One night on the village
We spent two nights at Blue Mountain Resort in Ontario a few weeks ago (read our daytime blog here) but really only had one night to spend out. We decided to try three different places in one night to get a feel for the village and the food. We picked Twist Martini & Wine Bar for an appie and a cocktail, Magnone’s Italian Kitchen for dinner and MJ Byrnes Irish Pub for dessert and an aperitif. We were impressed that most of the restaurants in the village are open during the whole off-season. Whistler could take a bit of a lesson here.

Twist Martini & Wine Bar – Nice marble bar with comfortable high back bar seats. Great martini list with mostly gin and vodka options but a few rum, tequila and sparkling options as well. 

Twist Martini & Wine Bar – Scallops with cabbage and pea shoots. The idea of the cabbage served underneath the scallops seemed a bit strange but I thought it was actually very good. (Jeff was not much of a fan though). The scallops were cooked well and the bartender/server was friendly and fast.

Magnone’s Italian Kitchen – We were the only table at Magnon’s and the server was a bit dis-engaged. She was busy talking to the only cook and making plans for after we left. The decor was nice though – a dark wood with brick walls and nice chandeliers.  

Magnone’s Italian Kitchen – The food at Magnon’s was very good. We ordered a proscuitto, parma and mozzarella pizza and Pappardelle Alfredo and shared them both. The wine list was not very large and was all from Italy. We were hoping to try an Ontario red since we were in the region. Maybe next time. 

MJ Byrnes Irish Pub – After dinner (and since it was only 9pm) we stopped at the Irish Pub – MJ Byrnes for dessert. This establishment is another one in which you could swear you were in Whistler. Even the menu reminded us of Dubh Linn Gate. The bartender was great! He gave us the best directions to get to the Toronto airport the next day and was chatty and friendly. That could also be because there was only 4 other people in the pub and one was a server.

MJ Byrnes Irish Pub – The apple pie crust was a bit heavy and dry but the filling was really good. Lots of cinnamon and another spice that we couldn’t quite name, but the flavour was good.

It is not likely that we will be back in the Blue Mountain area any time soon but we did enjoy the village and would like to try some of the other restaurants too. It was nice that everything was open despite the lack of snow. Whistler village take note.

Jeff & Tara Ciecko of CK Golf Solutions write two blogs on their website, one is their 19th Hole Blog where they share personal experiences and the Biz Blog where they share business best practices and golf industry related opinions. They have owned CK Golf Solutions for 5 years and provide marketing, social media and business services to the golf and other industries.