Happy hour and après-ski go hand in hand, and the Whistler happy hour scene is one of Canada’s best. Typically, mountain resort towns aren’t known to be budget-friendly, but all that changes come happy hour. Anytime high-end nibbles and sips are brought down to a more affordable price is worth celebrating in our books.
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Whistler Happy Hour
In Whistler, happy hour usually runs from mid to late afternoon, but some establishments offer a late night happy hour, too. Discounts aren’t just for drinks. Many of Whistler’s top eateries and lounges offer an array of appetizers and even slash prices on seafood dishes. Here’s the top happy hours in Whistler to put on your radar.
Situated at the base of Creekside Gondola, Dusty’s is a true après-ski spot for skiers and snowboarders ready to take the edge off. Their version of happy hour takes place from 10-11am and is called “Power Hour” with deals on mimosas and Caesars ($5), plus a Voyageur (Caesar + Labatt Blue bottle combo) for $10.
Here you can ski right up to one of Whistler’s largest and sunniest patios. Kitted out in antique mountain decor, there’s indoor and outdoor fireplaces and one of those garage door style windows that roll up in warm weather to allow the outside in.
Location: Base of Creekside Gondola
Araxi Restaurant and Oyster Bar
One of the poshest dining options in Whistler Village, Araxi is where lovers of champers and freshly shucked oysters come to party. Araxi’s happy hour runs from 3-5pm with specials on oysters, beer, wine and cocktails.
Expect to be tempted to stay later for a spicy tuna roll, seafood tower or spicy cod roe homemade pasta. Just sayin’.
Location: Blackcomb Lodge, 4222 Village Square, Unit 110
Now if it’s a seafood you’re hankering for, you’ll be glad to hear Joe Fortez, the popular Vancouver seafood and chop house, has set up shop inside the Executive Inn at Whistler Village.
During après hour, which runs daily from 4-6pm, you can score one of Joe’s epic seafood towers for half price. Additionally, you’ll find wine at $1 an ounce which is rather exciting because this restaurant boasts an award-winning wine list.
Other notable après include half a dozen oysters, mini lobster and shrimp rolls, steamed mussels, prawn cocktail and mac and cheese.
For drinks there’s bubbles and highballs for $6, a 2 oz martini for $8 and margaritas run $7.
Location: The Executive Inn, 4417 Sundial Place
Another local hot spot, Caramba has all your favourite European dishes – from pizza and pasta to French onion soup and beef cheek bourguignon. During their daily tappy hour (as in tapas) from 3-5pm, you can score any 3 tapas for $25. (The calamari a la plancha is quickly reaching iconic status.)
Daily drink specials include pitchers of sangria and craft beer for $20 and double highballs for only $6.50. Or go full Canadian with a jumbo Caesar pimped out with 2 beef sliders, deep fried pickles and a pepperoni stick for $22.
Location: 4314 Main Street #12 Town Plaza
The Mexican Corner
It’s Fiesta Hour at this lively eatery Monday to Fridays from 5-6pm and on weekends from 3-4:30pm. This is when you can sip handcrafted margaritas for under $10, plus flights of tequila. Shots will set you back $6 and Modelo runs $5.
Location: 12-4340 Sundial Crescent
Dubh Linn Gate Irish Pub
Right at the base of Blackcomb, Dubh Linn Gate boasts Whistler’s largest selection of beer, live music and traditional Irish pub grub.
You’ll find the usual suspects here, but also a good selection of veg-forward dishes such as jackfruit tacos, glory bowls and cauliflower wings. For more traditional fare opt for clam chowder served with Irish soda bread, bangers and mash and steak or Guinness pie.
Grab a pint of BC Craft Beer, a highball or a 6oz glass of house wine for under $6, Sunday to Friday between 5-7 pm.
Location: 4320, 170 Sundial Crescent #170
One of the best deals around is the 5 for 5 at Splitz Grill Whistler. Available every day from 2-5pm, it’s as simple as choosing 5 items for only $5 each. Options include Caesar, cider, draught beer, house wine and poutine.
