When it comes to Winnipeg nightlife, the Exchange District is the city’s hub of fun. The area is predominantly occupied by young, single locals, and its central location just a block from Portage and Main make it one of the best places in the city for a night out. Choosing a destination from the countless options, though, can be a tough. To help you out, our Winnipeg experts have put together their recommendation for the best places experience Winnipeg’s nightlife in the Exchange District.
1. DISTRICT STOP
Determined to reinvent the nightlife of Winnipeg’s historic Exchange District, District Stop highlights different forms of artistic expression such as dance, music and art. Walls decorated my graffiti art by local artists set the scene, along with live bands and DJs. Whether you’ve come to dance, drink or socialize, the atmosphere is heavy with excitement and the positive vibes are contagious.
• District Stop, 140 Bannatyne Ave., 204-396-9423, districtstop
2. BOA LOUNGE
Attached to Brooklynn’s Bistro, this inviting lounge is a warm retreat that will have you feeling relaxed the moment you sink into one of their curved, comfy banquettes. Boa Lounge has a supper-club feel, with a tasty menu and wide selection of wine and cocktails that you can enjoy well past dinner time. After you wine and dine, challenge friends to a game of billiards over a digestif.
• Boa Lounge, 177 Lombard Ave., 204-415-4112, boalounge.ca
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3. 441 MAIN Luxury surrounds you the minute you walk into 441 Main. This intimate 2-story venue is decked out in wood slat walls and industrial lighting. There are different nightly themes such as Synthetic Saturday featuring various DJs such as Panda Phunk, Hallmark, A+Luck + Kashveer.
• 441 Main St., 441main.com
4. UNION SOUND HALL
This hip concert venue is owned and operated by a collection of musicians, DJs and promoters. Watch local and international bands play, attend fashion shows and events, and dance to DJs pumping out electrifying beats in the space’s cool vibe exuding frenetic energy.
• Union Sound Hall, 110 Market Ave.
5. THE LIST
Hidden behind the facade of a converted historic building in the middle of Winnipeg’s Exchange District, Blacklist is a new addition to the city’s nightlife scene. The modern interior offers creative cocktails and a pub-style menu, a perfect spot to sip and socialize. • The List, 216 McDermot Ave.
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