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Calgary’s Most Creative Cocktails


Timo Salimaki, The Living Room, Winner of Canad’s Most Imaginative Bartender 2017, hosted by Bombay Sapphire. Photo By Trevor Lalonde Photography

Whether you’re in Calgary for business or pleasure, there is always time for a good cocktail. For bars that can cater to your preferences with alluring drink lists, it’s important to know where the creative bartenders are.

Favourite Activities for Sports Fans

Photo: Bjorn Nielsen

Photo: Bjorn Nielsen

By Afton Aikens & Jack Newton

Watching a live hockey game makes for great après-ski. See the elite National Hockey League’s Calgary Flames demonstrate their speed and finesse. Hockey tours depart Banff and Canmore late afternoon. Or, take in a local Canmore Eagles game. “We have a very competitive team this year,” says John Ross of the club. New this year, toast this impressive Alberta Junior Hockey League team with a beer!

For the sports fan looking to watch in comfort, renovated Tony Roma’s Lounge in downtown Banff boasts two 75” HDTVs (and four other big screens) that show every NHL and NFL match. Game day food and drink specials (usually Monday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday), a fireplace, leather seats and friendly bartenders contribute to the viewing experience.

Spooky Spirits: Ottawa’s Haunted Jail Bar


Mugshots is located in the courtyard where Canada’s last public hanging took place.

If you’re looking for a memorable night out, stop by Mugshots, Ottawa’s notoriously haunted jail bar that’s located in the courtyard where the last public hanging in Canada took place. If you get tired there’s always the option to stay the night in one of the cells in the connected HI-Ottawa Jail Hostel. Over a pint of local beer, ask the staff about the many resident ghosts and have your mugshot taken to send to your friends back home!
•Ottawa Jail Hostel, 75 Nicholas St., 613-235-2595. hihostels.ca

—Cindy Olberg

Canada’s Oldest Bars: 12 Historic Pubs Still in Operation Today


The Olde Angel Inn in Niagara-on-the-Lake was founded in 1789 (Photo: Tourism Niagara-on-the-Lake)

Determining Canada’s oldest bars is a delicate matter. First, it depends on the meaning of “oldest”: Is it the oldest continuously operating pubs? The first bars to open in Canada, despite having closed for a period or having changed names and/or locations?

And then there are the establishments with a fuzzy history: they may have closed, they may not have—no one is quite sure. Not to mention that Canada wasn’t even technically Canada until 1867, so—if you’re one to split hairs—bars opened before that date weren’t Canadian.

You see the problem. (more…)

Across Canada: 10 Great Craft Beer Destinations

By Red Hunt

A coast to coast beer journey, visiting the best brewpubs and beer bars in Canada. In recent years the Canadian craft beer scene has seen an explosion of new micro-breweries, meaning you can find local suds anywhere from Vancouver Island to Newfoundland. Here are ten of our favourite spots to grab a pint of craft beer.

Nightlife: St. Patrick’s Day Hot Spots

•  Durty Nelly’s on Argyle Street: Traditional pub, serving Irish grub and imported beers.
•  The Red Stag on Lower Water Street: Friendly vibe, wide selection of beer on  tap, located in historic Brewery Market building.
•  The Split Crow on Granville Mall: One of the city’s most beloved pubs, live music, rollicking atmosphere.
•  The Old Triangle on Prince Street: Owned by folk-music legend Brian Doherty, live music, Irish beers aplenty.
•  Pogue Fado on Barrington Street: Hip young bar, party atmosphere, live music.

Hot Dining: Cheers!

Durty Nelly's

•    Durty Nelly’s, Sackville Street: Irish pub, imported beers like Harp and Smithwick’s, plus local microbrews.

•    Split Crow, Granville Street: The quintessential Maritime pub: historic setting, daily live music, friendly crowds, daily beer specials.

•    Fife & Drum), Upper Water Street: Smart-casual Scottish-style pub; Stella Artois, Guinness and Heineken on tap.

•    Brussels Restaurant & Brasserie), Granville Street: Belgian cuisine; huge imported beer selection: Leffe Bruin, Chimay Première Red Label, Mort Subite Kriek Lambic and many others.

•   Old Triangle, Prince Street: Irish pub, co-owned by singer Brian Doherty, “Guinness & Oysters” special on Wednesdays.

TIFF List: 6 VIP-Friendly Lounges

The Toronto International Film Festival is ramping up for its 35th excellent year, with more than 300 movies showing between September 9 and 19. Follow this space in the days leading up to TIFF 2010 for features on much-anticipated premieres, the Bell Lightbox—the festival’s exciting new headquarters—and scads of sites at which to spot visiting celebrities. During the festival itself, we’ll bring you details on each day’s film offerings plus what to do before or after your screening.


Tomorrow: 5 Face-Saving Spas