Dining in Whitewater
Fresh Tracks Cafe (on mountain, upstairs in the main lodge) open until 4pm
With a well-priced, healthy and phenomenally tasty menu, Whitewater’s Fresh Tracks Café is a real surprise. It totally defies the expectations of a typical ski resort café, and serves fresh, imaginative and wholesome meals such as the Ymir Bowl, Fancy Pants Burger and the signature Glory Wrap (spinach, shredded carrot and beet, candied almonds and falafel with tahini dressing wrapped in a flour tortilla!). Downstairs you’ll find Freshies Coffee Bar which serves Nelson’s own Oso Negro coffee, and a selection of home-baked goodies.
Glory Lodge (on mountain, at base of the Glory Ridge Chair) open until 3pm
Aside from the incredible powder, Whitewater's other USP is the quality of its food. The Glory Lodge epitomises this sentiment down to a tee. Serving up delicious pow chow to hungry skiers and riders with dishes such as the exclusive Wild Boar Brat, it’s also renowned for its Glory Lodge Pot Pies. Expect great breakfasts, a stellar lunch menu, a choice of coffees and a range of backroad craft brews too.
Coal Oil Johnny’s Pub (on mountain, in the main lodge) open until 6pm
Unbuckle your boots at the end of another Whitewater epic powder day and kick back in this great après bar. Open from 11am for lunch, it’s after the lifts stop turning that Coal Oil Johnny’s comes into its own with a choice of locally brewed beauties such as Bent Pole IPA and Faceplant Winter Ale.
The General Store Restaurant (downtown Nelson, in the Hume Hotel) open until 9.30pm
This is one of Nelson’s most popular restaurants. Located within the Hume Hotel in central downtown Nelson, it’s open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. If you’re staying overnight at the Hume Hotel, then breakfast is included. Menu highlights include a Prime-Rib dinner, an all-you-can-eat Italian feast and a legendary Sunday Brunch.
Mike’s Place Pub (downtown Nelson, in the Hume Hotel) open until late
A classic Canadian sports bar set on three levels with a huge line-up of both local and BC craft beers, pool tables, darts, foosball and a full menu. The Cajun Convection Wings are a must! Mix with locals and tourists in this fantastic Nelson après bar before heading to the Spiritbar for some live music and dancin’.
Spiritbar (downtown Nelson) open until late
Part nightclub, part après bar, part ticketed music venue, Spiritbar is a venue like no other. Different levels and rooms allow guests to chill, catch up with friends, or dance the night away. Acoustic sets, rock bands and DJ’s have all graced the stage here, and the vibe is friendly and authentic. With its impressive LED lighting array, killer sound system, and unique ambience – Spiritbar is Nelson’s leading entertainment hub.
Uptown Sportsbar (downtown Nelson) open until late
Urban art deco design, a myriad of flat screens, a pool table, great music, huge beer selection and a well thought out menu all helps to make this premium gastropub Nelson’s best sports headquarters. Sit in a classic booth or at the bar, sip your beer, watch the game and re-energize for the next day’s powder adventure.
Louie’s Steakhouse (downtown Nelson) open until late
This is Nelson’s premium fine dining establishment run creatively by award-winning chef Kent Rode. Expect exemplary service and amazing food at this refined restaurant which specializes in signature steaks, specialty pasta, rustic thin crust pizza and fresh seafood. Louie’s also has an impressive range of hand-crafted cocktails, large whisky selection and arguably Nelson’s best wine cellar.