Edmonton has a thriving bar scene in the downtown area full of nightclubs, pubs and bars of all types. Choosing the right one for you is the hardest part because of the many good choices. Some of these bars provide huge beer lists, excellent wine list and great happy hours. Here are some of the best downtown Edmonton bars.
This spot provides an artsy experience because it's found within the Art Gallery of Alberta. You can enjoy a class cocktail from this bar, while enjoying some of the exhibits found within the gallery. If you prefer an upscale drink, this is the place for you.
If you're looking for great happy hour specials, good beer and plenty of billiards, this is the place for you. The beer list may be the best in downtown Edmonton and the menu provides plenty of good food at affordable prices. They also have dozens of pool tables for plenty of good fun.
The Pint may be the busiest pub in downtown Edmonton. They offer an English-style pub with happy hour specials and plenty of good drinks. The beer list is a bit small, but they do carry a few hard-to-find imports on tap. They also have rotating specials on beer and food.
Known as one of the top restaurants in Edmonton, The Common is one of the top spots for an after work cocktail. They offer plenty of unique drinks, along with wine and beer. If you stay long enough, you can even enjoy live music, Karaoke, DJs and more. The Common is also home to the best Truffled Popcorn in the city.
The Druid has become one of the local favourites in Edmonton. This bar is very cozy and the decor provides an Irish feel. They carry many of the mainstream brews and serve traditional Irish fare. They do carry some of the best beers from western Canada and a few other craft beers. The prices are reasonable, as well.
Those enjoying the uniqueness of excellent food and amazing cocktails will enjoy Woodwork. This is a great spot for an after work drink and they serve up some of the best drinks in the city.
Maybe you want to enjoy a book with your drink. If this is the case, the Confederation Lounge found at the Fairmont Hotel MacDonald is a great spot. You will feel like you're in a library with the large comfortable chairs. In the summer, you can even enjoy the beautiful patio. The drinks are not pretentious and include everything from cappuccino to scotch and even excellent martinis.
There are many places to go for an after work drink in downtown Edmonton. However, these spots are some of the best. Give one a try and you might just find that perfect stress relief after a hard day.
All of these bars provide something a little different. They are some of the most popular choices in downtown Edmonton and found on many lists of the best bars in Edmonton.
Edmonton’s Bar Scene is Always Evolving
Edmonton is a city which seems to be in a constant growth phase due in part to the influx of immigrants from all over Canada and the rest of the world and that then ties in with the booming Albertan economy. In a time when jobs and money seem to be scarce elsewhere in the world Edmonton is one of the cities, which seems to have an ample supply of both.
Obviously when you work hard you'll want to play hard and no matter what other city or state you're leaving to relocate to Edmonton from you'll find that the nightlife in our great city will definitely have something to offer you. Even just in the last months of 2012 and early in 2013 the city has seen several new bars and nightclubs open their doors to eager patrons from all over the city.
From a patron’s point of view Edmonton is a great place to go out based on the fact that there are so many great bars and clubs in the city - it means they're constantly vying for your attention and your cash so you get great service as a result. Even with all the stiff competition in the late night industry of the city the bars and clubs of Edmonton have still managed to bring more than 20,000,000 (20 million) fans of late night living through their doors and putting almost $700 million dollars into the local economy as a result - a win-win for everyone involved.
If you want to try something new then we'd recommend trying one of the "shiver rooms" which are really popular here. Never heard of a shiver room? Well once you step inside one you'll understand where they get their name because the bar, seats and even the shot glasses are made out of ice. Don’t worry though because there are parkas and fur coats available from the staff so that you can enjoy the shiver room in some level of comfort.
Even if you're not a drinker as such it's still nice to know that you'll have plenty of late night entertainment when you're living in Edmonton - should you ever want it.
By Justin Havre