Come on, get happy at these Edmonton happy hours

Spring is fast approaching, and nothing goes better with fresh flowers and sun than a drink on a patio. Edmonton is well known for its eateries, but, this time, we want to celebrate libations. Here’s a countdown of the city’s top happy hour locations that you’re sure to leave with a smile on your face.

Sugar Bowl Coffee & Juice Bar

10922 88 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6G 0Z1

This eclectic hub, tucked away from the bright lights of Whyte Ave – but far from living in the shadows – is almost always filled to the brim and usually has a short waitlist. But, when you check out its extensive drink menu, you’ll know why. The wait is worth it! Come down between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. (even on weekends!) and pick from a few classic brews on special for Happy Hour. A couple of my favourites are Delerium Tremens and Erdinger Dunkel, just two beers out of the whopping 15 rotating taps and 160 bottles available here.

The Common

9910 109 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5K 1H5

Looking for a touch of class but want to spare your wallet the burden of fine dining? Visit The Common! This restaurant-lounge, with its retro sparkle, has the perfect cocktail of deals available at Happy Hour, between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. It features $2 off pints and wine, $1 off domestic cans and bottles of beer (including Alley Kat, Original 16 and Parallel 49 taps) and $1 off well highballs. Better yet, on Tuesdays you can enjoy Happy Hour at any time of the day.

The Buckingham

10439 82 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 2A1

When the disco ball isn’t flashing on a Saturday night, this watering hole is a nice laid-back pub to stop into for a drink. The Buck has a familiar neighbourhood feel that goes perfect with a $4 pint of PBR or Yellowhead, its two Happy Hour specials. Don’t worry if you can’t come until a little later; the magic hour run between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. here.

Kelly's Pub

10156 104 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5J 1A7

Kelly’s may actually be the happiest place on earth. Happy Hour runs between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., spilling into the happiest hour, which goes until 7 p.m. The first round includes premium and import pints, house wine, well highballs and domestic pints and bottles for as low as $5. The happiest hour features the same beers and highballs on special for even less, along with glasses of wine and handcrafted cocktails for as low as $4.75. Set in the heart of downtown, Kelly’s is also great for catching some sports.

The Rocky Mountain Ice House

10516 Jasper Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T5J 1Z7

If you’re a wine lover looking for good deals and a dark bar, the Rocky Mountain Icehouse is the place to be. Modern and urban with a touch of rustic, alpine warmth, this restaurant/bar’s Happy Hour features deals on glasses of house red and white wines. But, if wine isn’t your flavour, there’s also a few refreshing drafts – including Alley Kat Scona Gold and Mainsqueeze – offered at a good price. On Tuesdays, you can catch Happy Hour between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. and even stay a little longer to hear some live music from The Icehouse Band.

Denizen Hall

10266 103 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5J 0Y8

It’s easy to lose track of time here; I’ve definitely spent a couple hours trying to up my game on The Denizen Hall’s pinball machines, one of several crowd-pleasers in its extensive retro arcade. The fun and games don’t stop here though. Come down for Happy Hour, between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., when you can try your hand at a game of rock-paper-scissors to win half off your appetizer while you sip on a $4 PBR or Yellowhead lager. Or come between 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. for $2.75 house highballs!

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