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The Bothy

Historically, bothies were mountainside huts where travellers could seek protection from Scotland’s ruthless storms. While Edmonton’s winters do drive people indoors, this bar in a non-descript strip mall is more about sheltering patrons from diluted highballs and rail whiskies; there are more than 170 carefully chosen bottles of whisky on offer. Try the Bruichladdich Octomore, “the peatiest whisky in the world,” according to Chris Hughes, the affable, Scots-accented lad behind the granite bar, who opened the Bothy with his uncle in 2009 (and added a downtown branch in 2012).

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