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Standing through the test of time in Calgary is a little bar called The Black Lot. A place where gay folks can come and be themselves, knock back a few beers and be entertained. It's history has spanned a decade and it continues with a friendly, accepting vibe. The menu is simple, music, not too loud and on warmer days, patrons spill into the outdoor patio. So come by and lend support to one of the city's oldest gay bar.
The Goliath Bathhouse shares entrances with The Texas Lounge, a bar for the fun and queer. An exciting place to meet new people, the bar serves predominately a male crowd. Happy bartenders aid in enjoying the happy hour schedule and Tuesdays are all about special requests at the karaoke station. Popular among the gay community, The Texas Lounge is where you'd go for a wild night in Calgary.
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!
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.