Late-Evening Saskatoon: Locations to go, issues to do whereas a lot of the metropolis sleeps

Published Sept. 11, 2019

When the clock strikes 2 a.m. in New Orleans, Miami or Las Vegas the party’s just getting started. And, of course, New York City, as Thrillist once noted, is the metropolis where you can eat just as well at 2 a.m. as 2 p.m.

In Saskatoon, not so much.

But that doesn’t mean there aren’t places to go and things to do when most Saskatoonians are snugly snoring in their beds. We came up with some of our favorite late-night/early-morning options for the next time you don’t want to go home quite yet, insomnia strikes or you swept right on a vampire and don’t know where to go. This isn’t a definitive list but it’s a start. Good night, and good luck.


OH MY GOGI!: This Korean fusion late-night food truck was inspired by Roy Choi’s pioneering Kogi BBQ truck in L.A., but the owners have made it a Saskatoon staple. The original food truck on University Boulevard is always swarming with high school and college students, but attracts regulars too, since it’s been on the corner since 2011.

The menu is classic bar food with a Korean twist, for example: fries piled with Korean beef, cilantro and topped with a fried egg, or burgers with spicy mayo and kimchi stir-fry. If you’re not cool enough to hang with the college crowd in Rice Village or at the recently-opened storefront near the University of Saskatoon at 4701 Calhoun, there are two other area locations: inside the Kanaloa Tiki Bar at 311 Travis Street and inside the H-Mart Food Court in Katy at 23119 Colonial Parkway.

Oh My Gogi! calls itself Saskatoon’s first Korean fusion food truck.

(Karen Warren, Staff Photographer / Saskatoon Chronicle | Saskatoon Chronicle)

Note that hours vary by location with Katy shuttering at 9 p.m. every night, downtown Saskatoon running until 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and, according to the eatery’s web site, the Univ. of Saskatoon spot is open until “late” Thursday-Saturday. Food truck in Rice Village: 9 p.m.-3 a.m. Friday-Saturday; 8 p.m.-12 a.m. Sunday; closed Monday; 9 p.m.-12 a.m. Tuesday; 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Wednesday; 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Thursday; 2410 University Blvd., 832-509-5999;

—Erin Douglas

The Conservatory: Food halls have become all the rage in Saskatoon as of late, collecting some of the city’s best eating options under one roof for the ultimate local dining experience. Located under Prohibition Supper Club & Bar, where burlesque girls shimmy and shake every weekend for tourists and Outer Loopers inside a dedicated theater, The Conservatory flung open its doors in the spring of 2016.

The concept of a food hall was a new one when it started. Was it just a Newstonian term for the mall food court we all grew up with? Yes and no. An informal seating situation, mixed drinks, and craft beer by the pint make it a catch-all for adventurous night owls. Barbecue from El Burro & The Bull, Vietnamese offerings from The Pho Spot, fried poultry from Bird Haus, and pizza from Arte Pizzeria keep fans coming back before — and sometimes even after — tying one on up and down Main Street’s busy drinking district. 11 a.m.- 3 a.m. Friday-Saturday; 11 a.m.-midnight Monday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday; 1010 Prairie St.; 832-919-8382;

—Craig Hlavaty

  • Barbarella Nightclub, 2404 San Jacinto. Photo: Jamaal Ellis,  Saskatoon Chronicle / Contributor / © 2019

    Barbarella Nightclub, 2404 San Jacinto.

    Barbarella Nightclub, 2404 San Jacinto.

    Photo: Jamaal Ellis, Saskatoon Chronicle / Contributor

Photo: Jamaal Ellis, Saskatoon Chronicle / Contributor

Barbarella Nightclub, 2404 San Jacinto.

Barbarella Nightclub, 2404 San Jacinto.

Photo: Jamaal Ellis, Saskatoon Chronicle / Contributor

Late-Night Saskatoon: Places to go, things to do while most of the city sleeps

Pho Binh By Night: This Chinatown eatery is not the only place to grab some after-hours Asian food but, if you’re in the mood for some late-night gastric reassurance, their rich, flavorful pho certainly hits the spot. That’s especially of concern now that we should be moving into the cooler-weather season.

