Staying warm in the winter time is my top priority. Even though I am a big fan of skiing, which inherently means enduring the cold, I’m also a fan of getting cozy with a hot toddy and a fire. One great thing about Sun Valley/Ketchum is that I can find someone to do both– right in town. Here is a list of some of the best bars in Sun Valley.

The Sawtooth Club

The Sawtooth Club is a local and visitor favorite. The downstairs is perfect for informal get togethers and will give you that ‘homey’ feel when you snuggle up on the couch in front of the fireplace. This is a great spot for families too, so the kids can sip on their virgin hot chocolates while you take yours with a dash of peppermint schnapps. Stay for a nice steak dinner to round out your evening.

River Run

It may sound too good to be true, but as soon as you step out of your skis, you can step into one of the best bars in Sun Valley. Besides its prime location at the base of Baldy, River Run is a great place to watch live music in the winter time. (It’s also notoriously good at mixology.) Try the spicy Bloody Mary before you get your groove on, or just enjoy debriefing your day with friends in front of the fire (if you can get a spot).

Sawtooth Brewery Public House

If you’re into finding locally made beers, then stop in to the Sawtooth Brewery Public House in Ketchum. This tap room boasts 25 beers, kombuchas, and root beers on tap and it’s all made in the valley. While there may not be a fireplace to warm your feet, the beer is delightful, and the atmosphere is warm and inviting.

Lefty’s Bar and Grill

Lefty’s has one of the best aprés scenes in the valley. The food is cheap, the beer is good, and there’s a pool table and TVs turned to every sports channel you could want. This is where the locals come to unwind, catch up in a cozy booth with friends, have a laugh, and share a delightful basket of waffle fries. It’s not fancy, but it feels like home.

The Lounge at Limelight Hotel

If we take one thing seriously, it’s our Lounge and aprés experience. One hour isn’t enough time to truly get happy, so we’ve declared 4-9pm Sunday through Thursday, and 3-10pm Friday and Saturday the happiest hours of the day. Get deals on beer, wine, cocktails and pizza in front of the fire. You can also catch live music on Fridays.

These bars in Sun Valley are superb places to wind down, turn up, or simply grub. Cheers.