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Best Pubs in Calgary

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James Joyce Authentic Irish Pub

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.

Calgary, AB, Canada
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Bottlescrew Bill's Old English Pub

With a selection of over 300 beers, Bottlescrew Bill's Old English Pub is proud to have their beers from 35 countries. They have a "Travel around the world with 80 beers" passport that the guests need to sign up for at a fee of CAD5. The signed up guests can try 80 different beers on every visit and get that stamped on their beer passport by the server. Few of those are imported beers from such obscure beer-producing nations as Slovakia and Trinidad. The cozy surroundings, including a warm fireplace room, ensure that your drinking is done in comfort. And if that third bottle of Polish brew has got you hungry, Bill's menu includes tasty pub fare.

Calgary, AB, Canada
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Kensington Pub

A little respite from the biting winds of Calgary winters can be found inside the cozy crannies of this pub. Built on three levels with a dining area, bar and loft, there's plenty of choice in seating arrangements and noise levels. Traditionalists' dreams come true with this homey establishment's exposed beams set in white plastered walls and sturdy oaken furniture, along with its selection of 10 specialty beers and ales. The air is relatively smoke-free, without the choking cloud often present in busy pubs. According to the staff, the sliced beef sandwich is the best in Calgary, although the fish and chips are a contender, too. Whether you're looking for a satisfying lunch or a night of conversation, this little pub is certain to please.

Calgary, AB, Canada
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Dickens

If great drinks coupled with rocking live music is your idea of a fun night out, you needn't look beyond Dickens. The popular pub on 9th Avenue has an excellent schedule of live music and hosts an array of local as well as renowned bands. The regular DJ events also have a lot of takers and attracts a fairly young crowd. Food menu has an excellent selection of pub fare while the sip list has enough spirits to keep the night rocking. Nightly promotions and happy hour specials promise great deals on the party fuel. In sharp contrast to the rest of the week, Sundays at Dickens are a delightfully relaxed affair, with patrons dropping in to play a host of board games and socialize over a pint.

Calgary, AB, Canada
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Rose & Crown

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.

Calgary, AB, Canada
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Ship & Anchor Pub

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. Check out the fun mix cocktails, hang out and shoot the breeze!

Calgary, AB, Canada
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Toad 'n' Turtle Pubhouse & Grill

Opened in 2001, this boisterous pub on 27 Avenue has a fun and energetic vibe that separates it from the more serious kind of pubs. But it's not just the atmosphere that has the crowds thronging here. Toad 'n' Turtle Pubhouse & Grill boasts of an amazing selection of drinks, from beers, cocktails and martinis to scotch and specialty coffees. The beer selection, with 24 taps deserves a special mention. When it comes to food, the pub prides itself in serving a wide variety of smoked meats thanks to their very own roof top meat smoker. Apart from this, they have a great selection of pub favorites. With regular food and drink promotions and the possibility to host large groups and parties. Toad 'n' Turtle is a great avenue for a fun night out.

Calgary, AB, Canada
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Richmond's Pub and Eatery

Roar support for the local team at Richmond's Pub and Eatery. This sports central in the southern part of the city is where locals come to knock back a few pints, dig into some hearty grub and of course, cheer on their team. To add to the frenzy, the place often hosts live music nights featuring local bands and artists. Packed through the week, Richmond's schedules theme nights of food and drink. So for an action packed night with mates, no place is better than Calgary's Richmond's Pub!

Calgary, AB, Canada
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