If you want to head out on the town and raise more cups than Wayne Gretzky did in the 80’s, then we have got you covered. Neighbourhood pubs, old classic watering holes, and new brewery tasting rooms – there’s plenty to choose from when looking for a place to whet your whistle in the City of Champions. Here are the top places to grab a local pint in E-Town.
Four Locations: Whyte Ave (10307 82 Ave NW), Downtown (10125 109 St NW), Bourbon Street - West Edmonton Mall (8882 170 St), South Common (2104 99 St NW)
Of course we have to start with the institution itself. Hudsons is to Edmonton as Big Ben is to London. It’s a national symbol, and the nation is Oil Country. As the unofficial headquarters for the hockey night in Canada crew (particularly when the Oilers made that improbable Cup run in 2006), the Whyte Avenue location is the most famous. But three other locations have spread across the city, spreading the sudsy love. You can get your good ol’ Canadian classics, or try some of the house beers on tap like the Lumberjack Lager, Bale House Ale (light amber), and a seasonal Discovery Collection brew.
10308 – 81 Ave
Ok, we have a serious situation here. A new brewery pub that opened up just around the corner from Whyte Avenues centre, smack dab next to good old Hudsons. Open since May of 2016, this new kid on the block has a cool vibe, witnessed right away by the décor and open windows showing off their silver beer casks in the adjacent room. All the beer created here is poured here, and some good nibbles accompany nicely, like the Carnitarian pizza or the Angry Bison. Try some of the craft beer on tap like the Declan’s Irish Stout, the WTF – Raspberry, or my personal fave: Afternooner Tea Saison. Breaking news: New brewpub puts the ‘blitz’ in Wolf Blitzer.
Three locations: Downtown (10012-101 A Ave), Bourbon Street - West Edmonton Mall (8882-170 St.), Campus (8519-112 St.)
It’s elementary my dear Watson. You don’t have to sleuth around too much to find a classic pub with a good vibe. If it’s a Weekend night, then the downtown & West Edmonton Mall locations both have live music beginning at 9pm. So it’s a great place to grab a pint, make new friends and then jam out to some sweet tunes. The deep fried pickles are a pretty accompaniment too.
Five Locations: Summerside (1140 91 St. SW), Oliver Square (11620 104th Ave), Meadowlark (West Edmonton) (15820 87th Ave), Century Park (South Edmonton) (2335 111 St.), Castledowns (South Edmonton) (15327 Castledowns Rd).
One of Alberta’s longest-standing local breweries, it dates back to 1989, prior to the small batch craft beer brewery. Fro its humble beginnings, Brewsters has expanded to five locations, meaning that wherever you are, you’re not too far away from one. You’ve got to check out the locally crafted beers on tap like Rig Pig Pale Ale, Curly Horse IPA, or the Oilberta Stout. Quintessentially Alberta in a bottle… or pint.
3 locations in Edmonton Area: 5015 111 St NW (Southgate), 1237 Windermere Way SW, 10065 Jasper Ave (Downtown)
So you want to catch the big game on a screen and you want some atmosphere that’s familiar, yet still has a bit of a scene to it. Well then check out State & Main downtown on Jasper Ave. A sleek and modern interior but with tons of screens, no table is out of view from the action. Yet you don’t have to feel as though you’re in a grungy sports bar either. There’s an after work crowd and a vibe that follows any big sporting match, no matter the sport. So pull up a stool, grab a pint of Guinness with some good grub, and get ready to yell at the TV screen with your new nest friends.