Explore your backyard
If you have a night of cocktails on the mind, Calgary won’t disappoint.
From quiet nooks by a fire to throbbing dance music overload – and everything in between – you should be able to easily find a spot that meets your needs on a Friday night. Or a Tuesday night, any night really… nobody’s judging.
The following areas are well known for after-hours activities:
That’s not all of course, every neighbourhood has its share of local pubs and nightspots. There’s also a lot of music being played in Calgary on any given night: check out our local music venues listing or visit ClubZone for nightclub listings.
Photo: Anejo Restaurant in Mission
You can have a lot of fun exploring Calgary’s diverse culinary landscape: the days of it being restricted to steakhouses and pizza parlours are long gone. In fact, Calgary has received increasing national exposure for it's impressive dining scene, with restaurants like Pigeonhole and Model Milk landing among Canada's Best.
You’ll find many great restaurants and bistros serving European fare like French, Italian, Portuguese, German, Spanish and Greek, while Asian cuisines – like Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, Middle Eastern and Korean – are also very well represented. And no, South America and Africa haven’t been left out, they’re here too.
The following communities have award-winning restaurants as well as more hidden, lesser-known gems:
That is just a sampling of communities of course, there are great meals to be had throughout Calgary’s neighbourhoods.
To conduct some more research, John Gilchrist is a local trusted restaurant connoisseur whose reviews appear in the Calgary Herald newspaper or listen in to hear Sabrina de Ben's reviews on CBC Radio.
Local lifestyle magazine, Avenue also celebrates the Best of Calgary restaurants each year, view the 2018 winners.