Nightlife in Jasper is largely limited to the bars and lounges found in hotels around town. By law, there is no smoking permitted at any Jasper club, even on outdoor patios.

For a post-dinner pint, head to the Jasper Brewing Company at 624 Connaught Dr. (tel. 780/852-4111). Brewed on-site, there's a wide range of beers, from Union Blonde and B Hill Pilsner to Rockhopper IPA, and several others to suit your palate. There's a casually sophisticated lounge upstairs at Earl's (600 Patricia St, 2nd floor; tel. 780/852-2393), which also has the best patio in town -- it's even heated!

The Atha-B, or just the B, is the local moniker for the Athabasca Hotel (510 Patricia St.; tel. 780/852-3386), home of an often crowded pool hall/sports bar (O'Shea's) and a recently renovated nightclub, which brings in DJs and live bands throughout the summer and lures a young, party-seeking crowd. With a sports-bar ambience and classic rock blaring, the D'ed Dog Bar and Grill (404 Connaught Dr.; tel. 780/852-3351) is the place you don't need to dress up to party into the night. Aptly, this is a popular spot with the summer onslaught of river and hiking guides who gather to socialize and compare notes from the trail.

Your best bet for good live music is Pete's On Patricia, upstairs at 614 Patricia St. (tel. 780/852-6262), with a stream of indie rock and blues bands, as well as DJs and dancing.

Oddly enough, one of the hottest and rowdiest gathering places for the town's influx of twenty-something seasonal staffers can be found in the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. The noisy Tent City Sports Lounge, overlooking the tennis courts, is also the hangout of choice for young JPL employees.

Finally, if it's a somewhat less youthful crowd you seek, the Downstream Bar (620 Connaught Dr.; tel. 780/852-9449), a basement dive that's far from dingy, is a welcoming spot to unwind with a pint.

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