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Beer, barbecue and rock ‘n’ roll — what could possibly make for a more satisfying night out on the town? For patrons of the Palomino Smokehouse, these three pillars of fun are a magical combination, and the Palomino, an authentic Texas barbecue restaurant with one of Calgary’s most rollicking live music venues tucked in its basement, serves up generous portions of all three.

Walk into the Palomino and there’s no doubt about what kind of joint you’re dealing with: the walls are covered with kitschy rock and country music posters, vintage beer ads and Southern-style food products. There are TVs tuned to the football game as rock music blasts from the speakers, and the smell of sweet barbecue sauce and slow-cooked meats wafts from the kitchen. It’s a place without pretentions, just good music and food that’ll rival what you’d find in the heart of Texas.

“We do a lot of the classic barbecue dishes here,” says manager, Arlen Smith. “We do Texas brisket, pulled pork, we do ribs. The thing about barbecue is it’s one of the only true North American dishes. It’s classic Southern U.S. cooking. So, it’s barbecued meats, it’s grits, it’s macaroni and cheese, and we want to make it so that if you went to Texas and had barbecue you’d be blown away, but you’d still think we’re just as good.”

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Outstanding outdoor restaurant patios in Calgary

Outstanding outdoor restaurant patios in Calgary

The Palomino’s backyard patio feels like it’s miles off of the busy Seventh Avenue CTrain line – if you close your eyes, you can imagine that you’re eating barbecue in the American South. Order some of the Pal’s authentic brisket or pulled pork and wash it down with a beer from the bar’s extensive draught and tall-can selection.

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Shake it up: Bars with dance floors in Calgary

Shake it up: Bars with dance floors in Calgary

The Palomino is a key venue in the downtown music scene. Its cool lower-level, cement-bunker performance space features live alternative music by local and touring bands throughout the week. Dance to everything from punk and alt country to folk and garage rock on the petite dance floor from which you can practically reach up and touch the band. And of course, don’t leave without trying the venue’s famous smokehouse barbecue cuisine served on the main floor.

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Quick ’n’ delicious lunches in downtown Calgary

Quick ’n’ delicious lunches in downtown Calgary

Impress your coworkers by booking your next lunch meeting at this downtown smokehouse. Lunch specials are offered Monday to Friday and feature barbecued meats cooked low and slow. Midday meals include beef brisket, chilli, the smoked chicken and ribs combo, as well as mac and cheese and chilli. For those with dietary restrictions, ask about gluten-free sauces.

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