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This is not a comprehensive list by any means, but it includes all of the places I liked to frequent after a wicked day of riding! Whether it’s for food, drink or the general atmosphere, all of these places have something unique, and I reckon they are all well worth a visit for your Whistler Après, whether you’ve got the whole season or just a couple of weeks to play around with. Enjoy!
Longhorn Bar & Saloon | $$ | Best on Sundays, Tuesdays & Wednesdays
Known far and wide as “The best après in Whistler”, Longhorns is the place to be. Located right at the bottom of Excal and Whistler Mountain, it’s pretty f*cking difficult to miss. Right in the middle of everything, sit and chill here with some cold beers and some giant nacho platters, watching the riders make their way down.
Swedish Apres Ski Party @ Cinnamon Bear | $ | Wednesdays
In my opinion, the BEST après in Whistler, and if you are craving a European style après, then make your way to the Hilton on Wednesday afternoon. Live music, loads of pissed seasonnaires and cheap Heineken! Only downside is that it is just once a week.
Crystal Lounge | $ | Any day for cheap wings & pitcher specials!
I spent a lot of time here, one of my favourite places to après, they have daily beer & cocktail specials (Double Long Islands on a Tuesday is dangerous I tell you!) and delicious chicken wings that are genuinely the tits (try the hot-honey flavor, you wont regret it) Big screens playing snow documentaries and sports, a huge fireplace in the centre giving the whole place a proper Canadian vibe. Definitely a place where the locals hang out. Do not miss!
Dubh Linn | $-$$ | For Brits missing your local pub, this is the one
You probably gather from the name that this is an Irish Style Pub – and it actually serves pints! The food here is great and it’s another place located right next to the bottom of Excal gondi so you wont miss it! The patio has a fire pit which is wicked if there’s a big group of you. A little bit more expensive but worth it.
Tapley’s | $ | Any day for cheap nachos specials
Tucked around the corner, it’s a little bit quieter than après bars straight off the mountain, but it’s still awesome! Great for a more casual après and the nachos are insane! Come in two sizes (one is big, the other is humungous) and they are half price during après hours. Another pub place- and it shows the footie for those that miss it!
Merlins | $-$$ | Best on Thursdays, Fridays & Sundays
You can get an actual mountain of nachos here and they are fan-bloody-tastic. I kid you not, it was a struggle for me & 5 grown men to finish them off! Also known for their Caesars. Live music or DJ’s, another place that can have that Euro Après vibe on certain days, so definitely head here if that’s what you are craving! Located at the bottom of Blackcomb, it’s convenient for staff. Also a lot of Club Shred staff deals here so take advantage!
(Hey, if daytime Whistler après doesn’t cut it for you, then check out my post about Whis Nightlife!)
Amsterdam Café | $ |Best on weekdays 2pm-5pm for Après Hour Specials
I like the Amsterdam Café. The place has a sassy attitude, the waitresses are easy-going, it’s just pretty dam cool – as they would probably say themselves. Euro themed but a real North American feel, another place with patio seating just off the hill, it gets busy here veeery quickly cos the Après deals are insanely good. Also worth trying the breakfast here – it’s huuuge!
GLC | $$ | Weekdays
Okay, so the GLC is more expensive, and you wont find as many staff here for après drinks, but the food is awesome and you can use your staff pass for discount. I would recommend going here for après with family. They have these massive bowls of chunky waffle chips that are crispy and delicious. A lot of rounds start here as well and the trivia night is funny – check out my Whistler Nightlife post for more on this.
Dusty’s | $-$$ | All week! Keep your eyes open for events/live music
Oh Dusty’s, how I miss you. One time me and a group of mates were so hungover that we got up the mountain at like 12pm, did one run and was like ‘Shall we go to Dusty’s?’ (In fact I think we decided it on the way up) The food is fantastic, one of my favourite places to go for lunch and good for the vegans and veggies as they do vegan chicken wings. Such a nice spot to sit on the patio on a bluebird day as well, right in the sunshine. Dusty’s is in Creekside so it is away from the masses in Whis Village but don’t let this phase you! It still gets going here, you just have to catch the gondi back up or get the bus home.
The Beacon | $$ | Every day
They give you blankets! There’s nothing more to say!
Okay I will add a little bit more. A place to come with your family, or for a very casual food & drinks après, definitely not a crazy atmosphere here, but that’s not always necessary, right? It does get busy here as it’s a very central spot in the village.
Of course there are a few more hidden gems in Whistler Village, but I’ll let you have a look for them yourself. I’m not gonna tell you everything. These are the places that I visited the most and are probably more affordable on a staff budget too. Obviously there were a few days were après quickly became naprès. That’s Whis life for ya!
When in Canada, do you prefer a chilled après, or do you scope out the most Euro style (#mental) place you can find? Let me know, I’m intrigued!