On Thursdays, Splitz has a DJ playing from 2-5 pm. And if you’re craving a juicy burger, they have over 100 different combos.
Location: 4369 Main Street, Whistler
Cure Lounge & Patio
Head to this casual yet upmarket lounge inside Nita Lake Lodge for sweeping views of Nita Lake and its surrounding mountains. In summer, their large patio is where you’ll want to be, but in winter, cozy up beside the fireplace and you’ll still get stellar views of the lake from massive windows.
Happy hour runs from 2-4pm and you’ll save a couple of bucks of each of their small share plates, burgers and flatbreads. Of note are several vegan options and craft cocktails.
Location: Nita Lake Lodge, Creekside 2131 Lake Placid Rd
For something a little posher. Swing by Stonesedge, from 5pm until 1am for a $20 charcuterie board comprised of cured meats and cheese, some crostini and pickley things. This deal only works if you have an Apres Pass – a membership that grants you 20% off at partner restaurants and attractions.
Without the pass, you still get a happy hour discount, but it’s a few dollars more. Additionally, Stonesedge serves up a host of salads, burgers, wings and fancy fries – all on special.
Location: 4122 Village Green #13
For that thin crust Neapolitan pizza, look to Pizzeria Antico. With pies perfectly charred in their wood forno oven, you probably won’t be taking home any leftovers. Not when they make their own dough and sauces daily.
Happy hour here runs from 3-5pm every day. Additionally, all their BC Craft Beers (which at last count was 18) are on for under 5 bucks and their Margherita Pizza is half price.
Location: 4369 Main St #101
One of the cheapest happy hours in Whistler is found at Milestones. This is the spot for $5 glasses (though prices do go up from here). You can nab crispy brussel sprouts for $7, spinach and artichoke dip for under $10 and there’s coconut calamari plus sweet chicken chilis bites to round out your late afternoon feast.
Hit Milestones Thursday to Sunday 3-6pm for these deals.
Location: 4555 Blackcomb Way
El Furniture Warehouse
For cheap drinks it’s hard to beat the prices at El Furniture Warehouse. Monday has Jameson on for $5, Tuesday sees PBR at $5 and tequila for $3. Wednesday has Fireball and Lucky on for under 5 bucks and well doubles are $8 on Thursdays. Friday and Saturday nights are dangerous with Jager on for $5 and Jager Bombs at $6.50. Sunday has a variety of specials under $6.
Everyday from 2-5pm Power Hour specials take place with cocktails and wine for under $6.
Location: 4314 Main Street
Earls Whistler Happy Hour
Happy Hour specials differ every day of the week, but 3-5pm is what you want to aim for to score the deals. Earls also sports a late night happy hour, which runs Friday and Sat from 10pm until close.
Wine and Rhino Draught start at $5.50 and there’s some great food options starting at $5 like sushi tacos and truffle fries. Burgers start at $15 and you can get a seafood platter for $50.
Mondays you can expect half price margaritas and Corona bottles for $6. Tuesday offers half price bottles of wine. On Wednesdays, wings are on for $9.50 and their steaks are $7 off. Thursdays see Moscow Mules on for $7 and Stella is $2 off. On Sunday all sushi rolls and seafood entrees are $5 off, and Caesars are on special.
Location: 4295 Blackcomb Way unit 220/221
Hy’s Happy Hour Whistler
For another decadent little nosh, consider Hy’s Steakhouse situated in the Delta Hotels Whistler Village Suites. Hy’s happy hour menu runs from 3-7pm on Weekdays, Saturday from 4-7pm and Sunday from 5pm on.
During this time, their sharing and snacking portion of the menu is 30% off so you can indulge in their famous cheese bread (almost) guilt free. Prime beef sliders are also a score and seafood lovers will appreciate the menu’s appetizer options.
Highballs run 6 bucks, as does a 16oz of draught beer. Wine is $9/glass, sip champagne that’s 40% off or cocktails discounted by 30%.
Location: Delta Hotel, 4308 Main St., Whistler
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