Nightlife in Whistler: Tips from the Experts
We know you’ve heard the stories – your friends disappear to Whistler for the ultimate snow covered vacation, but when they come back, it’s not just the skiing and snowboard they can’t stop talking about.
They are talking about stories of nearly-naked partiers running through the snow. They are talking about beer after beer after beer in a Whistler Village hot spot. We’re talking about dancing the night away, shot-skis and more.
Whether it’s the never-ending nights, the sizzling dance spots, or the excessive – that’s right, we said excessive – drinking, there’s always a party happening in Whistler. The lights, the music, the people – the nightlife is an inescapable part of a season in Whistler.
If you’re looking to be one of the many who can claim they’ve embarked upon a weekend partying in the sub-zero temperatures with hundreds of over party-goers, we’re about to hand you the ultimate survival guide.
Whether you want the secret spots to go to, the ultimate breakdown of where to be and when, or some (super important) safety tips for your nightlife endeavours, we’ve got you covered. Check out our guide below for the most important tips and tricks, and everything else you’ll need to know for our Whistler nightlife guide!
If even just thinking about scheduling a night out in Whistler makes you dizzy, you can always just leave it to the experts. Gibbons Bar Hop takes you and your crew to the top spots in the Village, with free cover, VIP treatment, and shots – all included.
The Real Whistler Low-Down
Before we get into some of the best bars, clubs, restaurants, and more to explore in Whistler, we want to make something clear – the Whistler party scene isn’t for the faint of heart.
When we say people are streaking naked through the snow, we’re not kidding.
People are streaking naked through the snow.
The nightlife of Whistler is full of drinking, dancing, and debauchery, and honestly, we wouldn’t want it any other way! If we’re honest, weekends just don’t exist here – every night is Saturday. Whether you’re a local or a tourist, you’re widely accepted into the Whistler party scene – just make sure you’re buying the first round for everyone.
No, but seriously, the Whistler scene is wild. Are you ready for the perfect Whistler guide to nightlife? You’re not, but we encourage you to try anyway. Grab your group (but first learn what it takes to visit whistler with a group) and dive right in!
Whistler Party Schedule
First things first, let’s explain how Whistler works. When you’re looking to party in this snowy town, you don’t just happen upon a bar some random night of the week and find the spot – there’s a science to it, and we’re here to teach you the formula.
Every bar or club has a night that belongs to them – they own it if you will. Monday to Friday, there’s a hot spot to be at, and if you don’t know the schedule, you might miss the party. The hard and fast rules of the Whistler scene are this: venues have their own, big nights, weekends are a can’t-miss-target (everywhere has a party), and the competition among the clubs is fierce.
Hate Monday’s as much as the rest of us? You’ll love FVCK Mondays at Maax Fish. Get down and dirty at Monday’s wildest party, Fidel Cashflow, Billy The Kid, Dan Darley & The Rogue Killers playing the hottest deep, bass, tech house and more.
You’ll 100 percent want to check out Tommy Africa’s club; it’s been hosting an 80s night for as far back as most Whistler party-goers can remember, maybe even the 80s. What’s that mean for you? A packed dancefloor. Tons of 80s gear given out, and of course, lots and lots (and lots) of drinks to go around.
Thank god for Tommy’s Tuesdays another awesome locals night, hosted by their resident DJ’s Dre Morel and DJ $hearer! They have tons of drink specials, including triple jugs….triples on a Tuesday?
Talking Froth, a weekly event for the House lovers out there. We think MoeJoes puts it best, “Keen to Froth but have no place to do it? Love Proper House from Music Labels like DirtyBird, This Aint Bristol, & Sweat it out… PERFECT you will love this.”
go straight to Buffalo Bills for their Industry night, meaning long lines, endeavour snowboard giveaways in the winter and Noble skateboard giveaways during the summer (yeah, every week!), and 50% off the entire food menu!
For those of us who miss the good old days of deep dark drum and bass, every second Wednesday world class DJs hit the stage of Tommy Africa. Get your stomp on.
Garfinkle’s Locals Night – the longest standing locals night in Whistler. Hands down the best party as we get closer to the weekend. With their indoor skate ramp, it makes for an original night out. Free skate starts at 8pm plus tons of awesome prizes.
If all these new beats just aren’t for you, get down and funky at Brandy’s at the Keg Funk Night Thursdays. DJ Dakota and special guests get into the grooves, and give you a soulful entry into the weekend.
Maax Fish, at it again with Free Frawl Fridays. If you can decipher that, you’ll likely fit in. Special treat provided to all Whistler Blackcomb staff who bring proof of employment! By the way, locals are free all night long.
If Maax Fish doesn’t suit your style, just hop on over to Brandy’s. On Fridays (and Saturdays). They’ve got All Love and No Club pumping into the very wee hours of the night.
Garfinkle’s on our list yet again, but hey, they have the party more often than not. Saturday’s are for their Supreme Saturday party, hosted by resident DJ Av Ram and a rotating list of specials guests. Plus, at Saturdays are especially for Stagettes, complimentary champagne, plus the hottest male servers delivering shots to your VIP table.
Not to be left out, Maax Fish again puts on one hell of a Saturday Night Shaker, this time catering to more of a Top 40, Hip-Hop mash up vibe. Tabletop dancing is widely encouraged.
