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Edmonton Guide to Weekday Nightlife

 

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The sleek bar at Hundred is one of the great fixtures of Edmonton’s nightlife scene where you can unwind with a drink after work or before heading out for a night on the town.

These atmospheric nightlife spots offer a variety of quality drink specials that are perfect to enjoy at the end of a long work day or before heading out to another event. Plus: all of these venues are open late, so you can pop in for a refresher or wind-down beverage any time of night.

Central Social Hall
Mingle with colleagues or grab a seat at the bar and make new friends — their coasters and flat-screen TVs flash conversation-starting questions (“What was your favourite TV show in high school?”) and topics to promote engaging social conversation and discourage rampant Facebook status-updating, tweeting, and texting! If you need to catch a sports game, you’ll find it broadcast on one of the many high-definition televisions lining the bar. Start your weekend early on Thursdays with their all-day $4 draft beer and martini specials. Open daily 11 a.m. – 2 a.m.
• Central Social Hall, 10909 Jasper Ave., 780-705-1900, centralsocialhall.com
• Map and reviews

Confederation Lounge
The premier spot for after-work drinks in Edmonton is the elegant estate library-style setting of the Confederation Lounge. The plush armchairs scattered around the room provide a great setting for solo travelers to grab a seat and relax with one of their old-fashioned cocktails or a glass of premium scotch. In the summer months, be sure to take your drink out on to the patio for a stunning view of the river valley. Open Mon. – Sat. 11 a.m. – 1 a.m.; Sun. 11 a.m. – 12 a.m.
• Confederation Lounge, Fairmont Hotel MacDonald, 10065-100 St., 780-424-5181, website
Map and reviews

Hundred Bar & Kitchen
Stop in for Hundred Social Hour daily from 3 pm – 7pm and enjoy $5 premium cocktails, $5 Beringer wine, and $6 pints of beer. Pay half-price for bottles and glasses of wine on Wednesdays, with 35 varieties to choose from. Not sure which one to order? Try a $7 wine flight on Thursdays. Looking for something a little stronger? Enjoy a premium double cocktail for $8 on Thursdays, and choose from decadent options like The CEO Champagne Cocktail. Open Mon. – Fri. 11 a.m. – close; Sat. 5 p.m. – close; closed Sun.
• Hundred Bar & Kitchen, 10009-101A Ave., 780-425-0100, website
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Public House
The stunning bookshelves that line the walls might remind of you of work, but the atmosphere is nothing but relaxing. Enjoy $4 glasses of wine every Thursday night, and Happy Hour specials 4 pm – 7 pm Wednesday through Friday, including $4 glasses of their feature wine and pints. On Wednesday nights you can pick your poison with $4 shots, drinks, pints, and glasses of wine all night long. Open daily 11 a.m. – 2 a.m.
• Public House, 10765 Jasper Ave., 780-420-9088, yourpublichouse.com
Map and reviews

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BiBO Wine Bar
Traveling alone? The intimate setting of BiBO, which can only accommodate ten patrons at a time, is a perfect place to grab a glass of wine or scotch solo and mingle with the friendly bartenders or other guests. A constantly rotating and diverse menu include selections of sparkling wine, port, dessert wines, and fine single-malt scotch. BiBO is right next door to Culina Mill Creek Restaurant, so it’s a great place to pass the time before or after a meal. Tue. – Thu. 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.; Fri. 5 p.m. – close; Sat. 6 p.m. – close.
• BiBO Wine Bar, 9919-89 Ave., 780-437-5588, website
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The Bothy
Offering up a relaxed yet sleek and elegant setting, it’s easy to unwind after a busy day with a glass of wine or whisky at The Bothy. Their selection of whiskies is most impressive; whether you know the variety you want to order, or whether you want to sample something new, the knowledgeable staff will be able to guide you through the selections. They also offer a create-your-own cheese and charcuterie option, which is perfect for sharing with a small group. Two locations in Edmonton. Mon. 3 p.m. – 10 p.m.; Tue. – Thu. 11:30 a.m. – 12 a.m.; Fri. – Sat. 3 p.m. – late; Sun. 3 p.m. – 9 p.m.
• The Bothy, 5482 Calgary Tr., 780-761-1761, thebothy.ca
Map and review

JOEY
Step into the sleek lounge and immerse yourself in a visually stunning atmosphere. Racks of hundreds of varieties of wine line the wall, and there is a pool in the centre of the room at which to lounge around with a beverage by your side any season of the year. Enjoy drink specials every day of the week, and be sure to try one of their signature cocktails like a Super Sonic Gin & Tonic or a Vanilla Apple Mojito. Three locations in Edmonton. Sun. – Mon. 11 a.m. – 12 a.m.; Thu. – Sat. 11 a.m. – 1 a.m.
• JOEY, 130 Mayfield Common, 780-487-8060, joeyrestaurants.com
Map and reviews

The Bower
You’ll feel like a stylish, smart character on Mad Men drinking one of their swanky retro sips like an Old Fashioned (made authentically with bitters), Whiskey Sour, Bees Knees, or Jalapeno Margarita. Tip: Head to this plush, upscale club on Thursday nights for half-price cocktails and let the weekday woes disappear. Thu. – Sat., 8 p.m. – 2:30 a.m.
• The Bower, 10538 Jasper Ave., 780-423-4256, thebower.ca
Map and reviews

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