Apres ski is my favorite part of skiing. Don’t get me wrong, I love the thrill of the controlled fall down the mountain, with the wind in my face and speed on my heels. But once the chill reaches my bones, and my eyes glaze over, I know it’s time to warm up in the lodge. There’s nothing better than topping off a long, chilly day of skiing with a tasty beverage next to a cozy fire. I look forward to the happy hours as a reward for a long day of winter sports, because hey, I burned some calories!
As a frequent visitor to Whistler Village, and a big fan of apres ski, I’ve tried almost all the happy hours in the Village. Here are a few favorites:
For the people watcher.
It’s hard to miss the inviting fireplaces located on the balcony of Garibaldi Lift Co. The restaurant is situated in a prime area, right above the whistler gondola, overlooking skiers and snowboarders coming down the mountain. If you are lucky enough to catch a table outside with a dedicated fireplace, you’ll want to park yourself their all day!
For the sports fan.
This is not your normal, Keg steakhouse chain. This location, tucked inside the Sundial resort hotel has an adjoining sports bar named Brandy’s that’s part of the restaurant and open until 2 am on weekends. With a wide variety of big screen tvs, this is the ideal place to find a seat during any sporting event, and is always sure to be full of skiers and locals alike. Their happy hour consists of daily cocktails specials, as well as wine and beer.
For the beer budget but champagne tastes.
Another favorite chain with a reliable happy hour menu is Earls, with not one, but two happy hours (3-5pm and 10pm). This Earls has a good sized lounge area with a fireplace for casual drinks and eats, a good sized restaurant for full dining experience, or you can choose to sit at the half crescent bar in the center of the restaurant.
For the crafty beer crowd.
The Brewhouse by High Mountain Brewing Company is THE beer destination for those visiting whistler. They brew their own beer onsite, with 4 constant brews like lagers and IPAs, and a rotating craft list that changes by the season. They also have an extensive menu of pizza and pasta if you’re hungry too.
For the hungry foodie.
If you can get here right when they open at 5:00 pm, they have an excellent happy hour menu until 6:30 pm. Two for one margaritas and a full plate of nachos for a good price? I can go home toasty and full on a decent budget. Or if there’s room for dessert, I especially enjoy their churros served with ice cream and chocolate…I would definitely have this for breakfast if possible!
For the trendy craft cocktail seeker.
Bar Oso, or “Bear Bar” as an homage to the wildlife native to the area, is a modern, stylishly decorated tapas bar serving small plates and fashionable cocktails. This place is fancy enough to take a date, but not pretentious enough to snub the ski crowd, so feel free to come in your winter garb.
Did I miss anything? What are some of your favorite happy hours in the winter in Whistler?
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