At the base of the Whistler Creekside, ‘Dusty’s’ is one of the oldest establishments – serving the locals and skiers since 1965. It is the home to the sunniest patio and was rebuilt in 2000. This spot is one of the favorites among the locals. Talking about aesthetics, this place looks like a classic western ski lodge with wood beamed ceilings and a very warm and comfortable fireside. This place enhances the ambiance with an excellent sound system and video systems.
Another place called Garibaldi Lift Co or GLC is popular and overlooks the base of the Whistler Mountain. This place has an exquisite theme which means that those of you who live to chill out at sophisticated lounges, restaurants, bars and clubs – GLC has everything. This place is ambient and if you’re lucky you might even bump into a few celebrities.
For those of you who absolutely cannot live without having a pint of beer to lighten up your evenings look no further than the Brewhouse. The draught beer is brewed on the site and the kitchen produces dishes to make the perfect pairings – the north western style. Try a pint of Lifty’s ice-cold lager straight from the tap, which is typically a welcoming change from most of the Canadian domestic beers.
Citta’s is another ambient and must visit place situated in the village square, and the patio is considered to be the best viewing platform for people viewing at the Whistler. The bar is always crowded from après till the time they close. Another highly recommended place is the Crystal Lounge, but make sure that you get there early due to the limited seating they have available.
Whistler and the Blackcomb have developed a reputation as an international resort due to the vast number of activities they have to offer for every member of the family. The variety of cuisines they offer is another indication of how they cater to everyone – with varying budgets and taste preferences. Most of the restaurants are well stocked and replace the expensive supermarkets for self-caterers, but there are many options – you can find sushi, Chinese, Greek, Italian, French and North American restaurants, not counting the numerous coffee shops and cafes.
For those of you who prefer fine dining there are more than a few options. You can choose from Araxi, Bear Foot Bostro, II Caminetto di Umberto and Quattro’s. They have all received multiple positive reviews for the extensiveness of their menus and their wine selection. The crown jewel of Whistler’s fine dining, however, is the Rim Rock Café which is well known for its ‘Fish and Game’ menu. This place is so good and busy that you need to make reservations at least a week in advance.
Apart from all these options, you always have the option of going for a casual dining experience and choose from dozens of options. 21 Steps has amazing steaks and grills, and deserve at least one visit. Elements offers an affordable menu of tapas that will fill your food cravings in an economical way. The Sushi Village is a Japanese place well known for their massive flasks of sake, which complements the very exclusive sushi menu.
If you are seeking a family day out in Whistler, the Old Spaghetti Factory is economical and has a very good menu for kids. The Crabshack Caramba and Una Mas are other options for days when you are not in the mood for expensive fine dining places.
Whistler in particularly is known for the way it comes to life after dark. As they say, there is never a dull day - or night - in Whistler. For late night revelers there is an immense amount of action.
While Whistler invites you to a truly rewarding skiing adventure, it also gives you the opportunity to raid an amazing array of bars, discos, and nightclubs. Garfinkel’s, Down Under, Moe Joe’s and Tommy Africa’s are some of the places you absolutely cannot miss if you want to enjoy the nightlife the way it is meant to.
Interesting Tip: Check the local newspaper Pique for an extensive listing for clubs with various event timings.
Whistler and the Blackcomb are not just spectacular ski resorts, they are quite popular as party places. Even when the sun goes down the hillside doesn’t sleep and you can party all night long, making the