What it is: The Common is the shared beer bar for the vendors at popular Forks Market Food Hall. Two certified Cicerones curate 20 seasonally rotating beers from independent breweries. Located at Winnipeg’s premier tourist destination—the Forks gets 4 million visitors per year—The Common allows customers to grab a pint and shop the market’s artisanal boutiques.
Why it’s great: The Forks is located at the confluence of the Red and Assiniboine Rivers. It’s been a meeting place for 6,000 years, starting with Canada’s indigenous people. The entire two-story Forks Market is licenced, so grab a beer from The Common to hold and sip as you peruse the Market’s shops. Or grab a seat in The Common’s 250-seat patio, enjoy the scenery, and people-watch. Beers are from local, Canadian, or international breweries, and many are exclusive to The Common. —Don Tse