From Cozy Lounges to Late Night Parties, Enjoy The Best of Whistler's Nightlife

Throughout the year, Whistler is a popular resort town in the mountains that attracts outdoor enthusiasts from around the globe. When locals and visitors aren't skiing, there's a good chance they're imbibing in a little apres... which eventually can turn into an all-night party.

If you fancy a glass of wine while nibbling on Spanish-inspired tapas, Bar Oso will hit the spot. This sister restaurant to Araxi provides a more casual atmosphere. While the wine list is stocked, you can't miss their cocktails. If you're a fan of gin and tonics, they serve a generous selection that uses local and imported gins and tonics. 

For the young at heart (or just the young), head to Garfinkel's or Tommys Whistler for a night of music, dancing, and drinks. Throughout the week, they offer different events to check out.

Bring on the cozy and classy. You don't have to be a guest at the Chateau Fairmont Whistler to enjoy The Mallard Lounge. This warm lounge provides a comfortable space to kick back, relax and enjoy a few cocktails while listening to live music.

Depending on what your idea of a good night out is, these spots will get you started on the right foot. 



Having been around since 1991, Garfinkel's has been a Whistler nightlife staple for decades. Known for having one of the largest dance floors in Whistler and hosting a busy industry night, it's a popular spot. Garfinkel's attracts a young and energetic crowd that's looking to tie one on. Solid music? Check. A packed dance floor? Check. With something happening most nights, you can rely on this spot for party vibes throughout the week. Nightly themes keep things fresh and you can expect entertainment and music from DJs, live bands and performance artists. If you're heading there early, pool tables and televisions to catch the game are ready for you.

Recommended for Whistler's Best Nightlife because: Garfinkel's is great for younger crowds who are looking for a lively night of dancing, drinks, and music.

Natasha's expert tip: Go to their website, fill out the form and get on the guest list to skip having to wait in line.

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If your perfect night out consists of beer, the game and friends, then grab a seat and stay a while. As the night progresses, Tapley's Pub usually becomes a pretty busy spot. While you may be going for the beer, they also serve up some pub food to help keep hunger at bay. The space is stacked with televisions so you never miss a play and the super casual environment means you can wear your favorite jersey and jeans. Aside from the game, Tapley's also hosts different events throughout the week. Don't be surprised if you stumble across some live music either. Located just off the main square, Tapley's Pub is easy to find.

Recommended for Whistler's Best Nightlife because: Tapley's Pub is the place to go when you want a cold beer and to watch the game.

Natasha's expert tip: It can get pretty busy there so it doesn't hurt to get there earlier in the evening around 10pm.

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For some, sampling an array of different beers inside a brewery is a perfect night out and if you find yourself in that category, check out the Whistler Brewing Co. Located at Function Junction, it's a short drive or bus ride from Whistler Village. Earlier in the day, they offer tours that are fully guided and you're invited to enjoy a tasting session in the Tap House. In the evening, come and enjoy some brews in the Tap House. Like what you've tried? They sell their beer so that you can take it home (or to your hotel). They close at 10 pm Thursday through Saturday so if you want an early night or a place to start the night, Whistler Brewing Co. is great. They bring in live music every Friday from 6 pm until 9 pm.

Recommended for Whistler's Best Nightlife because: If you want to try local beer inside of a brewery and catch some live music (Friday night), Whistler Brewing Co. is the spot.

Natasha's expert tip: They often have seasonal beers on tap that are worth a shot.

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If it's a night of dancing and drinks you want, head to Tommys Whistler. This nightclub is a popular spot for locals and visitors alike. From old school hits to indie rock alt, Tommys' hosts a variety of different nights. Starting the week off is Tommy Tuesdays with house, party, and bass from DJ Dre Morel & Friends. Wednesdays bring indie rock alternative, while Throwback Thursdays turn up the 80s, 90s and early 2000s with DJ MC Adam. Fridays and Saturdays bring DJ Dre Morel & Friends for more tunes that'll get your body moving. Located in the Village, Tommys is super easy to get to.

Recommended for Whistler's Best Nightlife because: Tommys Whistler is open almost every night of the week, making the mid-week party possible.

Natasha's expert tip: Want to get on the guest list? Visit their site and fill out the online form.

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Younger crowds will appreciate the Crystal Lounge's affordable prices and cozy atmosphere. Located inside the Crystal Lodge, locals and visitors head to the lounge for cheap wings, cold beer and karaoke. If karaoke isn't your thing, they also host open mic nights, stand up comedy, trivia, live music and big screens to watch sports. This is the kind of place where you can roll up in your jeans, kick back, and relax. There's nothing fancy about this place, and that's what makes it so great. Aside from wings, you'll also find pub fare like nachos, chicken tenders, poutine, flatbread pizzas, and larger mains. The Crystal Lounge also offers drink specials throughout the week.

