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.
Consistently voted among the top country clubs in the country, Ranchman's is a south Calgary favorite that has been packing people in for generations, particularly during the wild annual Calgary Stampede. While other clubs purport to be country, this is the real deal, with strapping young men pulling in by truck at night from the ranches that litter the land surrounding Calgary. The rodeo crowd also hangs out here when in town. There's live music in the dance hall section and a DJ in the bar up front, as well as on the outdoor patio. The attached restaurant serves steaks and burgers.
A traditional English pub in the heart of the city, Ship and Anchor attracts a heady mix of clientele from students and professionals to locals and expatriates, and it's not without a good reason. The pub has an excellent roster of live bands, jam sessions, karaoke nights as well as other special events like the Annual Limericks contest and the Music Festival. The amazingly diverse selection of beer including a good number of local brews has something for everyone while the homely food on offer is a satisfying affair. Games are broadcast live on the big screen for sports enthusiasts. For an airier setting, settle down on the breezy patio. Jam sessions draw a host of talent who perform solo or with a backup. Also check out the fun mix of cocktails, hang out and shoot the breeze!
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.
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.
A visit to Calgary is not complete without a stop at Eau Claire, considered one of downtown Calgary’s crowd drawers. One of the more visible pubs in Eau Claire is the Bow River Barley Mill with its symbolic sawmill waterwheel. The Barley Mill is a favorite watering hole for hockey fans and those who come for the 10-day Stampede in July. The pub is charming with welcoming decor and friendly service. Along with a comprehensive lunch and dinner menu, the Bow River Barley Mill also boasts an extensive wine, beer, and spirits lists.
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.
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.
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.