On one of the most sunny days of late summer, a group of sneak-peekers had the best seats in Alaska from which to enjoy a cold brew or cocktail.
The grand opening of the Bore Tide Deli & Bar took place Sept. 1, to showcase what will likely be the new favorite hangout for après skiing fans at Alyeska. Located in the Upper Tram Terminal atop the mountain, the once casual grab-a-snack-and-go deli has been transformed into a chill place to relax after a few runs on the slopes.
“It was really underutilized space,” said Alyeska food and beverage manager Brian Daggett of the classy, sleekly designed full-service bar now tucked into the far corner of the deli. “We once had a bloody Mary bar set up, and we have always had beer or wine that you could grab, but it was not a place to just hang out.”
The new space has the same footprint as the original deli, but has been updated with tasteful and practical décor. The once teal-colored dining area, dominated by oversized booths, has been replaced by reupholstered booths on one side and four-top tables along the windows, which offer million-dollar views of the North Face. The flooring is a sleek, dark-colored wood that adds to the richness of the bar, which is accented with bits of the mountain itself.
“We carried these rocks in with five-gallon buckets,” said Alyeska’s Ben Napolitano of the stones that fill wire cages along the backside of the wall, giving the place an organic, natural feel.
Daggett said the deli will continue to offer sandwiches and other light fare, and those who enjoyed the quick-break aspect before can still take part. The upper level of the deli remains an alcohol-free zone, while the lower level, near the windows, is reserved for those who chose to imbibe. The tables, while diminishing the actual seating capacity, were a definite upgrade, Daggett said, because it opens up the space and showcases the incredible view.
“We also like the tables because we can move them out of the way and make space for a dance floor for special events,” Daggett added.
At the grand opening, about 100 people milled in the bar, at the tables and spilled out onto the terrace, located between the Bore Tide and the Roundhouse and offering an outdoor drinking area. A slight breeze blew and visitors stood at the railings, snapping iPhone shots of a view that just can’t be captured on film. In the winter, one can imagine the space with skiers bundled up in their gear, stopping to rest and relax before hitting the slopes for more downhill action.
Jara Haas and Roberta Caenepeel sat in a skilift chair converted into a patio swing, enjoying Alyeska’s signature beer – the Alyeska Brewski – specially made for them by the King Street Brewing Co. They said the new bar is a perfect cross between the casualness of the Sitzmark, below, and the class of the Seven Glaciers Bar, at the top of the mountain. Now, instead of worrying about clomping in ski boots and snow gear for a drink at the swanky Seven Glaciers, there is a more suitable solution.
The two also agreed that a beer with a view somehow tastes better.
“Not a bad day at work,” they said.
Not at all.
To learn more about the Bore Tide, and take a peek at its bar and deli menu, visit www.alyeskaresort.com/dining/mountain-top-bore-tide-deli.