It’s always party time at these theme bars in Calgary

Calgary’s ranch-country location makes all things cowboy (and cowgirl) a natural watering-hole motif. As such, two notable country-flavoured bars top this list, but the city does feature a few other notable themed drinking establishments.

Cowboys Night Club

1
421 12 Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2G 1A5

It’s a little bit country and a whole lotta’ rock ‘n’ roll. This Calgary nightclub institution is located adjacent to Cowboys Casino in Stampede Park. A throbbing dance-music destination and sparkling concert venue, Cowboys Night Club is all party, all the time.

The Twisted Element

2
1006 11 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2R 0G3

One of Western Canada’s top gay entertainment venues crackles with high-voltage drag shows and dancing on its main floor. Partying patrons in need of a break can retreat to the club’s easy-going downstairs lounge for a cocktail and a game of pool.

The James Joyce Irish Pub & Restaurant

3
114 8 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2P 1B3

The most Irish of Calgary’s Irish pubs, this Stephen Avenue spot features busy, sociable evenings. Serving all manner of Old World beer and whiskey, the food menu features UK pub favourites such as potato boxty, Irish stew as well as steak and Guinness pie. Its Saturday traditional Irish live music sessions are highly recommended.

Atlantic Trap & Gill Pub

4
510 Heritage Dr SW, Calgary, AB T2V 2W2

Transport yourself to Canada’s East Coast nightly at Atlantic Trap & Gill Pub. Folk and Celtic bands as well as kitchen-party-style open-mic performers provide a rockin’ jig-and-reel soundtrack. The food menu leans to seafood dishes such as mussels and fish and chips, but also includes Canadian Maritime pub-grub favourites such as the Halifax donair. All marry well with East Coast beer.

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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