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Yellowknife’s brewpub squeaks into Canada’s top 50 bars

Yellowknife's Woodyard brewpub
Yellowknife's Woodyard brewpub. Photo: NWT Brewing Company

Yellowknife’s Woodyard brewpub has broken into the inaugural list of Canada’s top 50 bars.

The list, published by the same company responsible for Canada’s top 100 restaurants, relies on a panel of judges to rank the nation’s drinking establishments.

NWT Brewing Company’s Woodyard comes in at number 49, just making the list. Yukon’s Woodcutter’s Blanket ranks 10th on a list otherwise dominated by bars in Toronto and Montreal.

“Our idea of a great bar starts with an atmospheric setting and an exceptional beverage program,” reads the introduction to the list.



“Great bars needn’t be chic or luxurious, but they must be comfortable retreats. The service should be hospitable; the atmosphere convivial. We are also keen to celebrate excellent wine bars and craft-beer destinations, both of which we believe have only served to elevate bar culture in Canada.”

Read: Canada’s top 50 bars

“Our minds are blown,” the brewpub posted to its Facebook page on discovering it had made the top 50. “What an honour to be listed beside these spectacular businesses.”

The Woodyard’s top-50 listing instructs readers to pick up a Kicksled Cream Ale if they visit. Intriguingly, given the visual options available, the entry is illustrated by a photograph of a pizza.