Food & Nightlife

Food & Nightlife

The range of restaurants and bars at Red Mountain and Rossland is not substantial, but is pretty good for a small town. Rossland has more cafes, restaurants and bars than Red Mountain. There are also options in Trail, but why would anyone want to leave the beautiful Rossland?

Red Mountain Restaurants In addition to Sour Dough Alley and Paradise Lodge for day-time fare, Rafter’s Lounge in the day lodge has a casual dining menu for après ski appetizers or evening (Wednesday to Saturday only), and they also have a children’s menu.

Gabriella’s has an extensive menu of Mediterranean and Italian cuisine such as pasta, paella, bruschetta, seafood and steak. This restaurant affords great value for money. The yummy desserts are also incredibly well priced so try and save room. If you’ve really worked up an appetite on the slopes, then try the famous “Trips for 2 around Italy”, a six-course meal that covers six different regions of Italy. Mama Mia! Gabriella’s is open from 4pm for après too.

Rossland Restaurants Rossland has lots of day time cafes. Rush Coffee Lounge at the Prestige Hotel is good to grab a quick coffee and baked goods. The gem of Rossland is Clansey’s Café in the main street. It is fantastic for breakfast or lunch, has a huge menu, and is really, really cheap. They have complimentary wireless internet which just adds to the bargain.

For evening dining, the gold treasure of Rossland is Idgie’s (1999 2nd Avenue). Many people had recommended this restaurant to us, but in deciphering the Canadian accent we couldn’t quite figure out whether they were describing it as a “garlic” or “gaelic” restaurant. One quick scan of the menu and it was easy to realise that garlic is a common ingredient on the fabulously fine menu that makes you salivate. Examples on the menu include halibut with pecan maple sauce; and chicken with goats cheese, strawberries and spinach draped in roasted garlic white wine sauce. Considering that nearly everything has garlic in it, you know that it’s great for the immune system, and it’s the perfect place for a boys’ night out. The desserts are awesome and thankfully they don’t have garlic in them. 

Behind Idgie’s is Misty Mountain Pizza where they use the leftover garlic. They sell quality take-away pizzas and also deliver.

At the Prestige Hotel is another Gabriella’s restaurant. The setting is intimate and cosy with very chic décor, and the menu incorporates the fabulous Italian fare that Gabriella’s is famous for.

Another good restaurant in Rossland is the Drift Izakaya (Japanese).

For something a bit different, Le Petite Fromage is an evening dining experience where a group cross-country skis for about half an hour to a remote cabin. The rustic cabin has a woodstove and candlelit tables, where a 3 course cheese and chocolate fondue dinner is served. Like everything in Rossland, this experience costs about a third of the price it would in Whistler. Make the most of it! 

Bars & Nightlife Red Mountain Rafter’s Lounge in the base lodge is a great place for après. The rustic and jovial atmosphere is rather enticing, and it’s tempting to order jug after jug of beer and settle in for the evening. If you get hungry in between drinks, they have appetizers and casual meals (Wednesday to Saturday).

The Rock Cut Pub and Restaurant is open for lunch, après, and dinner. It has a pool table, an outdoor fire, and has live music and acts during winter. It is located on the opposite side of the highway from the Red Resort, so it’s walking distance from the village accommodation, but not really stumbling distance so don’t drink too much!

Rossland Bars & Nightlife The Flying Steamshovel has a long history and essentially is “the pub” in town. It’s a great place for après, dinner or evening drinking festivities.

A smaller cosier bar is the Uptown Lodge at the Prestige Hotel. This is far from your average hotel bar, as various locals frequent the bar which adds to the character somewhat.