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Oct 14, 2009 05:00 PM

Turning 18 in Calgary - Pubs, steak house?

Hey guys,

I'm going to be turning 18 in a bit here and my parents have offered to take me out anywhere I want for my birthday. Won't be a heavy drinking affair obviously, that will be saved for when I go out with my friends. Anyway, I was thinking of going out for a Steak maybe, but I'm not entirely sure where to go. I know Hys has shut down, but have they found a new location yet?

Chicago Chop House? Vintage? Ruths Chris?

I know steak is sort of standard fair in Calgary, and that I could have searched but forgive me for that one.

2 - I'm also on the look out for a pub, I love nachos, not too big on wing's but some of my friends are. I was thinking of the Drum and Monkey or maybe Ship and Anchor.

But I'm also on the look out for a Pub with a larger beer selection, maybe some local beers? I know Bottle Screw Bills has that "Around the world in 80 beers" but from the outside BSB doesn't look like much. Maybe I'm wrong.

thanks guys!

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  1. Caesar's steakhouse is a classic Calgary steak house. If you liked Hy's you'll like Caesar's I think. Very old school. The Drum and the Ship are both great downtown pubs. The Hop in Brew (around the corner form the Drum) has a good beer selection and a good crowd.

    1. And the Hop in Brew has nachos too. I'm not sure what place I would recommend for nachos in town- I eat a lot of them and none really stand out.

      1. Hy's hasn't reopened but apparently they're hoping to have a new location soon - As for steak I'd suggest making the drive out to Bearspaw and go to the Bear's Den: well worth the trip :)

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          1. The Ship and Anchor has decent pub food, but I haven't had anything good to eat at the Drum and Monkey in a while (though the UK-style curry chicken on fries used to be good).

            1410 and 1610 have a good selection of beers:

            Hop in Brew has good pizza (meh nachos), and most of the local Wildrose Brewery beers on tap.

            Bottlescrew Bill's is as underwhelming as it looks on the outside. The food's not good, and they have expensive bottled beer you could just buy at the liquor store. It's also freezing in the winter time.

            Edit: Brewster's has some good locally-brewed beers too.