Definately gets busy on the weekend and ladies night. I would call before going so you know what's up.
Next door there is a place called Cowboys. It was closed, but if it's open I would check it out. I heard it's awesome.
Dress Code: A lot of people go there dressed up somewhat nice. However, plenty of people wear jeans as well.
Michelangelo's is a little bar we found just a 2 minute walk down 11th Street from where we were staying while in Calgary.
From the outside it doesn't look much, but I recommend going in for a beer. It appears quite "Rocky" or "Gothicy" inside, but don't be fooled. We saw alsorts of people in here and they play all sorts of music (although it does have a bias towards the rock genre).
A cozy little bar. As darkness falls outside, candles are lit inside giving it a very trendy "I could stay all night" atmoshpere.
The staff are excellent to and the beer isn't to expensive. It cost us $4.90 for a bottle of Canadian each.
Dress Code: There is no dress code in this place. It is a place to go for a "comfortable" beer or to. There are no restrictions or requirements (other than age) to get in.
MYNT Ultralounge is an awesome nightclub, very city. It is similar to TANTRA, also a city stylish bar but pretty expensive.
COWBOYS is a good bar/dance spot, but lots of country music. No need to dress up too much. Famous for their large breasted waitresses.
WHISKEYS is has a good dance floor, and a young crowd.
Upscale and classy is the METROPOLITAN with an older crowd.
Dress Code: quite casual compared to other cities. ie. Toronto. Just don't look like you're coming from the gym.
For the authentic cowboy experience you must head to Ranchman's. Real cowboys, real cowboy music, real cowboy hats and boots. Friendly -even if you don't know the difference between a two-step and a polka, somebody will teach you.
Dress Code: shirt and shoes.
This is the new place to go for local metal / punk shows (although, check show listenings at "The Machine" and "The Underground" too.) They have also been hosting alot of skateboard / snowboard video premiers and parties. Chillin' place with good selection of beers. (Akk, stay away from the "Berry" Beers, though.)
Dress Code: None.
I just wanted to post these web site. It gives you a really good look at clubs in Calgary and other places. It seemed to have a very good variety of at least the big clubshttp://www.clubzone.com/company/index.asp?company_type=1&city=15
In most clubs in Calgary you pay $5 for cover charge but they have drink specials before 10-11pm. If there is a special event or band you will probably pay $10. Clubs can be big or small but all have dance floors. They mostly tend to play a mix of rap, dance, rock, country, pop. There are some that are geared toward a certian kind of music. In most pubs there is no cover but you will pay $5 a drink mostely. Most are usually pretty small for the amount of people they let in but are not quite the flesh driven environment that the clubs are. Most tend to play rock, pop.They usually have pool tables but if you come on a friday night expect them to be very busy.
Some clubs are picky about dress but this is usually displayed at the front door. Most only have a problem with bandana's, and backwards baseball hats. Some with runners. Girls get away with a lot more than men. Men are not allowed to wear any shirt that dosn't have sleves. Woman can sometimes get away with a bikini top. It is pretty bad for the double standard. There are also many more drink specials for girls so it can be useful to have a girlfriend with you :) If it is cold outside some places will have a coat check. It cost $2. They will not check anything but coats or sweaters. If you want both they will charge you double in most places.
This bar is a really good choice for those of you who are sick of all the pop music. IT caters to the rock, and metal crowd. It has some really good drink specials before a certian time then it goes up to about $5 a drink. IT plays mostly rock, metal, and live bands. It has some of the smaller venue bands as well as some rock bands from the eighties. IT is a great place but not the cleanest and a bit rough. Expect to pay $5 at the door for cover charge. If it is cold outside they have a coat check which cost $2. Dont loose the little stub they give you are you will donating your coat. Trust me not fun when it's -30 C outside.
Dress Code: No real dress code but they are touchy about anything that appears to be gang related. Bandana's are not allowed. No backwards baseball caps, or sleevless shirts for the guys.
This bar is pretty cool. It has live bands quite often , mostly rock music. Pretty relaxed environment with many different people. Average age seems to be about thirty. It has some pool tables and a small dance floor. I don't live near this place but it is defently the watering hole of a few of my friends. Be ready to pay about $5 a drink here but there is no cover charge. Waitresses are really nice.
