Reason #62 of '101 Reasons Why I Heart Edmonton'
El Cortez & Other Bitchin' Bars By Emil Tiedemann There’s a bright red neon sign on one of the rustic brick walls of Old Strathcona’s El Cortez Tequila Bar & Kitchen that reads, “Find what you love and let it kill you.” It’s a quote from the late German-born, L.A.-based poet Charles Bukowski , who Time magazine once called “the laureate of American lowlife.” His words of drudgery and toil have influenced countless writers and artists since, including El Cortez co-owner Melanie Swerdan , whom may not take those words literally, but certainly retains the sort of passion Bukowski was alluding to. That passion is evident on every wall, in every corner, and within every aspect of El Cortez, perhaps the most unique bar in all of Edmonton, and certainly the city’s only one that specializes in tequila. Just outside the El Cortez Bar just off of Whyte Avenue and along Gateway Boulevard. “I remember this place, I remember partying here when it was Wooly Bully’s,” Swe