How to Apres-Ski in Nelson

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How to Apres-Ski in Nelson

When the lifts finish spinning for the day, the après-ski scene in Nelson gets going. From craft breweries to crafted cocktails, and brand new restaurants to tried and true local faves, you’ll quickly discover why Nelson is one of the best ski towns in North America.  

We present to you a rundown of local après-ski specials, plus a few other spots you don’t want to miss.

Cantina Del Centro: Come summer this Mexican inspired restaurant has a sprawling patio on Baker Street, but in the winter, this popular hangout really heats up. Good vibes and great food in a colourful setting.


Happy Hour: 3pm-5pm
$10 Margaritas
$3 Tacos
$15 Domestic Draft Jugs
50% off Tequila & Mezcal

Finley’s: Nelson’s only Irish pub serves up over a dozen beers and an extensive menu. Challenge a friend to a game of pool, watch sports on the big screens, or enjoy the elevated views of Kootenay Lake as the days slowly get a little longer. Wednesday Wing Nights are a local’s fave.

Happy Hour: 3:30pm-5:30pm
$4 16oz pints of Pilsner or Finley’s Lager
$4 House Wine
$5 Fish Tacos
$5 Olives
$5 Small Poutine

Marzano: The word is out; the new kid on the block is serving up dynamite ‘za in a modern Italian setting. Get there before the crowds and enjoy their afternoon specials.

Happy Hour: 2pm-5pm
$5 Local Draft
$9 Italian classics
$13 Margherita Pizza

Rel-ish Bistro: This cozy restaurant on historic Baker Street is bustling with energy and fresh flavours. Watch your meal being prepared in the open kitchen or enjoy the views of Nelson’s heritage buildings from the street front windows.

Happy Hour: 3pm-5pm
Monthly specials, including Nachos and two beers for $19.99 or Nachos and Casear for $17.99

Sprout: This bright, modern plant based eatery is tucked away on Ward Street. Discover new healthy dishes from their nicely curated menu. Who knew veggies could be so good?!

Happy Hour: 3pm-5pm
$5 draft
$5 cauliflower wings

Vault: Watch the game or savour the waterfront views? The choice is yours at Nelson’s newest sports bar in the Prestige Lakeside Resort. Take your pick of local or import beers on tap, and your favourite game on the big screen TVs.

Happy Hour: 4pm-6pm
$5 Drinks
25% Off Appies  

Yum Son: Where Vietnamese cuisine meets modern flair. This trendy bistro feels lively yet relaxed, and offers up creative takes on traditional favourites. Don’t miss the steamed buns or pho.

Happy Hour: 3pm-5pm
$10 wings
$2 off cocktails

Backroads Brewing Co: This lively brewpub in the heart of Nelson has been packed since it opened in 2017. Their First Descent Northwest IPA is a hop heads delight, and a rotating series of beers keeps things fresh. Small snacks available, but you’re welcome to bring in your own eats.  

Nelson Brewing Company: This venerable local institution has been brewing legendary organic ales for years, but their tap room is still shiny new. Sample their exclusive releases on site and enjoy freshly baked goods from the Knotty Baker and cured meats from Chez Totoche. Tasting Room open from 2pm-8pm, Monday-Saturday. 

Torchlight Brewing Co.: The passionate brewing team is always serving up creative beers at this friendly brewpub near the water. The modern warehouse atmosphere features board and arcade games complemented by a rotating display of art. Great pub food, including multiple pies, dips, and mac & cheese varieties.  

Coal Oil Johnny’s Pub: No après-ski list is complete without a shout out to the only pub on the hill at Whitewater. Warm, welcoming and always lively, this is exactly what après-ski is all about. Grab a locally brewed pint, anything off the menu (it’s all awesome) and unwind after a day on the slopes.



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