Bacchus Cafe & Wine Bar's rotating menu complements the freshness of ingredients used, many of which are sourced from local suppliers. Visitors rest in a vibrant, art-filled space, lounging like child princes on couches and stools while enjoying delectably prepared tapas. Evening diners nosh on light items, such as an herb-crusted, Italian-style sardine ($6), oven-baked between crusty bruschetta and melty mozzarella, or a truffle oil-kissed mushroom and spinach crostini ($13). Meat-seeking taste buds pen four-verse love-raps for the calamari, prawn, and chorizo, served with sautéed onion, garlic, and peppers ($15), or the spice-marinated bison meatballs, bursting with mozzarella and baked in tomato sauce ($17).
The clinking of cocktail glasses tinkles through Jeffrey's Cafe & Wine Bar as whiffs of baking pastries and grilling sandwiches drift out from the kitchen. Specialty sandwiches and wraps clasp gourmet fixings of wild smoked salmon, fresh vegetables, and melted cheeses; cinnamon-raisin buns, pies, and cakes await pairings with specialty coffee drinks. Red and white wines, beer, and more than 30 specialty martinis make evenings more relaxing than nap on an alpaca.
Beneath vibrant, framed paintings and hanging lights, upholstered chairs and plush leather couches scatter across the café's hardwood floors, and outside, red and green umbrellas shade an expansive patio. In lieu of animatronic banjo players, the cafe regularly hosts live bands and vocalists on weekends.
Ceili's Irish Pub & Restaurant boasts two levels of revelry-inducing real estate outfitted with more than 400 seats from which patrons can enjoy live music, authentic Irish flavours, and frothy beverages. Ceili's preps palates with a hearty drink menu of premium domestic drafts ($6.75) and imported pours including Irish favourites such as Guinness and Harp, each served in a proper drinking glass to evoke the beer's true flavour quality and sweating behaviours ($7.75+).
The non-profit Theatre Network promotes challenging and, at times, controversial Canadian artists, earning myriad awards throughout its three-and-a-half decade history. Daniel MacIvor's Communion explores the lives of three women: a mother, her estranged daughter, and a therapist, each grappling with the weighty issues of mortality and spiritualism. Performances are held at the historic Roxy Theatre, originally established as a movie house in 1938 and later retrofitted to accommodate the medium of the future: theatre.
A stalwart franchise of the Canadian Football League, the Edmonton Eskimos’ proud history goes back to 1949 and includes raising up such greats as later NFL star Warren Moon. The preseason game on June 24 gives the Eskimos one last shot to master the playbook as they defend Commonwealth Stadium and their mothers’ handcrafted lunches from the Calgary Stampeders. Bronze-level seats give fans prime cheering elevation with the convenience of the coach's mobile number printed under each seat so fans may generously text in-game analysis. This season's roster hopes to regain control of the West Division and boasts returning all-stars such as interception machine Chris Thompson and guard Patrick Kabongo, all looking to boost momentum going into the regular season.
The Edmonton Capitals, an independent pro team in the new North American Baseball League, chase the North Division title with speedy sprints, awe-inspiring pitches, and backwind-generating swings. Grouponites get to cheer on the Caps from reserved grandstand seats, where they can bring along their own mitts to catch pop flies. In addition to showcasing some of baseball’s most promising talent, this season’s roster includes stars from the big leagues such as former Florida Marlins outfielder Todd Linden. Sporting a .263 average over 70 games, right fielder Tom Collaro has posted 49 RBIs and sent 12 homers to the moon via Pony Express, and former Anaheim Angels pitcher Lou Pote has fanned 90 batters over 85 innings with lightning-speed fastballs. A Thirsty Thursday promotion presented in part by Hudsons Canadian Tap House will keep throats primed for screaming with $3 beers, not included with this Groupon.