To après or not to après? That’s not really the question. What you really want to know is where the best après hot spots are. In Whistler, après is heavily embedded in our culture and we are blessed with the ability to ski from Whistler Blackcomb right into the heart of the action.

What’s better than a celebration of an awesome day of skiing and a chance to share anecdotes, all while refuelling and imbibing with your favourite beverage?

Whether you’re lapping Peak Chair on a pow day or skiing pristine groomers in the sunshine; taking full advantage of Whistler’s expansive terrain will have you jelly-legged and thirsty by the end of the day.

Here are seven suggestions of the best après hot spots in Whistler from a local who frequents them all!

1. For Craft Beer Lovers

For both prime people-watching and craft beer selection, head to Beacon Pub & Eatery, located in the beating heart of Whistler Village. This cozy neighbourhood après hot spot is close enough to the lifts to be an easy walk (even in ski boots), but far enough away that you can get a seat. They have an excellent selection of rotating craft beers and an excellent (heated) patio to watch the skiers stroll past. 

It’s got a great share plate / appie menu which has some of the favs like tacos and chicken wings, and also some more unusual options like a Mediterranian Mezze and Buffalo Cauliflower Bites. Look out for some of these BC breweries on the rotating taps; Coast Mountain Brewing, Steamworks Brewing, Parkside Brewery, Twin Sails and Backcountry Brewing. They also do an incredible Caesar!


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2. For the Dancing Queens

Situated right at the base of Whistler Mountain, you’ll likely hear The Longhorn Saloon before you see it. A Whistler institution and iconic après hot spot, ​​drinks at the Longhorn are always flowing and the music is always bumping from both local DJs and big names alike. If you love wild, DJ parties, dancing on tables and firing champagne cannons, there’s really no place like Longies.

Two women stand on tables on the Longhorn patio firing champagne guns into a patio full of people dancing.
Bring your umbrella or risk getting champagne showered! PHOTO ROB PERRY / GIBBONS WHISTLER

One of their signature cocktails is the Legendary Bulldog, which is an inverted Corona in a jug of lime margarita. Not for the faint of heart, but then again, neither is the music. For après snacks, their mountainous nachos go down well, especially if you pile on the additions!

3. For the Whole Family

If you’re looking for somewhere with the kiddos, head to the Braidwood Tavern at The Four Seasons. Gather around their outdoor, vintage camper to warm up after a long day out adventuring and enjoy a hot beverage at the s’mores wagon.

It’s perfect for all the family, as Mum and Dad can enjoy a Tipsy Snowman, while the kids sip on belly-warming, hot cocoa. It’s the perfect way for the whole family to showcase their whipped cream-laden, upper lips in a winter wonderland. 

A family with three, young kids sit around the fire on the Braidwood Tavern's patio roasting marshmallows in front of the vintage camper with a server adding whipped cream to hot chocolates.
After a crisp day on the slopes, wind down and connect with your family around the firepit at the vintage camper. PHOTO FOUR SEASONS WHISTLER

The Braidwood is also known for its lineup of craft beers, and they do have a “One of Everything” option if there are at least three of you as this literally means sampling 14 draught beers. Have you ever tried a Spudnut? These are warm, potato-sugared doughnuts which are served with an Okanagan quince compote, a fun après treat that puts a spin on a classic that will please kids (little and big) alike. It’s also good to note they have a robust vegan menu, grab the All Green Flatbread for a healthy share plate.

New for this winter season is their “An Old Fashioned” for everyone. The Braidwood’s bartenders have played with tradition and developed a range of options including a rum-based Old Fashioned which comes in a treasure chest with a map that they light on fire!

If you’re looking for a family option a little closer to the slopes, try the Garibaldi Lift Co. as well as the Dubh Linn Gate, which has a specific kids’ menu.

4. For the Outdoorsy Ones

Want to brush shoulders with pro skiers and grizzled locals alike? Head to RMU Whistler to enjoy their outdoor fire pits and bask in the afternoon sun (or snowfall!). Known for its excellent food and bespoke cocktails, RMU is the perfect après hot spot to enjoy the last hours of the day while staying warm and comfy in its plush, fireside chairs.

Try their shareable Satay Skewers or the Big Kahuna Burger made with locally produced, Two Rivers beef. Their cocktail menu changes seasonally, but we love the combination of coffee, butterscotch, orange and chocolate flavours in their Butterknife cocktail. A perfect pick-me-up!

RMU is just a stone’s throw from the base of Blackcomb Mountain and is a Whistler staple for good people, good music and good times. 

