Due to its close proximity to Vancouver, British Columbia, Whistler has established itself as the ideal retreat for residents of Vancouver seeking to get away from the city. An ongoing stream of visitors has been brought in during the shoulder seasons thanks to the city’s convenient access to and from one of Canada’s most successful cities (May to June and October to November).
It goes without saying that real estate for sale in Whistler is expensive. The ski resort’s real estate is in high demand internationally thanks to its enviable reputation. The average values shown below are just that—averages. Many great homes are available for considerably less than these costs and for much less than these averages. Even though it’s a toss-up, Whistler’s nightlife comes in a very close second to its world-class skiing and snowboarding. Additionally, the pedestrian-only, European-inspired alpine hamlet at the base is great fun. Find out where to party in Whistler best by reading on.
Merlin’s Bar & Grill
The “it” spot in the Upper Village is without a doubt Merlin’s Bar & Grill, with its raucous atmosphere and rustic cabin theme. The large terrace is the perfect place to enjoy drink specials and nachos on aprés afternoons. The atmosphere then changes with music, DJs, and dancing after nine. Another go-to for microbrew, food, and good vibes is Longhorn Saloon & Grill, which overlooks the base of the mountain and has a full patio and an outdoor gas fire pit. Anywhere you travel, a patio night in the village is a requirement. Even in the presence of snow, you may still enjoy a beverage outside thanks to heated outside areas and umbrellas.
Pull up a chair at the high-ceilinged, exposed-beam Brewhouse, the community’s first craft master, if unwinding over a pint is your thing. This roomy bar-restaurant with a large terrace is great for playing pool, reminiscing about the day’s events, and enjoying some BBQ and brick-oven pizza while trying out five different craft beers.
Dubh Linn Gate Irish Pub & Restaurant
A well-liked bar is the traditional Dubh Linn Gate Irish Pub & Restaurant. It has everything you could possibly want. Something more sophisticated? Basalt’s welcoming terrace sofas are perfect for sipping flights of BC red or white wine while enjoying home-made salami and charcuterie. With the included soft goose-down parka and gloves, you’ll be surprisingly warm.
For a village-wide celebration, come during one of Whistler’s many festivals. The Whistler World Ski & Snowboard Festival takes place in April, Crankworx, which features gravity-powered competitions, demos, and events, takes place in August, and the November–December Film Festival. At the Beer Festival in September, sample brews from 60 breweries, and indulge at the well-liked Cornucopia food and wine festival in November.
The Mallard Lounge
Live music, cozy fireplaces, and delectable beverages are the ideal formula for a fun time. At the foot of Blackcomb Mountain, enter the Fairmont Chateau Whistler and relax in the hotel lounge. The Mallard Lounge provides good meals, live seasonal music, a wide range of drinks, and a comfortable atmosphere at night. This is the place to go if you’re looking for something a little more sophisticated (yet still active). The hardest part of ordering at this bar, known for its martinis and seasonal beverages, is deciding what to get. When you’re hungry, choose from items on the menu like loaded nachos, fried chicken, oysters, or a chilled seafood platter to sate your appetite.