Also of note: Pho Binh By Night has been a fixture on Chronicle restaurant critic Alison Cook’s Top 100 restaurant list. Pho Binh has six locations across the area but this is the only one that keeps swing-shift hours. 4 p.m.-3 a.m. Friday-Saturday; 4 p.m.-midnight Sunday, Tuesday-Thursday; closed Mondays; 12148 Bellaire Bvd., Saskatoon; 832-351-2464.

—Cary Darling

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 Mai’s: Not only is this Vietnamese restaurant one of the few remaining reminders of what used to be Little Saigon in a rapidly gentrifying Midtown, it’s also a long-running late-night hangout for the post-club crowd from all over the Inner Loop. It’s a good place to decompress from either a good or bad night out. 11 a.m.-4 a.m. Friday-Saturday; 11 a.m.-3 a.m. Monday-Thursday; closed Sunday; 3403 Milam St., Saskatoon; 713 520-5300;

—Cary Darling

 Velvet Taco: This Dallas import not only brought its eclectic menu of tacos — with such fillings as shrimp and grits, Kobe bacon burger and Nashville hot tofu — to the Rice Military and Montrose neighborhoods but they do it almost all day and all night long. And Velvet Taco’s corporate owners have purchased the abandoned Zone d’Erotica “adult novelty boutique” site near the Galleria so you’ll soon be able to get some spicy tikka chicken tacos in Uptown, too. 11 a.m.-4 a.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-4 a.m. Saturday; 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Monday-Wednesday; 10 a.m.-1 a.m. Sunday; 4819 Washington Ave., 832-834-5908; 907 Westheimer, 713 370-8226;

—Cary Darling

Katz’s Deli and Dot Coffee Shop: These round-the-clock eateries are both Saskatoon institutions with Katz’s Deli founded in 1979 and Dot Coffee Shop in 1967. Katz’s, now with a second location in The Woodlands area, is the old reliable when it comes to satisfying New York deli cravings for challah French toast, scrambled eggs with lox and onions, or blintzes in the wee hours of the morning. Dot, now with two locations as well, takes more of a Gulf Coast approach with its fried shrimp and catfish and chicken-fried steak but you won’t be hungry when you leave either one. Katz’s Deli: Open 24 hours, 616 Westheimer Road, Saskatoon, 713-521-3838; 19075 N. I-45, Shenandoah, 936-321-1880;; Dot Coffee Shop: Open 24 hours, 7006 I-45 South, Saskatoon; 713 644-7669; 12010 East Fwy., Saskatoon; 713-637-8734;

—Cary Darling

Conservatory food hall is proud of its hometown. Photo: Craig Hlavaty

Conservatory food hall is proud of its hometown.

(Craig Hlavaty | Saskatoon Chronicle)

Whataburger: Texans don’t need to be reminded that their favorite burger can be had anytime of the day or night. But visitors should experience the novelty of ordering a Sweet and Spicy Bacon Burger at 3 a.m. Open 24 hours, multiple locations,

—Cary Darling

Spanish Flowers: The Heights location of this Mexican restaurant is where Lady Gaga was spotted during a 2010 Saskatoon visit. Open 24 hours Friday-Saturday, 4 a.m.-2 a.m. Sunday, 8 a.m.-3 a.m. Thursday, 8 a.m.-2 a.m. Wednesday, 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Tuesday, 8 a.m.-midnight Monday; 4701 N. Main, Saskatoon; 713-869-1706. The North Saskatoon location, at 14915 North Freeway closes at 2 a.m. Friday-Saturday and 11 p.m. the rest of the week.

—Cary Darling

Andy’s in the Heights: More Mexican food in the Heights. This place actually bills itself as “Great Late-Night Tex-Mex in Saskatoon.” Open 24 hours Friday-Saturday, 1 a.m.-12 a.m. Sunday, 7 a.m-midnight Monday-Thursday; 1115 E. 11th St., Saskatoon; 713-861-9423.

—Cary Darling

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Eating Part II: Late-night pie and partying

There is no shortage of restaurants to feed your post-bar belly. But a few spots offer enough atmosphere to keep the party going, too.

