The world’s only ski-in gastro-distillery, High West Distillery & Saloon is all about the whiskey. There are some perennially popular mainstays on the cocktail menu, like Dead Man’s Boots (Rendezvous rye, reposado tequila, fresh lime juice, simple syrup, Fever Tree ginger beer, and a lime wedge garnish) and Hot Toddy (American Prairie bourbon, honey syrup, two lemon slices, hot water, and a cinnamon stick garnish). However, the drinks that truly highlight the talent here are the classic whiskey cocktails like the excellent old fashioned (Rendezvous rye, Demerara simple syrup, Angostura bitters, and an orange/lemon twist garnish).
The bar’s buildings, which are on the National Historic Registry, are worth a visit, too. The livery was used to shoe horses and mules that worked in the mines; it then became a garage. The exterior of the livery has exposed lettering and signage that was essentially baked on when the coalition mine building burned down. Excellent whiskey cocktails and delicious High West burgers, plus welcoming and knowledgeable bar staff, all add up to perfection. (High West Saloon/Yelp)