Whistler Nightlife

Whistler has a legendary après-ski scene, and on any given weekend, there may be more nonskiers than skiers filling the local patios, clubs, and saloons. Stag and stagette parties wander the pedestrian-only village stroll, and people line up early to get inside Buffalo Bills or the Garibaldi Lift Company, where DJs and bands from Vancouver and beyond come to spin.

The night begins with après,

when skiers, bikers, and hikers alike unwind on patios such as the one at the Longhorn Saloon & Grill—think happy hour for the hyped up—and the clubs usually stay open until 2 am except for Sundays and holidays. The minimum age is 19 and smoking is only allowed outside, although even some patios are smoke-free zones. When the bars close, the local constables lead a (usually) well-behaved cattle drive through the village and back to the hotels.

For entertainment listings, pick up Whistler's weekly newsmagazine, the Pique, available at cafés and food stores.

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Belvedere Ice Room at Bearfoot

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The Bearfoot claims that its ice room is the only sub-zero vodka tasting room in Canada. Coming it at a chilly -32°C (-26°F), the experience...

Black's Pub

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You'll find Whistler's largest selection of whiskeys (more than 40 varieties) and 99 beers from around the world at this pleasant pub.


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You'll come for the house-brewed ales and lagers and you'll stay to relax in the woodsy atmosphere, complete with fireplaces, pool tables,...

Buffalo Bill's Bar & Grill

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Across from the Whistler Gondola, this club features 1980s music for the younger crowd; well-known regional bands jam here once or twice...

Dubh Linn Gate Irish Pub

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As its name implies, this place is full of the Irish blarney, with an interior that was actually transported all the way from the Emerald...


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One of Whistler's most cavernous clubs, Garfinkle's hosts live rock, hip-hop, funk, and jazz performances. It's a hangout for a young...

Garibaldi Lift Company

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At the base of the Whistler Gondola, this popular joint attracts a lively crowd to its restaurant, lounge, and club, in large part because...

Longhorn Saloon & Grill

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A veritable institution among Whistler's drinking establishments, the Longhorn has been around since the mid-1980s. It still packs them...

Maxx Fish

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Located below Amsterdam Cafe, this dance club attracts a who's who of DJs from around the world. The crowd is hip and young, the music...

Moe Joe's

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Its hot central location makes Moe Joe's a perennial favorite. Theme nights from Ladies Night Saturday to Check-in Fridays (via Facebook...


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