Where to Enjoy the Perfect Pint

Downtown pubs and bars offering perfectly poured pints of Guinness, dark stouts, extensive whisky selections and great pub grub

Sherlock Holmes

Pubs don’t get more authentic than Sherlock Holmes Pub. This Downtown spot will make you feel like you’re drinking a pint across the pond with its fancy millwork, centre bar, tiny wooden booths and regular live music. And yep pints of Guinness flow as freely here as does water. If you fancy food try pub classics such as their fish and chips, shepherd’s pie and chicken pot pie. Sherlock’s also has an extensive menu that includes burgers, pizza and the best nachos in the core. You can’t miss this Rice Howard Way institution – look for the red telephone box outside. 10012 101A Ave

Kelly’s Pub

Named after its female proprietor, the Irish-themed Kelly’s Pub is mainstay on 104 Street to swing by for draughts Guinness, Harps and Smithwicks. The vibe is what you’d expect to find in an Irish bar, including regulars always down for idle chat. Craving proper Irish food? Order the bangers and mash, shepherd’s pie or fish and chips. This spot is solid for a quick pint before the game, or stay and watch an Edmonton Oilers or Edmonton Elks game on the screens inside. 10156 104 St

Underground Tap and Grill

Underground Tap and Grill has one of the largest and most diverse selections of Canadian and international craft beer Downtown. With 72 beers on tap, you’ll always find something at this subterranean beer bar. While you won’t find Guinness on tap,  you’ll discover a handful of porters and stouts that might become your new favourite. Keep your tastebuds close to home with a Blindman Brewery kettle sour or Dandy Brewing Oyster Stout, or go further afield and order a Belgian Tripel. 10004 Jasper Avenue

Craft Beer Market

With an impressive 100-plus beers on tap, Craft Beer Market on Rice Howard Way is Downtown’s superlative craft beer destination. Not sure what to order? You can’t go wrong with an Alberta brew – Blindman, Last Best, Toolshed and Trolley 5 are consistent pours. Bonus: there’s a bocce ball lane on the second floor. 10013 101A Avenue

The Pint

A casual, laidback spot that that attracts a decidedly younger crowd because of its affordable menu. Most of the beers available at The Pint are domestic, the usual Kokanee, Keith’s, Budweiser, you know how it is. Lots of great daily specials to put in your calendar like Taco Tuesdays to Sunday Funday. 10125 109 St

Cask & Barrel

If whisky is your thing, then you’ve come to the right place. There’s no shortage of brown spirts at Cask & Barrel. The cozy joint also hosts live music every Saturday from 4pm to 6pm. 10041 104 St

Rocky Mountain Icehouse

This ski lodge styled bar is known for its variety of craft beer and delicious bar bites. Mercury Lager from Grande Prairie is the house lager frequently on special and Rocky Mountain Icehouse is the only place in town to get a pint of Kelowna-based Shore Line Brewing beer. The heated patio is a favourite in the winter for patrons and their four-legged friends. Yes, this patio is dog friendly. 10516 Jasper Ave

Pub 1905

You come to Pub 1905 for two things: draught Guinness and hotdogs. The two couldn’t be any more opposite, but it works here. And so does the double happy hour and daily food specials. Enjoy cheap food and drinks Monday to Friday from 3pm to 7pm, 7 pm to close. If you’re here during the warmer months, the patio is great for big groups and the indoor space is available for private functions. 10525 Jasper Ave

The Canadian Brewhouse

You always know what you’re going to get at The Canadian Brewhouse and that’s why this Canadian chain that offers more than 20 draught beers is an Edmonton favourite. The menu is top-level Canadiana kitsch with names like Manitoba Yam Fries, Ogopogo Onion Rings, Queen Charlotte Caesar Salad, and five different Caesars to drink. Sit back and chug a couple of draft beers while watching the game on any of their screens playing every sport imaginable. 10338 109 St

Red Star

This year Red Star celebrated its 18th anniversary and for good reason. The beer menu here is balanced with crisp, hoppy, dark, toasted and nutty options that will please anyone who walk through its door. Always bustling with local entrepreneurs, Downtown boosters and neighbourhood residents, this is the one of best bars Downtown to make connections. The food here should not be overlooked as all the recipes are from Daniel Costa of Corso 32, Bar Bricco and Uccellino fame. If we had to pick just three dishes, we’d go with the beef carpaccio, grilled cheese sandwich and the Pembina pork pasta. 10534 Jasper Ave

Central Social Hall

Not only is Central Social Hall an ideal place for business meetings and work functions, but it’s also the perfect spot for an after-work drink or night out with friends. The space is larger than it appears from the outside and the two patios are stunning on their own. Their beer selection is more impressive as they specialize in local Canadian breweries on tap. 10909 Jasper Ave