Night Clubbing, Winnipeg
A nice spot in Osborne village to party and dance the night away.
It attracts mostly the younger crowds but this night spot is for all ages. There is live band playing popular dance music, a bar, billiard tables. It has a big space that can accommodate big crowd of party people.
Party here is very intense and full of energy. Music here is popular dance music no ballroom or waltz.
Dress Code: casual
I frequented this spot for a number of years, with my sister. We got to know the "regular's", owners, and staff very well. This place offers great music, excellent menu, cleanliness, and most importantly friendliness. The staff and proprieter's do not put up with any 'guff', so to speak. They are very congnitive and aware of the surroundings, as far as patron satisfaction and protectiveness to their clientel. I would recommend this place to anyone, all ages are welcome. The upstairs portion is where the music is, pool tables, and of course darts. As well as the downstairs --- darts is a big thing there. The regulars have weekly tournaments, and are just a bunch of nice people there. I cannot say enough good things about this place. If I didn't reside in the states, I would be still going there 5 nights a week, just to sit for an hour and 'shoot the breeze'! Thanks for the memorable experience.
Dress Code: Casual
The happening place to be at night was the historic Exchange District. There are many cool clubs, bars and restaurants.
The architecture in the area was late 19th century and really well preserved.
Dress Code: Dress up a bit.
Well, like any Canadian city, nightclubs are popular. I am not a good one to ask about the meat markets- which is what I call them. I know there are a lot to choose from and if you are single, you won't have trouble finding potential dates.
Winnipeg is overflowing with happening nightspots. If you're looking for a trendy place then look no furthur than the Au Bar. Nice decor, couches, and a decent size dancefloor . Crowd is ok, slightly pretentious but what can you do. Age is mixed, maybe 20-30 crowd. Music is a mix of hiphop, and electronica. Only thing about Au Bar is it's a little cozy (SMALL). Another good club downtown is Blue Agave. Three floors of music, mostly electronica but they also have live bands. Anything goes kinda place, the crowd is totally cool, very comfortable. If you're looking for something more mainstream and young any of the Canadinns Clubs are good. Tiajunas being one of the larger ones. Mixed music.
Dress Code: Dress code in Winnipeg at the club is pretty lax. Most clubs you can wear pretty much anything and get in (especially if you're a female). BUT no ball caps.
I am past caring about the hot night spots. They used to be too smoky for me (this has changed -- local by-laws changed Sept 1, 2003, and smoking is now banned in all public places). All the night clubs I used to go to as a younger person have changed anyways.
There is a thriving nightlife scene in Winnipeg however -- most hotels have nightclubs for in their premises, and the Exchange District downtown now sports a number of such establishments. The biggest hotel chain in the city (Canad Inns) has it own website describing all its eleven varied night clubs
When you go on vacation, you can't get to everything, so here's some clubs that were recommended by some of the great people I met while in Winnipeg.
The Kokonut Cub, The Beach, and the Tijuana Yacht Club are all tropical themed. The Beach is always hoppin', and Tijuanas is great for Thursday and Friday nights.
Buffalo Bills has a Tuesday night party, and the Chocolate Shop is great for karokee every night of the week. The Empire has a latin night on Thursdays, but the real party is Friday night.
This is generally a country music club, but on Monday nights, HOT 103 is out, blastin' the latest and greatest hits. They also host the Sexiest Erotic Dancer contest; winners drink free for the night. This places gets PACKED, so get there early to avoid the line. There are 2 bars, and the one by the dance floor charges 25 cents more per drink than the one by the door. Great for the 18+ crowd, but guys, watch out for Cougars (the old ladies that show up trying to score with much younger guys), because there's an abundance of them!
Dress Code: Jeans and tees for both the ladies and guys. This place is pretty casual.
