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I'm gonna be there some time next month for business. And I'll probably be there almost a whole week. What's worth hitting up? Sweet bars? Awesome food spots? Spots with a stellar craft beer selection are a plus. Or places with some live music. Or places with pool tables and other typical bar games.
Craft is a decent brew pub, although I'm not generally thrilled with their selection: Craft Beer Market
National is similar, I think there's a few around the city: Home :: NTNL
Saltlik is good, only been to the one in Banff though: Saltlik, A Rare Steakhouse
Wurst is another good beer hall, had really good brunch there this summer: http://wurst.ca/
Basically, there's a shit ton of bars and restaurants in the Stephen Avenue area, and also 17th Avenue just South of downtown.
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Those are the two big areas to hit up with a high concentration of that sort of thing. Personally I tend to not spend a lot of time in Calgary so I can't give too much specific advice, generally I'm just pulling over to pick up a friend and then heading onward to the mountains. Lake Louise, Sunshine, and Nakiska will all likely be open by mid November if you want to hit up the mountains for some skiing/boarding, but depending on snowfall the conditions probably won't be good and only a small portion of them will be open.
Oh, forgot The Living Room: CONTACT US - The Living Room Restaurant. Had dinner with my girlfriend there this summer, and it was an excellent meal. But not cheap! Although nothing in Calgary is cheap, but by comparison to San Fran it might not be too bad, and the loonie is down to 88 cents these days.
Last edited by Eomer; 10-16-2014 at 06:29 PM.
What Eomer said. The highest concentration of good pubs are around Stephen Ave and 17th Ave, so they are pretty safe bets. Calgary is a business city with urban sprawl so downtown can be pretty dead weeknights if you aren't in the right spots.
The Ship and Anchor is a good pub on 17th that should have live music at least a couple nights of your visit (The Ship Anchor). It's also the best place to watch soccer if you're into that.
Hop in Brew Pub is a house turned pub that is worth going to (No website, 213 12 Ave SW)
Drum and Monkey has live music a few days a week and some decent specials (The Drum Monkey Public House - Home)
Kensington(on the NW corner of downtown just across the river) has some good pubs and restaurants.
Model Milk is a really good place to eat (Welcome to Model Milk | Model Milk)
Hipster Ice Cream shop worth checking out (Village Ice Cream)
Good Greek food but a little out of Downtown (Santorini Greek Taverna Home)
Best breakfast place in Calgary(imo) but a little out of Downtown (Home | of the soul in a bowl poutine)
If your significant other is joining you, this restaurant is a great place for dinner (http://www.casbahrestaurant.ca/)
Good pizza place on 17th (Una Pizza + Wine ) They'll take your number at the door and call you when a table is opening up so you can go have a pint nearby while you wait.
1410 is a decent beer place if you like a ridiciliously inteernational selection
If anything is skiable when I'm there I definitely want hit that up. How far away is the closest/best resort?
The closest is inside the city (olympic park) but the good/world class resorts are 1-2 hours away from Calgary
Sunshine and Lake Louise would be the best day trips. Sunshine is 90 miles away, Lake Louise about 115.
Yeah, Sunshine is about an hour and a half, Louise closer to 2 hours. There's shuttles etc. Sunshine can be a nightmare for parking these days, best to take a shuttle. Louise is the better resort by far (Sunshine is IMO terrible, too many flat spots, too much wind, and too often white out), but it's not as high so when it opens it tends to only be a few runs that have enough snow making (they concentrate on those runs as they have World Cup races early in the season to get ready for). Nakiska is closest at about an hour away, but it's a pretty small hill.
Realistically unless there's some epic, epic snowfalls in the first part of November, the skiing/boarding is likely to be pretty shitty in Mid November. Things don't really get going until December. The best resort that is reasonably close to Calgary is easily Kicking Horse, but that's a 3 hour drive and won't be open until early to mid December.
grizzly paw in canmore is awesome. Irish pubs in Banff are very good. Sunshine is fun and has a lot of different difficulties.
If youre after breakfast then galaxie diner galaxiediner.com and blue star diner bluestardiner.ca I can recommend, blue star may be a pain to get to though with no car.
Galaxie is about 1/4 mile from where I lived, burgers are ok too. Gets damned busy though
Last edited by Kalaar Kururuc; 10-19-2014 at 04:54 PM.