Dress Code: No real dress code just dont wear clothes that look like they should be thrown in the garbage :)
This is my favorite pub in the city. It has two lacations, one in the north and one in the south of the city. This is mostly a sports pub. It has pool, minature golf, bowling, and a few other things. It is layed out in a very interesting way with the golf going around the middle of the bar. It has lots of big screens with that nights game or games on them. Lots of tables of all different kinds. IT is a pretty big pub so you don't end up feeling like a sardine. Really good food. Great environment with a range of people to talk with. I highly recommend this place
Dress Code: Just don't wear battered looking clothes.
This night club is on the 17th ave strip. A very popular street for bars and trendy shops. It is the only nightclub on this strip. It tends to cater to a younger crowd (under 20) but can be really fun. As the name sais if you like Taquila this is the place to be. They have pretty good specials especially on that drink. It isn't very big so it can get a bit crowded but... lots of fun to be had especially on ladies night.
Dress Code: Be careful about ripped jeans, runners ect.. but it isn't extremley picky. Make sure you look put together and you wont have much of a problem. Bandana's, no sleve shirts (men), backwards baseball caps arn't really allowed.
Cowboys is one of the longest standing bars in this city. Many dont have a life of more than a few years. This is the knee slapping, yee hawing, two stepping place to be. It plays mostly country music with a little bit of some other things (rock, dance, rap ect..). There is two stepping, and line dancing as well as some of the regular club style. IT caters to a wide age range 18-60. I have seen a large mix of ages in this club. During the Calgary Stampede the place is rediculously busy. Expect to wait in line for awhile especially on the weekend even during the rest of the year. This place also holds a lot of special events and concerts which are usually well advertized. Unless one of these things is going on cover is $5.
Dress Code: There dress code seems to depend on the night and the bouncers at the front door. Jeans are fine but be careful if they are really baggy or ripped in any way. I would suggest not to wear runners because you have a 50/50 chance of getting away with it. Men don't wear sleveless tops or backwards baseball hats. No bandana's. You will see people from buisness suits to a t-shirt and jeans. As long as you don't wear clothes that are ripped or stained you sould be alright.
As it says on the front of the door, it's the most fun you can have with your boots on. This is the first place any tourist wants to go when they come here, as it is well-known for the well-endowed waitresses and beer tub girls, as well as the stories that go around the next day...mix of music, some Country, especially during Stampede (when you have a better chance of getting into Harvard than you do here after 7), some pop and dance.
Pretty good crowd, but make sure you have your loser radar on, many of the creepy males are known to frequent this joint...then again, the hotties are too...:)
Dress Code: Pretty much anything, however runners are not permitted.
This bar is specificall for those 25 years and up (uinless its Friday, then anything goes). THis is one of the places my friends and I frequent the most, although I don't know why, maybe because we know the bouncer.
The Whiskey is fairly new, and it has two dance floors, one in the stage area and one on the ground. It also has a rooftop patio, as well as three different full bars, and beer tub girls everywhere. Therefore I can assure you you won't go thirsty...unless you don't have ample cash, since the drinks can range from $5.25-$10 Canadian. Normal for some places, I guess, but I remember the days of the good old drink specials...won't find those here.
Lots of upperclass "snobbish" types, but lots more stags and stagettes where people just want to have a good time.
Dress Code: No sneakers, pretty upscale, people wear anything from nice jeans and a fancy top to full out dresses....
This pub/bar is located right out of downtown on Macleod Trail. Here you will find all of our friendly Canadian travellers from the East, as it is known for being "The Newfie Pub". They play songs from Newfoundland, everyone dances and drinkis to their hearts content, and rarely does a fight break out among the crowd. It definately has a different atmosphere from the rest of the bars in Calgary, but its an experience you will definately want to try.
Dress Code: Anything goes...
This is an annual event involving thousands of partiers from the ages of 18-40. Because it has become so big, they have two events, a begging Stampede Pub Crawl, and an ending pub crawl.
Dozens of buses drive to various bars around town, park for an hour or two, and let the crowd loose in the bar. Then they pick you up, and take yuou on to the next spot. It usually starts around 2 and goes until you can't go anymore...
If you don't like crowds, long line ups or bathroom waits, you may be in for trouble, but it is definately an event you have to try out at least once.
They have pub crawls throughout the year, but this one is by far the biggest.
Dress Code: Sprus and cowboy hats! Or else just clothes you don't mind having drinks spilled on...
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