RMU’s patio is where all the best stories are told. PHOTO DESTINATION BC / REUBEN KRABBE

5. For the Soul Singers

The Dubh Linn Gate Irish Pub has live music seven days per week throughout the winter, with two sets per evening. The Dubh, as it is affectionately known, is well-loved for its high-energy performing local artists, whose sets are filled with much-loved covers and amazing originals alike. Sing until you’re hoarse, and then rest and recharge alongside the musicians until round two kicks off. 

They also have a great selection of beers, with some classic, Irish imports including Guinness, Kilkenny and Murphy’s. The Guinness has even made its way into their Steak and Guinness Pie, Guinness Burger and they have nitro coffee on tap, which, you’ve guessed it, is Guinness-like! It’s also good to note that their whiskey and scotch game is also on point.

6. For a Different Kind of Après

What better way to unwind after a day of skiing than soothe your aching muscles? The Scandinave Spa is engulfed in a spruce and cedar forest, offering a tranquil escape. You need at least two hours to properly go through the thermal journey they suggest, which takes you through stages of hot, cold and rest.

Disconnect by leaving your phone in the changing rooms and soak in the silence in this indulgence for the senses. You’ll leave refreshed and ready for the ski or travel day ahead.

Some other ideas for après activities are snowmobiling or ziplining under the stars, Escape Whistler! and Vallea Lumina. Read more in 11 Things to Do in Whistler in the Evening.

Two women exit one of the hot pools at the Scandianve Spa Whistler. It's night time and there's snow dotting the shrubbery around them.
Grab a friend and hit the spa for a different kind of après experience. PHOTO SCANDINAVE SPA

7. For the Mocktail Lovers

We all look forward to that first refreshing sip after a long day enjoying the slopes. But what if you’re craving the après experience minus the buzz? Whether you’re t-total or just tonight’s designated driver, Whistler has some excellent non-alcoholic options for your après.

For delicious cocktails that won’t break the bank (or your ability to drive), we love the Spirit-Free menu at Earl’s Kitchen + Bar. One of my favourites is the Italian Spritz, made with Italian red bitter soda, passion fruit, orange and fresh lemon. Earl’s isn’t the only one with a great mocktail menu. La Bocca and The Raven Room are both known for serving up their products in no- or low-ABV versions.

8. For the Sports Enthusiasts

After an exhilarating day on the slopes, sports bar aficionados can revel in the lively atmosphere of Whistler’s beloved sports bars. Tapley’s Neighbourhood Pub, a local favourite, buzzes with the energy of sports enthusiasts cheering on their favourite teams. Equipped with multiple screens and a hearty menu, it’s the perfect spot to unwind and catch the latest game. My advice – try the Classic Poutine washed down with a Whistler Pale Ale.

Similarly, Roland’s Pub in Creekside offers a friendly, relaxed vibe, complete with tasty pub grub (go for the ribs) and a wide selection of brews, making it a go-to destination for sports lovers.


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9. For an Upscale Experience

Those seeking a more refined après experience can indulge in Whistler’s upscale offerings. The Mallard Lounge at Fairmont Chateau Whistler exudes elegance and comfort, serving exquisite cocktails and gourmet bites in a sophisticated setting with breathtaking mountain views. They’re known for their G&Ts, which are great with a share plate like a charcuterie board.

Bar Oso presents an intimate, chic atmosphere, where expert mixologists craft artisanal cocktails complemented by a menu of Spanish-inspired small plates. Go for an “Oso Sour”, their unique take on a whiskey sour. Cure Lounge at Nita Lake Lodge in Creekside offers a tranquil lakeside setting, perfect for savouring craft cocktails and locally sourced cuisine in a stylish, yet cozy environment. They have a new selection of Caesars and margaritas that are good with a serving of truffle fries.

Après in Whistler is a blast and should be included in your day whether you ski or not! Most bars and restaurants offer some kind of ski storage (usually a rack outside) and are accessible right from the bottom of the ski runs. The après scene is varied and ranges from raucous parties to family affairs to upscale elegance.

Skis and snowboards line the walls of the Dubh Linn Gate's patio with people enjoying apres around fires and patio heaters.
A typical après patio scene in Whistler. PHOTO DUBH LINN GATE

Whatever your vibe, you can be sure to find something to your taste in Whistler Village. Remember, après-ski is typically from 3 to 5 PM each day, and many après hot spots offer happy hour specials, so be sure to ask or check online for the best options.

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Skier, mountain biker and adventurer based in Whistler, BC, Christie loves to explore the hidden nooks of BC. She is usually found hanging out behind everyone because she's busy taking photos and is definitely not, totally out of breath.