This world-class ski resort is as famous for its parties as it is its powder. So here’s a glowing guide to the best Whistler bars to help you to après like queen Bey herself.
But don’t think it’s all go big or go home.
Whether you’re looking for a couple of chill drinks with a loved one, a round on the legendary shot-ski or the full table-top dancing experience this resort has something for everyone.
So let’s get this party started, here is your complete Whistler nightlife guide.
Whistler’s pedestrian only village will be ground zero for your après ski adventure. In addition to a wealth of things to do and a wealth of fantastic restaurants, the area has dozens of bars pouring pints and slanging shots until the wee hours of the morning.
Better yet, there are tons of options located stumbling distance from all of Whistler’s best hotels. Pick your favourite spot or create your own après itinerary using the Whistler nightlife map below. The plan of attack is entirely up to you!
However, if you’d really like to go balls to the wall, we’d recommend purchasing a ticket for one of the area’s famous pub crawls. They’ll save you money and allow you to hit all the best bars in Whistler with a large group of like minded travellers. But more on that later.
In the meantime, here is our guide to the best spots to experience Whistler’s legendary nightlife.
The party here starts early, with the area’s pubs packed full of customers that are fresh off of the slopes. But don’t worry, you don’t need to get all gussied up. I promise you won’t be the only one who’s still in ski clothes.
Here is a list of our favourite Whistler après-ski bars and pubs.
Fact: nobody in the village does après better than the world renown Longhorn Saloon.
Conveniently situated right at the base of the Village Gondolas, this raucous hotspot can be found chock-full of skiers and snowboarders fresh of the hill.
Take a seat on their fully-heated patio and grab cold pint and a plate of the legendary Longhorn’s nachos. Prefer to kick it up a notch? Then try your hand at their iconic shot-ski or a sip from the champagne showers.
The Longhorn patio comes complete with its own outdoor-bar and has become famous for afternoon parties featuring some of the world’s most famous djs.
Later on the party moves inside and features live music, DJ nights and a full dance floor that caters to a crowd of well-lubricated revellers who can often be found dancing on bar tops.
Trust me, the Longhorn is not for the faint of heart!
Dubh Linn Gate
On the lookout for an authentic Irish pub on your trip to Whistler? Well the Dubh Linn Gate owners managed to design and transport this Village Stroll pub all the way from Ireland! So how’s that’s for authenticity?
I head to the “Dubh” for their perfect 20 oz pints, live music and twice daily happy hours, all of which comes accompanied with a heavy dose of Irish cheer and hearty pub food that’ll stick right to your ribs.
Irish comfort food meets West Coast goodness. Truly a winning combination!
Tapley’s Neighbourhood Pub
With an endless selection of TVs and a warm and homey atmosphere, Tapley’s is undoubtedly the area’s #1 sports bar. It’s got NHL hockey, NFL football, and international soccer. Basically everything any sports fan could ask for.
Known for their huge selection of beers, this self anointed ‘locals living room’ has been a neighbourhood fixture since 1981, making it the oldest bar in the village.
While it’s my favourite spot to grab a pint and catch the big game, you can also dance the night away at Friday Night Live: Tapley’s popular live music night.
The Crystal Lounge
In spite of its extravagant name, the Crystal Lounge is most widely known for its cheap chicken wings, fantastic beer specials and incredible happy hour.
This makes it the top après-ski option for budget travellers, millennials and generation Z’ers.
Crystal lounge is also the only Whistler bar with event nights; karaoke night, trivia night and jam night. Add in some pool tables, foosball, and a constant stream of sports on TV and it’s entertainment central.
If you’re staying in the Upper Village this chalet-style venue situated at the base of Blackcomb Mountain will be your go-to destination for all your après-ski needs.
The Tex-mex style menu and one of the largest heated patios in town make Merlins a popular destination for families earlier on in the day.
However, the bar’s hanging gondola-cabin DJ booth and frequent live music performances give Merlins a club-like atmosphere later on at night. Dancing on the bar is actively encouraged for that Coyote Ugly vibe!
Dusty’s Bar and BBQ
Staying down at Creekside? Worried you won’t have any local options? Well your worries are over.
While you may not have the same number of choices as those in the village, you’ll will have access to what is possibly the granddaddy of them all. I’m talking about Whistler’s original watering hole, the legendary Dusty’s Bar and BBQ.
Located right at the base of the Creekside Gondola, this Western style saloon contains an interior fireplace and one of Whistler’s largest patios.
I go here to dine on their mouthwatering BBQ and wash it all down with what some have called the “the world’s best caesar”. I have to admit, I haven’t tried them all, but this ones got to be damn close!
While Dusty’s is family friendly until 10:00 pm, later at night the room comes alive with a wide variety of live music and a more exuberant atmosphere.