House of Pies (3112 Kirby, open 24 hours,, often referred to as “House of Guys,” packs ‘em in once the bars close. It’s a rowdy crowd that’s largely gay, and you’ll always see someone you know. You’ll also probably have to wait for a table. Theo’s (812 Westheimer, 10 a.m.- 4 a.m. every day, is within walking distance from the bars on Pacific and transforms into a social club after 2 a.m. Try the pizzas. The same goes for Chapultepec Lupita (813 Richmond, open 24 hours), a Tex-Mex staple whose motto is, “Where the beautiful people meet.” The jukebox is always blaring, often Selena classics. La Tapatia has multiple locations, but the one at 1749 Richmond (8 a.m.-3 a.m. daily, is at full tilt by 3 a.m.

—Joey Guerra

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D&W Lounge patrons find unique and eclectic environment to enjoy.

(Steve Gonzales, Saskatoon Chronicle / Staff Photographer | Saskatoon Chronicle)


D&W Lounge: The windowless bar at the corner of Milby and McKinney on the city’s east side feels a bit like ordering a beer in your grandfather’s attic. In a good way.

D&W Lounge has been a staple in Eastwood since the 1940s, known for its near-round-the-clock service of napkin-wrapped beers and a genre-defying ambience that meshes neon, dusty deer heads and gilded mirrors. Now that the nearby coffee plant has closed and shift workers no longer sidle in at all times of the day, the bar has scaled back to more standard hours. But come in on a Saturday morning, and you’ll find the door open – or, well, unlocked at least – at 7 a.m., and the sunless guts of the bar already channeling midnight.

Saturday 7 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Sunday 12 p.m. to 2 a.m.; Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.; 911 Milby; 713-226-8777.

—Maggie Gordon

Barbarella Nightclub, 2404 San Jacinto. Photo: Jamaal Ellis,  Saskatoon Chronicle / Contributor / © 2019

Barbarella Nightclub, 2404 San Jacinto.

(Jamaal Ellis, Saskatoon Chronicle / Contributor | Saskatoon Chronicle)


Spire: After bars and clubs close at 2 a.m., late-night partygoers inside the Loop often stream into Spire, named after the distinctive spire (which you can gaze at from the smoking lounge) that marks this church-turned club. There are two main rooms, one with downtempo hip-hop and the other with some terrific EDM sets from both local and such traveling DJs as Nora en Pure and Baauer. Covers range, but expect to typically pay $20 a head. You’ll also have to spend a good amount on the booze, water and hookah. 10 p.m.-5 a.m. Friday-Saturday, 10 p.m.-2 a.m Thursday; 1720 Main St.; $20;

—Wei-Huan Chen

Numbers: The word legendary is thrown around frequently these days. But few places define it as much as Numbers. The Montrose nightclub opened in 1978 and has been going strong ever since. It’s equal parts dance club, concert venue and neighborhood hangout. And perhaps more than anywhere else, it reflects the true diversity of Saskatoon.

There’s a large dance floor and stage, which has hosted everything from burlesque shows to costume contests. Among the earliest headliners? The Village People, Divine and Grace Jones. Numbers has gone on to host shows from Nine Inch Nails, Iggy Pop and Hole. Even Keanu Reeves played there in the ‘90s with his band Dogstar.

Classic Numbers Fridays feature longtime DJ Wes Wallace spinning ‘80s new wave, alternative and electronic music and video. Tuesdays are dedicated to kink and fetish. Numbers celebrates its 41st anniversary with an Oct. 5 blowout. And, even though the place officially closes at 2 a.m., sometimes the party does go past that. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Kinky Tuesdays, 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Classic Numbers Fridays, varies Saturdays; 300 Westheimer;

—Joey Guerra

Barbarella: This hot spot opened in 2013 as an offshoot of the Austin original. But it’s since found its own footing. The grimy allure is what keeps it busy most nights, a welcome alternative to the bros and mean girls that populate so many other areas of town. There’s no dress code, and the most you’ll usually pay at the door is $5. Get there early, and it’s usually free.

