Best Nightlife

Out of all the clubs and bars in a city, 10Best narrows the options to those places with the most appeal and the best reputations. We offer a carefully vetted selection to let you explore Edmonton nightlife on your own. If time is really tight, though, and you don't have the leisure to look through all our offerings, we present our Edmonton Best Nightlife list. Here, we distill the best businesses down to a special selection of ten. These places promise a stellar experience and a taste of the city that you just can't miss.

Suite 69
This two-story venue is one of Edmonton's most appealing spots for the young professional crowd looking to unwind throughout the week and weekend. Open four nights a week, Suite 69 busts out all the newest hits in music and keeps the energy flowing all night long. A dance floor for the singles overlooks the bustling streets of Edmonton while large tables and a lounge area cater to those looking to sip on a martini. Head to Suite 69 where the party carries late into the evening, but dress to impress as the club aims keeps it classy. (780-439-6969)

The Bank Ultralounge
This is a dress-to-impress sort of place, attracting a professional crowd who appreciate the cosmopolitan vibe and upscale menu. Friday is the most popular night: From 4pm, the Corporate Happy Hour features $4 pints, $4 wine and $4 tapas. It's a great way to end a hectic week! Other times, plan to chill (and maybe do a little networking) while you sip martinis and nosh on salads, wraps, burgers and platters of assorted appetizers. (780-420-9098, 780-232-2369)

New City Likwid Lounge / Suburbs
Great music is the draw at this intimate club. A dance floor takes care of those who need a little physical release, with the light show providing wild visuals to add to the experience. Depending on the night you're there, the music runs from punk to metal, house, rock and ska. Fridays and Saturdays are the big nights for live performances. On any given weekend, you're likely to find artists from Edmonton and Alberta, from the US, or even from global locations. Check the local papers for bands, or call the club for more info. (780-429-2582)

Black Dog
This establishment toes the line between being an alternative venue and a traditional pub. You'll find it a great equalizer, welcoming suits and skateboards with equivalent gusto. The three-levels encompass the main floor with its bar, as well as a lower room that is more secluded and a "Wooftop Patio," where patrons can sit in the open air and look out across the traffic (foot and cars) of Whyte Avenue. Although the place gets crowded, regulars love it all the same. One of the biggest draws is the Saturday afternoon event called "Hair of the Dog," where vocalists and musicians play for the spectators. Wednesdays are alternative country, and throughout the week, you'll find other performers, along with DJ-spun tunes. Laid-back and relaxed. (780-439-1082)

A traditional decor of stained glass, dark wood, and memorabilia envelops diners at this Irish pub. The bar occupies a place of prominence in the center of the area, and a stone inscribed with runic symbols pays homage to the pub's name. The authenticity extends to the alcohol as well; you'll find 18 draft beers, 30 malt beers, and a wide array of Irish whiskeys. If you get hungry, hearty pub food is eminently satisfying. Among the offerings are a rich Irish stew and the classic boxty, a delicious potato pancake stuffed with meats, vegetables, and sauce. Given the day you're there, you'll find live music performances, DJs playing favorite tunes, and patrons getting down on the small dance floor. (780-454-9928)

Cook County Saloon
For years, this popular club has been applauded by the Canadian Country Music Association as one of the nation's best C&W clubs. A wide range of well-known performers frequent its stage, drawing crowds of music-lovers from Edmonton and all around. The ambience is relaxed, so patrons are allowed to kick back, have a beer, and hang out with friends. On the other hand, if you want to dance, there's plenty of room to kick up your heels and put those boots to work. Almost any activity is welcomed, and you can watch TV or play pool if the spirit doesn't move you to dance. If you've got western wear, throw it on. If not, jeans are fine. (780-432-2665)

Metropolitan Billiards Café
Classier than the usual pool hall, Metro is decked out with hardwood floors, leather couches and a granite bar, plus 15 Brunswick tables. Oilers games (sports of all kinds, actually) are shown on strategically located TVs, including several big screen flat panel types. There's even occasional live music. Aside from the variety of entertainment options, Metro also offers more than 45 beers, martinis and a surprisingly wide ranging food menu. Along with the usual pub grub, you can enjoy pastas, stir fries, steaks and a number of interesting appetizer combination platters. A cut above on all fronts. (780-990-0704)

Blues On Whyte
A favorite venue for blues performers, this casual place has seen its share of beer and cigarettes. Patrons clamor to find a vantage point when the musicians perform, especially on Saturday afternoons, when the jam sessions take place. No matter what type of blues you like, it's almost certain that you'll run into your favorite when the stage heats up. Amateurs and professionals both practice their art here, and you'll find everyone from college students to business types gathered in the space. It's obvious by their rapport that good blues music can erase all barriers with its plaintive strains. (780-439-3981)

Suede Lounge
During the week, Suede's classy urban ambience tends to draw a hip professional crowd, who lounge on beige and brown sofas and chat over chic cocktails. They nosh on a modern assortment of tapas and flatbreads (similar to pizza but more interesting), and indulge in chocolate stuffed strawberries. On weekends, DJs spin mostly drum and bass, and the patrons are a bit younger (but no less fashionable). (780-482-0707)

Maps and Directions

Suite 69 10Best List Arrow
Type: Dance Club, Lounge
Neighborhood: Downtown
The Bank Ultralounge 10Best List Arrow
Type: Sports Bar
Neighborhood: Downtown
New City Likwid Lounge / Suburbs 10Best List Arrow
Type: Live Entertainment, Live Music, Lounge
Neighborhood: Downtown
Black Dog 10Best List Arrow
Type: Bar, Live Music
Neighborhood: Downtown
Druid 10Best List Arrow
Type: Live Music, Pub
Neighborhood: Downtown
Cook County Saloon 10Best List Arrow
Type: Dance Club, Live Music
Neighborhood: Downtown
Blues On Whyte 10Best List Arrow
Type: Bar, Live Music
Neighborhood: Downtown
Suede Lounge 10Best List Arrow
Type: Lounge
Neighborhood: Downtown
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