Bars have become the meeting places of choice now that libraries, public parks, and desolate midnight crossroads are all under Prohibition. Enjoy a legal and delicious dalliance with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of upscale pub fare and drink at Fantasyland Hotel’s L1 Lounge.
L1 Lounge, located on the first level of the multithemed hotel in the West Edmonton Mall, supplies hotel guests and visitors alike with an eclectic menu of upscale pub cuisine. Alberta strip steaks don a tangy cloak of horseradish mustard ($19), and the chefs certify panko-encrusted chicken fingers to scuba dive in an ocean of pomegranate dip ($12). The fish 'n' chips pairs halibut cheeks with crispy fries ($13), and plates of mac 'n' cheese host smoked gouda, parma ham, and parmesan ($12) in a gooey amalgamation as satisfying as finishing Shakespeare's translation of War and Peace. Salads, wings, and nachos round out the menu and establish a comfortable foundation for selections from L1’s full bar. Tables of glossy black and shiny silver pair picturesquely with seats adorned with white leather and burnt-orange cushions. A retractable screen unveils itself for game nights, and neon bulbs and tableside lamps bestow a pleasant light that keeps guests from mistaking their dates for coat racks.