A Guide to Downtown Edmonton's Best Bars, Pubs & Lounges
Part of the appeal of living in the downtown core is the proximity to some of Edmonton’s most vibrant bars, pubs, and lounges. Downtown Edmonton’s great selection of bars is a great way to end a long workday, unwind with your crew or meet new people.
We’ve put together a list of some of the best places downtown Edmonton has to offer to quench your thirst.
Dockside Pub & Grill
One of the closest to Symphony tower is a quaint tavern on 100 Avenue just east of 105 Street. Serving traditional pub fare and brews, Dockside Pub & Grill is a great place to let your hair down and croon out a little karaoke. If billiards are your thing, pool tables are available as well. Be sure to try the perogies or the loaded stack of nachos!
Cask & Barrel
Located on 104 Street at 100 Avenue is a cozy venue offering an extensive selection of beers, wines, and spirits. Bar snacks, sharezies, and dietary-conscious main courses—gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan options—are just the introduction to the menu at Cask & Barrel. Crafty martinis, fancy cocktails, and of course a variety of whiskeys are the features here. Cask & Barrel is the ultimate comfort in a home away from home.
If you haven’t been to Mercer Tavern yet, you must give it a go! You’ve likely driven past it many times - located across from Rogers Place and at the crown of the Neon Sign Museum, it’s hard to miss. Mercer offers mouthwatering, chef-crafted fare and an enormous selection of unique beer and spirit options. If you’re craving nibbles, they currently offer take-home kits for appetizers, pizzas, barbecue, and even cocktails.
The Wine Room
Dubbed Edmonton’s most unique wine bar, The Wine Room is an award-winning venue with the ambiance of an elegant Italian wine cellar. Designed with natural wood décor, antique ironwork and custom features, enjoy a wide selection of wines in a comfortable setting. Whether you’re a beginner wine lover or a connoisseur, the Wine Room is an ideal place to try out some new flavours.
Speaking of Italian wine, Bar Bricco is part of a trio of restaurants serving upscale Italian wine and fare in an upscale setting. Its partner establishments, Corso 32 and Uccellino, are directly adjacent and serve a local interpretation of authentic Italian cuisine. The wine list is exclusively Italian, and the pairing is superb. Using the highest quality ingredients and contemporary techniques, Bar Bricco presents unique Italian flavours to its patrons.
Match Eatery & Public House
Located on 104 Avenue at 102 Street, Match combines traditional pub fare with the energy of a lively sports bar. Enjoy your favourite draft or glass of wine with handcrafted pizza or drool-worthy steak while cheering on your team. Watch the neighbourhood, you might even find their food truck wafting luscious aromas through the area.
Craft Beer Market
If you’ve ever wanted so many choices of lagers you feel like you’re floating, Craft Beer Market is your destination. Not only is the ambiance vibrant and welcoming, but their burgers are hand-smashed with local beef, their ice cream sandwiches house-made, and their nachos come in a barrel! They even have slushy cocktails, exclusively served on their rooftop patio.
Edmonton’s downstairs wine and cheese bar is in the basement of the historic Philips Lofts building on 104 Street. Offering artisanal cheeses to pair with your wine, beer or espresso, enjoy the ambiance of old France in an intimate, brick-walled bar. Cavern also offers charcuterie boards, sandwiches, salads, and small plates served with baguettes. Try the Pimm’s Cup, a cocktail crafted with gin, strawberry mint tea, ginger ale, and cucumber.
Finding the perfect place to enjoy great food, excellent wine, and maybe even take in a game is not a challenge in downtown Edmonton. A vibrant, lively part of town, the city’s core is dotted with endless fantastic spaces for a quick bite, an intimate dinner, and of course, expertly crafted cocktails.