One for the Boys | A Bachelor Party to Remember
Planning a bachelor party? You may well be tempted by the bright lights of the big cities. But for something different and truly memorable, it’s worth considering a trip to the mountains. Whistler is the perfect venue for a bachelor party and we’ve put together a few whistler bachelor party ideas to get you started. High-octane adventures and incredible parties go hand-in-hand in Whistler, and it’s easily accessible from Vancouver, too.
Whether you’re seeking adrenaline-fuelled mountain adventures or late-night revelry (or both!), here’s how we would go about planning a stag to remember.
Plan the Party in Advance
The key to a successful bachelor party in Whistler is advance planning. Whistler is a resort town and so understanding peak season can help you save big. Try to visit in spring or fall for the best deals on accommodation. This is the perfect time to eat out in Whistler, too, with dining specials around every corner.
Where to stay in Whistler
A great idea for bachelor parties in Whistler is to get an Air B&B. This potentially allows a group of guys to stay together in one place. Look for properties in Whistler Village, Upper Village or Whistler North for the best proximity to the action. Other areas worth considering include Brio and Whistler Cay – although most neighbourhoods in Whistler are within a $10-$20 ride of the Village.
If you’re looking for a hotel, Whistler rates are all pretty competitive. We would recommend checking out Trip Advisor to see some real traveler reviews first. From there, it’s worth approaching reservations teams directly to see what can be done for groups. Remember to ask about hidden charges such as resort fees and car parking as these can quickly eat into your budget.
To be close to bars and nightclubs, we’d recommend a hotel on the Village Stroll. This ensures you’re mere steps away from the party and avoid the dreaded taxi queue at the end of the night. Our top 5 hotel choices in terms of proximity would be:
- The Westin Resort & Spa
- Pan Pacific Whistler Mountainside
- Whistler Hilton
- Crystal Lodge Hotel & Suites
- Summit Lodge
You may also be interested in checking out Whistler’s new Pangea Pod Hotel. Opened in 2018, Pangea Whistler does not sell itself as a hotel or a hostel, but rather somewhere in between. We hear they offer some of the most cost-effective accommodation in Whistler and their bar is very good too!
Where to Eat with a Big Group
Whistler is full of great dining options, which are very popular with visitors and locals alike. We’d always recommend calling in advance to book your table. Visit Whistler Bites
for details on daily specials and happy hours.
For something casual and well-suited to groups, check out Caramba, Brewhouse or The Keg. For something different, try The Mexican Corner, Teppan Village or Ohyama Ramen.
If you’re just after a quick bite or late-night snack, pay a visit to Avalanche Pizza for the best pizza in Whistler Village. Alternatively, check out Zog’s Dogs near Skiers Plaza for some seriously good poutine and hot dogs.
Where to Go for Drinks
There’s no shortage of watering holes in Whistler. For your Whistler bachelor party, ideas include Merlins, Dubh Linn Gate Irish Pub, and the legendary Longhorns Saloon & Grill.
Another option to consider is a visit to one of Whistler’s breweries. You’ll find the Brewhouse in Whistler Village right on the Village Stroll. It has plenty of seating and a nice patio too. Head about 8km south of the main Village area and you’ll find yourself in Function Junction – home to Whistler Brewing and Coast Mountain Brewing.
For late night shenanigans, we’d recommend heading for newly renovated Tommy’s or familiar favourite Garfinkels. Other locals hot spots include Maxx Phish and Moe Joes. Check out individual websites for details on their latest offers and DJs. Our favourite nights to hit the Village Stroll are:
- Monday – FVCK Mondays at Maax Fish for tech house or Tommy’s for 80’s night
- Thursday – Local’s Night at Garfinkels. Arguably the best party in town.
- Saturdays – Saturday Night Shaker at Maxx Fish. Expect Top 40, hip-hop and R&B.
To guarantee a stellar night, why not leave all the planning to the party pros? Whistler Club Crawl is a great option for a Whistler bachelor party. For $60, you get access to up to 5 venues with no cover charges, free drinks vouchers, party games and a photographer.
Where To Get Rentals (Bike and Skis)
While in Whistler, you may want to head up the mountain. Whistler Blackcomb is North America’s largest ski resort as well as the birthplace of true mountain biking. Whistler Village has tons of shops to get all your rental gear from and lift tickets can be purchased from guest services at Skiers’ Plaza.
Another option is to buy your tickets and reserve your gear online. This ensures that everyone in your group has access to the correct sized gear and also means you get the best prices on lift tickets. A couple of stores that we would recommend are CanSki (Whistler Village and Upper Village locations), and Fanatyk Co.
Where to Stock up on Supplies
There are a number of options in Whistler to stock up on bachelor party supplies. Here’s our list of essentials:
There’s a BC Liquor Store in Whistler Marketplace. Being central, it’s super convenient to most of Whistler’s accommodation. Here you’ll find everything you’ll need to get the party started.
If you’re after specialty brews, we recommend checking out Nester’s Liquor Store, just off the highway west of White Gold. They also stock some great BC spirits here too.
Another great option may be to pay a visit to one of Whistler’s breweries (previously mentioned) and stock up on growlers. Refills are sure to save you money as well as help you towards meeting your sustainability quota.
If you’re staying in an apartment or Air B&B, you may wish to stock up on grocery supplies too. You’ll find an IGA in Whistler Marketplace and a Nester’s right by Nester’s Liquor Store.
A great option, too, is to stop in Squamish for groceries. The prices here are much more favourable and there’s more variety too. Choose either Save On Foods or Walmart for the best deals.
Itinerary Ideas for a Great Whistler Bachelor Party
It’s easy to fill your time in Whistler. There’s a number of activities available, which cater well to larger groups. Here’s the ideas that we would choose for a Whistler bachelor party:
- Axe Throwing
Forged Axe Throwing can be found in Function Junction – just south of Whistler Village – and lends itself perfectly to bachelor/bachelorette parties. The premise is simple: you’re divided into competing teams and handed a couple of axes. An axe host will guide you through the basics before you go team versus team for axe throwing victory. An excellent addition to any bachelor party itinerary, which is sure to get the group stoked.
- Whistler Shooting Adventures
Another great option for the guys is Whistler Shooting Adventures. No experience or license is required to take part and full, expert guidance is provided. They have a number of guns to choose ranging from 9mm hand guns to 7.62 Marksmen Rifles. Be mindful that there is a zero-tolerance policy for any sort of drug or alcohol impairment – save the brews for afterwards!
- RZR Tour
In the summertime, an RZR tour would be top of our agenda for a bachelor party in Whistler. Operated by The Adventure Group, these tours take you deep into west coast rainforest with incredible views of glacier-fed lakes. There are a few packages to choose from including an Alpine Sunrise ride and a Wilderness Ride. Safety equipment will be provided to you but make sure you dress for the occasion, though. Expect lots of muds and splashing through puddles.
How to Plan a Bachelor Party for the Books
There you have it. Our recommendations on Whistler bachelor party ideas. Everything that you may need to make sure that your stag in Whistler is as epic as it is memorable.
From where to stay, to where to eat and drink, we hope we’ve provided enough insight to get you excited for a mountain trip with the boys. All that’s left to say is have fun and stay safe!
For more Whistler bachelor party ideas, including fishing, whitewater rafting and ziplining, check out Whistler Adventures.ca.