This popular nightclub and bar hosts the city's up-and-coming bands with live music every night. You can also enjoy great food while you watch the bands performing live; the restaurant opens early to host breakfast and lunch, and is always willing to pour a drink. Choose from an excellent food menu of pub favorites and a spirit list to keep the night rocking. If you're hoping to find the next big band and soak up some local culture at the same time, drop into The Broken City where you're sure to do both.
At Proof, each night is all about perfectly crafted cocktails and stress-free service. The quirky cocktail bar believes that their guests should be able to sip and savor without having to pack into a crowded bar, which is why they only allow in as many people as they have chairs. The bar has a seasonal menu that changes with ingredients they purchase from local producers, which means that guests are only served the freshest of cocktails and tapas. Also on offer are a curated selection of wines and beer.
Situated on the outer rim of downtown, this chophouse is removed from most of the bustle of downtown, and has a reputation for a great selection of steaks and burgers, and a laid-back yet sophisticated atmosphere. Buchanan's offers a good business or after-work setting, with upscale wood and brass finishing at booths and open tables. There is also a lot of top-grade Alberta beef on the menu, including a 10-ounce, hot-rubbed rib eye steak in wild mushroom sauce. The award-winning whisky bar has its own loyal following and a reputation for one of the best Scotch collections in the city.
Añejo is an inspired Mexican restaurant that boasts an impressive collection of over 200 tequilas, though most guests tend to sample the restaurant's house-made margaritas, which have been called the best in Calgary. The restaurant is housed in a multi-level industrial-chic building lit by a gigantic skylight. Sample Jalisco-inspired delights like guacamole prepared in a traditional lava rock mortar, or tuck into a variety of Mexican dishes all crafted with the freshest of ingredients. Be sure to bring along some friends to share a ceviche tasting alongside a variety of other Mexican tapas.
One of the first attempts at capturing the look, feel and sensibilities of a small village country pub in the UK, this stop has remained popular for more than 15 years. Located just a few blocks south of downtown in a rambling old building (legend has it as a former funeral home), there are three distinct bar areas with booths and tables. There are also comfy couches, some near fireplaces. Come summer, there's also a heated patio area. There are some 30 beers, many of them imported. The menu tilts towards finger foods, burgers and sandwiches.
The speak-easy, bygone vibe is in full-force at this barber shop and neighborhood cocktail bar. Sulky light glows from fixtures out of the 1930s, a massive marble-top counter dominates the interior, and a friendly guiding principle to have patrons well-fed, well-groomed, well-imbibed win the day and night here. The food menu is a bit more contemporary than the aesthetics suggest, with kale salad, bahn mi sandwiches, and vegetarian selections. The cuts, however, are to-the point, and do not get more sophisticated than the “fancy beard trim.” Please note that the bar stays open until the very early morning, while the barber shop closes between 4p and 9p.
The Garage Sports Bar is the sort of places guys sneak off to: a hip refuge of pool tables, satellite TV-fed sports and video games. Tucked into a corner of the downtown Eau Claire Market, the focus here is on shooting pool and the breeze over a few drinks and finger food. There are numerous bar-sized playing tables, all rented on a clock. Some fourteen televisions blast the latest hockey and football games, and a DJ has music constantly playing. Though it's billed as a restaurant, this is not a true sit-down experience, with a menu that tilts toward Italian Panini sandwiches and chicken wings.
With a wonderful ambiance to relax, live gigs and an elaborate menu to choose from, The Palomino has a lot to offer. Every dish is delicious, out of which you should try the Pulled Pork Poutine or the Alberta Cheese Steak or the Two Meat Platter or even the Fire Grilled Salmon Filet. Also, you may have problems aplenty as they have a wide range of drinks to select from. Adding to the food fiesta, they also have some brilliant bands mainly from the rock and roll genre, who drop by to entertain the crowd. Visit their website for more information.
Located smack in the middle of downtown Calgary, Bear and Kilt Freehouse is a watering hole and diner that is quite popular with the locals. Patrons come for the sumptuous food and refreshing drinks but stay for the excellent service and cozy ambiance. Try your hand at pool, challenge a fellow drinker at darts and soak in the local vibe at the bar. A great time to drop by for a drink would be during the happy hour.
The Guild is a classy gastropub. It is essentially known for its delectable dishes like Golden Beets and Margherita Pizza. The bar also serves a range of alcoholic beverages and craft cocktails like Smoked Leomonade and Blue Caipiroska, that perfectly complement the delicious food. The place has a classy vibe attached to, with warm light, plush seating, drinks served in delicate glassware and great service, making the place perfect for your next evening get together.
Local 522 is a vibrant live music venue in downtown Calgary. The club derives its unique name from the street it is located in and is a charming little place in the heart of the city. Venue for a plethora of music concerts, Local 522 has a special taste for folk music. It hosts the high-profile Calgary Folk Music Festival, along with regular pop, rock, Latin, reggae and other music performances. With excellent acoustics and a fine dance floor, Local 522 is your ideal party jaunt. Refreshments and alcohol are also served at the bar, which range from beer, cocktails and spirits, to hearty burgers and chicken wings.
One18 Empire is an Canadian Cuisine restaurant, open from early hours and till late night. They serve distilled whiskey, having a collection of over 100 bottles of rye, bourbons and whiskey. Menus for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert are carefully crafted by the chef. They have four options for breakfast namely a buffet, a la carte consisting of dishes like Smoked Salmon, Organic Oatmeal and Yogurt Parfait. The lunch menu is light consisting of BLT, Empire Prime Omelette and Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf. The dinner menu mostly includes seafood such as scallops, crab and octopus.