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04-04-2013, 06:00 PM
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If Edmonton makes the playoffs get your ass to Whyte Ave stat.
Oh man I remember Whyte back in 06' when we made that run.
Massive mob on Whyte, could hear the roar even when at my place
Was awesome xD
118 ave is where it's at

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To be fair I loved the Alberta summers and fishing up north

But come mid September things started to get cold and then fist snowfall by mid October and then this got nasty

I love going for long walks and other **** outside and there are not possible in Edmonton between November and March in Edmonton most years

but the one part of my life I really do love is that fact this year I crossed countries 100,101 and 102 of my list of countries to go to

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For hockey games, Hudsons is a pretty popular spot. They have half price beer and cheap wings all day during Oilers games, so you can get pretty crunk for not much money. Jasper ave has a lot of new bars and dining places that are really shiny, and the ones that I've been to have been quite good, although pretty expensive. You can watch the game at pretty much any restaurant though, since they all have TVs, and will always be on the game.

Whyte ave is more "old timey" but still just as good a time as Jasper ave. More of a Boston Pizza and Julio's kind of place.

Or you can do as I do and go to West Edmonton Mall for watching the game. There's a Hudsons, Boston Pizza, Cactus Club, and dozens of other good places very close to each other.

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04-04-2013, 06:45 PM
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The River Valley is beautiful in the summer. Spend sometime down there, it's my favourite part of Edmonton.
Absolutely, very under appreciated by Edmontonians.





Make sure you check out some festivals in the summer too. Folk Fest, Heritage Days, Taste of Edmonton, Fringe... Lots of 'em.


Also, do a weekend trip (or 3) to Jasper.

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Awesome stuff, thanks guys!

What are some good night clubs?

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I recently made this same move from Toronto to Edmonton myself - here are my suggestions but your tastes may be totally different

Food (most of these are downtown):

Corso 32 (think King Street)
3 Boars (think Dundas West)
Canteen
Doans (not Shane Doans but Vietnamese food)
Pagolac and Golden Bird (more Vietnamese both in Chinatown)
Italian Centre (better than any Italian grocery store in Toronto, trust me, and a good restaurant to boot)
MRKT
The Marc (good french food for the prairies)
The Common (also a good nightspot)
Pourhouse
Under the High Wheel
Urban Diner
Kyoto (decent sushi for Edmonton)
Furasato (ditto)
Tony's Pizza (pizza by the slice SUUUUCKS in Edmonton but Tony's rules for sit in/take out)
Langano Skies (ethiopian)
Tres Carnales (mexican)
El Rancho (spanish food on 118th Ave)

Edmonton's China town has a bad rep but loads of good food and Chinese bakeries


Bars/pubs (clubs not my scene and i don't really like sports bars either so I'm bad for this but here ya go):

Red Star
The Common (think King Street, a bit of Queen West)
Black Dog
Accent Lounge

Coffee Shops:

The Duchess (honestly one of the best dessert/coffee places in Canada, Globe and Mail agrees!)
Credo (downtown)
Transcend (southside)
Roast (downtown)


Outdoors;

River valley
River valley
River valley

It's the largest urban greenspace in any north american city. Bike, jog, golf etc.

Also go to Jasper National Park, it's a 3ish hour drive - sort of like what your daily commute was probably like in Toronto


Other:

Off the beaten path festival/art films at Princess theatre (same chain as Carlton Street Cinema in TO) and Metro/Garneau (not as good as the TIFF but they try)

Record shops - Blackbyrd (whyte), Listen (downtown)

Art Gallery of Alberta - some love it, some hate it but hey, that's art right?
Latitude 53 (think the MOCCA in Toronto)

And as others have noted, decent festivals etc in the summer... i can keep going if you want..

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04-04-2013, 11:45 PM
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I recently made this same move from Toronto to Edmonton myself - here are my suggestions but your tastes may be totally different

Food (most of these are downtown):

Corso 32 (think King Street)
3 Boars (think Dundas West)
Canteen
Doans (not Shane Doans but Vietnamese food)
Pagolac and Golden Bird (more Vietnamese both in Chinatown)
Italian Centre (better than any Italian grocery store in Toronto, trust me, and a good restaurant to boot)
MRKT
The Marc (good french food for the prairies)
The Common (also a good nightspot)
Pourhouse
Under the High Wheel
Urban Diner
Kyoto (decent sushi for Edmonton)
Furasato (ditto)
Tony's Pizza (pizza by the slice SUUUUCKS in Edmonton but Tony's rules for sit in/take out)
Langano Skies (ethiopian)
Tres Carnales (mexican)
El Rancho (spanish food on 118th Ave)

