Take a tropical drink tour around Edmonton

Every season can be patio season if you’ve got the right drink. So, sidle up to the bar and get ready to cut loose with these tropical-inspired beverages. Coconut cup not included.

Julio's Barrio

10450 82 Avenue NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 2A2

Who needs the beach when you’ve got Julio’s? There’s nothing like sippin’ on something slushy and soaking up some sun to make you feel like you’re in Mexico. Kick back on their patio and get ready to enjoy one of their signature Bulldogs to get that South of the border feeling right here at home.


102-10359 104 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5J 1B9

If you’re in the market for a margarita, then Rostizado is a must. Play it safe with the Casa de Rostizado margarita, a self-titled bevvie that combines tequila, triple sec and lime or get a little nutty and try their Tamarind Marg. Even if margaritas aren’t your thing, another one of their cócteles especiales will be sure to strike your fancy.

MKT Fresh Food | Beer Market

8101 Gateway Blvd NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 3X8

If you’re looking for some primo patio space this summer, look no further than MKT. They might be known for their wide beer selection, but they also happen to sling a mean mojito, too. Served in a mason jar, their Dragon’s Breath puts a twist on an old favourite, mashing together rum, raspberries and that signature mojito mint.

El Cortez Tequila Bar and Kitchen

8230 Gateway Blvd NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 4B2

It’s all tequila, all the time at El Cortez. Mix up your marg with coconut or fig, or keep it classic and stick to the original lime. Feeling extra adventurous? Any one of their hand-crafted, tequila-centric cocktails is sure to get the party started.

Pampa Brazilian Steakhouse

9929 109 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5K 1H6

Pampa brings Brazillian flavour to the table. Looking for an authentic beverage to pair with your meal? Try a caipirinhas! Brazil’s national cocktail is fun to say and even more fun to drink. The hand-muddled combo of fresh fruit, rum and a splash of sugar cane liqueur is served on the rocks and will have you dancin’ the samba in no time.

Lux Steakhouse & Bar Ltd

196-10150 101 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5J 4G8

LUX may seem like an unlikely spot to flex your tropical taste buds, but one sip of their Coco Loco and you’ll be whistlin’ a different tune. They combine coconut rum, OJ and pineapple juice and top it all off with blue curacao to create the ultimate island-inspired cocktail. The only thing missing will be palm trees.

Tres Carnales Taqueria Ltd

10119 100A St NW, Edmonton, AB T5J 0R5

Everyone’s favourite taco joint is a little taste of Mexico in the heart of downtown. If you’re on the prowl for a liquid lunch, ditch the chips and salsa for one of their El Jimador margaritas. Looking for something a little less alcoholic? Treat yourself to a virgin Aguas Frescas instead. Either way, you’ll be channeling the red, white and green.

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If you’re looking for a casual spot to enjoy a social libation or a cozy space to recharge with caffeine, look no further. These cafés are one-stop shops, because you should never have to choose between coffee and cocktails. I think we can all drink to that!
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