Edmonton Bars Scene - descriptions, listings and links
If you're looking for a drink after work, or if you're looking to hang out with friends at a quiet lounge, or dance into the night, Edmonton offers much variety. Here are a few suggestions:
Whyte Ave/Old Strathcona
A weekend favorite of many is Old Strathcona. Its close to both downtown and the University of Alberta. This neighbourhood is especially busy when the Fringe Festival is held each August. A couple of popular places (from east to west) are: Back Room Vodka Bar, Mickey Finn's Tap House, and O'byrnes Irish Pub. For jazz, stop in at Blues On Whyte, with a Saturday afternoon jam session. For country music, Cook Country Saloon is one of Edmonton's best (and often voted Canada's best) country bar.
West Edmonton Mall
The world's biggest shopping mall has a ton of variety for nightlife, mostly focused on its famous Bourbon Street. You can go for dinner in one of many restaurants featuring a broad range of cuisines, from Cajun to Italian to Thai. And there's a variety of places to quench your thirst and meet with friends, including Hooters (with its very fit waitresses in the trademark orange shorts). For a selection of English beers head to the Sherlock Holmes Pub. You can make it an interactive evening at Ed's (formerly "Red's"), take in stand-up comics at Rick Bronson's The COmic Strip, or take in a dinner theatre show at Jubilations.
Downtown Edmonton, with the recent revitalization of Grant McEwan College, is always changing its nightlife. Old standbys like The Sidetrack Cafe bring live jazz and blues groups. Rose Bowl is another long-time restaurant and lounge that has many regulars. While these downtown mainstays are perennial favorites, there are always new places opening up.
West End/Stony Plain Road
The Mustang Saloon provides a fun atmosphere with plenty of live country music. The Road House in the Continental Inn draws a party crowd. Santannas Nite Club is another popular classic rock bar with both dancing and pool.
The North Side, which has seen major new development within the last fews years, is home to a large portion of Edmonton's nightlife. The Sands Motor Inn, J.J.'s and Rock Central attract a live music crowd. At the city's northeast area is The Edge, a club that attracts a younger crowd. In St. Albert, Yesterday's Lounge is a popular spot.
University of Alberta
The Power Plant is popular with students & non-students for its good reasonably-priced food and drinks.