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Desperately Seeking Next Girl's Night Out Restaurant (YYC)

Lainey1978 Dec 17, 2009 10:09 PM


-not Italian (we went to Da Guido last time (tonight!), and it was perfect)
-at least a few entrees available for less than $20
-somewhat classy ambiance
-somewhere in the SE or SW, but not completely across the city from me (Dover)
-able to accomodate a group (not sure how large yet, but this time I managed 5 people total)
-ethnic suggestions welcome
-preferably has an online menu, but not a must

I don't ask for much... ;o)

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    indiazi Dec 22, 2009 04:19 PM

    Go to Saint Germain, they've got this great private area in the back, great food and close to Bamboo to go dancing after.

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    1. re: indiazi
      shmates Dec 22, 2009 06:57 PM

      You can also bring your own wine to Saint Germain with no corkage.....

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      Lainey1978 Dec 22, 2009 02:16 PM

      Thanks for your replies! It's good to know Fassil isn't that kinda place. I do hope to try it sometime, though...maybe I'll drag a friend there with me.

      I've been to the Laurier Lounge once and it was pretty good (a little dusty, I thought), but yeah...downtown. My aversion to downtown is due to the parking situation. First there's finding a spot, and then there's paying for it. I hate paying for parking! Not to mention those weird new machines. I have used them, but I don't like them.

      So, that said, I'm not sure the parking situation at Jaro Blue would be any better. Do they have a parking lot?

      Right now I've got 4 options on my Event (it's on Facebook already):

      -Jacqueline Suzanne's
      -El Bombazo (although from the pics on their website, it doesn't look like "that kind of place," either).
      -Gaucho's Brazilian BBQ

      I have a feeling it might end up being Koreana because of the size of the group (6 confirmed and 11 maybes), and I know some people are interested in it.

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      1. re: Lainey1978
        foodkarma Dec 22, 2009 06:47 PM

        I've been to Koreana - it's pretty nice inside compared to most Korean restaurants. Really large booths (could fit about 6 people in each comfortably). I like the hot pot there to share with 3 people.

        I've heard great things about Gaucho's... each time we try to go, we end up at Bolero's it would be a great experience especially for socializing as you can chat, eat a bit of meat, chat more.

        Good luck.

        1. re: Lainey1978
          Merry113 Dec 22, 2009 08:51 PM

          I'm pretty sure parking is free after 6pm downtown.

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          cleopatra999 Dec 18, 2009 07:02 AM

          I did a stagette dinner with 8 women at Cafe Koi a couple of years ago. http://www.cafekoi.com/

          It is a trendy place, good music and atmosphere, I would not call it classy though, more young, trendy (not sure what your age group is). Great martini list, interesting menu especially good for sharing.

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          1. re: cleopatra999
            Lainey1978 Dec 18, 2009 08:48 PM

            Thanks for the suggestion! Age group is around early to mid thirties. I forgot to mention that I'd prefer to stay out of downtown.

            Some places I was thinking of are: Fassil, El Bombazo, Koreana, Salt & Pepper (MacLeod Trail), Kabob House, Reef & Beef (don't laugh at me!), Jacqueline Suzanne's...

            It's just that I have absolutely no idea what most of those places are like inside. I don't really want something that looks like a fast food joint or something. If anyone knows what Fassil or the Kabob House look like inside, please fill me in!

            Also, for Fassil, I don't know if a bunch of ladies who barely know each other are going to want to share. I've never had Ethiopian before, so I'm not sure what it's like, but I get the impression it's just a bunch of different piles of stuff on one piece of bread. Is that right?

            1. re: Lainey1978
              Mawson Plan Dec 21, 2009 04:15 PM

              You might like this place:

              Laurier Lounge

              1111 7 Street Southwest
              Calgary, AB T2R 1A1, Canada
              (403) 228-3771

              Any time I've been there are sex and the city type young women hanging out enjoying themselves. It's kind of an interesting mix of being a little snooty and also kind of laid back.

              1. re: Mawson Plan
                TSAW Dec 21, 2009 04:49 PM

                Fassil is not really nice decor, for a ladies night out. Food is good, atmosphere more downscale, I feel.

                I second Laurier but it's downtown. It's an old two-story house funked up, so there are some little rooms with a few tables in each. Very cool. Good food with choices for everyone (and yes, menu is online and affordable). I like to start with with bacon wrapped dates and share a fondue (beef, cheese or seafood). Burgers, pasta and poutine are great too. Martinis excellent. My only complaint is that it is a little dark.

                Koi could be a second choice, but again downtown. Delicious asian inspired menu with plenty of noodles and veggie options. Not sure what night you will go, but I believe they have a dj on weekends later on.

                1. re: TSAW
                  ennui Dec 21, 2009 07:41 PM

                  Based on your criteria, I think Jaro Blue would be a good fit. Fairly reasonable prices, gorgeous interior, good food. It is located on 17th Ave and close to 14th St SW.

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