The Best Whistler MLK Weekend Parties
Starting Friday, January 12th, Whistler will begin to see an invasion from the south as US college-goers descend on our mountain resort. It’s Whistler MLK Weekend – a time to ski hard, après hard, and party hard! Although Martin Luther King day falls on Monday, January 15th, our bets are that things will start kicking off on Friday and we’ve got you covered all weekend long.
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? For the first time, 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
Ticket collection begins at 3 pm on Friday from Gibbons Party HQ, located in the Westin Hotel. Please pick up your wristband before heading to the parties! Last Friday wristband collection will be at 11 pm.
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!
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.
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 everynight!
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.
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. Start your night at the Longhorn before visiting Buffalo Bills, Tapley’s Pub, Maxx Fish and close out your night at Garfinkel’s! There is a Bar Hop running Friday, Saturday, and Sunday this weekend. Don’t wait, hop on it now!
Friday Night Bar Hop – January 12th – tickets available
Saturday Night Bar Hop – January 13th – sold out
Sunday Night Bar Hop – January 14th – tickets available
A little hair of the dog and a hearty breakfast is sure to set you straight. Head straight to the Longhorn patio for some fresh air, a good, greasy 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.