Arapahoe Basin Ski Area’s newest on-mountain dining experience, the 6th Alley Bar & Grill, will open to the public with full lunch and après ski menus on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. Regular hours will be: Monday through Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Friday, Saturday and Sunday: 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Located on the main level of the A-Frame base lodge, the 6th Alley Bar & Grill underwent a $1 million renovation over the summer, tripling its overall capacity by expanding the bar area, creating balcony seating on the 2nd floor and adding weather protection on its outside venue, The Perch.
Table service has been added to enhance the base area dining experience for guests. 6th Alley patrons can expect about 20 rotating draft beers with 15 taps dedicated to Colorado microbrews, and a new drink menu featuring variations on the Moscow Mule and, of course, the legendary A-Basin Bacon Bloody Mary.
Food and Beverage Director Chef Christopher Rybak created new lunch, après and drink menus, catering to all appetites by including unconventional ski area fare like Jackalope Bratwurst (served with cherries, habanero peppers and caramelized onion relish) alongside standard après favorites like wings, nachos and artichoke dip.
“The Food & Beverage team at A-Basin has another opportunity to provide a unique culinary experience in terms of ski area dining,” said Rybak of the new menus. A preview of the 6th Alley Bar & Grill food menu can be found here.
The new decorating scheme in the 6th Alley pays tribute to the heritage of A-Basin while adding a modern twist. The ski area gave a nod to its rich history by intertwining facts about the mountain and historical photos of its founders and early years as a ski area. These elements were incorporated into the overall design, including a large mural on the south wall of the 6th Alley and archival photos on the dining area’s table tops.
“It’s a new look for sure, but those historical elements help maintain the same vibe people have grown to love about the 6th Alley and I think patrons will be intrigued,” Rybak said. “We can’t wait to invite our guests back to their favorite ski area bar – they’re the ones who keep that special vibe alive at the Basin.”