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Serve it up! Consistent service with a smile goes to those at Moe Joes, who relentlessly pour cold pints for thirsty audiences. Second place went to the Longhorn, with the smooth service at Cittas earning that establishment third place. The Boot and Garfs followed close behind. One voter offered a tip of the hat to IGA, proving the purveyors of cool can be as close as the local grocery shop.
Apres Ski Bar
Changing up the order for best at the end of a ski or board day, the Longhorn was easily number one. It was followed by the GLC and Merlins, at the base of Blackcomb.
Patios apres-ski, Whistlers unspoken top activity, goes to long-standing locals meeting place Cittas, where the central village view makes people-watching ideal. The Longhorn was second, probably owing to loads of seating and the best view in the valley of riders coming off the mountains. With a European sidewalk café look and feel, the Brasserie des Artistes scored enough votes to wind up third. Dutch-flavoured neighbour Amsterdam Pub Café was fourth.
Place to Shoot Some Stick
Follow your cue to Whistlers favourite place to shoot stick: the Longhorn. Second place went to the Brewhouse, followed by Cittas and the Boot Pub.
Cittas still takes kudos as top local hangout a classic pit stop after a day of slow modems and tourist traffic. Close behind in voting was the Boot. Whistler Villages original neighbourhood pub, Tapleys, was third.
Best Local Band or Musician
Guitar Doug Craig tops the voting this year, just ahead of last years winners Pete & Chad and the Whole Damn County. Dougs solo gigs have earned him the "Daddy-O of the patio" title. His talents have earned him gigs with local band Big Up, but hes most often heard with Grateful Greg Reamsbottom. Together as the Hairfarmers their folksy, psychedelic, bluegrass keeps apres ski crowds highly entertained.
Pete and Chad and the County were second, followed by Leanne and Kyla, regulars at the Dubh Linn Gate.
Best Local Artist
If art is life, then theres a lot of life in this mountain town. So much that many readers couldnt pick just one favourite artist.
Long-time local painter Isobel MacLaurin tops the list, followed closely by another long-time resident, potter Vincent Massey.
The artists who received votes range from abstract acrylic painter Gavin Livingstone to photographers Blake Jorgenson and Greg Griffiths, to Sonya at Blackcomb Barbers.