Starting Friday, January 17th, Whistler will begin to see an invasion from the south as US college-goers descend on our splendid mountain town. It’s Whistler MLK Weekend – a time to ski hard, après hard, and party hard! Although Martin Luther King day falls on Tuesday, January 21st, we’ll formally kick things off Friday January 17th through Monday, January 20th, 2020 with every kind of party your heart could possibly desire. 

All-Access Pass

Part of the draw of heading to the mountains for MLK Weekend is that you’ll get to embrace the slopes and the party. Don’t feel like planning out each night of the weekend? We don’t blame you. Embrace your mood, the powder and whatever party calls your name with the all-access pass. No FOMO here because you’ve got access to it all whenever you want it with a magical wristband. The details? Gibbons is offering a limited number of ALL ACCESS WRISTBANDS to ALL venues. This provides you COMPLIMENTARY ENTRY to ALL venues at ALL times.

Complimentary Access Includes:

Longhorn Saloon – all day and all night
Buffalo Bills – all night
Garfinkel’s – all night
Tapley’s Pub – all day and all night
Wristband collection begins at 3 PM on Friday from Gibbons Party HQ, located in the Westin Hotel. Please enter through the retail shop near the Whistler Gondola (look for the big PARTY marquee light). Please DO NOT enter through the Westin Hotel. Wristbands must be picked up before heading to the parties! The last chance for wristband collection is Friday at 11 PM.

Legendary Longhorn

For the party-goer who likes to start their celebrations while the sun’s up and continue well into the night, the Longhorn patio is the place to be for the Whistler MLK weekend. The prime location at the base of Whistler mountain, the Longhorn is perfectly situated to get some turns in the mornings, apres-ski in the afternoon, and party well into the night. A little Après Lager for an après ski is surely the right way to start an evening of indulgence! Oh, and should we mention, live music, and champagne guns. Yes, that’s a real thing, come check it out.

No matter the time of day, the Longhorn patio is in full party mode.

Hangover Hack

With breakfast from 9 a.m. onwards at the Longhorn, it’s easy to seamlessly transition from morning into apres-ski and an evening of partying. We recommend a good ol’ Canadian Caesar cocktail to start your day off right – it’s breakfast, in a drink!

Tapley’s Turns It Up

For the sports enthusiast who loves to party, check out the events happening for the Whistler MLK Weekend at Tapley’s. This homey bar is popular for those that like a good meal with friends chased by a round of darts or drinks around the outside firepits. With pizzas and a rotating selection of beer on special, Tapley’s is the place to be to watch your favorite team with friends and celebrate the after-party.

Get to know the friendly locals at Tapley's.

Tapleys were the party is local and bumping.

Hangover Hack

Tapley’s nachos ooze with cheese and are the perfect hangover cure. Or, if you need a little more grease to get you running, try the delicious Poutine. Cheese curds, fries, and gravy, what’s not to love? Might as well add pulled pork while you’re at it.

The Dance Floor – Garfinkel’s

Garfinkel’s is the place to party over the Whistler MLK Weekend. As Whistler’s biggest dance venue, the staff sure know how to put on a good party, and Garfinkel’s is the go-to for locals no matter the night. Start your weekend early with Local’s Night on Thursday, the longest and we think liveliest locals night hosted in Whistler. With DJ’s spinning all weekend long you can be sure this place with be bumping every night!

The dancefloor that knows no bounds, Garfinkle’s Whistler.

Hangover Hack

Need a nutrition boost? Grab a smoothie from either The Green Moustache or Naked Sprout, open during daytime hours. Their healthy smoothies and snacks will help you keep that vitamin uptake up so you can hit the dance floor night after night.

Buffalo Bills – The Cage

Buffalo Bills has a legendary cage on their dance floor – and while we’re not condoning any crazy possibilities that might pop into your creative mind, we have certainly seen some interesting shapes being thrown in there, and we dare you to have a go. Fridays are for the ladies, with a complimentary glass of champagne and a stellar lineup of Top 40’s hits to get you grooving well into the night.

Skip the lines and dive right into the party with a 2020 MLK All Access Pass.

Hangover Hack

Take a day to nurse your hangover by heading up the mountain for a dose of fresh alpine air! Please only ski and ride if you are sober – the mountain operations staff will pull your pass if you are intoxicated. Besides – you wouldn’t want to miss a powder day, would you?

Bar Hop Whistler – The Full Package

Want to experience all the clubs that are featured on this blog? Don’t want to wait in line or pay cover charges? Get the VIP experience with Bar Hop Whistler! Just be ready to rage with the best party with the best perks in Whistler. Five venues, five drink tickets and express entry that will ensure you get to the party without waiting in the cold. Get a whole weekend of Bar Hop on lockdown with the Bar Hop Whistler MLK Weekend 2020 Pass, or go day by day. Possible venues include Longhorn Saloon, Buffalo Bills, Moe Joe’s, Garfinkel’s and Cinnamon Bear Bistro. Each night guarantees Five drinks of your choice for each night (Draft Beer, Highball/Well spirits, Wine & Shots), express entry, complimentary cover, pizza slice from Avalanche Pizza Co. and local party guides. There is a Bar Hop running Friday, Saturday, and Sunday this weekend. Don’t wait, hop on it now!

Friday Night Bar Hop – January 17th 

Saturday Night Bar Hop – January 18th – tickets available soon

Sunday Night Bar Hop – January 19th – tickets available soon

All Weekend MLK Pass – January 17th – 20th


Hangover Hack

A little hair of the dog and a hearty breakfast is sure to set you straight. Head straight to the Stonesedge patio for some fresh air, a good, hearty breakfast and a mimosa or Caesar to cure your hangover!

Whistler MLK Party With Gibbons

Gibbons has been celebrating with people since 1979 – so we definitely know how to host a party in our beautiful mountain town. Our Bar Hop Whistler pub & club crawl experience was made for those wanting the best experience that Whistler has to offer. Grab some friends, and book your MLK Bar Hop today for express entry to all of our venues, five free drinks, and a damn good time.

Abby Cooper

A lover of all things outdoors, Abby Cooper is a splitboarder, hiker, adventurer, year-round snow seeker, photographer and writer.