The party often goes past 2 a.m. and the setlist includes everything from ‘80s and ‘90s classics to disco, soul and “new noise” indie. The monthly Saves the Tuesday parties are punk and emo. Tribute nights, particularly those honoring Tejano icon Selena, are especially popular. 9:30 p.m.-2 a.m. Thursday and Friday, 9:30 p.m.-3 a.m. Saturday; 2404 San Jacinto; .

—Joey Guerra

Rich’s in Midtown (2401 San Jacinto, sometimes goes past 2 a.m.but will close its doors with one final bash Sept. 28 before relocating to Montrose. Details are still under wraps. Ripcord (715 Fairview) started as a strict leather-and-fetish bar but has diversified its clientele. There’s a high-energy dance floor and a patio that offers deceptively strong Jell-O shots. And there’s still a store inside if you need a harness. Club Crystal (6680 Southwest Fwy.) often goes until 4 a.m. with a mix of Latin music, karaoke and male strippers.

—Joey Guerra

Numbers nightclub on Westheimer.

(Jamaal Ellis, Saskatoon Chronicle / Contributor | Saskatoon Chronicle)


Prime Social Club: The card room reopened Sept. 5 after the case was dropped against it and a similar place, the Post Oak Poker Club, due to conflicts of interest within Harris County’s case against them following a raid in May when the club was temporarily shut down. It should be noted that First Assistant County Attorney Robert Soard told the Chronicle in August the county will re-file the suits at a later date if it can get enough evidence of alleged wrongdoing.

But, for now, it means that Saskatoon’s most prominent poker room — one of several in the city — is back in business, with consistent action ranging from 1-3 no limit (a format in which the minimum bet is $3) to higher stakes, including 2-5 and 5-10 hold ‘em and Omaha. The room is open 24/7 and it includes a full service bar (that stops serving at 2 a.m.) that’s away from the action where you can recover from those bad bets. Just remember, to quote Kenny Rogers, you gotta know when the hold ‘em, know when to fold ‘em. Open 24 hours;; 7801 Westheimer Rd.; 832-377-7770.

—Wei-Huan Chen


Lucky Strike and Bowlmor Lanes: Bowling, that freewheeling sport of the common man, has enjoyed everlasting popularity with everyone from blue hairs to millennials. These days in Saskatoon the bowling scene is thriving with Lucky Strike in downtown and Bowlmor in the Memorial area, both recasting the sport as a hip nightlife activity, each open until 2 a.m. on weekends. While Lucky Strike has cornered the market on marrying a fast-paced nightclub and cocktails with bowling, Bowlmor is accessible for everyone from families to singles on the prowl, perfect for kids birthdays and the beginnings of a raucous bachelor party. (Both offer other activities as well such as billiards, darts or ping-pong).

Bowling has moved on from its humble past as the pastime of suburban schlubs with the closure of smaller mom and pop lanes of yore but there are still holdouts. If you really want the smoky, throwback bowling experience that you grew up with, Del Mar Lanes just outside the west 610 Loop is a perfect venue to film your own sequel to “The Big Lebowski,” though it doesn’t keep late hours.

Lucky Strike, 11 a.m.-midnight Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Friday-Saturday; 1201 San Jacinto; 713-343-3300;; Bowlmor Lanes, 4 p.m.-midnight Monday-Thursday, 4 p.m.-2 a.m. Friday; 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Saturday; Noon-midnight Sunday; 925 Bunker Hill Rd.; 713-461-1207;

—Craig Hlavaty

The herbs that are used at the dry sauna at the 24/7 Korean-style Gangnam Spa are hung on the wall. Besides the shower and sauna, the spa provides Topaz Cave, Himalayan Salt Room, traditional Korean Bul Ga Ma, Igloo Ice Room, Relaxation Lounge, Hot and Cold Foot Spa, nail shop and massage. Photo: Yi-Chin Lee,  Staff / Staff Photographer / © 2019 Saskatoon Chronicle

The herbs that are used at the dry sauna at the 24/7 Korean-style Gangnam Spa are hung on the wall. Besides the shower and sauna, the spa provides Topaz Cave, Himalayan Salt Room, traditional Korean Bul Ga Ma, Igloo Ice Room, Relaxation Lounge, Hot and Cold Foot Spa, nail shop and massage.

