Bar Oso | Dining in Whistler

Bar Oso screams hip, fun, and gorgeous food. As part of Vancouver's TopTable Group, Bar Oso is just what Whistler needs. A place for gathering with friends for après, to enjoy not only very good tapas but top notch beverages ranging from wines to cocktails and so much more. Finally the restaurant scene in Whistler is climbing its way up to more-than-mediocre standards. Bar Oso definitely brings a finer side of dining to Whistler, even when it's simply a bar for small plates. Their charcuterie board (fresh & cured board) is absolutely massive but it is without a doubt a must-have. You get a mix of salumis, pâté, rillette, terrine, cheese and more. Their classic pintxos include anchovies, spanish omelette and of course Iberico ham. There's a great mix of seafood and meat, and vegetarian options; something for everyone! As for handcrafted beverages, their gin + tonic list is certainly unique. BC, UK and Scottish distilleries are all included on the list, sometimes even a mix of the two in one cocktail. The bar is all about using fresh ingredients in their drinks, like their sangria with options of peach or classic red. Of course, craft beers on tap and bottled are available for your enjoyment. If you find yourself up skiing or snowboarding in Whistler, be sure to head into the village to have your après and happy hour at Bar Oso.

Food & Beverage: Brockmans + Phillips Philosopher's Brew Tonic - blueberries, balckberries, murcian orange peel, sweetened tonic with citrus notes of lemongrass and orange peel | Pintxos: gilda - anchovy, olive and piparras and iberico ham - manchego cheese and tomato | Fresh + cured board - house made foie gras parfait, rabbit rillette, pheasant pate, ham hock terrine plus prosciutto san danielle, salami, serrano, chorizo and wagyu bresaola | Beef tartare with aji chillies and chives | chorizo sausage with salsa brava, soft boiled egg and potatoes | Jamon iberico de bellota
Made by: Bar Oso
Location: 150-4222 Village Sq, Whistler BC.

Ohla

Barcelona has so much to offer. From the sites to the food, the drinks and the people - this buzzing city is the heart of Spain. Having stayed at a hotel with the number one bar in all of Barcelona, you couldn't pass on having a drink. The bar tender had been voted one of the best in the world - amazing! Max de la Rocca is renown for making the best cocktails and beverages at the Ohla bar. Many cocktails were tasted and shared amongst us one particular night. PicNic de Jalisco was a sweet and sour mix of passion fruit and marmalade - like a margarita but better. Then there was the Teasing Bee, made of 42 Below Honey vodka, cinnamon syrup, lemon juice, ginger and pineapple juice. Raspberry Mule was one of my favourites. There was a specialty cocktail made with Lavender but he wouldn't tell a soul what he put in it. It was simply delicious (and not too floral might I add). Lastly, my dad's favourite libation is that of the G&T. He only likes it the one way, but Max only made it one way. He was up to try it out, and boy did he ever enjoy it! It was so unique and served in a large tumbler. You could imagine after two of them how you'd feel... My dad described it as, "the best gin and tonic I've ever had."

It was such an experience watching Max create concoctions - you just had to trust his taste. Although it was just him at the bar making the drinks (and it took a little while), it was worth the wait. Max, thank you for such a fantastic experience last summer. I love Barcelona and loved it more when I tasted your signature cocktails.