Alpbach resort information & après-ski
Despite its modest scale and family draw, little Alpbach still has its wilder side for those who look hard enough. Additionally, there are several low-key nightspots for those hoping to experience some old-fashioned Tyrolean hospitality.
Most of the lively après-ski scene is centred on several 'must visit' venues, including the Postalm (tel: +43 699 1275 5926; www.postalm-alpbach.at) known as ‘the meeting place in Alpbach’ due to its popularity, and Waschkuchl Bar (tel: +43 650 591 8335; www.facebook.com/waschkuchl.bar), which stays open until 0300 on weekends.
The bustling Irish Pub in the Jakober Inn (tel: +43 5336 5171; www.gasthof-jakober.at) is a favourite for locals and tourists alike, with Guinness and Irish whiskey on offer and live music every other weekend.
The 20 or so restaurants in Alpbach and the surrounding area capitalise primarily on the abundance of good, local produce with the recipes generally staying loyal to traditional Tyrolean cuisine.
The Gasthof Zirmalm (tel: +43 5336 5107; www.zirmalm.at) is one of the best in the resort for high calibre, local cuisine served to perfection. Among the other options in the village is the Alpbacherhof (tel: +43 5336 5237; en.alpbacherhof.at), which has a first-rate à la carte restaurant; and The Post Hotel (tel: +43 5336 5203; www.hotel-post.cc), with its traditional rustic stübl (Tyrolean wood-panelled parlour) that hosts Tyrolean music evenings.
The nearby village of Brixlegg is home to Sigwarts’ Tiroler Weinstuben (tel: +43 533 763 390; www.tiroler-weinstuben.at), a Gault Millau and À la Carte Restaurant Guide-listed restaurant. Dopo Lavoro (tel: +43 533 762 613; www.dopolavoro.at) in Rattenberg also offers great food with a focus on Italian dishes.