Mammoth is quite busy as soon as the lifts close, with a number of slope-side venues popular, sometimes boosted by live music and happy hour promotions.
Tusks Bar, the Dry Creek Bar in the Mammoth Mountain Inn (which has its own Martini special) and The Mill Cafe are all usually lively. You can also stay on the mountain until 5pm at Steeps Bar in McCoy Station then ski, board or take the gondola down.
A newer option is the Hyde Lounge in the Village which opens from 3pm to 2am at weekends, so is ideal for a long session.
The Yodler Restaurant and Bar has been an après ski fixture at Mammoth’s base for more than 50 years, located next to the main lodge. As well as cold beer you can get snacks, including the signature Yodler Fish Tacos and hang out on the sundeck.
Tusks on the third floor of the Main Lodge is a venue for performances by local alternative and classic rock bands, and the Grizzly Bar on the third floor of Canyon Lodge features reggae as well as rock acts.
The vibe is also building in the base village which has everything from Starbucks to the inevitable traditional Irish pub, The Auld Dubliner.
In town Whiskey Creek and Grumpy’s (361 Old Mammoth Road; +1 (760) 934 8587) are usually lively and the Clocktower Cellar (6080 Minaret Rd; +1 (760) 934 2725inside the Alpenhof Lodge has 30 beers on tap and 50 more in bottles, as well as a pool table. The Mammoth Brewing Company (94 Berner St; +1 : (760) 934 7141) brews its own. There are ten varieties to choose from including Paranoid Pale Ale, a classic American pale ale.