This is the best spot in one of Whistler’s quirky neighbourhoods, Function Junction. This area was the original stopping point between Vancouver and Pemberton, and dates back to the early 1900s. It’s also the original après spot at Whistler – the village didn’t when Whistler Mountain opened in 1966.
It’s popular among locals, and a great place to go if you want a night away from the Village. There’s two awesome breweries in the area, Coast Mountain and Whistler. Both are good, but Whistler makes for a better après spot, due its’ bigger tasting room. Its got a fun selection of beers that are mostly named after local mountains and BC landmarks. The Black Tusk Ale is one of our favourites.
The home of modern Whistler après-culture, Dusty’s stole Function Junction’s spotlight in the early 80s. When Whistler opened, Creekside Gondola was the only entry point to the mountain. Whistler Village and Gondola hadn’t been built yet – it was actually a dumpster park!
It’s known for its barbecue and Caesers – dubbed “arguably the best Caeser in the world”. It has a wild-west feel, named after a stuffed horse that famously looked over the bar for a decade. There’s regular live music, it can be a great chance to catch a concert!
If you’ve skied out to Whistler Village, this spot has caught your eye. Longhorn Saloon is always hopping at happy hour, with a live outdoor DJ, fireplaces, and club-like atmosphere.
The options for food and drinks are endless. They range from a local pint (albeit an expensive one at $10.50), to $12,000 bottles of champagne.
Our FarOut team isn’t exactly drawn to Longhorn, we prefer a chill brewery vibe. But if you want to party it up big-time, this is your spot. Reservations recommended! There’s always a line out the door in the afternoon. Longhorn partying typically wraps up around 7 or 8, so go in the afternoon.
Tapley’s was the first pub built in Whistler Village, opening in 1981. It hasn’t missed a beat since.
It bills itself as “your friendly neighborhood pub”, which we think fits the description. There’s several TVs showing live sports, dart boards, and a selection of easy-drinking pub fare. Their patio is open year-round, with heat lamps and fire pits for the winter. It’s a bit off the beaten path, so you can often steal a table here on Whistler Blackcomb’s busiest days!
The only thing in Whistler that’s probably more iconic than Tapley’s is its wifi password: “talktoyourfriends”.