Best Whistler bars and restaurants

Skiing is the main draw at Whistler Blackcomb in the winter, but there is a lot to do after the lifts close. Here is a guide to some of the most popular bars and restaurants at the popular British Columbia resort.

Slopeside bars

Garibaldi Lift Company

Garibaldi Lift Company

Whistler Village has countless bars but if you want something close at hand when you slide off the hill, look no further than the Garibaldi Lift Company, located in the same building as the Whistler Village Gondola. A large, bright, airy bar, GLC is a lively place to have a few beers and appies (try the excellent yam fries). If you’re looking for something a little quieter try Black’s Pub across from the base of the Blackcomb Excalibur Gondola, which is a bit more intimate and sophisticated.

At Creekside the perennial favorite is Dusty’s Bar & BBQ, with a long and storied history with lots of local flavor. Try the huge platters of nachos, piled high with peppers and cheese. You won’t believe how fast they can disappear.

The place to go at Blackcomb is Merlin’s, with a large outdoor patio that is a nice place to hang out in the spring. The nachos are fantastic here, too.


There are so many good restaurants at Whistler Blackcomb that it’s hard to narrow down the choices. You can hardly go wrong so take a stroll through any of the villages and you’re bound to find something tasty. The restaurants listed below are some of our tried and true favorites.

Black's Pub

Black's Pub

Rim Rock Cafe-The best of the best, a special occasion establishment specializing in local fish and game, Rim Rock is located on the highway between Creekside and the Village

Araxi– Features local regional cuisine sourced within Canada, along with an outstanding raw bar in the center of the Village Square.

Il Camineto di Umberto-Usually referred to as simply Umberto’s it’s good to be specific as there are four Umberto’s in the region, featuring fine Italian food. This one is located in Whistler village.

La Rua-Owned by a Spanish bullfighter, La Rua features contemporary Canadian cuisine and was listed as one of the top 100 restaurants in Canada. It is located at the Blackcomb Upper Village.

Kypriaki Norte-a casual Greek restaurant where you’ll want to order the house specialty, Roast Lamb a la Cypriota, with gigantic chunks of lamb and vegetables. The boisterous owner, Kike Rodondo, fills up the room with his bigger-than-life personality. You’ll find Kyp’s near the Village Square.

Tandoori Grill– Located in the Marketplace, the Tandoori Grill serves up excellent curries and biryani.

Celadon Korean Cuisine-for something different, try this upscale Korean BBQ with gas grills tableside. The BC salmon is exquisite and the bulgogi beef tender.

Getting There:

To reach Whistler from the U.S., fly to Vancouver International Airport (YVR) in British Columbia, Canada, then rent a car and drive 1.5-2 hours to Whistler Village. Alternatively, take the convenient Perimeter bus that drops off and picks up passengers at several locations around Whistler and makes 10 trips per day for $118 (YVR to Whistler core). The pedestrian-friendly village makes driving truly optional.

Dusty's Bar & BBQ

Dusty's Bar & BBQ


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