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Edmonton nightlife

The Best Cocktail Bars in Edmonton

Best Cocktail Bars in Edmonton

Best Cocktail Bars in Edmonton: the Cactus Club Café at West Edmonton Mall (Photo: mastermaq)

Creating the perfect mixed drink can require as much talent, technique and knowledge as cooking a great dish—and Edmonton’s cocktail bars are stepping up to the challenge. Our local experts have researched the best places for innovative and boozy concoctions in the city to come up with this list of great destinations. Before heading out for a night on the town, consider a stop one of these five great cocktail bars in or near downtown Edmonton. You won’t be disappointed.

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Underground Tap and Grill

72 beers on tap await customers at The Underground

The Underground Tap and Grill (10004 Jasper Ave.) is a new downtown destination that features a unique concept for enjoying a huge selection of craft beer in a relaxing, unpretentious environment. What makes this destination unique is that all of its 72 offerings of beers are on tap, instead of bottles, with additions and changes to be made to the draft menu continuously – including 12 taps that are constantly on rotation. Craft beer lovers definitely want to head here to find some unique and hard-to-find brews from favourite microbreweries, including many local breweries like Alley Kat, Ribstone Creek, and Yellowhead.

The Underground successfully fills a void in Edmonton’s nightlife scene – where familiar options like clubs and pubs emphasize distracting features like loud music, sports, and entertainment – as a space that allows guests to spend a night out while enjoying alcohol but still able to socialize and share a conversation. The Underground is the place in the city to go to enjoy quality craft beer and quality conversation.

The Underground is also a great place to stop by for a lunch time pint or after-work indulgence, as guests can focus on enjoying one really good pint of beer rather than being inundated with specials for multiple drinks made with weak, low-quality alcohol. The focus here is definitely on the beer, though a well-rounded menu of delicious appetizers and full-meal options is available, too, making it a favourable dining destination as well.