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Edmonton After Dark: The City’s Hottest Night Spots

Edmonton sheds its daytime skin when the sun dips below the horizon. A vibrant energy pulsates through the streets, beckoning you to explore the city’s hidden gems and hottest night spots. Whether you’re a cocktail connoisseur, a live music enthusiast, or simply craving a delicious late-night bite, Edmonton’s nightlife caters to every desire.

So ditch the routine and get ready to paint the town red (or amber ale-hued) with this insider’s guide to Edmonton after dark!

Drinks With a View

Edmonton boasts a surprising number of rooftop patios, offering stunning cityscapes to complement your evening libations.

CRAFT Beer Market

Located in the heart of downtown, CRAFT Beer Market is a go-to destination for beer enthusiasts and social butterflies alike. The expansive rooftop patio offers stunning views of the city skyline, making it the perfect spot to start your night. With over 100 beers on tap, including local brews and international favourites, there’s something to satisfy every palate. Pair your drink with delicious shareable plates, and you’ve got the ideal setting for a laid-back evening with friends.

Canadian Icehouse

Situated near Rogers Place, Canadian Icehouse is another gem in Edmonton’s rooftop bar scene. This venue is known for its lively atmosphere, making it a great place to catch the excitement of game night or simply enjoy the electric energy of the crowd. The rooftop offers a unique vantage point of the bustling downtown area. Try one of their signature cocktails or a local craft beer, and don’t miss out on their mouthwatering pub fare – the perfect fuel for a night of exploration.

Black Dog Freehouse

For those who love a mix of history, music, and great drinks, Black Dog Freehouse is a must-visit. This iconic establishment offers not just one but three distinct experiences: the Wooftop patio, the main bar, and an underground dance floor. On the Wooftop, you can enjoy a relaxed vibe with views over Whyte Avenue. The underground bar, affectionately known as “The Underdog,” is where you can dance the night away to live DJs. Fun fact for Swifties: Taylor Swift’s song “Black Dog” has made this spot a pilgrimage site for fans, creating an added layer of magic to your visit.

Cocktail Connoisseurs

Edmonton’s cocktail scene is exploding with creativity and innovation. Let your taste buds embark on a flavour adventure at these exceptional spots:


Woodwork is a haven for cocktail enthusiasts, offering a menu filled with imaginative and expertly crafted drinks. The bartenders here take pride in their creations, using high-quality spirits and fresh ingredients to deliver a memorable drinking experience. The cozy, wood-accented decor adds to the charm, making it an ideal spot for both casual outings and special occasions.

Honi Honi Tiki Lounge

Transport yourself to a tropical paradise at Honi Honi Tiki Lounge. This lively tiki-themed bar serves up a variety of exotic cocktails that are as delightful to look at as they are to drink. With its laid-back atmosphere and playful decor, Honi Honi Tiki Lounge is perfect for a fun night out with friends. Be sure to try their signature tiki drinks, which are guaranteed to add a touch of island magic to your evening.


Clementine offers a cozy yet refined atmosphere, perfect for unwinding with a sophisticated cocktail in hand. The bar’s dim lighting and plush seating create a warm, inviting space that feels worlds away from the bustling city outside. Clementine’s cocktail menu features a blend of classic favourites and contemporary creations, all made with fresh, high-quality ingredients. Whether you’re a fan of the timeless Old Fashioned or looking to try something new and exciting, Clementine has got you covered.

Late Night Eats

Edmonton’s nightlife extends beyond drinks. When hunger strikes, these late-night havens will satisfy your cravings:


When hunger pangs hit late at night, Baijiu is the place to be. This Asian-inspired bar and restaurant offers a tantalizing menu of small plates and late-night bites that are perfect for sharing. The vibrant atmosphere, complete with eclectic décor and upbeat music, makes Baijiu a favourite among night owls. Be sure to try their bao buns and spicy fried chicken—dishes that are as flavourful as they are satisfying.

Bar Bricco

For a taste of Italy in the heart of Edmonton, head to Bar Bricco. This intimate wine and spuntini bar is renowned for its selection of fine wines and delicious Italian small plates. From savoury meats and cheeses to mouthwatering pasta dishes, every item on the menu is crafted with care and expertise. Bar Bricco is the ideal spot for a late-night meal that feels both indulgent and comforting, paired with a glass of exceptional wine.

