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Hot Meals and Crackling Fireplaces

The weather outside is frightful, so get out of the cold and warm yourself next to a crackling fire. Order a beer, (or two), grab something to eat, and enjoy the winterscape from one of these fine establishments.


The Bow River Barely Mill: In the summer this pub is known for its large patio, premium scotch and  24 draft beers. In the winter you can find the same great scotch, but you might be better to unwind near the stone fireplace with a bowl of Guinness, crab and asparagus soup. 201 Barclay Parade SW.

Muldoon’s Irish Alehouse: Kick back and catch the game with one of 20 beers on tap and an international cuisine. Warm up with fish and chips done three ways or a bison shepherds pie. 515, 4916 – 130 Ave SE.

Oceana Seafood, Steakhouse & Bar: Located just off the Bow River in Eau Claire, Oceana has a large selection of fried fish and AAA sterling silver Alberta beef dishes to choose from. Take in the scenery of Prince’s Island Park while sinking into a leather chair near one of two fireplaces. 101 – 7 St SW.

Kensington Pub: Just off of Kensington Road, this friendly pub is simply known as the “KP” to regulars. With an old-time English feel, 14 beers on tap, and a new menu, this pub is sure to take the edge off those cold nights. 207 10A St NW.

Brewsters: With 15 homemade beers like the Blackfoot blueberry ale, or the wild west wheat ale, there is sure to be something to satisfy any palette. Top it off with the original Brewsters burger or the Greek chili bison burger and you just might be able to forget how cold it is. 34 11 Ave SW.

Fine Dining

Open Range: Enjoy locally raised beef, elk, bison, and game prepared southwestern style along with a varied wine list. Check out the contemporary Western art adorning the walls courtesy the Virginia Christopher Gallery. 1114 Edmonton Tr NE.

Muse: Electric French and Canadian cuisine in the heart of Kensington. Pop in for an a la carte menu featuring delights like Yukon potato lobster lasagne and Alberta boneless duck confit. 107 10A St NW.

River Café: After exploring the winter wonderland of Price’s Island Park stop by River Café for lunch or dinner. With large windows, rustic decoration, it’s a little getaway without leaving the city. 25 Prince’s Island Park.

The Ranche: Located in Fish Creek Provincial Park this historic house was built by William Roper Hull in 1896. Restoration on the house started in 1995 and in 1999 it opened it’s doors to the public serving Rocky Mountain cuisine in countryside opulence. Bow Bottom Trail, first right after 146 Ave SE.

Newport Grill: Take in the splendour of a frozen Lake Bonavista as you dine in the comfort of this lakeside restaurant. Be sure to try the Australian White Stripe Rack of Lamb and end the night with the Kahlua Mousse. 205-747 Lake Bonavista Dr SE.

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