A good cocktail is like a good suit: the perfect mix between the classic and the modern with a dash of local.
As Edmonton’s restaurant scene continues to blossom, a special sect of that market has become devoted to gastro pubs whose specialty is the cocktail. Forget the how-to books promising an easy DIY cocktail and leave it to the pros.
Treat yourself to a night out in Edmonton at one of these fine spots.
This award-winning cocktail restaurant features 15 handcrafted cocktails to delight your tastebuds. Their modern design and low seating availability ensure an intimate experience. Make sure you try the Smoke and Oak Fashioned, their take on the classic, made with smoked maple syrup.
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Baijiu is one of Edmonton’s newest restaurants and features a dark and intimate environment set to the tune of infectious, serene Hip Hop. Located in the Mercer building in the brand new Arena District, Baijiu is the perfect spot for a night-cap. With 11 original cocktails, we recommend the very unique Baijiu Milk Punch, made with dark rum, Chinese soy milk, vanilla syrup, and a hint of pistachio.
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Have Mercy’s southern dive-bar feel hits the nail on the head. Self-described as a place to eat good food, drink booze, and talk loud, it’s the perfect place to bring a group of friends and start up some good conversation. While you’re there, try the Strathcona Sour, a bourbon based drink with lemon and blackberry punch flavours.
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Woodwork is the spot for a night out with great service and an upbeat atmosphere. Plus their appetizers, which include Fried Polenta Cake, make the perfect companion for your weekend cocktail. Named for their barrel-based drinks, they’ve recently added two lovely American whiskeys to their menu, both finished in red wine barrels to wonderful effect. Give them a try.
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Listed as one of Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants of 2017, Clementine is the perfect location for a small gathering of close friends. Having just opened last year, Clementine features a dark and vintage vibe, and its 36-person seating capacity ensures an intimate night out. Try the Provence, which features a London Dry Gin base with strawberry, lemon, and Bonal Quinquina flavours.
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Located just off Whyte Avenue and Gateway Boulevard, this almost-hidden downstairs pub resembles a 1920s speakeasy, complete with dim lighting and vintage furniture. Sit back and relax with their original cocktail, the Hanky Panky.
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This unique restaurant features modern, Mexican cuisine and a tequila-based cocktail menu. The herbs and spices added to each cocktail give that special touch. Try their one-of-a-kind creations like El Emperador, made with Tequila Añejo, Amaro, fresh basil, vanilla, and manzanilla tea. A cocktail worthy of royalty.
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Come for the delicious food and stay for the sweet, succulent drinks. Three Boars features six original cocktails with a vast variety of flavours and tastes. Whether it’s a special occasion or just a stiff drink after work, make it one to remember like their rye-based creamsicle cocktail made with Gancia Apertivo, George Dickel Rye Lemon, and egg white and orange blossom limoncello simple syrup.
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