Whitefish, Montana is known for a few major things — its picturesque downtown streets, proximity to Glacier National Park and, of course, Whitefish Mountain Resort. And while the thrills on the hill are spectacular, sometimes it's all about the après!
When you think of Whitefish, there’s a good chance the iconic slopes of Big Mountain come to mind. Whitefish Mountain Resort consistently makes Ski Magazine’s top 10 Best Ski Resorts in the West and it’s easy to see why. Beyond record-breaking snow totals, this ski town has a lot to offer including a lively après-ski culture complete with a variety of bars, restaurants and plenty of live music and drink specials to keep everyone happy.
However you choose to end your day on the slopes, Whitefish has you covered.
Kick back and relax at Logan’s after a long day on the hill. The inviting couch next to a grand fireplace is the perfect place to warm your toes and dry your clothes while sipping a delicious hot toddy. If you’re looking for an intimate après experience, this is the place to go.
Logan's has plenty of fun events for the whole crew, including trivia every Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. and live music on Wednesdays with local legend John Dunnigan. Make sure to check out the Logan's Facebook page for the latest updates on events and specials.
At Grouse Mountain Lodge, 2 Fairway Dr.
It’s impossible to talk about the Whitefish bar scene without mentioning the legendary Great Northern Bar & Grill. Since 1919, the Northern has quenched the thirst of weary railroad workers, satisfied the appetite of powder hounds and delivered the good times all around. Every inch of its historic walls are lined with signs from businesses long past — think everything from dental offices to rival saloons.
If dollar beers aren’t enough of an incentive to draw you in, live music rocks the stage on a close-to nightly basis during the winter months and themed parties are nearly as common. Boogie down at Winter Carnival’s Disco Party or support the good-cause fundraising ragers commonly hosted at the Northern.
27 Central Ave.
Since opening its doors in 2015, Spotted Bear Spirits has consistently served up delicious concoctions. This local gem should already be high on your list of priorities, having earned awards, accolades and mentions from major outlets like Outside Magazine.
The menu boasts plenty of delightfully unique cocktails such as the Snowghost which features their signature vodka and coffee liqueur with cold brew, whipped cream and cinnamon.
503 Railway St.
There may be no better way to end an epic day on the slopes than at the legendary ‘Stube. Conveniently located in the upper village at Whitefish Mountain Resort, this watering hole is a favorite among locals and tourists alike. Make sure to stop by on a Wednesday to witness one of the resort’s longest standing traditions — the Frabert awards. This lively ritual honors the employee or visitor with the biggest blunder of the week in true Big Mountain style.
No matter the day, the ‘Stube is usually packed by 4 p.m. and the fun doesn’t stop until last call. If you’re a first timer, make sure to ask the bartenders for a souvenir ring.
At Whitefish Mountain Resort, 3896 Big Mountain Rd.
Nothing beats kicking off your boots and filling your belly over a bite with family and friends after a long day of powder turns. If it’s an unforgettable food experience you’re after, look no further than Hellroaring Saloon and Eatery, where you’ll find Whitefish’s most beloved stack of nachos and a healthy selection of craft beers.
With its rustic interior and welcoming atmosphere, this ski-up restaurant and bar boasts everything we love about mountain culture. It’s the perfect place for large groups to reminisce on the day's events while relaxing at one of the many family-style tables.
At Whitefish Mountain Resort, 3910 Big Mountain Rd.