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Edmonton offers plenty of things to do after dark, whether you’re interested in having a low-key night out or listening to live music at a pub. Here are a few of the best bars and late-night hangouts in Edmonton. (Note: The legal drinking age in Edmonton, Alberta, is 18 years of age. If you need a safe ride, consider using Uber or a local taxi company.)

Best Bars in Downtown Edmonton

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Dozens of restaurants and bars in downtown Edmonton cater to the after-work crowd. Less than a block from the Shaw Conference Centre is The Confederation Lounge. Located inside the Fairmont Hotel Macdonald (10065 100 St.), the lounge is a good destination for business or solo travelers, with comfy leather seating around a large fireplace and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking a large patio and the North Saskatchewan River Valley. Skilled bartenders will mix you up a cocktail or mocktail made with honey sourced from the hotel’s beehives.

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If beer is more your style, two popular Edmonton bars are nearby. CRAFT Beer Market (10013 101a Ave. N.W.) claims to have the largest selection of draft beer in Canada, with more than 100 local and international beers on tap, plus cocktails, wine and spirits. Sip your selection inside—where soaring ceilings and exposed pipes create an industrial vibe—or out on the rooftop patio where there are fireplaces and space heaters for year-round comfort. Across the street is the downtown location of The Sherlock Holmes Pub (10012 101a Ave.), a cozy English-style pub that draws a crowd for live music performances Thursday through Saturday.

Downtown’s Jasper Avenue has many options for Edmonton nightlife. Red Star Pub (10534 Jasper Ave.) is an off-the-beaten-path gastropub offering great food and a wide selection of beers and liquor. Visit on Thursday nights for DJs and drink specials. (Note: Red Star Pub is closed on Sunday and Monday.)

104 Street Bars and Lounges

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Where do the locals go before or after an Edmonton Oilers game? Just across from Rogers Place arena is Mercer Warehouse, a century-old brick building that now houses two fun destinations on 104 Street: Mercer Tavern (10363 104 St. N.W.),a fun spot for craft beer and sports, and Baijiu (10359 104 St. N.W.), a hip, Asian-inspired restaurant with a sophisticated cocktail menu and a clubby late-night vibe. (Be sure to ask about the hidden speakeasy inside Baijiu.)

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A bit farther down 104 Street (also known as the 4th Street Promenade) is Drunken Ox/Sober Cat (10190 104 St. N.W.). Merging three concepts in one, the restaurant includes a front-of-house café (“Sober Cat”) that stays open late and a steakhouse and cocktail bar (“Drunken Ox”) in the back that serves locally sourced food and handmade drinks. The interior is chic and romantic; leather couches, cozy chairs, crystal chandeliers and exposed wood beams add to the ambiance.

Whyte Avenue Bars and Live Music

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For a happening nightlife scene—and one popular with college students and the younger crowd—make your way to Whyte Avenue and the Old Strathcona district just south of downtown. Whyte Ave. bars and lounges cater to just about every taste. For blues music every night of the week, check out Blues on Whyte (inside the Commercial Hotel at 10329 82 Ave.), a long-standing favorite for live music in Edmonton. Fans of jazz will enjoy a night out at Yardbird Suite (11 Tommy Banks Way). The volunteer-run venue hosts jazz concerts and Tuesday night jam sessions from mid-September to late June. Cook County Saloon (8010 Gateway Blvd. N.W.) is where you go for country music (both live and DJ-spun) on Friday and Saturday nights.

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City Population

812,201

Elevation

670 m/2,198 ft.

Sales Tax

The federal Goods and Service Tax is 5 percent and applies to most goods, food/beverages and services, including lodgings. Alberta does not have a provincial sales tax but does impose a 3 percent Destination Marketing Fee (DMF) as well as a 4 percent Municipal and Regional District Tax (MRDT).

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911

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(780) 423-4567

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311

Temperature

(780) 468-4940

Hospitals

Grey Nuns Community Hospital, (780) 735-7000; Misericordia Community Hospital, (780) 735-2000; Royal Alexandra Hospital, (780) 735-4111; University of Alberta Hospital, (780) 407-8822.

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Air Travel

Edmonton International Airport

Rental Cars

Hertz, with offices at the airport and downtown (inside Edmonton House, 10205 100 Ave. N.W.), offers discounts to CAA and AAA members; phone (780) 890-4435 at the airport, (780) 423-3431 downtown, (800) 654-3131 in North America or (800) 654-3001 outside of North America. Contact a travel advisor at your local AAA club office to add rental cars to your travel packages.

Rail Service

The VIA Rail station is at 12360 121 St. N.W.; phone (888) 842-7245.

Buses

Red Arrow Express offers luxury motor coach service between Edmonton, Calgary, Fort McMurray and Red Deer; phone (403) 531-0350 or (800) 232-1958.

Taxis

Taxi companies include Co-Op Taxi Line, (780) 425-2525; Barrel Taxi (780) 489-7777; and Yellow Cab, (780) 462-3456. Taxi rates start at $3.60, plus $0.20 is charged for each additional 135 metres (about 1/12 mile) or a portion thereof. Taxis can be hailed, but phoning is recommended.

Public Transportation

Edmonton has both bus and light-rail transit (LRT) service. Edmonton Transit System’s Customer Service Centre, on the second floor of Edmonton Tower at 10111 104 Ave., sells ETS passes and is open Mon.-Fri. 8-4:30; phone 331 within Edmonton or (780) 442-5311. Buses operate Mon.-Fri. 5:20 a.m.-1:30 a.m., Sat.-Sun. 6:30 a.m.-1:30 a.m. On holidays hours may be extended for special events. Light-rail transit operates on a similar schedule; check the website for full schedule. Fare is $3.50; free (ages 0-12). A 1-day pass is $9.75.

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