Drink through your handover, give it one final go at Maax Fish’s Send it Sundays. Drink specials including cheap jager bombs, because clearly you need a reminder about how delicious they are.
Thankfully, if you still feel a little blurry from the night before, Moe Joes host a weekly Sunday Glow Party. Grab your neons, and get the last moves out before Monday Hits.
Check for updates monthly, as these events tend to change with the times. One of the best local resources for all things musical are the events pages at our favorite local newspaper – The Pique.
Whistler Bars & Nightclubs
It’s hard to play favourites, so we won’t. Almost all whistler nightclubs, and party scenes are a can’t-miss, must-see adventure. Check out our list of venues we think you have to check out and know more about.
Soul-pulsing dubstep. Open dancefloor. Artistic lighting everywhere. If you and your crew are looking for the ultimate dance party, Maxx Fish is the nightclub you need to be at. They bring in the most talented DJs around to pump up the jams and get the party started. Get to the venue early to snag one of the coveted, spacious booths for your group so you can have a first-class seat to watch the night get wild!
A famous hot spot in Whistler, Tommy Africa doesn’t mess around when it comes to the party. One of the longest running nightclubs in this touristy village, it has one of the most vibrant dance floors in Whistler. Time after time, it’s voted as the best dance club in Whistler. Maybe because it has the only custom-built speaker of its kind, and they encourage group bookings!
This is what they call the real Whistler. Black’s Pub is the local place for real-life Whistler character. With great food, more than 100 beers from around the world, and beautiful views. A bit more low key than some of the other nightclubs, this pub gives you a laid-back vibe with plenty of delicious drinks.
Buffalo Bills Bar and Grille
There’s no doubt about it – if you’re looking for a party, Buffalo Bills Bar and Grill is where it’s at. It’s not for the faint of heart, though. This dangerous mix of dance floors, fireplace lounges, craft cocktails, and tasty bar food will draw you in and keep you for the entire night! Your trip won’t be an authentic Whistler experience if you miss out on this village staple.
Garfinkel’s Night Club
This is the spot for a guaranteed enjoyable time you’re looking for in Whistler. There’s plenty of fun to go around at Garfinkel’s Night Club. This establishment has been voted the no. 1 best nightclub in Whistler, and you won’t want to miss out on the party. It even features the longest running Locals’ Night every Thursday and the best weekend parties!
Brandy’s at the Keg
What you thought was a chill local sports bar quickly transforms into a DJ-centric Apres. Open late they keep their unique mix of beats going long until the night. Brandy’s caters to crowds who don’t like the mainstream music scene, the top 40 mix tape, the deep house, the club music….You won’t find that on most nights at Brandy’s. They’ve got the All Love No Club Fridays and Saturdays to keep you happy. Of if that isn’t up your alley, check them on Thursdays, Whistler’s only funk night takes over.
The vibe at Moe Joes brings us back to those epic parties in college. We love the dark and delirious good times we’ve had here, and we’re sure they will keep coming. Moe Joes has a number of great party nights stacked throughout the long work week and well into the weekend, it’s hard to choose. If we do say so, its hard to stay away with the consistently great lineup of renowned DJs hitting the decks.
Whistler Safety Tips
Now that we’ve gone over some of the important notes about the Whistler party schedule, and some of our recommendations, we need to talk a bit about the most crucial aspect of Whistler nightlife – safety.
Whistler is a quaint village town where mostly every local knows each other. While it’s a snowy paradise by day, it quickly turns into a raucous party at night. As with any nightlife scene, lots of alcohol, mixed with partiers from all over, there’s always the potential of dangerous situations.
Here’s a couple of things we think you should watch out for and take careful note of before hitting the dance floor and downing cocktails in Whistler, BC:
The Legal Age is 19
While it’s not the lowest drinking age in the country, many of the people who visit Whistler come from the United States, where the drinking age is 21. In Whistler, you only must be 19 to partake in the enjoyment of adult beverages, leaving lots of room for underage teenagers to get a little too rowdy. Our advice? Be on the lookout for situations that could put you in a bind, and if you’re a 19-year-old who’s enjoying a beer or two, don’t test your limits in an unfamiliar town.
Keep an Eye on Your Drink
As you would in any situation, make sure you don’t take your eyes off your drink. If you must leave it momentarily, be entirely committed to getting a new drink when you come back – don’t leave it up to chance! Obviously, this isn’t a Whistler-specific tip, but anytime you’re drinking, even when you’re in a friendly, tourist town like Whistler, you should keep your eye on your drink.
Pairs are Good, but Groups are Best
Don’t go anywhere alone. If you can’t stand the thought of missing out on the Whistler nightlife, that’s no big deal – just make sure you’re not embarking on a Whistler night adventure by yourself. If you can recruit a friend to join you, that’s perfect. A whole group of friends? Even better. There’s safety in numbers!
Planning a big night out with a group makes everything a bit more entertaining anyway. Plus, you can make an entire evening of it! Start your night off with a beer at Coast Mountain Brewing, and aim for the bullseye at Forged Axe Throwing. Then team up with our friends at Whistler Bar Hop for a big night out, including stops at four of the big venues in Whistler, pizza from Avalanche Pizza (everyone’s favourite late night food), five drinks, and VIP access meaning absolutely no line-ups! Plus, ax throwing guests get a great discount!
What better way to stay safe than a specially-catered party with all your friends?