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Mar 21, 2009 09:55 PM

Calgary request - really trad bars?

Hullo there.

I thought i'd poll the collective wisdom of CHOW for a calgary-related question.

I'm going to calgary to visit friends over april, and i'd like to take them to a nice bar. i'm from edmonton, and i regularly drink (mmm beer) at the Hotel Macdonald - oak panelling, brass bar rails, marble-topped bar, wing chairs, etc - is there anything equivalent in Calgary i could take them to there, somewhere trad after the St. James/Mayfair fashion?



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    1. re: alau2

      I second Buchanan's. Other possible choices might be:

      1)Quincy's on 7th...
      2) Caesar's Steakhouse (they have two locations... I've only been to the one downtown) and their website is not working at the moment.
      Caesar's Steak House
      512 4 Avenue SW
      Caesar's at Willowpark Village
      Unit #110, 10816 MACLEOD TRAIL SE,
      3) lounge in the Fairmount Palliser (sister hotel to the Hotel Mac)... I honestly can't remember what exactly the lounge looks like.. but I can tell you that the Palliser is old-school in general...

    2. Palliser Hotel has a nice bar and elegant surroundings. That would be my vote.

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      1. re: sarah galvin

        thanks everyone for the good suggestions...

      2. Tribune also has a very nice bar. Lots of wood paneling. Fire place. Very similar to Hotel Mac's bar if my memory serves me correctly. The only thing it doesn't have is the fantastic view.

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        1. re: ilikebigmactoo

          Murietta's has a nice long bar in a good setting. Sometimes they have bands and dancing and the food was quite good the last few times I ate there.

          1. re: Mawson Plan

            Nice to see you on here again Mawson (and also- cool handle! Are you an urban planner?)

            1. re: John Manzo

              Thanks John! I'm back form Vancouver and I'll be trying to find time for some posting while planning out this year's Sled Island. It's a busy time of year for me, but never too busy to seek out some good food. I'm not an urban planner, just very interested in Calgary.

              1. re: Mawson Plan

                Sled Island! You rock!

                What would be great, if they're going to the outdoor concerts at Millennium Park again would be to (please) let people on and off the grounds like they do at Folk Fest, or at least to have more food on site.

                1. re: John Manzo

                  Hey John. I'd actually really like to talk to you (and any other Calgary hounds) to get some suggestions, including for food on site. Things are a bit different this year and I'd like to explain, but this isn't the right place to talk about it. Email me if you'd like to chat sometime-

        2. Thompson's at the Hyatt also fits what you're looking for.