Dorinku Osaka

Experience the flavours of Japan at Dorinku Osaka, a popular spot for late-night dining. The menu features an array of Japanese street food-inspired dishes, from savoury okonomiyaki (Japanese pancakes) to fresh sashimi. The lively atmosphere, complete with colourful murals and upbeat music, adds to the dining experience, making Dorinku Osaka a must-visit for foodies looking to end their nights on a high note.

Secrets Behind Hidden Doors

For those who love a bit of mystery and exclusivity, Edmonton’s speakeasies offer a unique and intimate nightlife experience.

Alchemy Bar

Alchemy Bar is a hidden gem that combines the allure of the past with modern mixology. This speakeasy, with its enchanting decor and expertly crafted cocktails, offers a magical escape from the ordinary. The intimate setting and attention to detail make it an ideal spot for a special night out. To find Alchemy Bar, head to the 5th floor of the JW Marriott and look for the entrance tucked behind a bookcase.

The Red Door

The Red Door is a secretive spot that requires a keen eye to find. Once inside, you’ll be greeted by a cozy and eclectic atmosphere. The bartenders here are masters of their craft, creating drinks that are both innovative and delightful. The Red Door is perfect for those looking to enjoy a night of discovery and adventure. Visit The Art of Cake at 7 pm on Friday and Saturday nights, where the long room transforms into The Red Door for a unique speakeasy experience.

Little Hong Kong

Little Hong Kong (or Little HK to the locals) transports you to another world with its unique blend of East and West. This speakeasy offers a menu of intriguing cocktails inspired by Asian flavours, served in a setting that blends traditional and contemporary elements. It’s a fantastic place to enjoy a night of exotic drinks and cultural fusion. To get to Little HK, just mention it to the hostess at Baijiu.

Live Music Mecca

Edmonton’s live music scene is a force to be reckoned with, offering a diverse range of venues that cater to every musical taste. Catch up-and-coming local talents or established touring acts at these venues:

The Bower

If live music is your scene, The Bower is a must-visit. This intimate venue offers a diverse lineup of local and touring artists, ensuring a unique musical experience every night. The cozy, rustic setting makes for an immersive atmosphere where you can really connect with the music. Grab a drink, find a spot close to the stage, and let the rhythms carry you away.


SOHO YEG is a punk bar reminiscent of 1970s New York that doubles as one of Edmonton’s top live music venues. Known for its eclectic music scene, SOHO YEG hosts everything from indie bands to electronic DJ sets. The energetic crowd and exciting atmosphere make it a fantastic place to dance the night away or simply enjoy some great tunes with friends. With a wide selection of drinks, delectable pizza, and a laid-back vibe, SOHO YEG is the perfect spot for a fun and unforgettable night out.

The Buckingham

The Buckingham, often referred to as “The Buck,” is another staple in Edmonton’s live music scene. This venue prides itself on showcasing a mix of up-and-coming bands and established acts, providing a platform for a wide range of musical genres. The casual, unpretentious environment makes it easy to relax and enjoy the show. Don’t forget to check out their late-night menu, which features a variety of vegan-friendly options – perfect for refuelling after shedding all those calories dancing to your favourite tunes.

Embrace the city’s pulsating energy and let Edmonton’s after-dark scene captivate you. From rooftop revelry to underground enclaves, live music meccas to culinary delights, our bustling city offers a tapestry of experiences that will ignite your senses and leave you craving more. Unleash the night and create memories that will linger long after the sun rises.

To truly immerse yourself in Edmonton’s vibrant nightlife, book your stay at one of the city’s premier hotels through Edmonton’s Best Hotels. Take advantage of our exclusive 1, 2, 3 Reward Deal and receive up to $225 in rewards, elevating your experience to new heights. Indulge in luxurious accommodations, world-class amenities, and unparalleled service, ensuring a seamless transition from day to night.

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Terms and Conditions

The “1,2, 3 Pick Your Rewards”, Terms and Conditions and Blackout Dates 

Rewards Program campaign dates

Reward package available to book from January 5, 2022 for stays to December 31, 2024 for rewards except for possible blackout dates. At present there are no blackout dates scheduled.

