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The Best of Whistler 2001


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Coolest Staff

Serve it up! Consistent service with a smile goes to those at Moe Joe’s, who relentlessly pour cold pints for thirsty audiences. Second place went to the Longhorn, with the smooth service at Citta’s earning that establishment third place. The Boot and Garf’s 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 Merlin’s, at the base of Blackcomb.

Best Patio

Patios apres-ski, Whistler’s unspoken top activity, goes to long-standing locals meeting place Citta’s, 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 Whistler’s favourite place to shoot stick: the Longhorn. Second place went to the Brewhouse, followed by Citta’s and the Boot Pub.

Local hangout

Citta’s 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 Village’s original neighbourhood pub, Tapley’s, was third.


Best Local Band or Musician

Guitar Doug Craig tops the voting this year, just ahead of last year’s winners Pete & Chad and the Whole Damn County. Doug’s solo gigs have earned him the "Daddy-O of the patio" title. His talents have earned him gigs with local band Big Up, but he’s 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 there’s a lot of life in this mountain town. So much that many readers couldn’t 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.