Recommended for Whistler's Best Nightlife because: Crystal Lounge is cheap, cheerful and offers live entertainment throughout the week.

Natasha's expert tip: Check their Facebook page to find out who's playing when.

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Located in the heart of Whistler Village, The Bar at Araxi is a wonderful spot when you're in the mood for getting a little dressed up and sipping on some cocktails, wine, scotch, or whatever else tickles your fancy. The drink menu is stocked with premium booze that can be enjoyed alone or in one of their mixed drinks. The wine menu has plenty of options by the glass, or by the bottle. Hungry? Indulge in oysters and caviar, or tuck into one of the dishes from the main menu. Because The Bar at Araxi is in the middle of the action, it's easy to move onto your next spot or head back to the hotel.

Recommended for Whistler's Best Nightlife because: The Bar at Araxi serves excellent cocktails and is a great opportunity to get dressed up.

Natasha's expert tip: If you're feeling adventurous, ask the bartender to surprise you with your drink. You never know what new concoction they'll whip up.

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Live music, warm fireplaces and delicious cocktails make for the perfect combination that equals a good time. Step inside the Fairmont Chateau Whistler at the base of Blackcomb Mountain and cozy up in the hotel lounge. At night, The Mallard Lounge offers seasonal live music, tasty food and an excellent selection of drinks. When you're in the mood for something a little more refined (but still lively), this is the spot for you. Known for their martinis and seasonal drinks, the hardest part is choosing what to order. When you're feeling peckish, satisfy your hunger with menu options like loaded nachos, fried chicken, oysters or a chilled seafood platter.

Recommended for Whistler's Best Nightlife because: The Mallard Lounge pairs a sophisticated space with a fun time. Guests will enjoy live music and stiff cocktails here.

Natasha's expert tip: Dress code is resort casual. Think button ups and polos, avoiding jeans and tee shirts.

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When your idea of a fun night out revolves around wine and cheese, Basalt Wine + Salumeria is where you'll want to go. Located in Whistler Village, this wine bar is such a treat after a day of skiing. If you're looking for something more substantial than the cheese and meat boards, they have plenty of appetizers and main courses to choose from. The menu is chock-full of seasonal and local ingredients so they change the menu up throughout the year. The wine list at Basalt shines. With plenty of by the glass and bottle options, there's no doubt you'll find a sipper that'll hit the spot. Whether you're starting the night here, or this is your night, Basalt offers a laid back space to enjoy delicious bites while you catch up.

Recommended for Whistler's Best Nightlife because: Spending the night with wine and cheese is always a good time and Whistler's Basalt Wine + Salumeria is the place to go.

Natasha's expert tip: They take reservations and during the busy winter season, it's smart to make one.

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Inspired by traditional pubs in Ireland, this neighborhood watering hole is complete with dark stained wood, a charming bar area, soft lighting, cozy seats and plenty of stout and whiskey to go around. Some nights, you'll even get to hear a little live Irish folk music. With 20 beers on tap and a selection of over 60 whiskeys, you're sure to find your quaff of choice. Coming for the Guinness? They serve it in a 20oz pint glass, no less. When hunger strikes, they serve comforting pub food. The menu features traditional Emerald Isle favorites like corned beef, steak and Guinness pie, and roast Cornish hen, as well as your standard bar fare.

Recommended for Whistler's Best Nightlife because: The casual and inviting atmosphere paired with whiskey and comfort food makes the Dubh Linn Gate Irish Pub & Restaurant a fun spot to hang out.

Natasha's expert tip: It can get pretty busy in the evening so get there before it starts to get most busy around 10:30-11pm.

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When you're in the mood for wine, nibbles and a relaxing evening, head to Bar Oso. As the sister restaurant of the Toptable Group's famed Araxi, Bar Oso offers a more casual and approachable experience to Whistler Village. Serving an array of Spanish-influenced tapas, small plates, and house-made charcuterie, you're in for a real treat. The stocked bar keeps thirst at bay by offering bubbles, wine, beer, and cocktails. Can't decide between wine or a cocktail? Have a glass of sangria! Bar Oso offers two different kinds of sangria that'll hit the spot. Fun fact? The name "oso" is a nod to Whistler's wildlife and means "bear" in Spanish.

Recommended for Whistler's Best Nightlife because: Bar Oso is perfect when you want to relax with good food and good drinks. This approachable Spanish-inspired tapas restaurant is lovely.

Natasha's expert tip: Love gin and tonics? Bar Oso serves a huge selection that features local and international craft ingredients.

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