Like most cities its size, Edmonton has a thriving bar scene boasting bars, pubs and nightclubs for every taste. But how do you decide which are worth your time and which are only worth passing on? Not everyone enjoys the divey old man bars or the pretentious nightclub scene that major cities come equipped with. Edmonton’s downtown core has many such bars, making it a challenge to decide which are worth your time and money. What follows is a list of bars in downtown Edmonton that have something interesting to offer its patrons. Whether it’s a good beer list, good food, or great happy hour deals these bars are worth your time.
Located at 10125-109 St., The Pint is consistently one of downtown Edmonton’s busier pubs. The Pint is one of those huge faux English pubs every city has, decorated with dark wood and hot waitresses. With its menu and happy hour offers it’s not hard to see why this place is so busy. Even though the beer list is limited, they do offer some imports on tap. And $4.00 pints during happy hour makes it hard to refuse a pint of Guinness or Newcastle. In addition to the $4.00 pints, The Pint has rotating daily deals on food during happy hour.
Just to the west of Edmonton’s downtown core, sits Metro Billiards at 10250-106 St. Although their happy hour specials aren’t quite as good as those offered by the Pint, Metro Billiards still has something to offer. First, Metro has an amazing best beer list. Second, they offer these great beers without overcharging patrons (even though the prices could come down a little). Metro Billiards also boasts a worthwhile menu filled with good food that’s on for a decent price. And, in case you couldn’t guess by the name, Metro Billiards has dozens of pool tables available by the hour should you and your friends be in a competitive mood.
On the edge of downtown is a branch of Brewster’s, one of Edmonton’s only brewpubs. In operation for over twenty years now, Brewster’s offers a fairly solid line-up of house made beer and really decent food. In addition to their regular line-up Brewster’s offers a selection of rotating seasonals which are usually this author’s favorites. What makes Brewster’s worth visiting is a solid menu, reasonable prices, and a rotating daily food and drink special. And the service? This author has never had bad service at this establishment.
Located just east of Brewster’s is an upscale little wine bar called 4th and Vine. The food is really wonderful here and given how the menu approaches fancier fare, the prices are fairly reasonable. Management includes regular events and tastings for wine and Scotch lovers. If you love good food and fine wine, keep an eye on their scheduled events for tastings and occasional wine dinners. There is one thing that would make 4th and Vine even better, though. If their beer selection was as impressive as their list of wines and scotch 4th and Vine would be even more perfect than it already is.
Located at 11606 Jasper Ave., The Druid has become something of an institution in Edmonton. The Druid is a comfortable space, open and somehow cozy at the same time. The décor gives you a great Irish feel without pounding you over the head with it. The menu is about what you’d expect from an Irish pub, lots of burgers, fish & chips, and traditional Irish fare. The beer list is pretty mainstream but they have great daily specials. And The Druid does have some of western Canada’s better beers and craft brews. Oh, and the food and the prices? The food is righteously tasty and the service is prompt and courteous all around.