When the temperature falls below freezing, there’s no better place to warm up than one of Edmonton’s best winter pubs. These are places where the friendly, inviting atmosphere is sure to keep you toasty while you enjoy a perfectly poured pint and make friends with the regulars. Where offers our picks for the best winter pubs in Edmonton.
1. THE DRUID
This friendly Celtic winter pub on Edmonton’s northwest side introduces patrons to its own brand of Irish culture. There’s a woodsy interior, 18 different brands of draught and a diverse food menu with daily specials.
The Druid, 11606 Jasper Ave., 780-454-9928, thedruidedmonton.com, map and reviews
2. THE SHERLOCK HOLMES
The Sherlock Holmes Pub has a huge selection of draught beer, regular live entertainment and a hearty menu of stick-to-your-ribs British fare. With three convenient locations in Edmonton, this winter pub is never too far away.
• Sherlock Holmes Pub, 10012-101A Ave., 780-426-7784, edmontonpubs.com, map and reviews
• Sherlock Holmes Pub (West Edmonton Mall) 8882-170 St., 780-444-1752, edmontonpubs.com, map and reviews
• Sherlock Holmes Pub (Capilano Mall) 98 Ave. & 50 St., 780-463-7788, edmontonpubs.com, map and reviews
3. THE ROSE AND CROWN
Warm up with a glass of scotch and a plate of comfort food from the extensive menu at this cozy winter pub, right in downtown Edmonton. With five giant TV screens and live music on weekends, the old English-style local is one of the best bars to take in a game and enjoy an evening in the great indoors.
The Rose and Crown, 10235-101 St., 780-426-7827, website, map and reviews
4. THE BLACK DOG FREEHOUSE
Located in the heart of Edmonton’s historic Old Strathcona neighbourhood this trendy pub features an enclosed winter patio on the second level. A rotating selection of music is featured nightly, from live acoustic sets to DJs spinning everything from rock mixes to R&B.
The Black Dog Freehouse, 10425 Whyte (82) Ave., 780-433-0379, blackdog.ca, map and reviews
5. O’BYRNE’S IRISH PUB
Even when it’s cold and desolate outside, expect to find a lively crowd socializing at O’Byrnes Irish Pub. The cozy interior is split into several rooms, each featuring its own polished bar. Lots of seating makes this the perfect spot for those who want to settle down and spend a few hours enjoying hearty pub food, a few pints of Guinness and good conversation.
O’Byrne’s Irish Pub, 10616 Whyte (82) Ave., 780-414-6766, obyrnes.com, map and reviews