If you are lucky enough to have a group of friends who never flop on you, consider yourself to be blessed. Hold on to them tightly, because the rest of us are out here struggling to make plans with our crew. Of course, it's not always their fault; life, school, work, family, and a million other things will always get in the way, and sometimes, there's nothing you can do about it. As long as there's always a valid excuse for flopping, your friends are worth forgiving.
Maybe it's because I'm so extroverted, but I hate doing things alone. I'll literally call up my best friend to go grocery shopping with me so I don't have to go by myself sometimes. Any university student knows how busy this time of year is with midterms, papers, finals, and what not, so I've had to learn to get over myself and start doing things solo while my friends are grinding.
For some, going to the bar alone might seem weird or uncomfortable, but realistically, it's the perfect opportunity to socialize and make new friends. Who is more friendly than drunk girls in a bathroom? Absolutely no one. If you're not quite ready to go by yourself, you can always start by checking out one of Edmonton's many landmarks and museums, or even attend an event or a festival for something you've always been interested in by yourself.
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Clubs and Bars
El Cortez Mexican Kitchen + Tequila Bar // 8230 Gateway Blvd
Open late six nights a week, El Cortez is always a blast. Check out the Tequila Cellar on Friday and Saturday nights to drink and dance with DJs playing all your favourite music. 1/2 price tequila on Thursdays, and $20 pitchers of sangria on Sundays will keep your buzz going and your wallet happy.
The Black Dog Freehouse // 10425 82 Ave
Ready for a night out on Whyte by yourself? Check out the Wooftop Patio in the warmer months, or dance away your winter blues through the colder months. Happy hour runs Monday to Saturday from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., and there's different events and DJs every night of the week.
CRAFT Beer Market // 10013 101A Ave
CRAFT is the perfect casual hangout spot, solo or with your crew. They have an incredible food menu, and one of the largest collections of unique craft beers you'll find in YEG.
Knoxville's Tavern // 10736 Jasper Ave
Knox is known as one of the leaders in Edmonton's entertainment scene. Throwback Thursday, Fireball Friday, and Ladies Night on Saturday will keep you busy all weekend, with unique drink specials every night.
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Events and Festivals
Luminaria // University of Alberta Botanic Garden
From December 1st to December 3rd, head to the UofA Botanic Garden and start celebrating the holiday season. Walk along the tranquil candlelit paths, and bring your camera to snap some beautiful pictures.
Edmonton Oilers Game // Roger's Place
You don't need to watch the game from home, grab some tickets and head to Rogers Place to watch the action unfold irl. The season is just getting started, so you'll have plenty of opportunities.
The Science Behind Pixar Exhibition // TELUS World of Science
Ever wanted to understand the science behind all your favourite childhood movies? The exhibit features over 40 interactive elements, and gives you an eight-step tour of the filmmaking process.
All is Bright Festival // 124 Street, between 102 Ave and Jasper Ave
Head down to 124 Street on November 25th, from 4 - 8 p.m. Winter is almost here, and it's time to get excited. The festival features fire and light dancers, beverage gardens, Christmas carolling, a fire for you to make s'mores, food trucks, and so much more.
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Landmarks and Museums
Alberta Legislature Building // 10800 97 Ave
Take a tour of the beautiful Alberta Legislature Building, or even just spend a day hanging out outside and people watching. You might pick up some new interesting info about our province, or at the very least, snap a pretty pic for your Instagram.
West Edmonton Mall // 8882 170 Street
We all know that shopping by yourself is better anyways. West Ed has an abundance of stores, so you can shop until you drop, or if you're feeling adventurous, you can visit Galaxyland or World Waterpark.
Art Gallery of Alberta // 2 Sir Winston Churchill Square
Free for all Alberta students, the Art Gallery of Alberta always has an abundance of unique and interesting exhibits for you to check out. They offer private tours, or you can go at your own pace and check out what you'd like.
Chinatown // 10634 97 Street
Spend your day exploring all that Chinatown has to offer. Find a new favourite Chinese food place, or check out some authentic, old school grocery stores. Bring along your camera and stage an impromptu photoshoot.
Royal Alberta Museum // 9810 103A Ave
Reopening in 2018, the Royal Alberta will be the largest museum in Western Canada. The architecture of the new building looks stunning, and the exhibits they feature are sure to be bigger and better than ever before.