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 Winnipeg 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 Winnipeg 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.

10 Park Theater Cafe
Arguably the best spot to visit in Winnipeg for live entertainment. In its seventh year of operation, the Park Theater Cafe prides itself on being a small venue where independent and local artists can play to truly engaged audiences. The acoustics are spot on, as is the service and the fare from the full bar. Try the gourmet coffee. (204-478-7275)

9 Liquid Lounge
Fun and funky, Liquid Lounge capitalizes on its name with a watery blue color scheme punctuated with an assortment of groovy lava lamps, for a seriously trendy and relaxed vibe. The clientele is an eclectic and amiable mix of urban hipsters, young professionals and club kids who sip everything from classic cocktails to domestic beer. Unlike most lounges, this one serves good food — there's a buffet dinner Monday through Friday from 5pm-8pm, featuring a good variety of dishes, such as Mediterranean style chicken, shrimp and pastas. (204-453-5535)

8 Royal Albert Arms
You probably wouldn't expect to find a bastion of live alternative music inside a historic hotel, but that's Winnipeg for you — expect the unexpected! A no-frills club that has earned a reputation for showcasing up and coming acts, the Royal Albert's roster of past acts is impressive and includes well-knowns like the Melvins, Husker Du, Green Day and UK Subs. Check local listings for showtimes and dates — you might get lucky and catch the next Nickelback here! (204-943-8750)

7 Palomino Club
Affectionately known as "the Pal" throughout Winnipeg, the Palomino Club is a favorite among locals for its top notch wings and convivial staff. Having garnered a number of accolades among local news media, including Best Dance Club in Winnipeg from Uptown Magazine, the Pal is in its 24th year of spectacular service and good times. (204-772-0454)

6 Toad in the Hole Pub and Eatery
A well-established and unfailingly popular pub in hip Osborne Village, Toad in the Hole has everything a good pub should. There's a good selection of imported beers, a full menu of satisfying pub grub, including several traditional British dishes, and even live music on occasion. Downstairs is the Cavern, the Toad's dedicated music venue, where you can catch all sorts of fun local bands. (204-284-7201)

5 Tijuana Yacht Club
With over 10,000 sq ft of room to party, Tijuana Yacht Club is the ultimate dance club for Winnipeg's young singles to mingle and have a wild time. With 5 fully loaded bars, this Mexican-flavored nightspot offers an exciting time any direction you turn. Chill by the Yucatan's Martini Lounge or get some air on the Patio Bar. Open throughout the weekends, the club plays all top 40s hits to keep the party going. (204-474-2582)

4 4Play Sports Bar & Grill
For sports fanatics, there is no better place to be than 4Play Sports Bar & Grill, located just across the street from the MTS Centre. Opened in 2010, this venue looks and feels exactly like a Las Vegas showroom, with its huge main floor and bar equipped with a modest 24-foot HD projection screen and theatre seating, the biggest projection screen in all of Winnipeg. On the upper floor, there are plenty of billiards, darts and video games for you to spend the entire evening as well. Not only are the "big boy toys" good, but the drinks and food are too. 4Play offers a full food menu and 18 different beers on tap, all of which are guaranteed to quench that thirst of yours. So if there's a sporting event to be seen, head to the best seats in town, at 4Play Sports Bar & Grill. (204-221-4583)

3 Whiskey Dix
You wouldn't think it by the name, but Whiskey Dix is known for its subtle but effective blend of cosmopolitan glitz and country charm. Ensconced in a 12,000 sq ft historic space, this club is equally well-suited to the business casual crowd and the country casual crowd. A variety of entertainment options—alternating between DJ's and local bands—rotate through the club throughout the week, while the handful of different lounge rooms offer a more low-key, intimate space where guests can relax in style and enjoy the expertly made cocktails. (204-944-7539)

2 Alive
Owned and operated by a group of twenty- and thirty-something friends, this popular club caters to a more mature crowd. That's not to say it's staid and dull — far from it. It's definitely a fun spot, with live bands, DJs, big screen plasma TVs, and a sizable dance floor. The only thing lacking is scantily clad teens and rowdy college kids. Expect a wide variety of music, from classic hits to modern dance tunes. (204-989-8080)

1 King's Head Pub
The place to go for a drink bigger than your head, King's Head Pub is labeled as the most authentic English pub in Winnipeg. The restaurant, located in the center of the Exchange District, has been serving locals for over 20 years with their proud selection of beer and cuisine. As it is pub-themed, the venue offers a variety of UK brews on tap with plenty of other domestic beers to choose from as well. For some additional entertainment, King's Head takes large part in many of the city's festivals, including St. Patrick's Day, the Winnipeg Comedy Festival (April), Jazz Festival in (June), and the famed Fringe Festival (July). (204-957-7710)

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Maps and Directions

Park Theater Cafe 10Best List Arrow
Type: Live Entertainment, Live Music
Neighborhood: Osborne Village
Royal Albert Arms 10Best List Arrow
Type: Live Music
Neighborhood: DOWNTOWN
Palomino Club 10Best List Arrow
Type: Dance Club, Live Entertainment
Neighborhood: St. James
Toad in the Hole Pub and Eatery 10Best List Arrow
Type: Pub
Neighborhood: Osborne Village
Tijuana Yacht Club 10Best List Arrow
Type: Dance Club
Neighborhood: St. James
4Play Sports Bar & Grill 10Best List Arrow
Type: Sports Bar
Neighborhood: Downtown
Whiskey Dix 10Best List Arrow
Type: Lounge
Neighborhood: Downtown
Alive 10Best List Arrow
Type: Dance Club
King's Head Pub 10Best List Arrow
Type: Live Entertainment, Pub
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