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Best Après 2009: Whistler/Blackcomb

There’s a reason locals refer to their beloved Whistler as “Swillster.” It mainly has to do with their hearty, healthy attitude toward drink.
posted: 08/12/2009
How can you go wrong in a place where Kiefer Sutherland once joined Aussie rockers the Waifs onstage for a round of "Mustang Sally"? Besides, even if the former Lost Boy doesn't show, the drinks are always strong and the botties always shaking.
Photo courtesy of Garibaldi Lift Co.

1. Whistler Blackcomb, BC

There’s a reason locals refer to their beloved Whistler as “Swillster.” It mainly has to do with their hearty, healthy attitude toward drink—and the 13 different après options right at the base of the mountain. The Garibaldi Lift Company, known as the GLC, is the place to kick off your Langes and slug a frothy brew. Located at the base of the Whistler Village gondola, it’s got a sprawling patio, a fireplace to warm your wet gear, and most importantly a big-ass bar.

Three Things You Need to Know:

  • Try the Garibaldi Lift Company’s Sex Cheese, four different cheeses—asiago, provolone, cambozola, and goat—all melted together with a lemon-garlic white wine sauce and flatbread. It’s not as gross as the name implies.
  • Check out the concert calendar. The GLC pulls nationally touring acts like Spearhead and Medeski, Martin, and Wood.
  • GLC jam-packed? Merlin’s, Longhorn, and Dusty’s all serve beer too.


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    Erm, was this paid for by someone from Whistler Blackcomb?? The GLC, Merlins and Dusty's are all owned by Whistler Blackcomb, and they're not the best places in town. The GLC is certainly not the centre of Whistler's nightlife, what about the 5 clubs in town? The GLC's got such a poor local following they're not even open right now. 

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