By Noah Murray
Looking for someplace to drink downtown? No worries, these best Edmonton bars provide the best atmosphere for downing shots with your buddies.
Whether you want to lounge around, enjoy cosmopolitans or drink beer with the guys, these places will provide a large selection of alcohol and house specials to your liking.
We’ve picked spots in particular that rank high amongst partygoers and people who frequent bars — usually because these places have good prices for drinks and most fun happy hours. Anyway, without further ado, here are the best Edmonton bars!
1. Black Dog Freehouse
|ADDRESS||10425 82 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 2A1|
|CONTACT DETAILS||780-439-1082 | [email protected]|
First on our list of the best Edmonton bars is Black Dog Freehouse.
They offer affordable drinks and Edmonton’s only 2nd-level, garden setting, full-service patio that overlooks Whyte Avenue. They also have a lower-level room for private functions and celebrating parties with friends.
They have weekly specials that slash off prices on highballs, Big Rock Pints, Sleeman Honey Brown or AGD, and more. The fun atmosphere of this place and slashed-price alcohol puts them here as one of the best Edmonton bars.
- Weekly Specials
- PRivate areas for parties available
- Wide selection of drinks
Find out why customers enjoy this place:
The Black Dog is my favourite place for a pint of beer in all of Edmonton. Open from 2PM to 2AM every day of the week, it is home to the most interesting cross-section of patrons one could imagine. The bar tenders are all friendly, honest, and great conversationalists. As a bonus, you can almost always get a pint of beer for $4, and on Sundays, Big Rock pints are only $3.75, which make them the same price as when I was an undergrad! Highly recommended.
—Sandy Cooper, Google Reviews
the black dog is the best bar in the city. excellent staff, good prices, and very good views. it attracts all kinds of people, but the vibe is friendly and fun. if you want to go to a bar (ie., order a drink from a bartender, no servers no food) this is the bar you want to be at.
—Jack Speyside, Google Reviews
|ADDRESS||10132 100 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5J 0N8|
|CONTACT DETAILS||780-757-4100 | [email protected]|
Woodwork offers premium drinks in a relaxing joint. They offer the experience of sitting in a rustic place and sipping good alcohol. They focus mainly on wood-fired cooking and barrel-aged spirits to go with the laid-back theme.
They accept reservations for those who want to have private celebrations. With incredible offerings as well as a good place where one can simply let loose, they’re a good pick for one of the best Edmonton bars.
- Huge selection of alcohol
- Reservations available
- Gift Cards available
Check out what makes them so beloved for customers:
A dinner at woodwork is cozy and very much alive. The tables are a bit small and close to one another;but makes for a intimate setting if you’re out with a significant other. The menu aren’t large and may present little choice for vegetarians/vegan patron. However, the food they do offer is very delicious and definitely worth a visit.
—Wei Lang Chan, Google Reviews
The food is great. Michelin star quality food basically. The servers are great or ours was. Big or substantial selection for drinks and beverages. Comfy, cozy, and modern feel to the restaurant while also being traditional or old at same time. Really great value. I’m definitely happy I choose to come here and eat with partner and friend. A great addition to Edmonton restaurants for sure and a cut above many. I recommend reservation for busy days and times (weekend).
—Andrea Goodwin, Google Reviews
|ADDRESS||11957 Jasper Avenue NW Edmonton, AB|
|CONTACT DETAILS||+1 780-756-4570|
Clementine is a classy cocktail bar that offers plenty of great choices for drinks. The interiors are interesting too, inspired by early 20th century French Art Nouveau.
Their barchow and snacks consist of charcuterie, deviled eggs, smoked salmon and many other dishes that you can eat in one bite. If you want somewhere a little more high-end and elegant, this is the place to go have fun with friends.
With their selection of wonderful wines and great customer service, they’re one of our picks for the best Edmonton bars.
- Great selection of wines
- Great ambiance
- Wide menu offers
Find out why customers enjoy this place:
The cocktails are always great. The Amazon is my favourite and I find myself craving it on the regular it’s so tasty! I love the try before you die promo and think it’s such a fun way to explore the world of cocktails. I always bring people here when I want to treat them to a great drink. It’s a bit pricey for me come in on a regular basis but for a treat or special occasion I’m happy to spend my dollars here.
—Alana Campbell , Google Reviews
A friend and I went to Clementine for the first time this past week, in the evening. We were seated between two tables that were rather close together. It was quite hard to hear in there with the din of the restaurant and our noisy table neighbours. The server was kind enough to move us to a table near the window when opportunity arose.
When our server first came around to ask for our drink order we had barely just gotten the menus. It took another 10 minutes for him to come back and get our order after that. The drinks took a while to arrive after we ordered them, but that was to be expected, due to their complexity. Mine, “Caballa,” was elegantly served in a whisky glass with a blackened orange. It was delightfully smoky. My friend’s drink which was more tropical in nature was served in an amusing parrot mug.
Our beef shin came out first. It was served with the freshest peas, pickled carrots and buttery mushrooms – a delightful flavor combination. The sourdough rye pancake with ham was sinfully saucy with its clover honey and swiss chard. I can see why this is a staple on their menu. It was comfort food classed up.
