We know, we know - you don't think you can go to Whistler and really have a great time unless you ski or snowboard. We get it! It's what we've all been taught growing up in the PNW; Whistler is where the serious ski bums go.
We are here to break. that. myth!
On a recent trip up here, the mountain wasn't open yet. We had a decision to make - we obviously couldn't do stories about skiing and boarding without getting on the mountain, so what else should we cover? We were silly to be worried; so far we have covered fine dining, food festivals, and the coldest vodka tasting room in the world.
And there's more.
Après skiing! Also known as...sit back, relax and drink in a warm setting after you've been out on the mountain all day. Or, you know, skip the whole 'mountain' thing and go straight to the Après! When in Whistler, we decided to find out the best places to après - whether you're a ski bum or not.
Dubh Linn Gate
Easily one of the best spots in the village, the Irish pub is situated right next to the lifts. Ski In Ski Out has never been more true! At the Dubn Linn, they are serious about their beer - one in particular. You guessed it, Guinness. "We like to think we pour the perfect pint," said General Manager Diane Rothram. How do you do that, you ask? It's hard to describe, so we'll show you instead (video above). The Dubh Linn also has live music, a killer Irish Coffee, and Steak and Guinness Pie. "Guinness outsells everything," said Rothram. Consider us....shocked :)
Longhorn Saloon and Grill
If you've been to Whistler in your twenties, you know about the Longhorn. It's a staple in the town, and not just for their Bulldog drink (a double margarita with an upside down Corona in it). Sundays are locals nights, and it's not uncommon to see people dancing on top of the fire pits with their ski boots! If you're looking for a party, the Longhorn is where you want to be.
The Mallard Lounge - Fairmont Chateau Whistler
Don't be scared by the fancy Fairmont, their Mallard Bar is one of the best places to après ski at the base of Whistler Blackcomb. Must-try items include their famous martini, and there is always live entertainment to be had. Roaring fireplaces surround you, and the lobby of the Fairmont (especially when we were there during the winter season) is nothing short of magical.
So - next time you're in Whistler - don't be scared to après ski!