'Underground' bar slated for Jasper Avenue

A bar owner is hoping to join the rejuvenation of Jasper Avenue in downtown Edmonton.
The Underground Tap and Grill will open below The Treasury Vodka Bar on Jasper Avenue and 100 Street this summer. (Trevor Wilson/CBC)

A bar owner is hoping to join the rejuvenation of Jasper Avenue in downtown Edmonton.

David Helm's Underground Tap and Grill is under construction on the northwest corner of Jasper Avenue and 100th Street.

The bar will offer 72 craft and micro beers on tap.

"What we're trying to do is create a market where you can come and have craft beer," said Helm. "I think that is something that is really lacking in Edmonton."

"If you look at other big cities like Vancouver and Calgary, they have specific bars that are geared towards craft beer."

The bar will have room from between 160 and 200 people in a lounge-type of atmosphere below The Treasury Vodka Bar and Eatery.

"There's obviously lots of club location downtown," he said. "We'll have one directly above us, so it's not something we will try to compete with it."

The downtown business community welcomes another bar on Jasper Avenue.

"All we want from them is to be good businesses," said Jim Taylor, with the Downtown Business Association. "That's what you always went when you get to new business downtown, that they operate in a responsible way."

Helm hopes to welcome patrons July 1st.

The bar joins a number of others planning to open downtown over the next number of months.

Two businesses — a whisky bar and a 7-11 convenience store — will open soon in the newly revamped Confederation Building at Jasper Avenue and 104th Street.

B.C. breakfast restaurant and new hair academy and hair salon is also opening in the Cambridge Building on Jasper.