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.
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.
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).
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.