The Best Aprés Ski Bars in Whistler
Whistler boasts the best aprés skiing in the world … and it’s got the awards to back it up. Ski Magazine, Condé Nast Traveler and Outside Magazine all recognized Whistler’s nightlife as the greatest of 2011. Here are some of your best bets for a night of fun after a day on the slopes:
Garibaldi Lift Company
Described as a “three ring circus” by Ski Magazine, GLC is located right at the base of the Whistler Village Gondola. It’s won multiple awards for best aprés ski venue in North America and is well-loved for its large heated outdoor patio, big burgers and great concerts. It’s also a prime spot to watch the weekly fire and ice show—a spectacle that involves skiers and snowboarders hucking themselves through large flaming rings.
In the upper village at the base of the Wizard Express chairlift is this favourite spot for locals and seasonal Aussie workers. Bar-top dancing, caesars garnished with beef jerky and a DJ that spins from a gondola car suspended from the roof—what more do you want?
Right across from GLC, the atmosphere here is a little more laid back than its sister bar. The Longhorn is the type of place people call an “institution”. It’s been around forever and so have a lot of the clientele. Looking for a great place to shoot some pool and hear a few local stories? This is the place.
GLC and Merlin’s allow kids during the day (before 8PM and before 7PM respectively), but Black’s is the only truly notable family friendly pub on the hill. Family friendly is often synonymous with kitschy and horrible, but not so at Black’s. The largest whiskey selection in Whistler and over 100 varieties of beer on the menu make Black’s worth visiting even if you’re kid-free. Spitting distance from both Blackcomb and Whistler Mountain gondolas, it also has a nice patio with great views.
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