Edmonton joints where cocktails are done right

Sick of beer? Still suffering from a wine hangover (wine-over?)? You don’t need to hang up your drinking hat – just switch to craft cocktails. These Edmonton speakeasies elevate the art of cocktail making with fresh ingredients and creative combos.

Central Social Hall

1
100-10909 Jasper Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T5J 3L9

It may be a nightclub full of twenty-somethings grinding to a thumping beat till the wee hours but don’t let that fool you – Central Social Hall takes its drink menu seriously. You can go beyond amaretto sours and rye and cokes here (not that there is anything wrong with either of those). But expand your late night palate and try a blueberry smash or one of their other fruity, fizzy, fantastic cocktails. Wake up feeling fantastic. Repeat.

Mercer Tavern

2
100-10363 104 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5J 1B9

They’ve become known in town for their Scotch Caesar, which come with bacon, the food of the gods. But if you aren’t a fan of clamato (I’m not, to be honest), the cocktail menu at Mercer Tavern still has more to offer, including a whole bevy of modern cocktails. The cocktail masters like to use as many fresh ingredients as possible, like fresh lime juice and their rosemary-cinnamon simple syrup, made in-house.

Woodwork Restaurant

3
10132 100 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5J 0N8

Co-owner Andrew Borley used to own a craft cocktail catering service prior to opening Woodwork in 2013, so you know he knows his stuff when it comes to cocktails. This isn’t a place where you come and order a rye and water – you need to prepare yourself for cocktails that will take you out of your comfort zone, in the best way possible.

Manor Casual Bistro

4
10109 125 Street NW, Edmonton, AB T5N 1S7

Located in a historic house in the High Street district of Edmonton, this classic restaurant offers up modern twists on cocktails. The bartenders have clearly had fun naming the drinks – A Bison Named Gibson, Penicillin, Choke Artist, Meat Hook? You’ll find all those whimsical cocktails here and more.

The Common

5
9910 109 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5K 1H5

This gastrolounge serves up craft cocktails infused with herbs, such as lavender and mint. The bartenders break it down by modern and vintage, so you can decide: What kind of person do I want to be tonight? Am I the kind of saucy lady who drinks Old Fashioneds and Pimm’s Cups? Or do I prefer to sip on watermelon mojitos and lavender rocks? Either way, you know you’re in for a good night when your drink smells even better than you do.

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