The Ship & Anchor: Number One Pub!
This is the best pub in all of Calgary. Nautically decorated, and located on 17th Ave (the shopping, hanging out hot spot), The Ship has friendly staff, awesome food (including a little-known breakfast on Sundays, served until 10:30am) and a HUGE selection of beer and hard liquors. In the summer time the two patios facing the Avenue are the place to be, and are crowded and tonnes of fun. Though it's unlikely that you'll want to leave, you will be walking distance from several nightclubs and bars in the area.
PEOPLE: A popular place for 18 - 35 crowd, though the type of people there is eclectic to say the least ... lots of trendy people, indie kids, the tattooed and pierced, suits, and relaxed pub-goers of all kinds.
FOOD: reasonable priced (main $10-14), almost every item is made in house from scratch. So tasty!
EVENTS: They host live music or other event (IE: punk rock bingo Tuesdays) almost every night of the week, year round. (http://www.shipandanchor.com/calendar)
Dress Code: No dress code.
Hop 'N' Brew: Chill Pub
A relaxed pub, in what looks like a two-story house right in the middle of downtown, to hang out all night for good conversation, good brews, fuse-ball, and billiards. Caters to indie crowds, skate crews, and relaxed pub-goer's of all kinds.
Don't expect to be served at a table on a busy night (Friday/Sat)... make life easier and hit the bar.
20 oz. pints of craft beers go for $5.75-7.00, and they usually have an 'in-house' seasonal brew that will knock your socks off.
Food service until 10pm, though there is a pizza-by-the-slice joint right next door, for all of your late night snackin' needs. ($3.00/slice)
10 minute walk from the public transit, alled the 'C-Train', which runs along 7th ave downtown, and extends into the NW and SE quadrants of the city. Additionally, it is easy to walk from here to other bars and clubs.
Dress Code: None.
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Jubilee Auditorium: Singing and Dancing
The Jubillee Auditorium and its twin in Edmonton, were built by the provincial government to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Alberta becoming a province. Of course we’ve passed the 100 year mark now so the Auditorium is no longer the top venue in Calgary. Still, the stage is home the Calgary Opera and plays host to the Alberta Ballet when it’s in town. Comedians, actors and students at convocation all find themselves gracing the stage for a moment in the lime light.Related to:
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Cowboys: The most fun you can have with your boots on
With the strong cowboy persona that Calgary maintains, it’s not surprising to find bars named Cowboys, Outlaws, Roadhouse and Ranchmans. Cowboys, an old liquor store turned night club, offers an energetic scene with waitresses who would be qualified to work at Hooters. During the Stampede, when every bar becomes a saloon, Cowboys more than doubles in size by throwing a tent over the parking lot next door. A few bales of hay, some tubs of suds and all of sudden it’s THE place to be in town.Related to:
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James Joyce Pub
This pub is an authentic Irish Pub (well, the interior is). The crowd is made up of people of all ages and walks of life, and it's a comfortable atmosphere. In the summer, there's an outdoor patio; in winter, admire the beautiful carved dark wood interior.
There's 10 different beers on tap, and of course, Guiness. It's a worthwhile destination for the food as well, featuring updated traditional pub food.
Dress Code: Casual
The Wildwood: Mission Pubs
The Wildwood is consistently rated by CAMRA (CAMpaign for Real Ale), a British traditional beer advocacy group, as the best pub in Calgary. The brewpub opened in 2000 on the old Mission Bridge Brewing Company's premises. Since then, the Wildwood has become the cultural centre of Calgary's Mission neighbourhood -- their "local." They always run the most popular beer garden at the 4th Street Lilac Festival.
The decor is truly original and reverent of the Canadian Rockies, not a rehash of some vaguely-remembered watering-hole in Dublin or Yorkshire. The food is excellent, the atmosphere is jovial...and then there's the beer... But that cannot be described, it must be tasted.
Dress Code: The pub is casual. The restaurant upstairs doesn't specify a dress code, but one would tend to dress well in such an establishment.
The Mortal Coil: Martini Bar
The Mortal Coil is a casual restaurant and martini bar located in downtown Calgary. I've never eaten there myself (and I hear the menu is small) but I have been there countless times for the most delicious martini's ever made! I would reccomend this place for drinks in a heartbeat. The low-light moody atmosphere is great for a relaxing night on the town.
