5 Trendy Spots in the Exchange for Your Next Friday Night Tipple

Posted March 05, 2024

Every now and then, it’s nice to grab a few friends for a good old after-work “pub crawl”. With so many places around Winnipeg to choose from, we thought it best to narrow the list down to the Exchange District.

These options are all within walking distance of each other, each offers its unique brand of swanky in the way of ambience and, of course, liquid courage. Maybe you’ll get to them all within one night, or perhaps you’ll need a few Fridays. Either way, here are five trendy spots for your next Friday of giggles and tipples.

Darling Bar

171 McDermot Ave | Winnipeg

Nestled beneath a unique café/climbing hybrid space, Darling Bar is hip and completely atmospheric with the warm glow of flickering candles. Settle in for a sharing menu by talented Chef Chris and Chef Josh and try creative cocktails that have been crafted with love and care. Darling regularly hosts events and nurtures community engagement through diverse forms of expression, including music, art, dance, and more.

Amsterdam Tea Room

103-211 Bannatyne Ave | Winnipeg

Amsterdam Tea Room serves more than just tea -- it serves tea with a twist, turning it in to a cocktail. It also features an amazing small plates menu and a chic vibe.

Little Brown Jug

336 William Ave | Winnipeg

Once an old stable, later home to the Red River Motor Coach Lines, a wallpaper store and even a print shop, the history of this old structure has led to what is now the Little Brown Jug. Combining elements of old bones with modern-day touches, the result is a sleek design of exposed brick and a quality brewing system all in house.

Nonsuch Brewery Co.

125 Pacific Ave | Winnipeg

Discover the perfect blend of ambiance, libations, and culinary delights for your next memorable evening at Nonsuch Brewing Co.

Featuring a locally-inspired lunch and dinner menu with an array of shareable plates and mouthwatering sandwiches, the Nonsuch burger is often named as one of Winnipeg’s best! Expand your palate with the ever-changing selection of 10 in-house ales, with gluten-free and non-alcoholic beverage options also available.

Want to add to your night out? Nonsuch Brewing Co. offers a variety of unique on-site experiences! Engage in a hands-on guided adventure crafting beer bannock, delving into the rich history of Louis Riel while savouring a selection of Nonsuch’s finest brews. Other experiences include a four-course meal expertly paired with craft beer and a special reserve sampling session

Patent 5 Distillery

108 Alexander Ave | Winnipeg

It may have taken the city 140 years, but Patent 5’s arrival on the scene meant that Winnipeg could once again boast about having a stake in the whisky business. Another old livery stable, this artisanal distillery offers small batches that go hand in hand with premium quality.

In addition to the incredibly cool ambience of the cocktail room, Patent 5 also offers tours and mixology classes.

Did you know that we offer a Brew Pass that includes several of the breweries mentioned above? Grab the Pass