Old school date night in Edmonton

Say, classy lady, what are you doing this S-A-T-U-R-D-A-Y night? Cue up for a night of pool hall nostalgia, free your inner Freddie Mercury at karaoke or dig out that bowling shirt for a night on the lanes. Or, flashback to smashy-bashy roller derby, vintage arcade games, trivia night and board games – do it all and have a ball on one of these retro date nights in Edmonton.

The Billiard Club

10505 82 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 2A3

An institution on Whyte for more than 20 years, this big venue is a great place to rack up some old school billiards. The space, on the second floor of the historic post office building, is open and warm with hardwood floors, exposed brick and dozens of well-maintained tables. Open every night – with half-price pool on Sundays – the club has a full menu, including a combo shot platter for sharing.

Edmonton Sportsdome

10104 32 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6N 1G7

In case you don’t know it already, roller derby kicks butt. It’s fast, it’s loud and it’s scrappy – sound like someone you know? The now co-ed Oil City teams scuffle at the big blue and white dome on the city’s south side. Check their schedule of events – and recruitment programs – on the Oil City Roller Derby Facebook page. And, start working on that roller girl name – Peaches and Mean? Ellie Maehem? One Hit Wanda?

Rosario's Pizza

11715C 108 Avenue NW, Edmonton, AB T5H 1B8

For karaoke, I always like to warm up the pipes with something simple, like Anne Murray’s Snowbird, before I leap head first into Bohemian Rhapsody. But, if you want to rocket-launch the night with a fandango of thunderbolts and lightening – go for it, my son! With karaoke every single night, this cozy bar in the Queen Mary Park neighbourhood is Edmonton’s Karaoke Central. They also have pool tables, darts, TVs and a full menu. Magnifico-o-o-o!

Chateau Louis Hotel & Conference Centre

11727 Kingsway NW, Edmonton, AB T5G 3A1

Trivia night is a blast for us Clifford C. Clavin-types – and kids, if you don’t know who that is, well, you have some studying to do. Or, just invite the old folks along to take the classic ‘80s sitcom category. On the lower floor of the hotel, you’ll find A Touch of Class Gaming Room – here, teams from all over the continent prove their collective brainpower via satellite on Buzztime. Oh, the glory.

Hexagon Board Game Cafe Inc The

10750 82 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 2A8

All of your favourite things in the world come together here – board games, coffee, beer, pastries and pies – chicken pot pie, taco pie, curry pie – oh man. Pick a table, order your food and pick from more than 400 games. With everything from Arkham Horror and backgammon to Yahtzee and Zombiegeddon – this café is a perfect place to gather the gang together to meet your new lady-love.

Denizen Hall

10266 103 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5J 0Y8

Right in the middle of our evolving downtown core, this bar-cade brings together hipster food culture with the sweet nostalgia of old school video games. The overhauled hall – in the heritage Grand Hotel – has cutting-edge live music, big portions of scratch-made comfort food, wall-to-wall black velvet art and full retro arcade of pinball, tabletop and stand up games. Play Donkey Kong, Pac Man, TMNT, Mortal Combat and a ton of pinball machines – then sit down to the country fried chicken and buttermilk biscuits. Best retro-nerd date ever.

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