The capital of Alberta is home to one of the most vibrant culinary scenes in the province, and its bar scene soars high too. Visit these best bars in Edmonton for a great time and even better cocktail.
Take a seat and unwind on a night out in this beautiful and creative city.
Best bars in Edmonton, Alberta
Strathcona is not only Edmonton’s first distillery but the smallest in all of North America too. The intimate millennial pink building was outfitted for live music too, though they need all the space they have for casks these days. The eclectic shop makes vodka, seaberry gin and a juniper barrel-aged gin that is truly amazing.
The distillery is open for tours and tastings but go in to see what cocktails they’re currently crafting with their own spirits.
Pip is a cozy 28-seat brunch and dinner restaurant. Everything from the food to the drinks is expertly crafted here, so the cocktails are always top-notch. The drink menu includes beer and wine as well as classics and signature drinks too. For a dangerously drinkable cocktail, order the Sweet&Easy which features bourbon, green tea simple syrup and peach bitters.
Bündok is a dimly lit, intimate restaurant with a great drink list. The wine menu is quite extensive and select beer and ciders are also available. The cocktail menu is focused and expertly executed. Get the Piña de Feugo for a margarita spin-off with a kick to warm you up.
This French-Scandanavian café fuses the two cuisines together using locally-sourced ingredients in a greenhouse-like setting. There’s a comprehensive wine menu and a curated beer and cider menu too. The cocktails are complex, modern spins on classics as well as a few original concoctions. Go on Wednesday nights for drink specials, a small plate menu and exclusive, specialty cronuts.
Bar Bricco is all things Italy, so expect a superb wine list here. The service is friendly and prompt, and the staff is very knowledgable. There is a global beer menu and a solid grappa selection. Naturally, an Apérol spritz is on the cocktail menu, but other cocktails made with Italian bitters or champagne are welcome choices too.
Try the Rome With A View which is a refreshing Campari number with orange, lime, dry vermouth and soda.
If you’re looking for variety, this is the place to go. They serve a menu of 25 classic cocktails to “try before you die” on Tuesdays, but the standard menu covers plenty of ground as it is. They have everything from beer and cider to apertifs and digestifs as well as an absinthe menu. Order a Harvest cocktail, however, for something different.
This streamlined bar features an outdoor patio and a dance floor for burning off the vegan street food bar bites. There’s tons of beer and strong mixed drinks to choose from. Go for a nightcap and a late-night snack.