The focus of the city's cultural life is the Conexus Arts Centre, on the southern shore of Wascana Lake, at 200 Lakeshore Dr. (tel. 800/667-8497, or 306/525-9999 for the box office; www.conexusartscentre.ca). With two theaters and a 2,000-seat concert hall, the center is home to the Regina Symphony Orchestra (www.reginasymphony.com) and features many other performance companies. The box office is open Monday through Saturday 10am to 6pm.
Late September to early May, the Globe Theatre (Old City Hall, 1801 Scarth St.; tel. 866/954-5623 or 306/525-6400; www.globetheatrelive.com) performs as a theater-in-the-round within a restored building that was built as Regina's original city hall. The company presents six plays annually. Productions run the gamut from classics (Shakespeare, Molière, Shaw, and others) to modern dramas, musicals, and comedies. Tickets are C$35 to C$45. Box office hours are Monday through Saturday 10am to 5pm.
Casino Regina (1880 Saskatchewan Dr., at Broad St.; tel. 800/555-3189 or 306/565-3000; www.casinoregina.com) is very impressive. Seven blocks long and incorporating the city's original rail station, Casino Regina has over 35 gaming tables to go with its more than 600 slots, as well as a restaurant and Vegas-style live shows, and is open daily 9am to 4am (closed Christmas). The top live-music venue in Regina is The Distrikt (1326 Hamilton St.; tel. 306/359-8223), offering national and local bands, three bars, a large dance floor, and three outdoor decks.
Across the tracks from downtown is the old railway warehouse district, now being revived as an arts and clubs area. Centering on Dewdney Avenue, between Albert and Broad streets, this district offers travelers a number of pubs and nightclubs. Envy Nightclub downstairs at 2300 Dewdney Ave. (tel. 306/757-3689) is as trendy as it gets in Regina. The room has a lively dance-club atmosphere, while on weekends, DJs give the club an electric vibe. Of the many pubs in the area, check out Bushwakker Pub and Brewing Company (2206 Dewdney Ave.; tel. 360/359-7276; www.bushwakker.com), with a wide selection of beers and ales brewed on-site to go with well-priced pub fare.
A couple of other pubs with an Irish flavor popular in Regina are O'Hanlon's (1947 Scarth St.; tel. 306/566-4094) and McNally's, at 2226 Dewdney Ave. (tel. 306/522-4774; www.mcnallystavern.ca), which also features live music.
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