So it’s the end of the day, you’ve had a sweet morning of shredding the gnar or enjoying the spectacular views here in Revelstoke. The evening has come and you’d love to wet your whistle at a local watering hole. Even while being a small town, Revelstoke has a large population of young people and an even larger group of young tourists usually looking for a good time and a night out. Revelstoke has a few places to come grab a drink, and if you’re feeling saucy, have a little boogie while you’re at it.
River City Pub/Regent
Affectionately called the Regent by locals and seasoners, River City Pub is located right downtown on First Street and is connected to the Regent Hotel and the 112 restaurant. The Regent offers yummy pub food, good drinks, and local talent. There are also special guest bands who play a wide variety of eclectic music. You might get a folk band, or a metal cover band, or a quirky one-man band dressed in a space suit, but the most memorable performances I’ve seen there is of a violinist who plays beautiful music paired to drum and bass. Usually, these performers are met with a packed house and a cover fee so looked at their facebook page for current and upcoming events and make sure you get there early to avoid disappointment. You will notice a diverse crowd and age range, so if you are looking for a night out this is the place to come have a drink and let your hair down.
The Last Drop
Where the locals flock for casual drinks, often offering live music or DJs, and the best attraction of the week, Trivia on Tuesday nights! The pool is free, food prices are reasonable and there is usually a deal on drinks sure to keep you happy! Two blocks from the regent on 2nd street, the last drop is the adjoining bar to the powder springs hotel. It has sort of a gritty, salt of the earth vibe. Dress code is typically standard casual, apres ski attire and apres ski vibe. They also have 2 dart boards set up and a shuffleboard table; all free to use. The pool table can often have some pretty wicked pool players and you might find a pool tournament going on with the best of the best on Monday nights. There is a variety of pub food there if you’ve missed dinner, and the friendly laid back environment will make you feel like you walked into your local bar from home. Cheers!
Officially the only night club in Revelstoke, Traverse is jam-packed with events and performers. Here, you can find some bigger names coming to town and performing for a sold-out venue. Revelstoke has a pretty strong and varied music scene, which you can appreciate on the dancefloor of Traverse along with other locals and seasoners. If you are a lover of Hip Hop, check out the spot on Thursdays for the legendary Hip Hop Thursdays, sure to get your boogie on. They also come equipped with a pool table if you prefer to enjoy music while playing a game or two. There are 2 bars set up, so you never have to wait too long for a drink and a VIP section with a great view of all the action. Should you be looking for a venue for a private event, Traverse also has you covered; they accommodate your private party in their spacious and modern layout. Check out their facebook page for upcoming events to some of the best performers Revelstoke has to offer! Please note, this venue is only open during winter months.
A few minutes walk from the Regent, the Cabin is a bowling alley and lounge bar that locals love to come to wet their whistles. You can get a game of 5 pins in while sipping on an elaborate cocktail served in an extra large cup, or keep it simple and have a beer while cheering your mates on as they hit a strike, or strike out, whichever is more likely. Even though there are several lanes, bowling can fill up fast, so best to get there early. Or if bowling isn’t really your jam, there is a lounge that often fills up as well and can accommodate small or bigger groups. This has a more laid back vibe if that’s the mood you’re going for with the night, the staff are always friendly, helpful and approachable. So grab a few friends, throw a few balls, and have a great ol’ time!
Big Eddy Pub
Just across the pond, or across the bridge more accurately sits a pub that everyone loves. Big Eddy Pub is renowned for great food, amazing staff and Wednesday night wings. As a pescatarian, Wednesday night wings has become a common invitation, and oftentimes I go because they have a great menu and a comfortable but social atmosphere. Plus, I’ll never say no to a delicious pad thai and cold refreshing beer. You will often find a larger sledder population during the winter months heading to the Big Eddy Pub as it is just along the way back from Boulder mountain where they can be spotted riding until the sun sets and beyond.
The Village Idiot
Well known in and around town as one of the best apres bars, the Village Idiot has a full menu, locally brewed beers and a high energy atmosphere to keep you stoked after a day of riding. The bar itself is decorated with ski themed gear and videos play a loop of epic ski and snowboard videos to keep you jazzed into the night and ready for the next day of shredding the Gnar. Their pizzas are legendary, and the staff are always smiling and making sure your having a good time and your drinks are full. Show up on a Monday for the Vidiots; amateur videos of people doing awesome and epic outdoor activities. The crowd is lively and the “amateur” videos are amazing, it is a can’t miss event!