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Bar or Pub in Calgary???

josephml1 Jul 21, 2008 05:07 PM


I am looking for a good Bar or Pub around Calgary, good prices and good appetizers.

Thanks everyone.

  1. John Manzo Jul 21, 2008 05:19 PM

    Too many to list here and everybody has a fave- just in my area are 1410 Bier Haus (google for website) and a new one at 14 St and 16 Ave SW called Balance that has been getting good press. Both have (or are reputed to have as I have not been to Balance) above-average pub food. 1410 has, in particular, excellent pizzas.

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    1. re: John Manzo
      John Manzo Jul 21, 2008 07:16 PM


      definitely not your typical pub fare! I have to check this place out...

      1. re: John Manzo
        sarah galvin Jul 22, 2008 11:03 AM

        I ate there a couple of weeks ago and was pleasantly surprised. They just need a little attention to decor detail (shined mirrors, etc)

        1. re: sarah galvin
          josephml1 Jul 24, 2008 04:33 PM

          It looks great thank you for mention it. :)

        2. re: John Manzo
          Shots Stantinople Jul 27, 2008 06:58 PM

          The food at Balance was indeed very good! I recommend that everyone check it out soon, as I can't see it surviving for much more than a year, sadly...It seems to have a bit of an identity crisis -- it looks upscale enough, but alternates between top 40 and electronica a bit too loudly, as well as constantly shows sports highlights.

      2. peter.v Jul 21, 2008 06:32 PM

        I go to bars for good beer or cocktails, not for food, but I have two favorites in Calgary. The first is in the Beltline neighborhood south of the main downtown core. It's called the Hop In Brew. They have pizza and quesadillas which are good, but the beer selection and ambience keeps me coming back. The Hop is in an old house in a fairly seedy (though gentrifying) area of town, but they have a ton of beers on tap that you can't get elsewhere in town (Alley Kat from Edmonton, Affligem from Belgium, some special offerings from Big Rock and my fave Calgary brewer Wild Rose). The Hop is located at 213 - 12th Avenue S.W.

        Speaking of Wild Rose, their brewpub is an excellent spot for a cold beer following an afternoon of navigating the Calgary Farmers' Market (it's about 100 m west of CFM in a Quonset hut). All of the beer is great though I highly, highly recommend the Wred Wheat if it's hot out and the Alberta Crude stout if it's not so hot out. You can only get those at the brewpub or at a few select bars (see the Hop above) unlike their other offerings which are offered in bottles at liquor stores as well as in draught. The food there is reasonably priced (everything is under $10). I usually get the chips and dip or if I'm looking for a meal, the chili or whatever is on special. It's hard to beat their patio... I know I'm there after most of my shifts at the market! Wild Rose is at Bldg AF23, #2 - 4580 Quesnay Wood Drive SW.

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        1. re: peter.v
          josephml1 Jul 28, 2008 05:40 PM

          Great choices thank you very much

        2. sarah galvin Jul 22, 2008 11:04 AM

          Wildwood Pub in the basement

          1. josephml1 Jul 22, 2008 09:22 PM

            Excellent choices, I am taking notes, thank yo for taking the time to post in this thread.

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            1. re: josephml1
              jeffwhit Jul 24, 2008 06:44 PM

              I second for the Hop in Brew, although, due to it's lack of menu variety I hesitated to recommend at first. The pizza is awesome though. peter.v pretty much summed up the rest. Try the Yukon Arctic red (I think it's just called Yukon Red now.)

              1. re: jeffwhit
                josephml1 Jul 25, 2008 05:17 PM

                Do you have the address? Thanks You.

                1. re: josephml1
                  cancowboy Jul 25, 2008 07:37 PM

                  Hop In Brew Pub. 213 12 Avenue SW

                  1. re: cancowboy
                    josephml1 Jul 26, 2008 10:54 PM

                    Great Thank you very much :)

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              girliemom Jul 27, 2008 06:11 PM

              I agree with the Wildwood pub- great food- great beer,...it's all we need.

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              1. re: girliemom
                josephml1 Jul 28, 2008 05:34 PM

                I will be tthere thank you for mention it... :))),

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