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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17th Avenue: Party Avenue
17th Avenue is the new hotspot in Calgary. All the way from Centre street to 14th Ave (thats 14 blocks straight), there is something to do, somewhere to drink, somewhere to dance, and soemhere to fall down and pass out. Walking down from First street, you will hit places like Tequila (nightclub), Rose and Crown (pub), Lucky (lounge), Ming (Martini bar), Ship and Anchor (pub), Metropolitan Grill (Cougar bar), Watchmans Pub (guess), Morgans (bar) and dozens of others in between. Tens of thousands of people have been partying there every time the Flames have won their games...sucks if you live there (whichI do), but great if you just go there to party....
Dress Code: Depending on the place, you can expect to see people in anything from Birkenstocks and ponchos to stilettos and Leopard halter tops (Metropolitan Grill...)Related to:
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The Whiskey: Girls night out....
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....Related to:
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The Ship and Anchor: aka the Ship and Spanker
This is the place everyone and anyone ends up sometime or another. It is located right on 17th Ave, the new "place to be" in Calgary, and has 2 patios and live bands during the week. The crowd is very diverse, from the ecletic to the travellers wandering thorugh town, to the crowd who uses it as a pre-nightclub stop...the pints are pretty cheap until 9:00, and it always packs a big crowd...line-ups cans start as early as 8 depending on the weather...who doesn't like a patio? Especially after too many pints and not enough fresh air....
Dress Code: Very casual, even casual would call it casual....does that make sense?
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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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
If you''ve come to Calgary looking for a real, live cowboy, you'll find him here. Known as "The Official Hospitality Location of The Canadian Professional Rodeo Association", this place is a slice of true cowboy culture.
An especially happenin' place at Stampede with huge crowds, it makes for a fun western night out at other times of the year. They have two-step classes early in the evening, and live music most of the time as well.
You can dine here also, and meat is a main fixture on the menu, especially Alberta Beef.
Dress Code: You may feel out of place if you don't dress western.
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
Beat Niq Jazz and Social Club
Hey, all you cool cats! The Beat Niq is the place for jazz. The Beat Niq is located under the Piq Niq restaurant, and has chic ambiance, with it's intimate jazz-age interior and secretive side door entrance.
The place is swingin', Daddy-O.
Dress Code: Casual
Michelangelo's Bar: Michelangelo's Bar
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.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:
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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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The Trap and Gill: Where the Newfies roam
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...Related to:
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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.
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
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