Pharaohs has a killer Egyptian theme, pool tables, and a great 18+ crowd. The drinks are the cheapest in town, $2.50 CAD. The bartenders all make mean specials, so I recommend trying them. The dance floor is a little small, but some people like to dance on top of eachother...Wednesday nights sport your hottest panties and boxers for the Show Your Underwear contest hosted by HOT 103. Winners receive $103 cash. Let me tell you, it turns into quite the stripshow!
Dress Code: No trashy crap...nice jeans, black pants, khakis, dresses, skirts and tanks for the ladies, and button up shirts and jeans for the guys.
Mardi Gras is a 3 level nightclub with 18+ crowd. Colorful lights and a kickin' sound system make this club fun. Follow the HOT 103 DJ's here on Friday nights for the Futon Flop (I've participated) where the last contestants standing get to wrestle for a strand of gold beads buried in whipped cream with their teeth. Winners get $30 free at the bar.
Dress Code: Ladies, don't dress trashy. Jeans work, otherwise black pants or khakis, casual skirts, and tank tops are best. Guys, jeans and a button front shirts or sports jerseys seemed to be popular.
Mezzo -> Bar - Dance Club
BarItalia -> Neighbourhood Place
Coyote's -> Bar - Top 40
Palomino -> Bar - Country
TYC -> Bar - Top 40
Gallery ->Bar - Top 40
Mezzo -> Upscale
BarItalia -> Great Night life
Coyote's -> Live Bands
Palomino -> Rated as one of the Canadas most popular bar.
TYC -> Largets club in Winnipeg
Gallery -> Great downtown spot
Dress Code: Mezzo -> A - A+
BarItalia -> C
Coyote's -> C
Palimino -> C
TYC -> B - A
Gallery -> B - A
Living my entire life in Winnipeg, I have been to virtually every hotspot. If you are into a more wild atmosphere, the various CanadInns around Winnipeg offer dance clubs with different music themes nightly. BoogieNights is a bi-level bar that features a live band and high-energy. Drinks are mediocre unless you stick to bottled beer, of which selection is limited. BoogieNights features 80's music night, ladies' night, Hot 103 night (Winnipeg's 'hottest' radio station -- on these nights, DJs from the station hold contest and give prizes). Die Maschine is a club on Osborne that I frequented. This club has two levels, and the theme on each level is different everyday. Thursday nights was what I favoured -- the first floor had 80's night, and the second floor held Swing night -- and they also provided Swing dance lessons weekly! It was great for a night of swinging. Of course, the quality of drinks here as well as any dance club is mediocre. Being a little older now, and having exhausted the dance club scene, I now prefer quieter pubs and lounges. As mentioned, I love the authenticity of the British style pub, 'The Toad in the Hole', and their selection of English beers are broad. They also sometimes have live Celtic bands for patrons' entertainment. For great beers, I recommend the Toad in the Hole, The Kings Head (another British style pub with bands, billiards, and darts), and for shots and mixed drinks, I recommend my regular watering hole, Triple B's. This is a friendly neighbourhood bar in my neck of the woods (North Kildonan - not exactly an area highly trafficked by tourists) that has a welcoming atmosphere, friendly bartenders, and a good munchy menu.
BoogieNights -- two levels of pure adrenaline: attracts a young crowd (approx 18-22 yrs)
Die Maschine -- a bar of aquired taste: attracts a slightly older crowd (approx 18-27)
Toad in the Hole -- laid back, though not quiet: attracts young and older crowd (approx 18-40)
The King's Head -- rated the most authentic British pub in Winnipeg; quieter, relaxed atmosphere: attracts an older crowd (approx 20-50)
Triple B's -- 'where everybody knows your name': attracts all ages (approx 18+)
Dress Code: No dress code is written in stone; you're asked to use your own discretion -- but specifically, places like BoogieNights and Die Maschine (commonly known as Meet Markets (or is it 'Meat' Markets?)), you'll find more scantily clad riske youngins. At the Toad in the Hole, purely due to its location in Osborne Village, you'll find people dressed in different alternative styles, like punk, goth, or skater clothing. The King's head is a little more conservative, and Triple B's is almost preppy.