When two of my good girlfriends rang and asked if I’d be interested in a weekend in Whistler, Canada, I was hesitant to commit. Considering the fact that I obviously prefer the ocean to mountains, Canada has never been on my list of must-see places. However, for the killer price and even better company, it was a no-brainer. I had to do it. After all, 2018 is my year of yes, no?
Since we didn’t ski, we did a lot of drinking, dining and exploring— so I feel like we got a good grasp on the town and all that it has to offer. If you ever wind up in Whistler Village, here are some of my favorite spots.
Mexican Corner — If you know me, you know that I’m a Mexican-food loving vegetarian. This place had some of the best veggie tacos that I’ve ever had, and their margaritas weren’t too shabby, either.
Pure Bread — Okay, if you ever find yourself in Whistler, this place is a must. Seriously. They have more pastries than I could even name, and they’re all so amazing. Vacation calories don’t count, right?
Longhorns — if you didn’t go to Longhorns, did you even really do Whistler? This place is the king of après ski, AKA, so. freakin’. fun. Go and do the shot-ski, you won’t regret it (until the next morning).
Whiskey Jack’s Umbrella Bar— The Umbrella Bar was quite possibly my most favorite place of the whole trip. With a quick gondola ride up the mountain, and a 360 view of Whistler Village, you won’t regret stopping here for a glass of rosé (swear). It’s a newer bar on the mountain, you heard it here first.
Peaked Pies — if you’re looking for something authentic, and different, go to Peaked Pies and get a meat pie. I, of course, opted for the lentil pie, but it was worth the stop for a quick meal.
Basalt Wine + Salumeria — if you’re in to a good pre-dinner wine and charcuterie, check this place out and thank me later.
21 Steps Kitchen + Bar — 21 Steps is a great option if you’re looking for a hip place with modern comfort food. Try their gin fizz and fried goat cheese, yum!
Stonesedge Kitchen — Canada has their own version of a Bloody Mary, the Caesar, and Stonesedge does it well. Ask for a double with a side of biscuits!
Bar Oso – Bar Oso is teeny tiny, with small Spanish-style portions and big flavors. If you’re into tapas and craft cocktails, this spot is for you. You really can’t go wrong with anything on the menu.
Avalanche — if you’ve hit some of the underground clubs, like Garfinkels or Buffalo Bills, you’ll likely want to hit up Avalanche, too. This late night pizza joint is a lifesaver after a long night of drinking.
Ingrid’s – This one is for the skiers and boarders, you’ll appreciate this grab-and-go breakfast spot. Ingrid’s is kid-friendly, quick and easy. I highly recommend their breakfast wraps, to-go.