Looking to kick the party up an extra notch? Well Whistler has an eclectic variety of night clubs open till the wee hours of the morning.
Here’s a quick overview of Whistler’s iconic nightclub scene.
This iconic venue has been a central part of the Whistler nightlife experience for well over 20 years.
With its mixed crowd and laid back log cabin-style atmosphere, Bill’s manages to avoid much of the pomp and pretense typically associated with nightclubs.
Earlier in the evening the vibe is quite pub-like. Think classic rock and retro classics blasting from the speakers alongside pinball, Big Buck Hunter, and pool.
But don’t worry, later on the sprawling dance floor springs to life. In fact you may even end up finding yourself dancing in a cage! Can’t say I resisted! Thankfully there’s no pictures!
- Industry Night (Wednesday) – A huge hit with locals, this popular event kicks of early with wing eating contests and games of pool at 8pm. Snowboards are given away every week in the Wintertime.
- Ladies Night (Friday) – Finally a night for the ladies! They’ll receive complimentary entry and a glass of champagne before 10pm.
- Saturday Dance Party (Saturday) – The dance floor is guaranteed to be packed for a diverse mix of top 40, 80’s/90’s hits and classic rock. One of the most popular events in town.
If you and your crew are on the lookout for some heart pounding house or reverberant dubstep then you should make a trip to Maxx Fish your highest priority. If that’s not quite your jazz then they still toss in a little hip hop and top 40 for good measure.
With an expansive dance floor, newly revamped sound system and a rotating roster of the finest local and international DJ’s, Maxx Fish has been the local favourite amongst EDM lovers for almost 20 years.
Local legend has it that the club was once so busy that they once turned away Brangelina in their heyday. Can’t say we blame them!
- Fvck Mondays (Monday) – One of Whistler’s wildest local nights, featuring fantastic drink specials and a variety of local and international DJ’s.
- Free Frawl (Friday) – Dirt cheap drink specials and a variety of EDM, Hip Hop and Top 40 keep the dance floor going.
- Saturday Night Shaker (Saturday) – A selection of club bangers alongside electro, house and hip-hop favourites with Maxx Fish’s typically cheap drink specials.
This centrally located bi-level nightclub offers hand-crafted cocktails, table service and wide variety of music. All with the stated goal of becoming “an upscale yet underground breath of fresh air”.
In addition to a variety of diverse weekly events, Tommy’s often hosts touring DJs and musicians and other special events. Consequently it is open almost every night during peak season.
This makes it a good option for mid-week visitors looking to keep the party going.
- Tommy Tuesdays (Tuesday) – House, Party and Bass with DJ Dre Morel. Arrive early for the cocktail happy hour from 9-11pm.
- Freestyle Fridays (Friday) – Offers a different special guest DJ alongside a major liquor sponsor every week. Get in for the drink specials and sampling!
- Weekend Getaways (Saturday) – DJ Dre Morel spins classic hits alongside current top 40 favourites. Cocktail happy hour from 8-10pm.
- Sunday Fundays (Sunday) – Nutrl Vodka and DJ Darragh bring you an eclectic mix of tunes and great drink specials all night.
The ‘cool kids’ in town call this Whistler’s favourite night club, as it features world-class DJ’s, an unpretentious attitude and friendly staff. This combination has led to many positive reviews online, something of a rarity in the nightclub game.
Moe Joe’s is particularly famous for its Sunday Glow Party, in which complimentary glow sticks, body paint, and necklaces are provided upon entry.
I assure you it’s one of the wildest parties in Whistler.
- Talkin’ Froth (Tuesday) – House Heads looking to froth will love what many have deemed Whistler’s best House party.
- Thursday Local Parties (Thursday) – A rotating cast of themed weekly local parties that may offer anything from EDM or Hip Hop to Disco or Country and everything in between.
- The Sunday Glow Party – Whistler’s wildest club night offers a mix of the hottest new EDM to a packed dance floor of revellers adorned in glow in the dark accessories and body paint.
Voted Whistler’s best nightclub by Pique Magazine for 4 years and counting. “Garf’s” as it is known to locals is firmly entrenched at the apex of the Whistler nightlife experience.
The casual atmosphere features pool tables and even a skate ramp. In fact you’ll even receive free entry with a board before 9:30. Making it the perfect spot for extreme sports lovers.
However, the major draw for generations of partiers has always been Whistler’s biggest dancefloor. On any given night it explodes to the sounds of some of the world’s biggest international DJs like Skrillex and Avicii.
It’s no coincidence that all of the local pub crawls close out here. It is simply the place to be. So trust me, no partiers trip to Whistler is complete without a visit.
