The Pacific Northwest’s Best Ski Resort Watering Holes

The Pacif­ic North­west (which, for our pur­pos­es, is com­prised of Wash­ing­ton, Ore­gon, Ida­ho, and the Cana­di­an provinces of British Colum­bia and Alber­ta) is home to some first-rate ski­ing and snow­board­ing. And as it turns out, some of these resort areas know how to par­ty when the sun goes down. Here’s our list of the finest drink­ing estab­lish­ments found with­in PNW resort areas.

The Pacific Northwest's Best Ski Resort Watering Holes

Dubh Linn Gate (Whistler-Black­comb)
Whistler’s nightlife has earned a leg­endary rep­u­ta­tion over the years, and vis­i­tors have no short­age of bars, tav­erns, lounges, and oth­er drink­ing estab­lish­ments at their dis­pos­al. Our pick is Dubh Linn Gate, a live­ly Irish pub locat­ed in Skier’s Plaza. The tap selec­tion is impres­sive, but Scotch and Irish whiskey offer­ings are where this spot tru­ly shines. Live folk tunes are anoth­er perk. 

Ver­ti­cal Restau­rant & Sports Bar (Mount Hood)
Locat­ed inside the North Lodge, Ver­ti­cal boasts an impres­sive selec­tion of local micro­brews and region­al­ly grown wines. To go along with your bev­er­age, the food menu includes gourmet piz­za, toast­ed subs, and oth­er tasty entrees. The bar’s three large-screen plas­ma TVs are ide­al for sport­ing events, and live music is fea­tured every Sat­ur­day through­out the months of Jan­u­ary and Feb­ru­ary. Ver­ti­cal also host­ed the Mount Hood Mead­ows Film Fes­ti­val last spring, and has been slat­ed to host the 2014 event on March 16.

 The Pacific Northwest's Best Ski Resort Watering Holes

Snort­ing Elk Cel­lar (Crys­tal Moun­tain)
Locat­ed just across the park­ing lot from Crys­tal Moun­tain’s main entrance, the Snort­ing Elk Cel­lar was inspired by the time­less style of Aus­tri­an ski lodges. The tav­ern offers a rotat­ing tap of 18 local­ly brewed beers ― includ­ing the sig­na­ture Snort­ing Elk Frost ― as well as hot liba­tions like the Exter­mi­na­tor and Grand­ma’s Spice Cake. Come for the cock­tails, stay for the fan­tas­tic stone-fire piz­za and old-school ambiance.

Alti­tudes Bistro (Grouse Moun­tain)
Locat­ed 3,700 feet above the Low­er Main­land, the bistro’s patio pro­vides patrons with a breath­tak­ing view of the B.C. coun­try­side. In addi­tion to an exten­sive micro­brew selec­tion and wine list, the bar­tenders at Alti­tudes are known to make a mean mar­ti­ni. The restau­rant also offers almond-crust­ed goat cheese, Ital­ian sausage flat­bread, and oth­er mouth-water­ing appe­tiz­ers to go with your bev­er­age of choice.

Corks Restau­rant (Kick­ing Horse)
If food-and-wine pair­ing is your def­i­n­i­tion of après-ski excel­lence, check out this restau­rant locat­ed inside Kick­ing Horse’s Cop­per Horse Lodge. The food menu offers wine sug­ges­tions for all appe­tiz­ers and entrées ― but just in case vino isn’t your first choice, Corks fea­tures a full bar and offers a 9‑inch piz­za and draft pint for $10 dur­ing Hap­py Hour (4–6pm daily). 

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Duchin Lounge (Sun Val­ley)
Found on the first floor of the Sun Val­ley Lodge (adja­cent to the lob­by), this swanky estab­lish­ment is named for socialite Mar­jorie Oel­richs Duchin. In addi­tion to warm cock­tails like the Duchin Lounge HBR (hot-but­tered rum) and Hot Apple Pie, the Hap­py Hour menu includes $4 mar­gar­i­tas, $3 draft beers, and $2 glass­es of wine. Guests can also enjoy live jazz through­out the week.