Whistler has some of the best apres-ski options of any resort in North America. The pedestrian village is peppered with fire-lit patios to relax on, after a long day on the mountain. Here are the best apres ski venues in Whistler.
Garibaldi Lift Co. (The GLC)
The GLC is a long time apres ski favourite that has had a recent makeover. The patio has fireplace tables, overlooking the village square. They often have DJs or live music, and it’s a good place to catch ‘the game’ on their massive big screens. There are two big patios and a large indoor restaurant. The food isn’t bad, but nothing to write home about. It’s big, bustling and good for anyone looking for a lively apres ski spot.
Basalt is a great restaurant, wine and cheese bar. They have a small, classy patio with fire-pits and blankets, overlooking the village stroll. Basalt is for the more refined tastes with an over 30s crowd. They also have a great happy hour, featuring beer and wine specials.
Araxi is arguably the best fine dining restaurant in Whistler, but for Apres skip the dining room and find yourself a seat at the bar. They do oyster happy hour between 3-5 pm, with some drink specials as well. There’s no outside seating, and it’s usually an older crowd, but you can’t beat it for quality food and drinks if you’re feeling fancy.
The party is calling at the Longhorn Saloon! The DJ can be heard across the village and by 5 pm patrons are dancing on tables. In the peak of winter, there’s a lineup, so be prepared to wait, or get there before 2 pm to secure a table. It’s for the young or the young at heart. Locals avoid the Longhorn, but they can’t deny it’s popularity.
The Beacon is a cozy two-level pub with a pool table and an outdoor patio with heaters. The happy hour specials are good, if you like wings and other classic Canadian dishes, and it’s always bustling.
The Dubb-Linh gate appeals to most visitors in Whistler. It’s the kind of Irish pub you wish every Irish bar was like. There’s usually a band on for apres ski and it’s a fight for a table, inside or out. Bring your parents here, or bring your bachelorette party, everyone is bound to have a good time.
Dusty’s is the place to post up in Creekside after a big day on the hill. It opened in 1979 and is the original saloon in Whistler. Dusty’s was named after a stuffed horse that was driven into Whistler on the back of a pick-up truck. There’s live music, DJs, and always a good vibe. Get there between 3-5 pm for drink specials.
Merlins is a busy Upper Village bar and restaurant with high ceilings and, of course, a patio. The food is nothing special unless you like giant nachos platters. It’s busy and is a classic ski town pub, boasting shot skis and DJs. Be careful, or you could find yourself dancing the night away in your ski attire.
Handlebar is a rustic beer bar in the Upper Village, a locals favourite with a limited menu and a great selection of brews. The outside space is standing room only, around metal fire pits, usually amidst a big crowd.
The Mallard Lounge at the Fairmont
The Mallard Lounge is surprisingly lively for being located in a 5-star hotel. It’s ski-in/ski-out in the Upper Village and has a luxurious but cozy charm. There is often live music for apres.