I would go back – I would love to try the rye sourdough tartine – a dish that has been on the menu since opening, and the pork rillons dish. Yum!
—Ellen W, Google Reviews
4. The Common
|ADDRESS||9910 109st Edmonton, Alberta|
|OPERATING HOURS||Wednesday — Thursday|
3pm — late
Friday – Saturday
The Common is one of those places where you can hang out after work and grab a pint. They have seasonal offerings and the alcohol they order comes in small batches (they also have local and imported beers).
They also do mixes of herbal, vintage and modern cocktails, spirits and wines. They aim to provide an eclectic area with a relaxing atmosphere where one can enjoy both traditional and novel drinks.
Their well-maintained place, delicious offerings, and excellent customer service puts them in a spot on this list of the best Edmonton bars.
- Relaxing atmosphere
- Wide selection of menu items
- Small batch alcohol
Take a look at what people are saying about their service:
Great spot for after-work drinks, fancy foods, and retro tunes on the weekend. The kitchen serves fresh takes on bar food classics like burgers and nachos, complemented with plenty of vegan and gluten-free options. The basement features an event location that can also be rented. Always nice staff.
—Rita Neyer, Google Reviews
Great location, selection of food (lots of vegan options available) and awesome service! I really like that the space is good for accommodating large groups think: stagettes, office parties, etc I went here for a xmas party with about 10 people, we had a spacious booth, and our sever Marcel was fantastic! The Common also accepts reservations on weekends which I found that a lot of other places in the city do not. We were also all expecting one bill with an auto gratuity added (which we wouldn’t have minded) but our server surprised us by splitting our bills. As a former server, I was impressed and happy with this!
—Nikki H, Google Reviews
5. The Bothy Wine & Whisky Bar
|ADDRESS||780-761-1761 | [email protected]|
|CONTACT DETAILS||5482 Calgary Trail NW, Edmonton, AB T6H 4J8,|
Next on our list of the best Edmonton bars is The Bothy Wine and Whisky Bar.
Their restaurant offers charcuterie boards and cheese platters along with Scottish cuisine. They boast over 200 different single malts (and counting), over 16 wines by glass.
With weekly specials during Wednesdays and Thursdays, they offer good food, great drinks, and a welcoming atmosphere that shows off Scottish hospitality locally.
Their desserts and meals are also good — they tickle the palate and bring comfort to those who want something new yet filling and comforting for hungry bellies. Wash it all down with premium beers, ales, lagers, or some wine.
- High-quality alcohol
- Accepts reservations
- Good rates
Take a look at what people are saying about their service:
I had the steak sandwich with carrot and ginger soup and unequivocally this was THE BEST STEAK SANDWICH I EVER HAD. The meal and the service from Chris was Michelin Star worthy! This is truly one of Edmonton’s hidden culinary gems! Highly recommend this great local restaurant!
—Kenward Wong, Google Reviews
I absolutely love wine. I love the atmosphere that goes with a great wine place, and when it’s combined with exceptional service and quality bottles and glasses, well that’s when you get to Bothy.If you’re looking for a date night to just go out and have some fantastic appetizers and some incredible wine, surrounded by an atmosphere that is warm and cozy, I had a recommend this place.
—Doug Griffiths, Google Reviews
6. Evolution Wonderlounge
|BEST FOR||Gay Bar|
|ADDRESS||10220 103 St NW Edmonton Alberta T5J 0Y8|
|CONTACT DETAILS||Phone: (780) 424-0077|
Email: [email protected]
|OPERATING HOURS||Wednesday 7:00 pm | Thursday – Sunday: 8:00 pm|
Evolution is Edmonton’s only club serving the LGBTQIA+ community year round. Drag and Burlesque Entertainments usually happen.
EVO is very proud to be active in the community. Ever since 2013, over $250,000 has left the venue to go back to groups and causes such as Red Cross, Cancer Research, HIV Edmonton, Canadian mental Health Association, and more.
- Celebrates Pride everyday
- Serves LGBTQIA+ members
- Drag and Burlesque
7. Kelly’s Pub
|BEST FOR||Food and Drinks|
|ADDRESS||10156 104 St, Edmonton|
|CONTACT DETAILS||(780) 451-8825|
|OPERATING HOURS||Sun – Wed: 12pm-10pm|
Thur: 12pm – 12am
Fri – Sat: 12pm – 2am
Kelly’s Pub was originated in 2002 by an aspiring flight attendant Kelly. You can meet your friends, close business deals, and watch sports in this pub.
You can pair your drinks with their delicious meals that your tastebuds will surely enjoy. Your sports addiction is also supported by their TVs all day long.
- Ride to the Eskimos game on their cheese wagon
- Delicious meal
- Wide variety of beverages
And our list for the best Edmonton bars comes to an end! Whether you want some malty beer, mai-tais or Sauvignon Blanc, these places are great for catching a post-work drink or clinking glasses during happy hour.
Are there any other great options that we missed, though? Send us a message and we’ll update the article promptly.
And what if you want to bring the party to your home? Well, lucky you! We’ve got a long list of the best alcohol delivery in Edmonton to get you started!