CFL team themed bar opens at YEG

Celebrating the opening of Edmonton Eskimos Sports Bar from left to right: Edmonton Eskimo Eddie Steele; Kent Vanden Oever, HMSHost Vice President of Business Development; Tom Ruth, EIA President and CEO; Len Rhodes, Eskimos President and CEO; Edmonton Eskimo Ryan King; and Neil Thompson, HMSHost Vice President of Operations

Edmonton Eskimos Sports Bar, a full-service dining venue from HMSHost is now open at Edmonton International Airport’s Domestic-International Departures Lounge.

The restaurant and bar offers passengers game day-inspired cuisine and a festive venue celebrating Eskimos history in the Canadian Football League. A grand opening was celebrated with Edmonton Eskimos, HMSHost, and Edmonton International Airport representatives, along with the Eskimos players and cheerleaders.

“We are thrilled to partner with Edmonton International Airport and the Edmonton Eskimos to bring travelers this unique dining experience that spotlights Edmontonians love of one of the most successful teams in CFL history,” said HMSHost Vice President of Business Development Kent Vanden Oever. “With great food and drinks along with a fun sports atmosphere, Edmonton Eskimos Sports Bar is the perfect stop for traveling fans that will have them cheering all the way to their gate.”

Throughout the Edmonton Eskimos Sports Bar, adorned in the team’s green and gold colors, the 14-time Grey Cup champion’s memorabilia is on full display, along with murals that showcase the Eskimos seasons. Large televisions are found throughout the restaurant. The bar features cocktails such as the Grey Cup with Grey Goose vodka, dry vermouth, green olives, and a lemon twist, and the Green Gimlet with Hendrick’s Gin, simple syrup, cucumber water, cucumber wheel, and lime.

“This partnership with HMSHost and the Edmonton Eskimos is sure to be a crowd pleaser for our passengers,” said Tom Ruth, EIA President and CEO. “We have a long history of collaborating with the Eskimos, and HMSHost has done an incredible job with this restaurant, so we’re proud to offer our passengers this unique, first-of-its-kind, family-friendly dining option.”

On the menu line-up the restaurant features appetizers that are a nod to game-day favorites like the Green & Gold Nachos and Championship Wings. On cold Alberta days, warm up with the Gameday Chilli featuring chunks of ancho infused beef, sour cream, green onions, and garlic bread. Other favorites are Smoked Ribs, Lobster Roll, and the Kickoff Salad that includes bacon, chicken, blue cheese, and tomato accompanied with avocado dressing.

For travelers with early morning flights, the Edmonton Eskimos Sports Bar has kicks off the day with options like the Green and Gold Omelette – a three egg omelette with smoked cheddar, provolone, and potatoes – or go for the Coaches’ Parfait of Greek yogurt with granola, fresh fruit, and maple syrup.

For ultimate convenience, there is a dedicated to-go area perfect for travellers with tighter timeframes to conveniently pick up a juice, soda, or water on the way to their flight.

Edmonton Eskimos Sports Bar joins other exciting HMSHost dining locations at Edmonton International Airport including No. 99 Gretzky’s Wine & Whisky, Boston Pizza, Jasper Bar & Grill, Tim Hortons, and three Starbucks® store locations.