The local après is low key but merry -with Pub 66 easily winning the gong for most popular drink spot (trust us, after a few sherries the karaoke here starts looking a lot more appealing..!). Living up to Austria’s reputation for stein-swinging après, Ötzi is a fantastic nightclub where you’ll find live music, DJ’s and enough drink to keep the whole of Ellmau happy.
If you’re in the mood to warm up and relax, we love the Bettina - a gorgeous mountainside café in the perfect location for a family pit stop on the way back down the slopes - they do smashing hot chocolates and gluggable glühwein.
Amongst the thirty-something restaurants, Brenneralm is a favourite for its varied menu (including all the best hearty Austrian dishes), convivial atmosphere and stonkingly good views (best enjoyed from their sheepskin covered deckchairs) – on top of the fact that it’s right on a toboggan run, which sprogs always love. Italian restaurant and bar, Memory, is the place for pizzas and cocktails that won’t break the bank and Saffron serves an intriguing, totally delicious mix of Indian, Italian and oriental for some of the best prices we‘ve seen.
Non-skiers won’t have to sit twiddling their thumbs here, with attractions off the piste including a swimming centre with a sauna and steam bath and a sports complex with tennis and squash. There’s also traditional winter fun aplenty with sleigh rides, curling and ice skating.