Great girls’ nights out in Calgary

What makes a good “girls night out” spot? Only the girls know for sure, but you can bet that it involves a combination of great music and wine, fun atmosphere and a lot of laughs. These Calgary venues offer all this and more.

The Bank & Baron

1
125 8 Avenue SW, Calgary, AB T2P 1B4

Situated in the downtown Bank of Nova Scotia historical building, this glitzy watering hole is as fun and sociable as it looks. Elegantly furbished in dark wood and featuring a cushy combo of chairs and banquette seating, its upper level overlooks a grand central bar. Also features cocktails and contemporary pub grub you can bank on.

Winebar Kensington

2
1131 Kensington Rd NW, Calgary, AB T2N 3P4

A popular stop for evening venue hoppers, this Kensington Village spot is great for dinner and drinks. Order French bistro-inspired mains, or a selection of shareables from cheese plates and charcuterie to oysters and small-plate snacks. Wine is naturally in good supply, but also consider sampling the sherry selection.

Vin Room

3
2310 4 St SW, Calgary, AB T2S 1X2

Tapas and wine make for a mighty fine time at Vin Room. Its flagship location in an old bike shop on Fourth Avenue Southwest is cozy and intimate inside. In warm weather, its rooftop patio, which overlooks the activity of the avenue, can’t be beat. The venue’s Enomatic Wine System makes sampling superb.

Briggs Kitchen & Bar

4
100-317 10 Ave Sw, Calgary, AB T2R 0A5

A feature on the clubby 10th Avenue Southwest strip, the menu at this stylishly converted warehouse restaurant is suitably bistro-inspired and features some of Calgary’s best Canadian-contemporary food. Groups can choose from a wide selection of shareable small plates. Ask for a recommendation from the inventive cocktail list.

The quintessential Mexican meal, tacos are also a relatively scarce commodity in Calgary. However, we’ve done some digging and unearthed the select few restaurants that make truly marvelous versions of these hand-held snacks.
The city’s summer season features a delicious dance card of culinary festivals and events. Many, such as Stampede-time pancake breakfasts, are easy to access the day of, but the various tasting and tippling shindigs listed here can fill up quickly, so purchasing tickets sooner than later for these foodie festivities is recommended. Image credit: iStock.com/kasto80.
The city’s pathway system is one of the longest in North America. Given its lengthy stretches, the occasional rest and snack stop, though few and far between, are a welcome sight when walking, biking and inline skating. Here are a few restaurants, cafés and snack shacks located on or near our scenic cycling system. Image credit: iStock.com/mihailomilovanovic.
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