I hate to admit it, but this past summer was my first trip out to the Prairies. It was time to explore the fantastic culinary and drink scene I’ve heard so much about.
I’m the girl who always likes to order something different when I go out. I look for ingredients you wouldn’t normally find in a drink like edible flowers, beer made with lentils or fruit infused ice cubes. It’s all about finding what you like. How exactly does one do that without experimenting?
So, I was super pleased to learn that Regina has several restaurants and bars that hit the nail on the head with what I was looking for. My taste buds were definitely tantalized:
The Capitol: When I’m reading a menu and I get to the cocktail portion (ok, who am I kidding, that’s the section of the menu I always start with) and the description ends with… it’s served in a fun glass, I point and say yes please! The tiki drink was as refreshing as it is eye catching!
Rebellion Brewing: Walking into Rebellion makes you feel like a kid again, except this time there’s alcohol and bar food alongside a couple of pinball machines and some cool dudes who love to talk about beer. My favorite selections in the flight I ordered (because there’s so many to choose from) were: Sour Crush (seasonal), Prairie Cherry Mead (made with locally sourced ingredients including honey and cherries), Make it Funky (Oak aged pale ale with Brettanomyces) and Lentil (an earthy, refreshing lemon citrus finish made with 20% Red King Lentils grown in Saskatchewan.)
Avenue: The newest member of Grassroots Restaurant Group, Avenue Restaurant and Bar, offers one fabulous experience thanks to delectable food offerings courtesy of Executive Chef, Nathan Guggenheimer, and Christopher Cho, an insanely talented and passionate cocktail master. The first drink (because let’s be honest you’re going to have more than one) Cho prepared for me was the Mint Condition made with Botanist Gin, Cocchi Americano, tonic syrup, lime juice, muddled mint, traditional citrus bitters, tonic and finished with watermelon ice cubes. And you know what’s better than watermelon? Frozen watermelon.
For my second drink, I requested something with a strong base. Cho obviously had my number dialed even despite having just met me, as he blew me away by choosing to make me a drink with tequila (I heart tequila!). The drink, Paper Plane, is made with tequila blanco, aperol, lemon juice, chamomile tea syrup, Amaro Montenegro rinse and a couple of dashes of traditional citrus bitters.
The Fat Badger: Beer or cocktail? Why choose? At The Fat Badger, they put both in a glass. The Grapefruit is served with grapefruit vodka, grapefruit juice and Coors Lite. Kind of like a house made radler. Tip: ask to replace the beer portion with something local. You are in Regina, after all, and there’s an abundance of great local brews to choose from.
Malty National: Offering five to six different craft beer options at any given time, changing with every season, you’ll want to try the popular Lightly Toasted Pale Ale. With the fall months around the corner, check out their website to find out what interesting concoction they’ve come up with for this season.
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Sabrina Pirillo is a freelance travel writer based out of Toronto. She believes travel is life which is why she loves travelling around the world and writing about it. Sabrina is also a proud member of TMAC, Travel Media Association of Canada. You can follow Sabrina’s adventures @sabrinapirillo.