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Calgary request - really trad bars?

lukeinflames Mar 21, 2009 09:55 PM

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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    Chow_Down Apr 1, 2009 09:45 AM

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

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      ilikebigmactoo Mar 27, 2009 03:39 PM

      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
        Mawson Plan Mar 31, 2009 11:03 PM

        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
          John Manzo Apr 1, 2009 08:24 AM

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

          1. re: John Manzo
            Mawson Plan Apr 1, 2009 06:20 PM

            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
              John Manzo Apr 1, 2009 07:15 PM

              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
                Mawson Plan Apr 1, 2009 07:50 PM

                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- zak@sledisland.com

                1. re: Mawson Plan
                  John Manzo Apr 1, 2009 08:19 PM

                  This would be a pleasure.

      2. sarah galvin Mar 22, 2009 07:49 AM

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

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        1. re: sarah galvin
          lukeinflames Mar 22, 2009 01:42 PM

          thanks everyone for the good suggestions...

        2. alau2 Mar 21, 2009 10:48 PM

          Maybe Buchanan's?

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          1. re: alau2
            miss.foodie Mar 22, 2009 05:28 AM

            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...

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