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Known literally for its bar made of mahogany wood, Murrieta's Bar and Grill serves up good food alongside a wide choice of alcohol. It is a regular nightly haunt for the executives who drop by here from nearby downtown after work. The service is pretty decent and informal; only a really fussy customer might come up with a complaint. The live piano music at dinner time complements the setting of the restaurant perfectly. Don't expect noisy children here, since businessmen and other corporate types set the overall mood of the place.
Located in the basement, Winebar Kensington welcomes wine and tapa lovers warmly into their chic and elegant space. Adding to the elegance is a tasteful selection of furniture that compliments the overall atmosphere. Winebar has an extensive wine list including including a few from the old world and new world breweries. Wines can be enjoyed by the glass or have the knowledgeable servers help pair your wine and food. Their food menu is also impressive with a selection of delicious tapas. Apart from great wine and food, guests revisit Winebar for the friendly owner and chef.
The Embarcadero Oyster & Wine Bar is one of first true oyster bars in Calgary. Embarcadero, which means wharf in Spanish, offers anywhere from nine to twelve fresh oyster varieties from the east and west coasts, and always has a featured oyster of the day. Housed in an old red brick house, the Embarcadero has a full menu—pastas, steaks, salads and sandwiches—and a large wine list of reds, champagne, sparkling, desserts, whites and even sake. Guests will delight in the warmth of the main lounge, while the dining room above offers a more formal take, complete with tablecloth and a self-contained bar.
Standing tall among the sea of restaurants downtown, Una offers of an excellent selection of inspired pizzas in delightful thin-crust goodness and an exceptional wine list to go with it. A refreshing change from the standard pizza options dished out at many a pizzeria, the Mediterranean-inspired pizzas here have become an instant hit. By their own admission, there are no rules to the food and the chef makes sure that the results are delightful. Apart from pizzas itself, the menu comprises a selection of salads and other options. The wine list is exceptionally diverse and offers a great choice. The intimate interiors see a constant buzz and have a refreshing vibe about them. Seating is on a first-come basis without the possibility of reservations. Service is a pleasure and has received accolades from all quarters. Winner of several awards not only for its food, but also its service, Una is one of the best pizza places downtown.
Enter the chic Vin Room for an unforgettable wine and tapas experience. With a selection of over 100 different wines, they offer sampling by the ounce and also serve by the glass. Apart from their huge wine selection, their menu lists delicious tapas which go well with the wines. The tapas menu includes cheeses, meats and sides; each portioned to thirty grams. They organize private events for twenty to eighty guests at their private function room with an access to the rooftop patio.