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Address: 5010-50th Street | The Gold Range Hotel, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada
Phone Number: 1 867 873 4441
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The wild. wild west run amuck (and we loved it!)

I had the pleasure of working at the Gold Range Tavern, with a band from the states I was touring with at the time, back in 1989. Upon arriving at the hotel during daylight, it... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 17, 2015
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

Look up "skanky" and you will see a picture of this place. At least I was able to toss down one shot of whiskey before the odor of rotting puke in the carpet chased me to the door. I love dive bars. To call this place a dive is an insult to dives. Owners: close the place for a few... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

I had the pleasure of working at the Gold Range Tavern, with a band from the states I was touring with at the time, back in 1989. Upon arriving at the hotel during daylight, it just seemed it was another unkempt hotel/bar along the way which we were used to. After we settled into our dilapidated rooms, which were provided... More 

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Halifax, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

Myself and my wife convinced our group of 15 to go to this place after reading the reviews. Some were a little nervous as we walked up to the place and our local host told us ensure no one is left alone in the place. However, we had a great time there and had no issues. The place was almost... More 

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Milan, Italy
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

I will skip the PC here and just give you the simple description. I lived in Yellowknife for 3 years so know this place well as it is a bit infamous. Here's what you need to know: 1. The Goldrange is famed to be in the top ten bars in Canada in terms of the amount of liquor they sell.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

I was in a band that played there in often. In 82 and 83...Leif was the manager then. He once lived in London Ontario. I recall heading back to Ontario Dec 21 1982, once we packed up the truck after our last night in town. I turned to the girl I was seeing then....Karen.....and said "look at the *^%#}"c the... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013

Came here with a local person, it had a live country band going and there are plenty of rough characters about partying like it's going to be the end of the world. It is neither fancy nor impressive, one would go here for a drink or two for some people watching.

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Edmonton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2012

Okay, this is coming from a girl who was born and raised in the beautiful NWT...if you are in YK for any reason whatsoever you MUST check out the "Strange Range"...Saturday afternoons you have your jam sessions where you can see local musicians and/or the band of the week providing some great entertainment, and Thurs-Sat night is THE place to... More 

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Yellowknife, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2011

Accustomed to "upscale" places in town for socializing (none of my friends were particularly interested in dancing to live music), it was quite a shift for me to put the crazy stories I'd heard about "The Strange Range" and supposed risks to personal safety aside and venture in all by my lonesome one evening late in Sept. after doing a... More 

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Yellowknife, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2010

The Gold Range is a must-go for anyone who lives in, or is passing through Yellowknife. It is steeped in history, and local lore, and the best place to get a feel for the true locals. Not the nicest bar you'll ever find, but it's real, and a real good time! Live music many nights with dancing, drinking, and all... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2008

I lived in Yellowknife from 1980-83 and worked at the Range for a time. Sam was my boss. Also had the chance to revisit Yellowknife in 2005. The Range hasn't changed since I worked there, but still the best bar in town as far as I am concerned. Anyone visiting Yellowknife has to stop by, if only for ten minutes.... More 

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