Edmonton riverfront patio is now licensed

· The Pulse
By Sharon Yeo
in the Food Roundup
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River Valley Adventure Co. now offers Edmontonians a place to enjoy alcoholic beverages in the river valley.

The company, which has been offering Segway rentals for nearly a decade in Louise McKinney Park, has acquired a liquor license for its patio.

Chad Murphy, a hospitality consultant working with River Valley Adventure Co., is hopeful that more people will take advantage of what he calls, "the only riverfront patio in Edmonton offering craft Alberta beer, wine and seltzers."

He is particularly proud of the company's choice to source drinks locally. "[You] will see a rotation in our craft beer, but it will always be Alberta produced craft brews only," he told Taproot.

At present, current offerings include cans from Medicine Hat Brewing Co., Bent Stick Brewing Co., Last Best Brewing & Distilling, Blindman Brewing, and Sea Change Brewing Co. In addition to alcoholic drinks, River Valley Adventure Co. also brews Sherwood Park-based Roasti Coffee.

Food-wise, they have partnered with The Greenhouse to serve prepared meat and vegetarian sandwiches. The Greenhouse, led by owner Paul Shufelt, operates restaurants at three city-owned golf courses.

River Valley Adventure Co. patio

A bachelorette party celebrated at the River Valley Adventure Co. patio over the weekend. (River Valley Adventure Co./Instagram)

Currently, the patio seats 16, but when restrictions are lifted, it will be able to accommodate up to 28 people. Hours are also limited at the moment, with the patio open 10am-4pm on Monday and Thursday and from 10am-6pm on the weekends. Murphy indicated that they hope to extend their hours as conditions allow. City-run restrooms are open and available in the adjacent building.

While Segway Tours continue to be the most popular booked activity, River Valley Adventure Co. has also expanded its rental options to include five-person inflatable rafts, e-bikes, and side-by-side Surrey Bikes.

"We feel that with the introduction of our liquor license and enhanced offerings, that we will open ourselves up to a wider customer base," said Murphy.