With ski resorts applying a strict social distancing protocol, restricting the number of takeaway lodges, and either closing or limiting indoor space, après won’t be the same this year. But fear not, we have some advice on how to take the bar with you – or rather, to your car in the ski area parking lot. Everything you need for the ultimate portable setup can be found here.
Legacy Bar Backpack ($ 157)
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If you want to create a portable bar, you don’t have to just toss a few beers in the cooler. That starts with a portable cocktail set. The Legacy Bar Backpack is a 16-piece collection that offers everything a roaming bartender needs to serve fancy camp cocktails. Everything is packed in a wax tote bag, and there is even an insulated main bag for three bottles of alcohol. Inside you will find six cocktail picks, a two-part strainer, bar tongs, muddler, double-sided jigger, paring knife, bottle and can opener, small cutting board, cocktail spoon, and Hawthorne strainer. If you don’t know what half of these things are, you just know this: You have no excuse for serving a bad drink. If you’re looking for something smaller and more affordable, check out this Travel Bartender Kit Bag ($ 125) that comes with similar gear but doesn’t have a liquor bottle area.
Front Runner stainless steel prep table with basin ($ 275)
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Once you’ve unpacked your kit, you’ll need a store. I love the Front Runner tables because they fold up quickly, have no extra shelves or accessories to break, and have a stainless steel top that is easy to wipe clean. The sink makes cleaning after drinking even easier. As a bonus, if like me you have a Front Runner Slimline II roof rack on your rig, you can safely tuck the table under your rack with the sub-slide table slides ($ 105).
Stanley Adventure Stacking Vacuum Pint Mug ($ 18)
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There are a ton of insulated pint glasses out there, but I prefer Stanley’s Adventure Stacking Vacuum cups because they are inexpensive and offer a secure hold. The jar is dishwasher safe and Stanley claims the double-walled insulation will keep your drink cold for up to four hours. I haven’t had a drink in four hours so I cannot confirm this.
GrowlerWerks uKeg Go ($ 99)
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While you may not be able to go to your favorite bar or brewery right now, it is important to keep supporting them, and it’s a great way to pick up a growler of your favorite brew. If you can bring your own container, the uKeg Go is an ideal option. Typical glass growers don’t keep beer fresh for long, which the uKeg Go fixes with a food-grade CO2 cartridge, so your beer stays carbonated for up to several weeks. Thanks to its double-walled insulation, it stays cold – and you don’t have to worry about someone dropping and breaking your growler.
High Camp Firelight 750 Flask ($ 125)
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It’s time to get rid of that old hip flask that was given to you years ago (you know, the one that leaks and has a tiny opening that is hard to pour alcohol into). The High Camp Firelight fits a full fifth of your drink of choice and comes with two cups that are attached using a magnetic locking system.
GSI Stemless red wine glass ($ 7)
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GSI makes some of my favorite camp cookware, including these pathless BPA-free copolyester wine glasses. My wife and I have had a number of these for many years and have endured a lot of abuse that jumped around in the back of my truck and was knocked over by our dogs at our locations. The real beauty is that thanks to the low center of gravity they are almost leak-proof.
Cuisinart PerfecTemp cordless kettle ($ 80)
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The nature of an outdoor ski tailgate means you will want the option for a hot swirl or cider. This cordless kettle boils up to 1.7 liters at a time, heats up faster than comparable models and has a function with which you can keep the water at a certain temperature for up to 30 minutes.
Otterbox Venture 45 Cooler ($ 245)
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Otterbox is known for its tough phone cases and its coolers are no different. The Venture is available in three sizes, but the 45 liter cooler offers the perfect space for everything from a long weekend camping to a day on the slopes. The cool thing is that you can get accessories for it, like a cutting board and cup holders, that attach to the side, adding more versatility to your portable bar.
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