Before opening the space, the owners and collaborators of Model Milk sought to create a menu and a restaurant that would combine both innovation and comfort. They support local farmers by sourcing ingredients produced around the region, and seek to use every last inch of whatever produce and meat they can get their hands on. What has resulted is a restaurant and bar that feels both homey and elegant. Modern Milk is located within in an old creamery, so diners are seated at wood tables nestled against authentic brick walls that give the space mix of contemporary and rustic appeal. The menu focuses on simple, elegantly crafted dishes, while the beverage list is an artisanal cocktail-lover's dream. The restaurant also hosts a communal dinner every Sunday, during which guests share a family-style meal that includes a first and second course, as well as dessert.
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.
A visitor walking through the wide front doors of this revived heritage bank building may quickly feel they've died and gone to Ireland. Patrons of the James Joyce Authentic Irish Pub appreciate the brews on tap (Guinness at three different temperatures and many other ales), as well as the acres of dark wood and utter absence of televisions or loud video game machines. The food includes modestly priced pub fare such as soups, stews and carved meats. For a big snack, try their Irish take on nachos.
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.
Milk Tiger Lounge is a great place in downtown Calgary if you want to spend the evening with friends over cool libations and good music. The chic lounge whips up some of the meanest and most original cocktails that you won't find anywhere else in town. The vibe is funky and reminiscent of urban New York bars. Also they have an excellent choice of food items on the menu. The crowd is very diverse so you won't feel out of place.
The brainchild of a few committed friends, the Village Brewery bottles local brews that have gone on to become favorites in bars across the country. Sample their custom creations, namely the Village Blonde, Blacksmith and Wit, at the tap room after taking a tour of the premise. A label that supports local talent, the brewery often hosts events and music schedules where people come to enjoy, among other things, good music and real good ale.
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.
Serving a whooping 1250 eggs benedict a month, it’s no wonder Diner Deluxe is always crowded. Styled in a very 1950s fashion, this humble diner caters to people looking for real wholesome food that feels like it came out straight out of mom’s kitchen. What’s better is that they have a weekly menu that offers something special, each day of the week. Those who wish to sample their legendary meatloaf and Grilled Cheese Sandwich will need to get in line, as this place gets pretty busy during the day. So much so that they refuse to take reservations or even entertain a group of more than six. But it's all worth it!
SS106 is a classy evening destination, essentially known for its Aperitivo, which is an alcoholic beverage consumed to increase the appetite. The kitchen is known to produce alluring dishes like rissottos and salads. The bar serves a wide range of wines, beers, Grappa and delicious cocktails like Gin+Juice and Wine Limonata, to effortlessly accompany your delicious meals. This elegant bar has an upscale vibe attached to it, enhanced by the spacious interiors, making the place perfect for an evening get together.
For some of the most succulent steaks and meat-cuts, look no further than The Keg. Located within the luxurious confines of the Westin Calgary, The Keg enthralls with an excellent menu comprising all your favorite steaks from Filet Mignon to Prime Rib and Teriyaki. The amount of efforts taken in the preparations right from choosing the finest cuts to the aging process ensures that patrons get nothing but the best. Apart from steaks, there's a good selection of seafood as well as chicken on the menu. The wine list presents and extensive choice to accompany your meal while the kids menu keeps the little ones happy. The interiors sport an fresh and contemporary look and is suited for a number of occasions from business dinners to casual and intimate meals. Service is spot-on and has received appreciation from a number of quarters. All-in-all, an excellent place for a refined meal of steaks.
Located in the middle of all the action in Calgary, Poco Loco Pizza makes some insanely awesome pizzas and for that they've even won awards. If you're thinking this is your average pizza joint then think again because Poco Loco also doubles up as a dive bar complete with karaoke and a large selection of drinks. Besides the dining area, there is a separate lounge that is mostly frequented by youngsters and rusty singers. An excellent little dive if you like the idea of downing a few drinks with great pizza for company.
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.