All diners in inner city Calgary are a long wait [.
Yah if you're coming to Calgary you really should head out to Banff one night. Good restaurants out there, and the scenery / touristy stuff out there would be pretty nice to see. Other than that, people have already mentioned most of the trendoid spots to hit up.
Ugh, I don't really agree. The Banff townsite is a tourist trap hellhole. There's tons of nice places and things to do in the Banff Park, yes, but the Banff townsite itself has gotten completely out of control. You may as well just go to a shopping mall. It's a shame really.
If you drive through/back from skiing or a hike it's worth stopping in Banff, but I wouldn't drive there JUST for Banff. Really it only takes like 5 minutes from the highway exit to get to the free parking garage so there isn't much excuse to at least check it out if you're driving by. I would go grab lunch or dinner there and walk around town for an hour for sure.
If you are in the mood for something outdoorsy and the skiing sucks, maybe go check out Johnston Canyon. It's a nice walk that is winter friendly about 20 past Banff. You can see the mountains, go for an interesting walk, and grab a meal in the tourist trap hellhole :P
National is only good if you like spending $9+ for a 16oz pint of beer you can get 3 doors down for less. Although they do have foosball and bowling you can play which is nice. It's way too expensive though imo.
Charcut is delicious, that shit is right across from my work—they have a $15 sandwich, soup, fries, and cookie lunch deal that is actually really good. Absolutely worth checking out. Specailly if you want to check out the calgary tower anyway, as its right infront of it.
If you want good breakfast you can check out grumans. which is also fairly close to the tower. They also have really good sandwiches there as well.
Theres also good disum/noodle places like U And Me, which is also open until like 4am if you're craving chinese food after the bar.
Wurst is awesome, but only if you're going downstairs to party with friends.
As for outdoor shit, you're pretty much out of luck. Anything worth going to is at least an hour drive away :\
I'm pretty glad i moved from there now heh
Last edited by Needless; 10-20-2014 at 09:19 PM.
Just ignore the 8mill. AZNs taking photos of fucking traffic lights and enjoy the sights man. The Banff Springs hotel is reason enough to make the trip. I mean, the place is fucking haunted, and... its like a castle. Shit's awesome!
The town is busy for a reason. Its beautiful and has a lot to offer if you're not from around here. We're just spoiled because we see it every day.
Where do you work btw Needless? Must be very close to my building.
I work for a company in the Palliser One building, but i moved to Victoria recently—so i'm working remotely for them for the next year or so.
Banff is okay, I usually only went for a company event or something along those lines.. or to get away for a night or two during an anniversary or something. They have a pretty decent ramen place there, a fudge shop and a lot of shops with shit you probably don't want or need lol
I went dogsledding last year there and felt absolutely awful about it afterwards.. poor dogs were in horrible conditions, and i paid like 80 bucks to do it or some shit like that
Last edited by Needless; 10-27-2014 at 06:09 PM.
Booked my hotel. Staying right downtown so I guess that's a plus. 7th Ave and 8th St.
One thing to keep in mind with Calgary is that with the grid system, avenues can be North or South, and streets can be East or West. To make it especially confusing, they put centre street/ave right in the middle of downtown. Just keep that in mind when figuring out where shit is, because it might seem like something is a block away from your hotel when it's actually in the NW quadrant and not the SW quadrant (where your hotel likely is). You'll probably only be in the SW and SE quadrants during your visit.
Last edited by Eomer; 10-29-2014 at 07:16 PM.
Ah, you in the sandman? Moxies downstairs does a nice g&t. Has lime sorbet in it
I'll keep that in mind. G&T is my go-to.
Can you see the Northern Lights in Calgary or is that very dependent on the conditions? I've never seen them. I'm heading there on Monday.
Mostly there is too much light pollution here.
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I'd be willing to drive north outside of the city a bit. I'll have a car. It's something I really want to see.
Also, I've already had the G&T from Moxie's like four times. Might be the best I've ever had.
I've enjoyed my time here more than I thought I would.
Well, I live in Calgary and have friends and family in SF.
In many ways Calgary is much cheaper (rent especially) but in others not so much. It is more the general U.S. versus Canada stuff but you can definitely drink, buy groceries and shop for less in SF overall. For traveling I'd say it is cheaper here though if for no other reason than the hotel rates aren't ridiculous. Still, Calgary is more expensive than most Canadian cities.
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