I remember asking a friend about cool, lesser known places to frequent in Edmonton and one that immediately popped into her mind was Bibo Wine Bar. I’d vaguely heard about it previously but didn’t know much about it other than it was a wine bar (duh). Located in the Millcreek neighbourhood right beside their sister restaurant, Culina Mill Creek, you might miss it if you blink. Apparently, it’s the tiniest wine bar in Canada as it can only sit max 12 individuals. Craaaay.
We were early for our dinner reservations at Culina so we popped into Bibo beforehand for a drink. The inside is compact with one long, narrow wooden bar to sit at along with a spare stool or two to squeeze onto. Cozy, intimate and charming is probably the best way to put it. Just be prepared to be in close quarters to your neighbours. Similar to sitting at the bar at Bar Bricco. The list of wines are scrawled onto three main chalkboards with choices of white, red, sparkling wine, port, and dessert wines along with single-malt scotches.
Categorized based on price and type (by the bottle, 3 oz and 6 oz), the range price wise varies greatly (from $10 – 25/glass for a 6 oz). The sommelier asks you what type of wine you want and that’s it. If price is an issue/concern, it might be ideal to ask just how much that glass will set you back. We were sweating a little because we didn’t inquire and only in the aftermath, we were like “is this glass going to be $20?” Insert :S face.
There’s a small menu of appetizers to tide you over if you’re feeling a bit famish. Will have to try a few things next time when we don’t have dinner plans afterwards.
I asked for a white one that was somewhere in the middle of dry and sweet tasting. I was brought something that fit exactly that description (again, not sure what it was called). We will have to ask for the bottle next time so we can find out what the sommelier ends up choosing.
I really like the tiny “patio” set up outside where there’s room for 2-3 people to sit outside and people watch. Super cute, it reminds me of Montreal where everyone is drinking on the streets. Glad I finally squeezed in a visit to Bibo. Definitely a unique, hidden spot that Edmonton sorely lacks. No reservations so get there early if you want to snag a seat! Happy hour is from 5pm – 6pm so go early for 1/2 off wine glasses!
Bibo Wine Bar
9918 – 89 Avenue