, while the menu perfectly encapsulates sophistication with a seasonal wine menu, artisan cheese and meat boards, authentic pizzas and of course, cocktails. Chances are you’ll stick around for a few hours enjoying lengthy conversations over red wine and bust a few dance moves to their local live music.


88 Beach Street, Queenstown

Also located at Steamer Wharf, the iconic Minus 5º ICE BAR is a quintessential Queenstown experience. With over 18 tones of crystal clear ice architecture, including ice carvings and ice furniture, Minus 5º ICE BAR features cocktails (and mocktails) served in glasses made of, you guessed it, ice. The ice bar offers a wide range of clothing to complete the eskimo look, so there’s no need for guests to bring ski gear and they can easily head out for dinner after in normal non-Antarctic attire.