A guide to beer-lubricated science in downtown Saskatoon

Places for beer, cocktails, etc.*  Note that this is a work in progress; edits to follow.

Places for Beer: There are several great places for beer within a short walk of the TCUP place

1.) 9 Mile Legacy: This is a relatively new microbrewery, just ~9 minutes from the conference venue. Named after the family farms of the two co-owners, which were roughly nine miles apart.

This place is one of my favourites. They usually have different 8-10 beers on tap, with one guest tap. Bootstrapper Spring Wheat is my new favourite, and I’ve got a half-growler of Brown Porter in my fridge at the moment. Living Sky Winery is often on their guest tap – I highly recommend their rhubarb cider (have a taster is you’re skeptical)

9 Mile has limited food options – they’re required by law to serve food, and they put their effort into the beer. It’s just basic bar fare – pretzels and pickled eggs and sausages. The proprietors don’t mind if you order takeout from The Odd Couple, an Asian restaurant just across the street. Their food is really good. 9 Mile Legacy and The Odd Couple have a collaboration beer (maybe two versions now?) that’s a great accompaniment to the food.

2.) Woods Ale House: One of Saskatoon’s first microbreweries (Paddockwood Brewery) opened an ale house, ~5 minutes from TCUP (148 2nd Ave N), and in doing so set off Saskatoon great beer war of 2012. Woods has 12 rotating taps, with their own and guest beers. I particularly like their 606 IPA and their charybdis. Woods has a full kitchen with great food.

3.) Winstons English Pub: A British-style pub with a ridiculous number of beers on taps (a few hundred?). Lots of space for large groups and loud revelry. Food is standard pub food, with inspiration drawn from the British isles and from a reliance on a deep frier. But you can eat healthy tomorrow!

Winstons was a major player in the great Saskatoon beer war of 2012. When Paddockwood opened its Woods Alehouse in downtown Saskatoon, several other bar owners were peeved that one of their suppliers became “a competitor”, and pulled Paddockwood beers from their bars. For a while time, if you asked for a Paddockwood beer at Winston’s, you would get a glass of beer brewed by Great Western instead.

4.) O’Sheas Irish Pub (222 2 Ave S, Saskatoon). A chain faux Irish pub ~6 minute walk from the TCUP. Big rooftop patio,

5.) Yard and Flagon (718 Broadway Ave). This bar is a 25 minute walk to the Broadway district. It has a wide selection of beers on tap, and some healthier food to complement the deep fat fried selection. Great roof top patio.

6.) Hudsons: This is low on my list because I really loved the steak house that was there before. Sorry, I hold a long grudge. Bar, beer, narrow patio, great location.



Flints: (~6 minute walk, 259 2 Ave S). Flints has excellent beer on tap, but it’s well known for having great bartenders and great mixed drinks. It is a cosy, narrow bar with weird movies projected soundlessly again the wall, and an artsy clientele. The food menu is limited to a charcuterie plater, where you get to pick your cheese and meats from a selection on a chalk board. In the morning, this place does a fantastic breakfast under the name Poached.

Metric Garden Lounge:

The Hollows:

Ayden’s: Saskatoon’s first ‘mixologist’.

Other neat patios and sunny rooms:


Una Pizza


Other places to mention:

Cactus Club (a big chain, yawn)


  • This is the subjective experience of the author, who does not receive any kick-backs for his reviews. I won’t list places that I dislike (…if you can’t say anything nice …) or that I am unaware of.



Saskatchewan food oddities

Rural Saskatchewan has wonderful food oddities that come and go. Sadly, the pierogi place in Blaine Lake is no more, and the Hole in the Wall in Shields, SK, closed after Chef Nelson’s passing.

Mortlach is a bit out of the way for me … not between Saskatoon and any of my normal fishing holes or on the way  to a U.S. border crossing. It’ll be a while until I get there.




Saskatoon – one of the top 20 places to visit in Canada

From the Star Phoenix, January 5, 2016:

“This prairie city is having its moment,” the WestJet write-up stated. “The food and arts scenes are booming as young Saskatonians build up downtown-area neighbourhoods like historic Riversdale with vintage guitar shops, design boutiques, cool cafés and award-winning farm-fresh restaurants.”

Story link: 20 Best Places to Visit in Canada for 2016