Rewards are subject to while supplies last.  Substitutions of equivalent kind, value may be made as necessary.  Rewards are non-transferable, no cash value, no cash back.

  • Rewards are non-transferable, non-exchangeable, have no cash value, no cash back.
  • Rewards cannot be combined with any other offer or promotion.
  • Reward deal is net non-commissionable.

Blackout dates

At present there are no blackout dates scheduled. 

In the event blackout dates are scheduled, any guest who makes a booking for a hotel stay during the blackout period prior to the blackout period being named will receive the rewards they are booked for. 

Rewards Program offerings

Book one night’s stay with Edmonton’s Best Hotels and receive your choice of one of three $50 rewards excluding blackout dates:

  • $50 Gas Card or
  • $50 Prepaid Mastercard, or
  • $50 Ultimate Dining Card

Book two night’s stay with Edmonton’s Best Hotels and receive your choice of one of five reward packages excluding blackout dates:

  • $150 prepaid MasterCard, or
  • $75 Gas card and $75 MasterCard, or
  • $75 Gas card and $75 Ultimate Dining Card, or

Book three night’s stay with Edmonton’s Best Hotels and receive your choice of one of four reward packages excluding blackout dates:

  • Three Night Reward 1: $225 Prepaid Mastercard
  • Three Night Reward 3: $75 Ultimate Dining Card + $75 Prepaid Mastercard + $75 Gas Card

One choice of reward per stay. 

Guest must be 18 years of age or older at time of redemption. 

Prepaid Mastercard’s can be used for online purchases only. In Canada, prepaid Mastercard’s cannot be used at any retail outlet (including your hotel) with point-of-sale systems.

Rewards distribution

Rewards will be emailed directly to guests within 48 hours of Edmonton’s Best Hotels confirming their check-in.  Rewards are not provided by the hotel’s front desk.   All rewards are sent electronically. 


Guest must reserve a minimum of 24 hours prior to arrival.

Rewards are NOT available for reservations made less than 24 hours in advance of arrival.

Reservations made directly with hotels and not through Edmonton’s Best Hotels are not eligible for rewards. No exceptions. Rewards are only provided to guests who book through Edmonton’s Best Hotels online booking platform.  Booking reservation confirmations will have Edmonton’s Best Hotels branding on them. Rewards not provided for hotel reservations during specified blackout dates.

Reservations cannot be extended by hotels for additional rewards.

Guests may add a night to an existing one-night deal reservation and receive additional rewards if the request is made a minimum of 24 hours in advance of arrival.

Booking terms and conditions

Rewards provided for more than one night, must be for consecutive nights under one registration under one name at one property. In addition, no more than up to three consecutive nights will be honoured. If a guest checks in for three days and then checks out and re-checks in for the next day, this is considered a consecutive night booking even if the second booking is made at different hotel.  

There must be a minimum of three days between bookings.

Multiple reservations for the same person for the same night(s) is considered a double booking and only one of those bookings will be eligible for rewards. For example, if a guest books two nights on x and y date and then makes another two-night booking for the same dates at the same hotel or another hotel, EBH considers this a double booking and will honour rewards for only one of those bookings. 

Is there a limit on the number of bookings I make on different dates?  Edmonton Best Hotels welcomes repeat business.  Some of our guests visit Edmonton every month.  Please note as stated earlier there must be a minimum of three days between bookings. Please also note stated blackout dates.

Cancelling and date changes to reservations

If a guest wants to cancel or change the dates of their booking.

What if I want to cancel my booking?  Edmonton Best Hotels must cancel your booking (not the hotel).  If you want to cancel, contact info@edmh.ca and let us know.  We will cancel your booking and send you a cancellation number for your records.  Please do not cancel directly with the hotel.

What if I want to change the dates of my booking?  You must contact Edmonton Best Hotels at info@edmh.ca and let us know you want to make a date change.  Your original booking must be cancelled first.  You will receive a cancellation number for your records.  Then, you must rebook for your new dates.  The hotel nor Edmonton’s Best Hotels cannot make date changes to the original booking.  Please note this does not guarantee you will receive the same hotel rate when you rebook for different dates.

Any questions, please contact Edmonton Best Hotels at info@edmh.ca 

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