The Aeroplanstadl, on the way down towards town, it is a natural stop for a drink and the terrace is packed on a fine day. On Tuesdays and Thursdays it holds tobogganing evenings – on a natural 3.3km-long run behind the restaurant.
The bars at and near the Felsentherme outdoor baths are also popular among skiers and snowboarders returning from the slopes, before the action moves on to a huge assortment of bars and clubs in town. The Scandinavian bar, Haeggbloms has live music and is popular with snowboarders, with themed events and parties such as an Ibiza Party and a Pimps ‘n’ Prostitutes Party.
Other nightspots include Oslags and the Gatz Music Club (+43 6434 2253) in Hotel Gisela. The Silver Bullet bar is “recommended for kicking live music” five days a werk until 2am. It serves snacks and beer in the surroundings of a North American style cabin. Eden’s Pub (+43 6434 2076006) is another of the best bars in town. Ritz in the Hotel Salzburgerhof has regular live music, and the Bellini (+43 6434 2037) has walls covered in film star photos and is worth visiting for its cocktails alone.
Where to relax in Bad Hofgastein
The Glocknerkeller (+43 6432 66290) is a popular apres bar in Bad Hofgastein, and transforms into a nightclub later on. Chalet-hotel Tannenburg, near the top of town and owned by British tour operator Ski Miquel, claims to have the cheapest beer (“informal affordable hospitality”). Bad Hofgastein has five discos and a dozen bars.
A surreal experience
However, the real star of the apres-ski scene is the spa water. An impressive 23 million litres of this curative water bubbles up daily from 17 springs. It is piped to the leading hotels and to public indoor and outdoor baths. You can enjoy the surreal experience of soaking at the foot of the pistes while snow falls around you. Health-conscious visitors can visit the nearby Healing Galleries, a naturally heated underground chamber reached by a 2km train journey into the mountain.