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The immense ski lift & terrain expansion, full interlinking between Andermatt & Sedrun’s Dieni lift base & train station, plus an increase in bed numbers with the creation of quality hotel & apartment options like the Chedi & Radisson Blu Hotel Reussen, has seen Andermatt transformed. Coincidentally, in the Andermatt ‘old town’ & within the ski resort, there has been a subtle increase in style & quality of bar & restaurant offerings too – not a bad thing.

Mountain Dining

Lunch at the new highest lifted point on this sunny side of the resort (2600m) is worthwhile at Schneehüenerstock. Note & use the free water & reusable mugs; highly unusual in Europe. Bravo Andermatt! Similarly, Oberalppass has two great venues (Alpsu & Piz Calmot) for a feed or drinks later in the day.

The slopes of Sedrun are sprinkled with food & beverage offerings, the best of which are the smaller huts.

Some locations are still uninspired. At Gurschen, mid mountain on Gemsstock, the dining & bars are best avoided. BYO lunch or head back down into town.

Best Après Ski Bars

Inevitably the first question of anyway when it comes to the food & drink department is where is the best après ski bar. Thankfully Andermatt Sedrun has a lively après ski scene that starts funnily enough on the local trains. Unique in the world, the Après Ski Bar Train carriages provide music & libations on its regular journeys between Disentis & Andermatt, via Sedrun & Oberalppass. Leave your skis & poles or board in an adjacent carriage & enjoy the journey with a beer in hand. If heading to Oberalppass for a ski tour or sneaky turns further up the mountain early in the morning, the train’s après ski bars serve a great travelling coffee too. A MUST DO Andermatt experience, but we hope the crowd is a little livelier than when we visited!

In Sedrun, a few options on the hill provide some fine drink venues, the best being the hut near the base of terrain park. The sun rapidly disappears in the afternoon on the Sedrun side, so the best option is easily narrowed to the Big T bar (&disco!!) at Dieni. It fills up rapidly at the end of the day as it is close to the train station, base car park, lift base & valley return trail. Have a few sly grogs here before getting on the train…..

With lions share of the skier population, Andermatt is the après centre. For ski-in apres drinks, try the Biber Bar near the gondola base & the Jodlerwirt Bar near the Gemsstock cable car base. In the centre of town, the River House’s Bar Di Alt Apothek & the Spycher provide wonderful alternatives.

Andermatt Bars & Restaurants

Restaurant dining in Andermatt has gone up a few notches recently. In town, the lovely Enoteca 1620 is a perfect pre-dinner starter. The Hotel Crown has the town''s best yurt bar. The new Biselli restaurant in the Reussen complex across from the Radisson Blu Hotel is brilliant. Cheaper eats are still accessible with burgers, pizza & simple meals at all the aforementioned bars. Spycher has the best pizza.

At the Radisson Blu Hotel, Restaurant Spun is awesome for breakfast & ok for dinner. The main hotel bar is beautiful & a delightful spot for meeting all & sundry. A better dinner option across from the hotel is the previously mentioned Biselli - delicious.

Nightlife

We poor old Powderhounds prefer to be fresh with the dawn so the sampling of any nightlife beyond 10.30pm was restricted to the Pinte Bar & Club in the centre of Andermatt. It was quiet, but the visit was midweek in January. It appears to fire up on the weekends.

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