In addition to the classic martini's this bar has an entire menu of "chick" martini's. The martinis all have some sort of candy theme - containing sweet tarts, fruit loops and other candy. The martini's are all garnished with a fuzzy peach gummy candy. The bill also comes with gummy candy to go around the table.
ship & Anchor Pub: local watering hole
The Ship & Anchor is an institution in Calgary. The pub food is very good and the menu varied. This place attracts a wide demographic range of people, from business people, skaters, students, artists, to musicians. There is an excellent Saturday afternoon music jam and other events throughout the week. Great patio in the summer and very social. Cheers
Dress Code: CasualRelated to:
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Casino at Calgary Stampede: Casino
City has several casino's. The best being the one on grounds
of Calagry Stampede. But there's $10 entrance fee to get onto
the grounds, even though the only activity in early May is Casino.
If you plan to gamble there a lot, sign up for member's club which
will reduce cost of entrance fee.
Dress Code: Jeans permitted but no torn clothing allowed.Related to:
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MYNT ultralounge: posh club
i've traveled all over and this place is still one of my favorite places to go. it is very modern and can really packed on the weekends, esp sundays. the drinks are expensive but the sights are beautiful. the club has several levels and rooms to cater to diff tastes and during the summer, the rooftop is open for an even better time
Ballroom Studios: Ballroom Dancing
4 places to social dance in Calgary:
Alberta DanceSport: http://www.albertadancesport.com/
Friday nights from 8:15 to midnight (drop in group lesson runs from 8:15-9:15). Located just north of the university. Easy walk from the Brentwood C-Train station (10 minutes) but I would advise driving or calling a cab. Not the easiest place to get to.
Ballroom & Country Dance Studio: http://www.ballroomcountry.com/
Located at 121C 17 Avenue NE - super easy to get to via car (or cab) or the bus (#2 Northbound). Nice studio, dressier and more mature crowd than ABDanceSport. Open Friday 7-midnight (group class from 7:00-8:30), and Sunday 7:00 - 11:00pm (group class from 7:00 - 7:45).
Located at 517 - 16th Avenue, NE. Best to drive - not too far from downtown via cab. Friday and Saturday night dancing from 8:00 to midnight (group lesson 8-9pm). Great floor, although the crowd and music are unpredictable.
The Studio: http://www.thestudio.ab.ca/
Located at 3417 - 8th Street SE. Transit is not an option, although easy to get from downtown via cab. Call in advance (403) 228 - 5668 as their schedule can be unpredicatable. WCSwing parties occur every Friday night 9 till midnight.
Dress Code: Business casual.
The night sky: Long Summer Days
After a long sunny day sightseeing there is nothing better after an evening meal than having a stroll away from the city's bright lights. This part of town offers more open views where you can just wander without the crowds and watch the sun go down late into the evening as the sun sets on a fun filled perfect day.
Dress Code: Casual clothes are the norm here - t-shirts and jeans are comfortable for walking and good trainers a must for tired feet. In summer, evenings are usually balmy and warm but just in case a chill decends take a fleece with you.Related to:
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Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra (CPO): Hearing is believing
One of the most interesting adult evening classes that I’ve taken was a music appreciation class taught by one of the members of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra (CPO). Each week different members of the orchestra would show up with their instrument to discuss their history and how they fit into the overall orchestra. Part of the course was a day trip to the Jack Singer Concert Hall to listen to a practice session. A couple of live concerts were included with the course and made more enjoyable after we’d been briefed on what to expect. The CPO plays largely during the fall and winter seasons.Related to:
Alberta Theatre Projects (ATP): Encounter life
Alberta Theatre Projects (ATP) has grown from producing mostly children’s theatre to one of the premiere theatre troupes in Canada. Giving precedence to Canadian plays, the company packs the beautiful Martha Cohen Theatre through the fall and winter. And it isn’t about the money. ATP still relies on volunteers for ushers and fund raising events.Related to:
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Ironwood Stage and Grill
This unassuming club is located in a once-dilapidated building in Inglewood. Even though the surroundings could use a little work, The Ironwood is becoming well-known for offering local and not-so-local original independent music 7 nights a week, and attracts a crowd as eclectic as their musical offerings.
They also host a Big Band Brunch once a week, with a house band created from some of Calgary's top jazz musicians. The Ironwood holds perhaps about 150 people, ensuring an intimate setting.
The Ironwood is open daily for lunch; I haven't eaten lunch there personally, but we recently attended a private event there, and from judging the excellent quality of the food there, I'll have to make a point to go.
Dress Code: Come as you are
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