Canada’s best bars and events for summertime society

For the après champions: It’s where the crowds flock after a long day of skiing, snowboarding or biking Longhorn Saloon & Grill, And for a good reason. Nestled in the heart of Whistler village, this iconic après and party destination is known for blasting champagne cannons, hosting the world’s top DJs and getting people dancing on the tables daily.
For the big city goers: Every party lover needs to mix things up every now and then, so why not bring a little nostalgia to your next big night on the town? To meet greta– a Vancouver-based arcade bar packed with bold artwork, classic arcade games and a delicious street eat menu… It might end up being your new stomping ground.

For the backyard adventurers: The opportunities for outdoor adventurers in British Columbia are endless. Every nook and cranny of the vast province offers postcard-worthy scenery and prime terrain for action and adventure sports. We recommend catching a cold-water surf in Tofino, exploring Vancouver’s stunning hiking trails, or exploring the 500-foot technical descents at Sun Peaks Bike Park, to name a few.

For the cowboys and cowgirls: Cowboys Dance Hall There’s always something happening in the heart of downtown Calgary. Catch a live music event or give your wallet the break it deserves on thirsty Thursdays for 75 cent keg nights. They say they offer “the most fun you can have in your boots,” but find out for yourself. The Cowboys Dance Hall is temporarily closed, so join the mailing list for updates.
For the BBQ lovers: The world famous Palomino Club is an Albertan gem. This split level smokehouse restaurant by day and independent live music venue/bar by night is Calgary’s premier music venue. This venue is regularly nominated as one of the top 3 live music venues in Calgary by CBC Radio 3’s Listener’s Poll. With genres ranging from country and blues to punk and hip-hop, this music cellar will shake your world.
For the backyard adventurers: Out of town? Hop onto the Trans Canada Highway and quickly find yourself in the Canadian Rockies. This place offers endless hiking trails, brilliant blue lakes and some lovely towns. Or head to Alberta’s legendary badlands Red Bull runaway Motocross madness. This two-day event is Canada’s largest hard enduro race, held on both the technical terrain of the Badlands and a custom obstacle course on the streets of downtown Calgary.

Red Bull Outliers participants

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For history buffs… and drinkers: The legendary Lafayette Castle is the treasure of Ottawa’s Byward Market. The tavern first opened in 1849 and has seen many changes but has been family owned and operated ever since. Soak up the cozy atmosphere, sip back a Red Bull Vodka or two and sing along to the uncovered live entertainment six nights a week.
For the everyday hipsters: Located right in the heart of Toronto, with gastropub fare and delicious cocktails, petty cash is not JUST for hipsters… but they have every hipster’s dream: a pool table. Local tip? Enjoy happy hour every day with half price pizza and a bottle of wine. Yes, you heard it here first.

For the backyard adventurers: Ontario may not be known for its big mountains and oceanfront properties, but you might be surprised at how well the inland province can mimic. With a dedicated Great Lakes surfing community and Windswell pounding every corner of the Great Lakes, there’s plenty to surf. There are also many mountain bike trails nearby, offering everything from steep, technical descents to flowing, gentle transitions.

For the saltwater dreamers: Enjoy all the luxuries of a beach vacation minus the actual beach by spending a day at the oasis surf, an indoor hybrid surf resto bar. Round up your friends and reserve a spot in their unique wave pool, then load up on sharing plates like tacos, burgers and nachos—all with a fishbowl or two refreshing beach-inspired cocktails. It’s salt rock without the salt water, and you don’t want to miss it.
For the greatest night ever: Have you ever dreamed of experiencing the kind of nightlife LMFAO would write a song about? insertion New town gas. This internationally renowned historical venue in the heart of the Cité Multimedia is by far the best choice. Its 175-year-old walls have played host to over 2,000 artists over the past 10 years, including legendary DJs like Steve Aioke and Loud Luxury, so buckle your fanny pack and spam the group chat – this is bound to be one for the books.

For the backyard adventurers: Eastern Canada is often overlooked when it comes to adventure sports, but this landscape of rivers and trails is home to some truly great, action-packed gems. If mountain biking down scenic trails is your thing, take a tour of Quebec City to places like Saint Raymond, Sentiers Du Moulin, and Empire 47. Feeling safe? Head over to the legendary Mont-Sainte-Anne in Beaupré to try out this world-famous track – home to a stop at the UCI World Cup Circuit. For those craving waves, La Vague A Guy June-September and Habitat 67 May-October on the Montreal River are great spots to satisfy that inland surf itch.

Mont-Sainte-Anne is one of the monuments of mountain biking

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For the last call Kings & Queens: Good food, live music and lots of good times are waiting to be experienced The Roxbury in downtown Halifax. Think pub vibes but with a major facelift. If you are looking for a late night grilled cheese followed by a night of dancing with this bar then this is definitely the place to go. Oh, and with a $6 late-night grub list, it’ll probably be more than a grilled cheese—but who’s counting?
For the true East Coaster: Every town has a typical Irish bar, but they seem to be different on the east coast. If you haven’t experienced one yet, we recommend getting off the couch and getting there as soon as possible. You’ll find all the classic Irish beers alongside an epic menu that can handle dinner and late night dining and more. Willy-nilly, Durty Nellys has that “I’ll be right home” vibe from the moment you walk in. Also, they have an all-time patio and an epic seafood chowder to capture the East Coast vibe.

For the backyard adventurers: When it comes to outdoor adventures, there’s no better place than Lawrencetown, Nova Scotia. With epic coastal hikes, some of Canada’s best waves (although they’re a bit cold), and plenty of beaches to relax on, this is one East Coast stop you won’t want to skip. It might be a bit off the beaten path, but we promise it’s worth the trek.

Local Lineup

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