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5 Best Nightlife Spots in Calgary

Best Nightlife Spots in Calgary: Bartender Trevor Smith at Wine-Ohs (Photo: Jason Dziver)

Best Nightlife Spots in Calgary: Bartender Trevor Smith at Wine-Ohs (Photo: Jason Dziver)

5. Speakeasy With Style
Just off Stephen Avenue Walk, Wine-Ohs Bistro & Cellar is downtown’s newest live-music hotspot. With loads of speakeasy cachet, its upstairs restaurant and lounge is the street-side cover for a basement that features not only cool jazz and warm blues, but bistro fare and an extensive and carefully curated wine menu.
• Wine-Ohs Bistro & Cellar 811 1 St SW, 403-263-1650, wine-ohs.com
Map and reviews

4. Lively Lounge
A short hop from Wine-Ohs, Murrieta’s Westcoast Bar & Grill is located in the historic brick-and-sandstone Alberta Hotel. It’s a polished yet relaxed setting for contemporary Canadian cuisine plus drinks and dancing to the beat of live classic rock, pop and soul each Friday and Saturday in its lively second-floor lounge. As well, the house pianist takes requests Wednesday through Friday from 6 pm to 9 pm.
• Murrieta’s Westcoast Bar & Grill, 200 – 808 First Street SW, 403-269-7707, murrietas.ca
• Map and reviews

3. Casino Royale
On the east end of the city’s 17th Avenue promenade, Elbow River Casino offers a glittering range of gaming and entertainment. Its three restaurant lounges include a buffet, sports bar and deli. The casino also presents live rock and blues performances Friday on its Bayou Stage and live comedy at Yuk Yuk’s Thursday to Saturday evenings.
• Elbow River Casino 218 18 Ave SE, 403-289-8880, elbowrivercasino.com
• Map and reviews

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2. Folk Club and More
Just east of downtown on Inglewood’s Ninth Avenue strip, Ironwood Stage and Grill is one of Western Canada’s top roots music nightspots. The venue’s wide variety of well-curated live performances includes a heavy dose of folk as well as alt-country and blues acts. Sidle up to the bar, or sit down and enjoy a meal from its gasto-pub menu. Reservations are recommended on gig nights.
• Ironwood Stage and Grill 1229 9 Ave SE, 403-269-5581, ironwoodstage.ca
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1. Get the Blues
Down the avenue from Ironwood, The Blues Can is the city’s top live blues destination. Seven nights a week, catch the best touring acts and seasoned local blues vets while digging into Cajun cuisine classics like its blackened catfish po’ boy or New Orleans-style pork ribs.
• The Blues Can 218 18 Ave SW, 1429 9 Ave SE, 403-262-2666, thebluescan.com
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—Ian Doig

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