This fashionable gathering spot attracts lots of young, hip professionals. The ambience is dark and intimate, and the place isn't large, so you'll have to arrive early, especially if you want to sit overlooking Whyte Avenue. No matter where you ultimately land, you'll appreciate the terrific bar food, which goes beyond typical fare. It makes a tasty accompaniment to the drinks, which include a good selection of martinis and more than 80 cocktails. Live musicians play light music that adds a relaxing background detail. If the crowds get to you inside, tables out front and a patio in the rear facilitate a temporary escape.
Located on the ground floor of a renovated office building (the upper floors house upscale condos), Fluid aims to attract well-dressed professionals who prefer chatting and mingling to throwing down on the dance floor. The bartenders mix excellent martinis, and the vibe is lively but relaxed. Sandwiches and burgers are available should you need sustenance.
The Rose Bowl, one of Edmonton's favorite pizza joints for years, had a reno a couple years ago and with it came the adjacent Rouge Lounge, a trendy cocktail spot if ever there was one. It's sort of a dance club/sports bar/lounge – the vibe and crowd depend on what's scheduled for the night. Whatever it is, it'll be fun. And you can order Rose Bowl pizza while you're there!
This Edmonton institution is managed by the Edmonton Jazz Society, who handles all the arrangements through the aid of volunteers. Serious jazz is the impetus for the club, and the performers who are booked are only the best. Each weekend, a new musician is featured, and on Tuesdays, jam sessions are held. You'll find performers of local, national and international fame, and they include vocalists, pianists, bands and all other permutations in between. If you're a jazz aficionado or if you simply want to increase your understanding (and love) of jazz, see who's playing when you're in town. One of the area's best.
Upscale and sophisticated, this club welcomes well-to-do professionals and those who dress the part. The music includes dance tunes and Top 40 hits. Patrons boogie on the dance floor or lounge in rooms along the periphery. The martini bar attracts lots of chic partiers, who aren't afraid to pay for pricey drinks. If you're in the mood for an evening that doesn't touch on cheap beer and grafitti-laden restrooms, this is the opposite end of the spectrum. Give it a try.
The Savoy is known as a stylish hangout that attracts a well-dressed clientele. It has plenty to recommend it, including a huge selection of imported beers and great martinis. The cosmopolitan décor – think red walls adorned with pop art – is attractive and up-to-the-minute. And the food menu wins kudos for creativity and general appeal, thanks to tasty little morsels like duck tacos, edamame, and portobello mushroom fries with chili aioli.