Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion, or you’re just plain celebrating — because let’s face it, you don’t really need a reason anyway — YXE has some incredible local spots to spend the night out with all your favourite ladies. This night out line-up features tons of creative cocktails, mouth-watering comfort food, fancy fine dining, and of course, delicious dessert. What’s not to love?
Thirteen Pies Pizza + Bar - 243 2nd Ave South
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Thirteen Pies features Brooklyn-style pizza and appetizers that are perfect for sharing in a group. Try the Hitchcock pizza with BBQ chicken, red onion, provolone and mozzarella, or the vegetarian Medusa, loaded with delicious veggies like artichoke and spinach. They even have vegan cheese and a gluten-free pizza crust. Grab one of their tiki-inspired cocktails and enjoy the atmosphere — the vibe is relaxed and dynamic.
Bar Gusto - 707 Broadway Avenue
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Bar Gusto is Una’s slightly smaller Italian sister restaurant, and is the perfect intimate setting for a catch-up with a friend. Start your evening off with wine and a selection of their cured Italian meats and cheeses, followed by house made pasta creations. If you really want to try something different, they also offer a five course meal, served family style and featuring chef’s choice of dishes.
Odd Couple - 228 20th St West
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Odd Couple’s modern, sleek interior is matched only by their unique menu, which focuses on providing a fusion of Asian and Canadian flavours, including ingredients from Cantonese, Vietnamese and Japanese cuisine. Be sure to start with the crunchy vegan spring rolls and a flavourful cocktail, like my personal favourite, the ginger ninja, with bourbon and fresh ginger and lemon. For large groups on weekends, make a reservation ahead of time as it fills up quickly.
Odla - 801 Broadway Avenue
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Odla’s farm-to-table philosophy makes it stand out, with ingredients stocked from Farm One Forty, just outside of Saskatoon. Their focus on sourcing local is evident through their brunch menu, their dinner menu, and even their dessert menu, which features offerings like pavlova and bourbon cake. In the summer, they have a patio too, perfect for enjoying sunshine and delicious eats at the same time.
Flint Saloon - 259 2nd Avenue South
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Flint’s extensive drink menu means there’s sure to be something for everyone in your squad. Book their back room for a little bit of privacy, or visit on a night when they have an event. Sundays are karaoke nights, and they also regularly have art shows featuring local artists. And the best part? Flint doubles as Poached Breakfast Bistro, so head back the next morning for brunch — the best hangover cure.
La Cucina Ristorante - 145 3rd Avenue South
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One of YXE’s newest spots is making big waves with its simple and fresh authentic Italian cuisine. If you’re craving a fancy dinner complete with wine and all the pasta options you could ever dream of, then La Cucina is your place. Try the linguine alla pescatora, featuring mussels, prawns, squid and scallops in a pomodoro sauce, or the penne alla cucina, which has chicken, mushroom, asparagus and sun-dried tomato in a pesto cream sauce.
Congress Beer House - 215 2nd Avenue South
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I know I said there would be dessert, so here you have it! In addition to their extensive drink menu and innovative local take on pub-style eats, Congress also has rotating feature cheesecakes, like the Oh Henry, pictured above. For appetizers and mains that work great for sharing, try their charcuterie board, coconut shrimp or maple bacon poutine.
Drift Vista Lounge - 339 Avenue C South
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Drift Vista Lounge has seasonal hours, so in the winter, visit them for weekend brunch with the girls. In summertime, their patio is an incredible spot to soak in those lazy summer nights, complete with good company. If you’re looking to host a larger girls’ night or event, you can book their indoor and outdoor spaces, which are a great option for a bachelorette or birthday party.
Cover photo credit to Una / Chad Reynolds