The best après ski in Whistler

food, the best après ski in whistler

whistler apres – Justa Jeskova/Tourism Whistler

Whistler’s après scene starts at the bottom of the mountain once the lifts close at around 4pm, in lively places at Whistler, Blackcomb and Creekside serving big plates of snacks alongside a large variety of local beers. This is also the time to try a rye whisky and ginger ale – a Canadian classic. Cocktails are often served by the pitcher and extremely good value. Later on Whistler Village is the main focus of nightlife, and there are both rocking bars with live music, and more sophisticated wine bars for a quieter time. Not all the bars have websites, but is a good source of information on the après bars below.

The resort also puts on free Fire & Ice shows every Sunday evening, at the Skier’s Plaza between the Whistler and Blackcomb gondolas. Skiers and snowboarders – often instructors from the ski school – perform tricks through a ring of fire to a background of fireworks. There are also regular music events, and free entertainment and activities for children at Whistler Olympic Plaza in the Marketplace sector of Whistler Village, on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3pm.

For further Whistler inspiration, see our guides to the resort’s best accommodation and restaurants.


The first port of call at the Whistler base is the terrace of the Garibaldi Lift Company (known as the GLC) above the Whistler Village Gondola building. Jugs of beer and margaritas circulate with alarming frequency, and there’s a great buzz and good live music.


food, the best après ski in whistler

GLC, Whistler


At Blackcomb, Merlin’s is the place to be at the end of the day, serving up pitchers of beer and monster-sized piles of nachos in a big woody room. Big as it is, it still manages a laid-back cabin vibe, and dancing on tables to old-school local rockers the Hairfarmers is positively encouraged.

Contact: 00 1 604 938 7700;

food, the best après ski in whistler

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Dusty’s Bar

The place to end the ski day in Creekside, Dusty’s is big barn of a bar with pitchers, partying and live music at après time. The decor is antique mountain style – though no longer features the stuffed horse that reputedly gave the bar its name – and the huge windows can be opened fully on hot days for a festival feel.

Contact: 00 1 604 905 2171;

food, the best après ski in whistler


food, the best après ski in whistler

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The Mallard Lounge

For a more sophisticated take on après, the Mallard Lounge at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler is perfect for live music and cocktails such as Soul Revive with mountain views and a sizzling log fire. Perhaps for later on, there’s also the chance to try a selection of chocolate from the dedicated Chocolate Bar, or flights of digestifs including Grand Marnier, port and fine Scotch whisky.


food, the best après ski in whistler

mallard lounge


Big weekly big après parties kick off at Garfinkel’s, Whistler’s biggest nightclub, with DJ’s, themed parties, live music and giveaways. If wanting a seat to rest weary dancing legs, booths with table service can be reserved.


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