Edmonton's China town has a bad rep but loads of good food and Chinese bakeries


Bars/pubs (clubs not my scene and i don't really like sports bars either so I'm bad for this but here ya go):

Red Star
The Common (think King Street, a bit of Queen West)
Black Dog
Accent Lounge

Coffee Shops:

The Duchess (honestly one of the best dessert/coffee places in Canada, Globe and Mail agrees!)
Credo (downtown)
Transcend (southside)
Roast (downtown)


Outdoors;

River valley
River valley
River valley

It's the largest urban greenspace in any north american city. Bike, jog, golf etc.

Also go to Jasper National Park, it's a 3ish hour drive - sort of like what your daily commute was probably like in Toronto


Other:

Off the beaten path festival/art films at Princess theatre (same chain as Carlton Street Cinema in TO) and Metro/Garneau (not as good as the TIFF but they try)

Record shops - Blackbyrd (whyte), Listen (downtown)

Art Gallery of Alberta - some love it, some hate it but hey, that's art right?
Latitude 53 (think the MOCCA in Toronto)

And as others have noted, decent festivals etc in the summer... i can keep going if you want..
Holy **** this is amazing, going to print this out, lol.

KEEP GOING.

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04-05-2013, 12:13 AM
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Booze:

check out City Celler downtown or Sherbrooke Liquor in the west end - better craft/fancy beer selection than anything i've ever seen in my many years in Toronto - so much good stuff, even my pals in vancouver can't believe some of it.

Markets:

in summer there are two awesome Farmer's Markets that i know of - one outdoors on 104th street every satuday AM/afternoon and then the Old Strathcona Market

Events etc.

MADE in Edmonton is a local urban/design/planning/architecture events etc. type of thing. if you're into urban issues at all they have good speakers and events sometimes

http://madeinedmonton.org/

It's pretty glossy but Avenue Magazine sometimes has "going on" type stuff worth checking

http://www.avenueedmonton.com/

also Edmonton's version of The Grid in Toronto is Vue Magazine - for music/art/theatre/etc. shows and off the beaten path stuff etc.

http://vueweekly.com/


Other:

as noted by others Whyte Ave in general has shops etc. and some decent food pubs

124th street downtown has some of this too

104th street downtown has some of this too

Jasper Ave is really long and has some deadzones as well but def some places to grab a bite or hang out

118th Ave and 97th Street (china town) take a lot of crap becase they're in or near higher crime areas but they have great food options as well

Wunderbar is also a decent pub and has live music every night (usually just local stuff but hey..)

Leva is a good coffeeshop but basically on campus so a student crowd if that matters

If you're into music it's a lot different from TO - mostly due to geography it is hard to get as many acts up here but there's lots to do around the city otherwise..

if you want shopping recs i can do that too, same with some design-y type things and even a wee bit of interesting architecture

I'll let the rest of these guys give you donair and steakhouse type place recommendations cause i'm an amateur in that department

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Awesome stuff, thanks guys!

What are some good night clubs?
Country
1. Ranch
2. Knoxvilles

Dance
1. Rack
2. Billiards
3. Union (not unless you wear everything affliction)
4. Squires maybe
5. red square if you feel like dressing up
5. New bar across from rack- forget name

Bars that are chill to drink with friends
1.Hudsons
2.Pint
3.Central social hall

Cougars
-On the rocks

Set night club is the most "club" bar we have. Also have a decent amount of EDM and electro shows.

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I've lived in Ottawa for 2 years before Toronto and agreed, both cities are great for different reasons.

Excited for Edmonton

Is it true your liquor stores are open at 2am? That is amazing haha.

Found this place: http://www.liquorstoresgp.ca/
Strange fact: Jakarta is the only city I've ever lived in where you can walk into an Indomaret (basically a 7-11) at any time of night and buy beer. Having lived in Thunder Bay, Edmonton, Vancouver, Dublin, Bangkok, and now Jakarta, it's pretty interesting that the Muslim country has the most lax liquor laws of them all...*

As for Edmonton pubs, I'd imagine the Black Dog is still a good spot for an afternoon balcony drink, no?

Walking down Whyte I'm sure you'll find a place to call your 'local' soon enough.



*I should add that it's pretty difficult to get liquor for the month of Ramadan -- so you stock up!

