Best of Whistler 2012: Bars, Clubs and pubs 

Best of Whistler 2012 - Bars, Clubs and Pubs

Best of Whistler 2012 - Bars, Clubs and Pubs

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Other noteworthy cool kids can be found at Citta Bistro and the Dubh Linn Gate.

Best Local DJ

Whistler loves its DJs. Head on over to our listings section a few pages from here and you'll see an endless array of booty-shakin' DJ parties. But out of all that top-notch talent voters chose  Mat the Alien  as their pick of 2012. Spinning a crowd-pleasing mix of dubstep, glitch-hop and drum and bass, Mat keeps the party going throughout the week all winter long. Coming in second place is Tim Livingstone with Ace MacKay Smith, a.k.a. Foxy Moron, nipping at his heels.

Best Live Act

Live music is at the heart of a great night out. It sets the mood, rouses listeners to their feet and provides the soundtrack for a party.

 The Hairfarmers  swept the Best Live Musician category for their epic and frequent performances. But the real secret behind their win: loving their job.

"You have to love playing live, the music, the performing the people — all of it— and that will come through in your performance," says Greg "Grateful Greg" Reamsbottom. "(Our fans) continued support really means a lot, and we'll keep playing our butts off for them until we drop. We couldn't do it without you!"

Fiddle guitar duo Ruckus Deluxe, meanwhile, took second place while rock-reggae staple Kostaman came in third.

Best Patio

We know your mind is on the snowy, snowy mountains, but cast it back to summer for a second. Remember lounging in the sunshine, enjoying a pint or even late dinner? The setting for this distant memory was probably one of the several restaurant patios in Whistler. For Pique readers one spot in particular stands out: the patio at  Citta' Bistro .

"Winning best patio in Whistler is an honour considering how many patios there are," says Scott Gadsby, general manager at the bistro. "I feel like our location, with 16 heaters, awnings, wind shelters and HD TV make our guest experience as comfortable and entertaining as possible."

Best Place to See a Live Act

Great concert venues take care of a couple basic senses: sight and sound.

The  Garibaldi Lift Co.  has won best live concert venue again this year for keeping this in mind while pulling big name acts into their cozy venue. "The acoustics in the room are great and there's a lot of great sightlines," says manager Mike Wilson. "There's not a bad seat in the house."

The talent isn't too shabby either. This year, they managed to get everyone from Xavier Rudd to Beats Antique to hop on their stage. "A lot of times people have access to a band that plays bigger venues in the city in a more intimate setting here," Wilson adds. "We want to try and put on great shows here and take chances on some new stuff."

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