Updated: 17/12/2009 14:48 | By Felix Milns, MSN Travel contributor
World's best après-ski bars

Moosewirt, St Anton, Austria



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The Moose, as people call it: probably the best après-ski bar in the world. In a supreme piste-side position, 100 metres above the village of St Anton - and 100 metres below the Krazy Kanguruh bar, another giant of the après-ski stage - The Moose begins belting out the anthems from a gung-ho 3pm. Only open until 8pm, it still claims to sell more beer than any other bar in Austria. As the skiing day draws to a close, the multi-levelled terrace becomes a writhing mass of bodies and stomping ski boots as people climb onboard tables, benches and any other available surface to punch the air in time to the Alpenpop beat.

Huge, ox-like waiters move through the crowd carrying trays of 50 steins of lager, with small trays of shots perched adroitly on top. This seemingly miraculous feat means you don't need to go to the bar - just as well, because it's virtually impossible to move through the crowd. Traditional wooden balconies overlook a black box dancefloor with a light system that would look more at home in a state-of-the-art nightclub than a mountain hut.

The soundtrack is big on DJ Otzi-style and Euro-disco dancefloor fillers, which soon have the crowd axing those air guitars and partying like it's 1999.

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