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Oh, I also wanted to say thanks to all the posters that are making recommendations; I'll be 'visiting' my hometown of Edmonton this summer, and you've given me a ton of stuff to check out!

Keep em coming!
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I don't know man. Dude asked a simple question about our town that he hasn't been to, and you give this as a response.

Anyways, @ LordSithis...if you're coming to Edmonton for the summer, there are a number of outdoor festivals that are really done well. If you're into tunes, there are a couple of good blues/jazz festivals, theater, there is the Fringe on Whyte avenue, a taste of Edmonton (you buy tickets and get food from a whole whack of different restaurants), street performers festival....etc etc.

We have a lot of stuff happening in the summer. Golf is big around here if you're into that, and depending on which style of music you like, there are usually a few really good bands coming through at both Rexall as well as various music joints/bars.

Edmonton is actually pretty sweet in the summer time. Winters suck though (if you're a summer type person like myself).

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The average Edmontonian (particularly the average edmonton hockey fan it seems) will more than likely recommend you a homogenized, suburban-style, chain-restaurant experience. Don't listen to them. Edmonton offers more than that.
Try to discover what the city offers beyond the giant malls and sprawling subdivisions. Check out those less traveled downtown streets and neighbourhoods. As a native Edmontonian who's been living in Germany the last 4 years, I can tell you that it's certainly not the Boston Pizzas and Earls that I miss about my home town.

gretz79 has posted a fantastic list so far. Use that as a starting point, and find your own favourite places and new experiences. My only other suggestion at this point, is to pick up a bike.
Seriously, it's such an enjoyable way to get around town in the summer time.

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Stay in the Southside!! It's teh best.

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Stay in the Southside!! It's teh best.
And make sure it's deep south, like.. Not Millwoods.

And I am sorry for my previous posts, I do not mind the leafs or Toronto.
I just hate Damien Cox.

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what time are liquor stores open in Ont.?

I know Sask liquor stores are all government run (except for hotel liquor stores) and they close super early...lame

oh ya, drinking age is 18 here

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There's no such thing as Spring.

There will be snow on the ground in May again this year.

Just thought I'd warn you before moving.

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as others have stated, Whyte ave is about as cool as any street in Canada, and I've been to every important street this country has (Robson, Queen, Cresent are busier and higher end, but not any cooler)

124 st has some nice restaurants (especially Greek) and Jazz coffee shops, and it is the Art Gallery street of the city.

and, of course, there is Bourbon Street in West Edmonton Mall (WEM).

you will hear that 118th ave is the worst street, not only in the City but in the whole province, and, after 9pm, it is true. (it is on the level of Dundas and Sherbourne, probably not as scary as Jane and Finch, nowhere near as bad as East Hastings in VCR) but, during the day, it has clean up alot. Galleries, ethnic coffee shops and bakeries. just don't leave your vehicle there over night.

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Eat a donair...look up the donair thread on this forum for the best places. That is all you need to know, where the good donair shops are.

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I travel by my belly

So as mentioned, The Duchess bake shop is wonderful - they make their pastries and such the closest I have found to France... from what they said to me there, they actually import their butter from France... pain aux choclat... mmmm...

If you want a good smoked meat sandwich go to The Steakout (99st & 34Ave).

Brits Fish&Chips... name says it all.

I also like Sherlock Holmes for Pub grub - english flare, think bangers and mash

No sense repeating everything else people have added.

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I travel by my belly

So as mentioned, The Duchess bake shop is wonderful - they make their pastries and such the closest I have found to France... from what they said to me there, they actually import their butter from France... pain aux choclat... mmmm...

If you want a good smoked meat sandwich go to The Steakout (99st & 34Ave).

Brits Fish&Chips... name says it all.

I also like Sherlock Holmes for Pub grub - english flare, think bangers and mash

No sense repeating everything else people have added.
Steakout/Drifters do have very good smoked meat.

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Lota good food options already mentioned but its aways good to check urban spoon or yelp for more options.

the one Event this summer that i say is a must for anybody visiting Edmonton is the Heritage Festival Aug 3 -5 http://heritage-festival.com/

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Steel Wheel's off of Whyte Ave at 2am. Phil is hilarious, pizza is good but personally I think they make a mean stir fry (Bulgogi meal on rice).

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Festivals!

I am not from Edmonton (get your stones ready, Calgary native here), but one thing Edmonton does better is festivals.

Fringe Fest
Folk Fest
Heritage Fest

Those are the ones I have been to, native Edmontonians should be able to fill out this list for me.

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