Summer has finally arrived; the birds are chirping, the sun is beaming, and Edmonton patios are back in business. What better way to experience the few rare weeks of warm weather than by being out on the deck with a well-chilled drink in hand? We put together a bunch of classic spots perfect for basking in the heat, with delicious drinks included, of course.
From sunny patios for brunching to colourful, dog-friendly decks to help you relax, you'll be hard-pressed to find better places to hang out this summer.
There's no better way to pass the time than sipping ice-cold margaritas with friends as you watch the world go by.
From places with huge lists of beers and specialty cocktails to food menus that leave you wanting nothing, these spots are great the next time you're feeling thirsty.
That's not to mention the great brunches or late breakfasts to be had on lazy weekends. Everyone knows mimosas don't count as day-drinking, it was decreed by John A. MacDonald back in 1867, probably. We might need to fact check that.
So with all that in mind, why head out with some friends or just yourself this summer and support one of these great local businesses with a drink in hand?
MKT Beer Market
Address: 8101 Gateway Blvd., Edmonton, AB
Why You Need To Go: This classic pub has a huge, comprehensive beer list and frozen drinks to cool you down.
Address: 10922 88 Ave., Edmonton, AB
Why You Need To Go: This award-winning bistro, pub, coffee shop, and more is the perfect stop for brunch with mimosas.
O'Byrne's Irish Pub
Address: 10616 82 Ave. Edmonton, AB
Why You Need To Go: With daily specials and plenty of beer to go around, you can't go wrong with an all-too forgettable evening here.
El Cortez Mexican Kitchen + Tequila Bar
Address: 8230 Gateway Blvd., Edmonton, AB
Why You Need To Go: What goes better beer and tequila than a whole slew of creative taco options? Plus, their patio is super fun and colourful.
The Cask & Barrel
Address: 10041 104 St., Edmonton, AB
Why You Need To Go: This nostalgic, comforting pub makes you feel right at home.
Cuisine: Cocktails & tapas
Address: 11957 Jasper Ave., Edmonton, AB
Why You Need To Go: This delicious, nature-inspired cocktail laboratory is a classic for inventive drinks and explosive flavours.
Rocky Mountain Icehouse
Address: 10516 Jasper Ave., Edmonton, AB
Why You Need To Go: This Texas-inspired icehouse promises to bring an Albertan kick to your neighbourhood bar experience.