- Local Night (Thursday) – Whistler’s oldest locals night features a mountain load of giveaways and drink specials. All set to an amazing mix of Hip Hop, Top 40 and EDM.
- Ciroc Fridays (Friday) – Featuring a variety of drink specials and table service featuring Ciroc Vodka. Dance the night away to a mix of Top 40 and Hip Hop hits.
- Supreme Saturdays (Saturday) – Hit up Garf’s on Saturday for a rotation of Canada’s hottest DJ’s spinning an eclectic mix of EDM, Top 40 and Hip Hop. Experience what has been dubbed the “premier Whistler nightlife experience”.
Whistler Craft Breweries
I speak from experience when I say there’s nothing better than an ice cold beer after a day on the slops. Well maybe an Irish coffee, but hey. Nothing is stopping you from having both!
Luckily Whistler is now home to three breweries that have given the resort a firm place on BC’s Ale Trail. Here’s a quick look at each.
High Mountain Brewing Company
Housed inside The Brewhouse Pub, High Mountain Brewing offers 4 flagship beers in addition to a variety of seasonal taps.
HMBC’s village stroll location combined with its on-site brewpub, restaurant and large terrace make it Whistler’s most popular option for people looking to sample a local pint.
My favourite choice is the 5 Rings IPA, the winner of the Best IPA award at the 2012 and 2014 BC beer awards.
Whistler Brewing Company
Located 10 minutes down the highway from the Village is Whistler’s Function Junction. This area is home to the two remaining local breweries, including the local ‘OG’ Whistler Brewing Company.
This local trailblazer of the craft brewing movement has been churning out authentic, hand-crafted artisan beers since 1989. Pop in for a few pints, take a tour or enjoy something from their extensive kitchen menu.
WBC features 7 core beers that are usually accompanied by a handful of unique seasonal beers and radlers.
When I pop by I usually try one of the seasonal options, before knocking back a couple of the iconic Black Tusk Ales. This UK style dark ale won the gold medal for mild dark beers at the 2017 World Beer Awards, so you know its a top quality pint.
Coast Mountain Brewing
A relative newcomer to the craft beer scene, Coast Mountain Brewing opened shop in 2016 with a goal of producing complex, flavourful and sessionable beers.
And they’ve most definitely succeeded, as they’re already renown throughout the province for their creativity and originality.
Head down to their sleek and modern Function Junction tasting room and choose from amongst their 5 core beers. For my taste, the Daydreamer is the type of smooth, easy drinking low IBU IPA that you can drink all night.
But if you’re feeling more adventurous, why not take a stab at a beer from their sour series? The Alpenglow Blood Orange Sour is lightly soured and infused with blood oranges to create a citrusy easy drinking sour.
Light snacks and tours are also available on site.
Whistler Pub Crawls
In my opinion jumping on a Whistler pub crawl is simply the best way to explore all of Whistler’s bars and nightclubs.
You can meet new people, skip the lines and receive drink tickets at all the hottest spots. And all for one low price!
How can you go wrong?
Whistler Bar Hop
Price: $65.39 CAN | Stops: 5 | Length: 5 hours
Dubbed Whistler’s “ultimate social and local experience”, the Whistler Bar Hop is a locally guided pub crawl that takes you through 5 Whistlers bars and nightclubs.
And you’re guaranteed to meet new friends from all over the world.
Worried about lines? Scared about dropping to much money? Well your worries are over. Whistler Bar Hop provides you with VIP entrance, free cover and drink tickets at each location!
- FireRock Lounge
- Longhorn Saloon
- Tapley’s Neighbourhood Pub
- Buffalo Bills
Whistler Bar Hop is the best way for travellers to experience all of the wonders of Whistler’s après scene for one low price.
For more information or to pick up your tickets click the button below.
Whistler Club Crawl
Price: From $60 | Stops: 4 | Length: 6 hours
Run by international pub crawl specialists World Crawl, Whistler Club Crawl is catered more towards Whistler’s club scene than Whistler Bar Hop. So if you love to dance then this is definitely the crawl for you!
You’ll receive free fast pass entry as well as drink and shot specials at each location. Meet up, drink, and party with a group of up to 100 people (approximately 50/50 male to female ratio). Sure beats going out alone!
Your team of professional party hosts will guide you through Whistler’s hottest venues and provide party games to break the ice. You’ll even get a free slice of pizza at the end of the night!
- Longhorn Saloon
- Moe Joe’s
- Buffalo Bills
So if you’re ready to book the ultimate Whistler nightclub experience then click on the button below.
That’s it for Whistler bars.
I don’t know about you, but thinking about all the options is almost enough to give me a hangover!
If you feel like there is something I missed or you have any other questions don’t be afraid to hit me up in the comment section below or on the Vancouver Planner Facebook page.
I promise there’ll be no cover charge!