Three women sitting outdoors at Rocker at Squaw on a sunny day with the slopes in the background

Spring 2021 (like the rest of this season’s operations) looks a bit different than other years with limited indoor capacity at lodges, bars, and restaurants. Lucky for us, the California sun and long Spring days have always made our outdoor patios and sundecks the center of Spring Après in Lake Tahoe! Here are our top spots not to be missed.

1. ALPINE MEADOWS SUN DECK

 

COME HERE FOR THE…AFTERNOON SUNSHINE AND BAHN MI SANDWICHES.

When your legs need a break from carving the spring slopes, the sun deck at Alpine Meadows is the perfect spot to unwind under the spring sun. New this season, Alpine Deck Bahn Mi is serving up hot pork and roasted vegetable Banh Mi sandwiches. Grab a sandwich and drink and post up on the spaced-out picnic tables to watch the afternoon skiers & riders come down the hill. If you want to sit even closer to the lifts, grab a seat in one of the Adirondack chairs on the snow beach just in front of the deck. Open 11am-3pm whenever the sun is shining and the weather is sweet.

2. ROCKER@SQUAW

 

COME HERE FOR THE…BEERS ON TAP, BLOODY MARY’S, AND FAMOUS NACHOS.

The Rocker patio is open for outdoor dining with a view. Photo: Kate Abraham

If craft beer and a tower of cheesy delicious nachos is your thing, then head to Rocker@Squaw. You’ll find one of the best outdoor decks in the heart of the Village paired with a scenic mountain backdrop. Try one of the signature cocktails like the famous Bloody Mary with all the fixings or the “Shane McConkey” which is served in a commemorative glass with a portion of the proceeds being donated to the Squaw Valley legend’s foundation.

3. THE AULD DUBLINER IRISH PUB

 

COME HERE FOR THE…TRADITIONAL IRISH FARE, GUINNESS, AND GREAT WINGS.

In the heart of the Village, the Auld Dubliner (aka “The Dub”) has a spacious patio with a lively vibe and excellent post-skiing grub. For something hearty after a long day, try the Shepard’s Pie, Fish and Chips, or a stuffed Boxty (traditional Irish Potato Pancake, similar to a crepe). For lighter fare, don’t miss the Roasted Beet salad or Shaved Brussels. There’s a massive selection of Irish Whiskey and the best Guinness in all of Tahoe. Expect hearty food and drink and warm hospitality at this Squaw Valley favorite.

4. TREMIGO MEXICAN KITCHEN & TEQUILA BAR

 

COME HERE FOR THE…MARGARITAS AND THE MOLCAJETE.

The newest addition to The Village dining scene, Tremigo became an instant favorite among locals and visitors alike when it opened last spring. Tremigo serves up authentic Mexican cuisine, cocktails with a kick, and the best selection of tequila and mezcal around. Don’t miss the Molcajete, served family-style in a traditional lava stone with grilled shrimp, carne asada, chicken, and cactus in a spicy red sauce.

5. FIRESIDE PIZZA COMPANY

 

COME HERE FOR THE…PIZZA & SALADS THE WHOLE FAMILY WILL LOVE WITH PLENTY OF GLUTEN-FREE OPTIONS.

Fireside Pizza is the go-to family spot in The Village, serving a wide variety of pizzas from Four Cheese and Classic Margarita to more adventurous combos like Thai Chicken Curry and the signature Pear & Gorgonzola pizza. Plus, there are delicious salads, appetizers, a full bar, and gluten-free pizza crust available upon request!

6. UNCORKED WINE BAR

 

COME HERE FOR THE…ROBUST SELECTION OF WINES FROM CALIFORNIA AND BEYOND.

If you crave a delicious glass of wine after the slopes, Uncorked is your perfect spot to unwind. The atmosphere is cozy and mellow, with a knowledgeable staff to help you choose a glass, bottle, or wine tasting that you’ll love. The patio is a great place to lounge with a combination of tables and comfy couches. Or if you’re staying in the Village, grab a bottle to-go and enjoy on your private balcony!

7. WILDFLOUR BAKING COMPANY

 

COME HERE FOR THE… BEST CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES IN TAHOE.

If your version of après involves satisfying sweets, then Wildflour is an absolute must. Susan’s fresh chocolate chip cookies are the best reward after a day on the slopes. Almost everything is made from scratch: baked goods, bagels, tortillas, soups, and chili (even the ketchup and sweet-spicy mustard). Wildflour is a welcoming spot for families, friends and is frequented by Olympians and professional athletes who grew up on the Squaw Alpine Ski Teams. New this season, order online and pick-up at the window!

8. PLUMPJACK CAFE

 

COME HERE FOR THE…CRAFT COCKTAILS, FINE WINES, GOURMET APPS, AND A TUCKED-AWAY PATIO.

PlumpJack Cafe has a beautiful tucked-away patio that you might miss if you didn’t know about it. But you definitely shouldn’t miss it. With close ties to Napa Valley’s wine country, it’s no wonder the wine list is pages long with plenty of options to find that perfect vintage. Be sure to stop in for a glass (or bottle), a perfectly crafted cocktail, or the new gourmet pizza menu.

9. COFFEEBAR

 

COME HERE FOR THE…BAKED GOODS, HEALTHY BREAKFAST & LUNCH OPTIONS, AND BREWS FOR EVERY TIME OF DAY.

Coffeebar patio overlooks the slopes of Red Dog.

Inspired by the Italian café concept, Coffeebar follows the motto there’s a brew for every time of day. Stop by in the morning for the best selection of caffeinated beverages around–the friendly baristas serve everything from espresso and cold brew to specialty drinks like the Mexican Mocha and Lavender Tea Latte. In the afternoon, drop in for a draft beer or glass of prosecco and enjoy on the outdoor patio overlooking Red Dog chairlift. Beyond the brews, Coffeebar serves a variety of delicious baked goods (including gluten-free muffins and donut holes) and gourmet organic meals like the popular Paleo Bowl.