Comforting atmosphere, amazing drinks, great Indian food, and fantastic desserts. This cafe is vegan and vegetarian friendly; you can get vegan butter chicken and vegan cupcakes (these are surprisingly good!). My go-to dish is the samosas: simple, cheap, and delicious. The chai lattes, iced or hot, are a must have pick-me-up. With three locations in Edmonton, you can always retreat to these cozy cafes. There is one in downtown on 102nd Street and Jasper Ave, one on 109th Street across from The Garneau, and a new location on Whyte Ave, close to 104th Street. It’s a great place to do homework, play chess, or just socialize with friends.
Metro Cinema at the Garneau Theater
Metro Cinemas, located in the old Garneau Theater, has an eclectic variety of great films with reasonably priced tickets and student discounts. They frequently have very fun themed film festivals. There is yummy popcorn, candy, and pop that is much cheaper than most movie theaters. A bonus is that they also serve beer (mostly local Alley Kat); yes, you can enjoy a cold one while watching a film. It’s really a breath of fresh air from most movie theaters.
This is a really fun place to be. It has a smaller dance floor, but it is usually packed and there are always really great people to dance with. They staff is friendly and fairly accommodating for a busy bar. They play fun dance music, with older favorites mixed in. Cover is only $5, but drinks can get a bit pricey. They have decent, regular bar food options that they do well. I like going there to dance and to meet interesting people.
Elephant and Castle on Whyte
This pub has a friendly and relaxing atmosphere; there are lots of university students and you can actually sit down and have a conversation. It is surprisingly relaxing compared to the crazy loud bars on Whyte Ave. They have a wide selection of beers and other great drinks. The food is always really good; I would recommend anything on the menu- the nachos are to die for! The waitresses and bartenders are always nice in my experience. This is a relaxing place to grab a drink with friends.
Concordia Sports Games
First off, it is free to get in if you are a student. Secondly, it's fun to see your friends crush other teams and supporting your school feels great. I remember watching my first Concordia Hockey game last November and I had a lot of fun. I won the half time puck shoot, almost lost my voice cheering, and Concordia won! The schedule of all Concordia sports events is listed online and there are pamphlets you can pick up at the library’s check out desk or at the Welcome Centre.
Blues on Whyte
Come out for great live music 7 nights a week! There is a new blues band that comes to play every week. Blues on Whyte is a great place to dance and socialize. The drinks are reasonably priced, but I don’t think they serve food (if they do i haven’t tried it). They also have a pool table and arcade games if you get tired of dancing your heart out.
The Next Act Pub
The Next Act is always packed . . . because it is that good! You have to try their amazing grilled cheese with bacon and thin apple slices that’s served on perfectly toasted marble rye bread. Make sure to order it with either their amazing fries or soup or salad- it’s all good. Afterwards, you can wash it down with one of their many unique beers. My favorites are Crabbie’s ginger beer, Alley Kat’s grapefruit beer, and a banana bread beer. The atmosphere is inviting and the staff are friendly and personable. They play great music (not top 40s) and you can catch games or old movies on their TVs. I love getting a bite here with friends; it is right off of Whyte Ave so it is great place to get your night started.
The main attraction is karaoke Saturday nights; the more the merrier, so bring a big group and you'll have a great time! The food is served by the Albert's Family Restaurant kitchen next door, so it is all very basic diner and bar food. The dry ribs are pretty tasty, but I’d stick to simple things like poutine and fries. The drinks and prices are fairly standard for most bars. Some find the atmosphere a little less inviting, but it really depends on what night you go and how badly people want to sing. There is a pool table for those who don’t sing, but the karaoke and the lovely karaoke hosts are the real reason to stop by.
I hope you find this list interesting, hopefully helpful, and that you remember to have a little fun this November!