Revelstoke

Revelstoke after dark

RICK MACDONNELL

REVESTOKE, BC — You've had a great morning and afternoon cutting some stellar lines up at Revelstoke Mountain Resort. It's four o'clock, you're starving, and you're trying to figure out what you and your friends are going to do for the night.

Enter Rockford and Outabounds.

For an absolutely killer apres, there's really no better option in Revy than Rockford wok/bar/grill. It's located just steps away from the gondola, and has just the right amount of class to relax in while still wearing your ski gear.

"With Rockford you can expect not just a restaurant, not just a bar," said Jennifer Morrison, the bar manager. "We're fine dining, but casual. If people want to come in for a burger and a coke, they absolutely can. If people want to get a 14 oz. ribeye steak with a glass of wine, then they can do that, too. We try to adapt to everybody."

Little plates for big appetites 

For our apres feast, our group settled on a collection of share plates that included Edamame (wok-tossed green beans in garlic-chili oil and sea salt), chicken wings, steamed potstickers (oh my god), and some tortilla chips with palmito dip. Each dish was fantastic, and didn't stay on the table for long. With us, you eat fast or you don't eat at all.

Rockford restaurant, Revelstoke, British Columbia Canada
Enjoy some quick apres fuel with the Rockford's little plates in Revelstoke, British Columbia.
RICK MACDONNELL/SnowSeekers

"We get a lot of compliments on our share plates. They really allow for a more social environment, which is what we wanted to do here." 

The Rockford recently opened this past Christmas to nothing but rave reviews. An apres bar this close to the hill was something that was sorely needed in Revelstoke.

"Thankfully that's not a problem anymore," Morrison said. "And our menu can really accommodate anybody. Everyone's very welcoming here, it's very comfortable, and you really can't find a better staff in Revelstoke."

Hit the dance floor

Once apres is finished, there's still another five or six hours left in your day. Since the hill's closed, you have to find somewhere else to spend your time. If you're looking to hit the dance floor and grab a few drinks, look no further than Outabounds.

Formerly the Rockpit, Outabounds has been extensively renovated over the past year and a half to become Revelstoke's number one nightlife experience. New owners Ron Giesbrecht and Ajay Schoen have made it their mission to give the town a clean, safe environment to party hard in.

"The previous nightclub had a pretty bad name," said Tyler Hopkins, security manager at Outabounds. "It was a pretty shady place, with a lot of drug use and drug sale. Ron and Ajay's number one goal was to eradicate those problems, which they have. The RCMP really like us for that."

Live music

Outabounds, currently transitioning into a more apres-friendly lounge, contains Revelstoke's best dance floor, and regularly brings in the best DJs North America has to offer. Every so often, Outabounds hosts some off-continent entertainment, as evidenced by The Stafford Brothers – native Australians – who put on an amazing show the night we were there. I haven't seen dancing like this in a long, long time.

"We also have pool tables, video darts, foosball, and classic arcade games," Hopkins said. "On Thursdays we play ski and snowboard videos on all of our screens. Wednesday, we work with The Last Drop (a nearby pub), where we offer a late night drink special after the Drop's open mic night. And in February, we're going to be starting karaoke nights."

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