Explore Edmonton Series: A Journey through the Bars and Entertainment Venues of Festival City’s Nightlife

Let’s embark on a thrilling expedition with the Explore Edmonton Series as we uncover the hidden treasures of Festival City. In this edition, we dive into the heart of Edmonton’s nightlife, exploring the dynamic bars and entertainment venues that have made it the place to be for everyone who’s anyone. From the festive atmosphere that permeates the city to the lively downtown hotspots and the charming Old Strathcona, Edmonton’s nightlife promises an unforgettable experience for locals and visitors alike.

The Festive Atmosphere of Edmonton’s Nightlife

Edmonton is not just a city; it’s a celebration waiting to happen. Renowned as Festival City, this Canadian gem hosts a myriad of festivals, events, and celebrations throughout the year, infusing the air with an infectious energy. As the sun sets, the city transforms into a kaleidoscope of lights, drawing locals and visitors alike into its lively embrace. The festive atmosphere is palpable, setting the stage for an unforgettable nightlife experience that pulses with excitement.

Edmonton’s Downtown Hotspots

Downtown Edmonton stands as a testament to the city’s dynamic spirit. Here, the nightlife scene unfolds with an array of hotspots catering to every taste. Trendy cocktail bars invite you to savour artisanal concoctions while pulsating nightclubs beckon with electrifying DJ performances and dance floors that come alive under the city lights. From intimate lounges to high-energy clubs, downtown Edmonton offers a diverse range of nightlife experiences, ensuring there’s something for everyone seeking an unforgettable night out.

Some of the spots to check out in Downtown Edmonton include:

  • SOHO: Channeling the punk vibes of New York’s famous neighbourhood, SOHO is more than a bar; it’s a celebration of cultural impact. Adorned with pictures of musicians from New York’s punk heyday, SOHO immerses you in the rebellious spirit of an era.
  • The Pint Public House: A favourite among locals, The Pint Public House is a lively pub that combines a casual atmosphere with energetic vibes. Known for its extensive beer selection and pub-style comfort food, The Pint is the perfect spot for a laid-back night out with friends.
  • Baijiu Bar: Trendy and chic, Baijiu Bar elevates the cocktail scene in Edmonton, offering a diverse menu and a vibrant atmosphere for cocktail enthusiasts.

Old Strathcona’s Nightlife Scene

For a taste of history and charm, Old Strathcona is a must-visit destination within Edmonton’s nightlife landscape. The cobbled streets and historic buildings set the stage for a unique experience. Here, you’ll find an eclectic mix of bars, pubs, and music venues catering to a diverse crowd. The live music culture thrives, with each venue exuding its own distinct charm. Old Strathcona’s nightlife is not just an evening out; it’s a journey through time, where the past and present seamlessly converge.

If you’re visiting Old Strathcona, be sure to check out:

  • Blues on Whyte: A legendary spot for live music, Blues on Whyte captures the essence of the blues and soul, providing an intimate setting for music lovers.
  • The Luxx: Nestled in the heart of Old Strathcona, The Luxx offers a sophisticated and upscale atmosphere. Known for its chic decor and crafted cocktails, The Luxx is known as one of the best nightclubs in town.
  • Black Dog Freehouse: A beloved institution in Old Strathcona, Black Dog Freehouse is a pub that embodies the spirit of community and good times. Enjoy the lively ambiance and friendly company as you immerse yourself in the character of Old Strathcona’s nightlife.

Entertainment Venues and Theaters

Edmonton’s cultural richness extends beyond the daytime. As night falls, the city’s theatres and entertainment venues come to life. Theatres, concert halls, and comedy clubs open their doors to eager audiences, offering a diverse range of performances. Whether you’re a fan of theatrical productions, live music, or stand-up comedy, Edmonton’s entertainment scene provides ample opportunities to immerse yourself in the arts after dark.

You won’t want to miss these venues!

  • Citadel Theatre: This cultural beacon offers theatrical productions, showcasing classic and contemporary works.
  • The Comic Strip Comedy Club: For laughter-filled nights, The Comic Strip is the place to be, featuring stand-up acts from both seasoned comedians and rising stars.
  • Winspear Centre: Known for classical performances, the Winspear Centre provides an elegant setting for music lovers seeking a symphonic experience.

Unique Nighttime Experiences

For those seeking something beyond the ordinary, Edmonton boasts a collection of unique nighttime venues that promise unforgettable experiences. Step into themed bars that transport you to another world, discover hidden speakeasies with an air of mystery, or live it up at rooftop lounges with panoramic views. These venues, each with its own distinctive features and ambiance, add an extra layer of excitement to Edmonton’s nightlife scene.

If you’re looking for something extra unique during your visit to Edmonton, check out these places!

  • Riverside Bistro Rooftop Lounge: Providing panoramic views of the city skyline, this rooftop lounge at Riverside Bistro offers a sophisticated and relaxing ambiance, perfect for a memorable night out.
  • Beercade: A standout in Edmonton’s unique nightlife scene, Beercade is a haven for those who enjoy a blend of nostalgia and modern entertainment. Step into this arcade-bar fusion, where classic arcade games meet an extensive selection of craft beers.

Late-Night Eats and Food Crawl

No night out is complete without indulging in some late-night eats, and Edmonton’s culinary scene delivers. From upscale restaurants to food trucks serving delectable street food, the city caters to every craving as the night progresses. Embark on a food crawl through the diverse neighbourhoods, savouring cuisines from around the world and experiencing the unique flavours that define Edmonton’s late-night dining culture.

Satisfy those late-night cravings here:

  • Drift Food Truck: For those who crave on-the-go delights, Drift Food Truck is a local favourite that brings a burst of flavour to the streets of Edmonton. From mouthwatering pulled pork sliders to loaded poutine, Drift Food Truck provides a delicious pitstop for anyone seeking a satisfying late-night bite.
  • Attila the HUNgry: Another star in Edmonton’s food truck lineup, Attila the HUNgry takes street food to a whole new level. Specializing in Hungarian cuisine, this food truck offers a unique culinary experience with dishes like hearty goulash and savoury chimney cakes. Whether you’re in the mood for something savoury or sweet, Attila the HUNgry brings Hungary’s bold and rich flavours to Edmonton’s late-night food scene.
  • Dorinku Osaka: If you prefer a sit-down experience for your late-night cravings, Dorinku Osaka is a Japanese cuisine haven that stays open late into the night. Renowned for its authentic dishes and vibrant atmosphere, this eatery offers a diverse menu featuring everything from sushi rolls to ramen.

As we conclude our journey through Edmonton’s nightlife, it’s evident that Festival City has much more to offer than meets the eye. The diverse and lively scene beckons night owls and entertainment seekers to explore the downtown hotspots, experience Old Strathcona’s historic charm, and discover the unique venues that set Edmonton apart.

Stay tuned for the upcoming installments of the Explore Edmonton Series, where we continue to uncover the city’s hidden gems. In the meantime, make the most of your Edmonton experience by booking your stay through Edmonton’s Best Hotels and taking advantage of our exclusive 1, 2, 3 Reward Deal, where you can get up to $225 in rewards just for staying at one of our luxurious member hotels. The night is young, and the city is waiting to be explored.

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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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