Whitefish, Montana is known for a few major things—its picturesque downtown streets, proximity to Glacier National Park and, of course, Whitefish Mountain Resort. But perhaps 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. Ski Magazine readers recently voted Whitefish Mountain Resort #1 for Overall Satisfaction and it’s easy to see why. Besides record-breaking snow totals, this ski town has a lot to offer including a lively après-ski culture complete with a variety of venues 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.
On the Mountain
There’s 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 PM and the fun doesn’t stop until last call at 10 PM. If you’re a first timer, make sure to ask the bartenders for a souvenir ring.
At Whitefish Mountain Resort, 3896 Big Mountain Rd.
Open daily in winter, 11 AM–10 PM.
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 days’ events while relaxing at one of the many family-style tables.
At Whitefish Mountain Resort, 3910 Big Mountain Rd.
Open daily in winter, 11 AM–8:15 PM.
Great Northern Bar & Grill
Perhaps the only true rival to the Bierstube is the infamous Great Northern Bar & Grill in downtown Whitefish. Since 1919, the Northern has been quenching the thirst of weary railroad workers, satisfied powder hounds and all-around good time enthusiasts. 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 almost every night during the winter months and themed parties are nearly as common. Boogie down at Winter Carnival’s Disco Party on January 12 or support the Patrol Fund at their annual year-end party on the last day of the season.
27 Central Ave.
Open daily, 11 AM–2 AM.
Bonsai Brewing Project
This small, independently-owned craft brewery offers a cozy taproom with a wide variety of tasty ales and made-from-scratch food options. Having just celebrated their fifth year in business, Bonsai has won quite a few bragging rights over the years including top dog-friendly restaurant in Montana by Food Network. Make Bonsai your first stop on your way down the hill to ensure your spot at the bar or a nearby table—space fills up fast!
549 Wisconsin Ave.
Open Tuesday–Sunday, 12 PM–8 PM.
Spotted Bear Spirits
Since opening its doors in 2015, Spotted Bear Spirits has been consistently serving up delicious concoctions. This local gem should already be high on your list of priorities, having won the People’s Choice Award and honorable mentions from major outlets like Outside Magazine. The menu boasts plenty of delightfully unique cocktails such as the Snow Ghost which features their signature vodka and coffee liqueur with cream, cold brew and soda. You’ll find a stack of classic board games in the cozy upstairs loft and delicious self-serve popcorn in the downstairs hallway.
503 Railway St.
Open Tuesday–Saturday, 3 PM–8 PM and Sunday, 2 PM–6 PM.
Logan's Bar & Grill
Kick back and relax at Logan’s after a long day on the hill. It's cozy and casual. 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 family, including Monday Night Trivia every week at 6:30 PM and live music on most Friday nights by local legend John Dunnigan. Make sure to check out their Facebook page for the latest updates on events and specials.
At Grouse Mountain Lodge, 2 Fairway Dr.
Open daily, 7 AM–9 PM.
Wherever you head after your day on the slopes, you'll be soaking up the best of classic Montana mountain living. Cheers!