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Whistler ApresThe word Après originated in the Alps, when it was used to describe skiers sitting down and enjoying a beverage or two at the end of a long day of skiing. The word stuck and today it's associated with ski resorts all around the world to describe unwinding after a long day on the slopes, shopping, hiking, day at the spa or even just sitting around the hotel.

A Whistler Creekside Tradition

Après in Whistler Creekside is as old as Whistler Mountain itself. When Whistler was still just a one run mountain the first Après spot consisted of just a few tables and chairs together thrown together in front of a temporary construction trailer. Its name? Dusty's!

Today, Dusty's lives on, albeit in a little swankier digs. Whistler Creekside's premier Après location sits at the base of the Creekside Gondola providing skiers and boarders ski-in-ski-out access. Equipped with a massive patio overlooking the mountain, Dusty's doubles as a bar and live entertainment spot after 10 PM. Cheap drinks, great BBQ and good vibes make this massive post and beam bar a great place to unwind after a long day of activities.

Best Creekside Après

Dusty's Bar & BBQ

Dusty's BBQ and BarEvery summer Dusty's Bar & BBQ hosts the Canadian National BBQ Championships! Dusty's takes great pride in this function and it carries over into their menu throughout the rest of the year. Dusty's is home to some of the best BBQ in Whistler - with a special spot for the 'best burger' of the championship reserved on that year's menu. Located in the heart of Creekside, Dusty's makes for a great place to sit and enjoy a beverage with friends, either on their massive patio or inside in the rustic country styled bar. Children are welcome at Dusty's until 10 PM - at which time the bar turns into a live music venue.

Cure Lounge & Patio

If you're looking for a more refined way to Après, then Cure Lounge and Patio is your best bet. The Lounge offers waterfront views of Nita Lake Lounge on their beautiful stone covered patio. During the winter, guests can cuddle up around the Lounge's massive fireplace and take in the dark wood/leather ambiance inside. Casual dining choices are made from scratch and can be paired with a wide selection of fine wines and craft beers. This venue is waterfront dining at its finest.

Roland's Creekside Pub

This local's spot also doubles as the unofficial Creekside sports bar. If you're looking for the big game Roland's is your spot. Chef Bob Haselbach is always serving up some of the best BBQ in town, coupled with a great selection of pints and spirits. Sorry, no minors.

Photo Credit: Mike Crane (Après)

Après, from the French, simply means "after" and is used in relation to winding down after a day on the slopes. A little-known secret is that you don't have to ski to enjoy après. In fact, après can happen after just about anything from shopping or a morning at the spa to just relaxing around the condo.

A Whistler Creekside Tradition

Après in Whistler Creekside is as old as Whistler Mountain itself. In the beginning a few construction trailers were jammed together, tables and chairs and a bar were moved in and Whistler's first après venue was born. Its name? Dusty's.

Today, Dusty's lives on as Whistler Creekside premier patio with a spacious post and beam bar that does double time in the evening as Whistler's largest room for live entertainment. But from early afternoon on, it's one of the several great places to recall the runs of the day catch up with friends or just enjoy watching the day slip into night.

As a result of Whistler Creekside hosting the Canadian National BBQ Championships every summer, excellent BBQ has become a staple of après menus in the area.

Best Creekside Après

Dusty's Bar and BBQDusty's Bar & BBQ

Dusty's Bar & BBQ is an all-around great dining and après ski/snowboard option. The massive outdoor patio provides great views of the slopes near the Whistler Creekside Gondola. Children are welcome until 8 p.m., when it becomes Whistler's largest permanent venue for live music.

Cure Lounge & Patio

Cure proves that not all meat need to be smoked low and slow to be delicious. Cure's Old World charcuterie consistently wins raves from foodies. Located in The Nita Lake Lodge, this waterfront lounge and patio has spectacular views of Alta Lake. Whistler Creekside's newest après venue features a roaring fireplace to add warmth to its dark wood/leather ambiance.

Roland's Creekside Pub

Award-winning chef Bob Haselbach serves up the best BBQ in Creekside to sports fans, locals and hungry skiers looking for a place to unwind with a great selection of pints. Sorry, no minors.