Great places to watch Edmonton Oilers playoffs

Cheer on the Oilers while supporting local businesses

What's the next best thing to being part of the energy of an arena packed with thousands of screaming fans cheering on the hometown team?

How about gathering with friends (and likeminded strangers) over plates of delicious snacks and great drinks at a local restaurant or bar to watch the game on TV? (Bonus: there's table service!)

To help you find a comfortable spot to watch the Edmonton Oilers make their run for the Stanley Cup, here's our list of local establishments where NAIT grads are behind the menu.

Go Oilers!

(If you're a grad working somewhere that should be on this list, please let us know.)


11248 - 104 Ave.

Executive chef Paul Gareau (Cook '09)

Build your own burgers (and other pub classics), choose from a dizzying array of beers and settle in with the sports you want to watch (just ask!). Bring the kids, who can enjoy a menu of their own.

5th St. Food Hall
10344 - 105 St.

Chef Neil Royale (Culinary Arts '09), Seitan's and Sin Carne

Edmonton's first food hall has brought an eclectic blend of culinary styles and dishes under one roof in the heart of the city. Royale's contribution includes vegan fried chickun, sourdough crust pizza, mouth-watering po boys and plant-based sides.

Browns Socialhouse

12820 - 167 Ave.

10-1010 Webber Green Dr.

5210 Windermere Blvd.

2511 - 17 St.

15331 - 37 St.

70 Macleod Avenue, Spruce Grove

Culinary operations lead Eric Amyotte (Cook '09)

Browns Socialhouse features comfort classics like wings, burgers and fish and chips but the broad menu will appeal to palates seeking surprises. House drinks including lager and wine help enhance the highly social character of the house.

Campio Brewing Co.
10257 - 105 St.

Executive chef Hans Carlos Pinto (Cook '06)

Check out one of downtown Edmonton's most expansive patios while enjoying an array of snacks, salads, deep-dish pizzas, sandiwches and more. The beer is made in house, including everything from a stalwart lager to a juicy pale ale to a refreshing sour.

Central Social Hall

10909 Jasper Ave.

10014 - 12 Ave. SW

#280, 525 St. Albert Tr.

Chef Jesse Woodland (Cook '15)

Drop in for casual yet classy atmosphere and enjoy creative snacks such as spicy maple Brussel sprouts and Alberta-style sushi rolls, fresh bowls or sandwich, including intriguing takes on chicken. There's a fun kids' menu for little ones and a great drinks menu for bigger ones.

El Furniture Warehouse
10765 Jasper Ave.

Regional chef Roberto Bulatoa (Culinary Arts '08)

A great place for tasty food at a reasonable price, El Furniture mixes and matches pub classics like burgers and sandwiches with Mexican-inspired tacos and tortillas. Poke, pasta and mac and cheese round out the ecclectic but appealling offerings.

The Growlery Beer Co.
40 Airport Rd.

Owners Kevin Danard (Landscape Architectural Technology ’97) and Jeff Pollock (Business Administration - Finance ’95)

The Growlery represents the ever-expanding Alberta craft beer scene in north-central Edmonton with small-batch beers made fresh onsite. Core beers including a light kolsch, a bold IPA, a juicy hazy IPA and a crisp lager are served alongside a revolving cast of seasonal brews.

The Keg Steakhouse and Bar 
Multiple locations
West Edmonton
South Edmonton Common
Sherwood Park

Operations director Troyan Mason (Finance '93)

The Keg is nearly synonymous with steak, especially the well-trimmed, aged, well-marbled, uniquely spiced and seared-just-right variety. Prime rib, seafood, chicken and ribs round out the menu. Salads, too – which can be topped with cuts of beef, chicken and seafood.

Polyrhythm Brewing
11635 - 145 St.

Co-owner and taproom manager Taylor Wacey (Electrician '19)

Polyrhythm Brewing opened in March 2023 to consistently good reviews. Tucked into a west Edmonton business park, it features a cozy, music-themed taproom and a wide selection of beers from an award-winning brewer. Wacey, as one might expect, also wired the place.

Runway 29
11312 - 109 St.

General manager Michael Shandro (Network Engineering Technology '00)

Located kitty-corner from NAIT, this family-owned restaurant has been a hangout for students and staff for more than 40 years. Place your order online for pub style food including nachos, burgers and sandwiches, fish and chips, and much more, along with a convenient kids' menu.

Town Square Brewing
2919 Ellwood Dr. SW

Co-owners Brandon Boutin (Steamfitter/Pipefitter ’05), Tyler McNaughton (Architectural Technology ’05) and Sterling Nordin (Heavy Equipment Technician ’02)

Pair award-winning beers brewed on site with a selection of snacks, including meat pies.

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