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PLACES TO EAT & DRINK IN SÖLL, AUSTRIA //

Restaurant and building in the centre of Soll village

At the beginning of the year I ventured on my first skiing holiday EVER and absolutely fell in love with the views, atmosphere and activities of Söll. Here are some of my favourite places we visited for lunch, dinner and of course, plenty of après ski.

Schulhaus

Modern, quirky interior and an impressive amount of food on offer. They offer some mouth-watering desserts which we didn't get to sample (this time!) but they looked incredible, as well as some impressive cocktails.

It's certainly not your classic Austrian menu, so if that's what you're looking for I'd go to the surrounding pub or hotel restaurants instead. The thai red curry (veggie option) was incredible and just the perfect amount of heat, great if you prefer your dishes a little more mild. It's definitely worth a visit at least one night during your stay.

Definitely our favourite visit of the holiday, and the old school decor they have is certainly unique.

Whisky Muehle

This became the drinking gem of the week, where a lot of the Crystal (the ski company we booked with) rep activities were held and the final stop on our mid-holiday pub crawl. It has live music on both floors and opens till the early morning - perfect for drinking right into your next day on the slopes*

There's a pool table, board games - we smashed a few rounds of Connect 4 and Jenga, obvz - and plenty of seating. All the staff in here are wonderful and despite the odd bar brawl outside (unsurprisingly, normally the British and Irish) it's a great pub location and you can even grab some quick grub.

*I don't advise you actually do it. Don't drink and ski, people.

Auf de Muehle


Instead of the staircase into the Whisky Muehle (as mentioned above) you can take the lift straight up to the third floor and enter their sister restaurant. Far from the informal pub setting, this restaurant is a fantastic steakhouse with an extensive menu.

Even for vegetarians, there are plenty of options to sample and the service was great. We were lucky enough to get a table on the night we visited, however the kitchen does shut at 10pm so don't leave it too late (as we did the day before!)


Note: the Asian Wok Vegetables dish is a winner.

Salvenstadl

Arguably, the best of all the après bars in the area. This bar has lots of seating, great staff and an interesting shot wheel if you feel like getting adventurous. We got to sample a 'ski crash' shot of the wheel's choice and surprisingly, it didn't put us off drinking.

This place even offers bacon/egg rolls on a morning before you head up the mountain (before 10.30am) or steak and onion baps post-skiing to kick off your après session.

It's also great for a few games of Hammerschlagen (hitting a nail into a tree trunk with the wrong side of a hammer - as you can imagine, all the drunken fun) and meeting new people. Definitely one to visit if you're looking for a great night out.

Red Horse/The Dubliner

A classic end-of-the-night outing. The Red Horse is home to karaoke, dirt cheap jäger shots and a lot of 80's disco tunes. Next door however is the much more relaxed Irish pub, The Dubliner. With a much more indie choice of music and plentiful seating, this area is open till 6am.

Whether you're after a night of games and naked middle-aged men (don't ask) or a more chilled out affair, you'll get the best of both worlds here.

Dorf Stub'n

We were recommended this restaurant by our lovely B&B hostess Maria on the first night, so we headed over for a meal after a very long day of travelling. Although I feel we didn't fully appreciate it because we were falling asleep at the table, the food was certainly great and the restaurant itself is gorgeous.

Here you'll get a classic Austrian menu (with plenty of American/British options, too) and a lovely atmosphere. It sits in centre of Soll and is surrounded by plenty of bars, so it's a fab location and walking distance from your hotel/chalet if you're staying in the village.


SkiWelt Wilder Kaiser, an umbrella bar on the mountain


We had some incredible food and too many some great beers overall in our stay in Soll. Hopefully there are some suggestions for you if you head to Austria's Sollandl Valley for the ski season!


leanne

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