A wide selection of live music venues and craft breweries (plus a distillery) will ensure you get a taste of what’s hip and happening in Calgary right now. Take in some of these  favourites during your visit!


At National on 10th, they’ve maintained the charm of our 17th Avenue location, while creating the best place to eat, drink, and play in the city’s core. Settle old scores on the ping pong and football tables, or head downstairs to bowl a few frames at our 8-lane bowling alley. And of course, there’s National’s coveted food menu to explore at breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Plus, an oyster bar, wine, cocktails, and a generous helping of craft beers from small brewers.


On the old Electric Avenue, the rhythm and soul of rock and roll beats on at Broken City. Since opening in 2004, creative Calgarians have found a new home at Broken City, which has dedicated itself to hosting and supporting our diverse, independent arts and entertainment culture. For just under a decade now, we have been Calgary’s foremost home for music and art, a hub for like-minded friends, new and old, to come together underneath one roof to share ideas and moments, develop their visions and help Calgary realize its potential as a vibrant cultural destination. Broken City stands at the centre of it all, a cold tall can of beer always in hand, ready for the next great adventure.


Take a trip south to the beautiful Cowboy Trail and visit Eau Claire Distillery, Alberta’s first independent craft distillery. Located 40 minutes outside of Calgary and nestled along the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Eau Claire gives visitors a taste of exceptional, locally-made, handcrafted farm-to-glass spirits.

While visiting, guests can take a tour of the distillery, a restored 1929 movie theatre. From there, you can learn how the first spirits are produced by horse farmed grains – the only distillery using its own horse farming operation in North America, and taste the unique flavours of Parlour Gin, Three Point Vodka and seasonal specials.

Tours and tastings available May 1-September 30, from 10am – 4:30pm, or by appointment. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.


CRAFT Beer Market is a premium casual restaurant located in Calgary’s Beltline district. With a focus on using fresh, local ingredients whenever possible, all menu items are handcrafted in house to provide the freshest food possible. With 120 taps, CRAFT is proud to offer Canada’s largest selection of draft beer along with an extensive list of wine, cocktails and spirits.

The welcoming atmosphere is created by friendly staff, vintage architectural design, great music and flat screen TV’s. CRAFT Beer Market is the perfect place for brunch, lunch, dinner, to celebrate a special occasion or gather your friends to watch the game.

The open architecture and casual, vintage feel of CRAFT was created using reclaimed wood from the original space and pays homage to the building’s history as one of Calgary’s most successful prime rib houses.


As Canada’s leading craft brewery, Big Rock has been pleasing taste buds since 1985. Of course, creating world-renowned ales and lagers requires an exceptional facility – and Big Rock’s ultra-modern brewery fits the bill. You can see it for yourself. Guided tours of Big Rock’s brewery provide a behind-the-scenes look at the beer-making process, from raw ingredients to final product. Tour participants are also treated to a sampling of the brewery’s family of beers and a take-home six-pack of their favourite Big Rock brews.


Wild Rose Brewery, located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, is a craft brewery that produces bottled beers and draught ales available to beer lovers in pubs, restaurants and liquor outlets all across Alberta.  At the Wild Rose, they are passionate about producing great tasting beers and are dedicated to using only the freshest ingredients. This philosophy has helped them to produce some of Canada’s finest beers. All natural and made without preservatives, their beers are a true reflection of the finest that Alberta has to offer.

Interested in learning more about how we brew our great beers?  Receive an up-close look at the brewing process, a glass of beer and a souvenir Wild Rose glass to take home.  The only thing that’ll make our beer taste better will be enjoying it in the finest Taproom in town. Have a seat and enjoy our “recycled-industrial” decor as you sip your favourite Wild Rose beer.


Proprietors Jeff and Graham are simply two terrific buddies who met while working on IT and satellite communication projects back in 2007. They connected over a love for taking their hobbies WAY too far and Tool Shed Brewing Company is the natural result of two good home brewing friends that took their favourite hobby further than most. They make uncompromising, unique ales in small batches.


The Ironwood Stage & Grill is an Accessible, All Ages, ~140+ seat restaurant and lounge that hosts live music every night of the year. We’re located at 1229-9th Ave SE, near downtown in the Inglewood district of Calgary, and there’s plenty of public parking nearby.


Wine-Ohs is a casual wine bar and live music venue with two great spaces in Downtown Calgary’s Historic Grain Exchange Building; The Bistro and The Cellar.


Barbecue season never ends at The Palomino! Downtown Calgary’s favourite smokehouse offers a tantalizing menu of bountiful favourites, huge selection of beer, wonderfully unique patio, and a host of great special events! The music room downstairs is Calgary’s most unique live music venue and features a wide variety of genres from local and international acts throughout the entire week.


After much work and lots of fun we finally have another quality brewery here in our city. The folks at Village wanted to build something meaningful and relevant and will be looking to Calgarians quite often to help them create something inspired, creative, fun and tasty. After all, it takes a village to raise a brewery doesn’t it!

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