Seven Great Winnipeg Nightlife Options

By Joshua Rapp Learn

Image Credit: Sam Posnick, licensed by cc 2.0

Looking for a quiet place to network with fellow conference attendees or a lively atmosphere to grab a drink and take a load off after a long day at the conference in Winnipeg? Don’t fret, The Wildlife Society has you covered. We’ve prepared a short guide to some of the more interesting watering holes for this year’s conference attendees to frequent in between sessions or late at night.

Barley Brothers (Polo Park)
655 Empress Street

With around 80 taps of craft beer, Barley Brothers may be the premier place in the downtown core to sample what’s brewing in Canada. You’ll find many local Winnipeg beers like Half Pints and Fort Garry as well as imports from provinces like Ontario, British Columbia and the renowned beers of Quebec – in many ways the country’s most accomplished beer province. If you’re coming in from the U.S. and want to stick to the familiar, the bar has plenty of American craft selections as well. If 80 isn’t enough their Stadium location in the south of the city has around 150 taps.

Watch a local hockey game
MTS Centre
300 Portage Ave

The Winnipeg Jets have been back in town for four years now after an unsuccessful stint in Atlanta, Georgia. They managed to make the playoffs this year, and have some exciting new talent like Nikolaj Ehlers and Josh Morrissey to watch. They will be playing home games against the St. Louis Blues on Sunday October 18 and Tampa Bay Lightning – finalists in last year’s Stanley Cup – on the Friday after the conference – the 23rd. If you’d like to see a game, buy tickets early, as hockey tickets are hot commodities in Canadian cities.

King’s Head Pub
120 King St.

Like many classic English pubs, this one serves curry alongside more traditional British foods. King’s Head has a decent amount of taps as well, with 27 beers on draught. The King’s Head is northwest of the conference building.

Peasant Cookery
100 283 Bannatyne 

Just a couple of blocks from Barley Brother’s downtown location and a hop away from King’s Head, The Peasant Cookery is a great place to grab a bite and enjoy the bottle list. French cuisine is a specialty here.

Academy Bowling Lanes
394 Academy Rd

Here’s a chance to get physical after sitting around working your brain all day. Academy Lanes offers a number of different themed bowling nights. Phone ahead to book lanes.

Shannon’s Irish Pub
175 Carlton Street

Just across the street from the RBC Convention Centre, Shannon’s Irish Pub is your best bet in a fix. Expect classic pub fare in this basement pub and karaoke on some nights. Shannon’s opens at 11:00 a.m. on weekdays, but it’s closed on Sundays.

Manitoba Liquor Marts
Various locations

If you’re looking to pick up a bottle of wine for a quiet night in your hotel room, be advised – all personal liquor sales in the province are run by the government liquor stores. The closest one to the RBC Convention Centre is the City Place location at 333 St. Mary Ave but the Osborne location at 469 River Avenue just south of the Assiniboine River has a better selection.

To learn more about this year’s Annual Conference in Winnipeg, Manitoba and to register today, visit our conference website.

Joshua LearnJoshua Rapp Learn is a science writer at The Wildlife Society.

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