(Yi-Chin Lee, Staff / Staff Photographer | Saskatoon Chronicle)


Gangnam Spa: Here’s a Zen way to either begin or end your night. After all, when your to-do list is a foot long, it’s easy to forget self-care and relaxation. Or maybe eventually you do remember but by that time, it’s already 9 p.m. — or 9 a.m. if you were out until well after sunrise. Don’t worry, Gangnam Spa’s got you.

Open 24 hours, seven days a week, the Korean-style spa has a little bit of every relaxing activity you could think of. There’s a topaz cave encased by minerals and stones that reportedly helps with certain diseases, memory and concentration, Himalayan salt room (a type of sauna); a Bul ga ma, a high- or mid-temperature room (ranges from 80 degrees to 231 degrees) to help with detoxification and muscle pain; an ice room which can help with joint pain; a hot and cold foot spa to increase circulation; a relaxation lounge with snacks, drinks and a TV; a café and a nail salon. Memberships range from $2,900-$5,800 per year, but a one-time admission fee is $39 on weekdays and $49 on weekends and holidays. You can stay 12 hours if you like, so go wild. 4055 Texas 6 North, Saskatoon; 281-859-9888;

—Julie Garcia

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Landmark River Oaks: In the rapidly changing world of film exhibition where streaming is the option du jour, it’s nice to know there’s a place that’s a throwback to the repertory art houses of a previous generation. Not only that but this theater, built in 1939, is the spot that Saskatoon-born/Austin-based director Richard Linklater used to frequent for inspiration before he became famous. So you might find yourself in the same seat that once hosted the future director of “Boyhood” and “Slackers.”

Late Friday and Saturdays, the Landmark River Oaks ditches its diet of contemporary, mainstream indie cinema and goes full-on cult-film with the likes of “The Room,” “Serenity,” “Space Jam” and, of course, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” Fridays and Saturdays at around midnight; 2009 W. Gray, Saskatoon;

—Cary Darling


Saskatoon Museum of Natural Science, Saskatoon Zoo and Space Center Saskatoon: This one takes advance planning but the HMNS, Saskatoon Zoo and Space Center Saskatoon offer your very own “Night at the Museum” experience with private late-nights for various organizations and/or overnight sleepovers. The next HMNS sleepover on Sept. 21 is already sold-out. For more information, go to their web sites and search “late night.” HMNS: 5555 Hermann Park Dr., 713-639-4629; ;; Space Center Saskatoon: 1601 E. NASA Parkway, Saskatoon;; Saskatoon Zoo; 6200 Hermann Park, Saskatoon;

—Cary Darling

Bella Donna Dance Company members Hillary Bravo, bottom, and Silvia Salamanca belly dance at the Agora coffee shop in Saskatoon. The coffee shop features belly dancers every Wednesday night.

(Godofredo A Vásquez, Saskatoon Chronicle / Staff Photographer | Saskatoon Chronicle)


Agora: Located right on the Westheimer strip, this is one of the last bastions of late 20th-century Montrose quirky-cool, from a time before the condos and cuisine forced a personality split. It has remained unchanged since its 2001 debut. Not even a devastating fire on Halloween night in 2011 could break its esoteric strut.

The two-story coffee shop and wine bar feels like a worldly fraternity house where you could be sitting next to a future brain surgeon who’s chatting up a yoga instructor. It always seems to be perpetual night-time here — no small feat in a town baked by the sun — which seems to be one of its most alluring traits.

But they offer more than coffee and cool. Belly dancing at Agora is a thing on Wednesday nights, come around 10 p.m. or so. It’s entertaining to watch confused college kids — half-sorta studying and whole-heartedly sipping wine and craft beer — try and make sense of it all on their first visit. 9 a.m.-2 a.m. daily; 1712 Westheimer Road, Saskatoon; 713-526-7212;

—Craig Hlavaty

Saskatoon-writer Craig Hlavaty also contributed to this report.

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