By Jordan Tougas

Going to a game can be expensive – especially once you factor in food and drinks on top of your tickets. With the nice weather in the summer, it’s the perfect opportunity to get out on the town and check out some of Edmonton’s sports bars.

Whether you prefer to sit out on the patio enjoying a cold one with the boys or you like to be inside right at the bar counter, Edmonton has the bars to suit your needs. Without further ado, these are some of the best sports bars in Edmonton.

Mercer Tavern 10363 104 St

Mercer Tavern thrives on affordable, gourmet, and local foods. The Happy Hour runs from 3:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m. daily and offers a variety of drinks and snacks ranging from $4 – $8. Mercer Tavern boasts an excellent atmosphere; you’ll love being immersed in their classic architecture and trendy decor while you watch the big game! The location is also great for grabbing a bite and drink before a summer concert as it’s located in the Ice District and right next to Rogers Place. Although Mercer has a quaint patio, they do not have TVs outside.

State and Main 10065 Jasper Ave

This trendy downtown bar is a little different for this list. State and Main is a more up–scale bar. Its focus is on gourmet food, but there is one big thing that gives the bar an advantage over others: State and Main is usually less busy during game days! The serving is above average and they offer special drinks for major events.

1ST RND 11248 104 Ave

3 Star Happy Hour is the best time to get cheap food and liquor. The bar serves $3 sleeves, sliders and fish tacos. 1ST RND strives to have great events. To keep up to date follow their social media to see when the best events are happening. They hold parties for games throughout the summer that you won’t want to miss. The service is excellent, the food will not dissapoint, and they even have Skip The Dishes service if you want to stay in to watch the game. There is even patio at the downtown location to watch games under the heat of the summer!

The Pint 10125 109 St

Games are normally held in the late afternoon – and The Pint takes advantage of that. The bar holds Happy Hour from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. daily. The Pint has typical bar-style food but done the right way and easier on your wallet. It’s comfort food at its finest: burgers, sandwiches, nachos and wings– they have 40 different flavours!. Whether you’re into football, soccer or hockey, The Pint will most likely have your game playing.

Did we miss one? Tell us about your favourite place to watch the game at sports@nait.ca.

Photo Courtesy: Patrick Thomasso on Unsplash

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