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A National Treasure: Calgary’s Best Bar


Have you ever been stumped trying to figure out what venue you want to visit on a weekend? You definitely have. But if you’re in Calgary, you don’t have to face this weekend conundrum. Enter National, a series of bars in Cowtown that truly have it all.

National locations bring more than ample seating, screens, and good music to each location. Namely oyster bars, ping pong tables, bowling alleys, amazing patios, and a beer list that might take a lifetime to get through. Each location also has drink and food deals all day on Mondays and happy hour from 3-6PM as well as live DJs at each location. In completely deconstructing your traditional bar experience, National has created a string of some of the best bars in Calgary. We’ve outlined all four so you can figure out which one is right for you.


National On 17th

The original location where it all began. This spot popped off for its long community style tables, sun-exposed patio, and great food. The menu here is jumbo and pairs well with the huge selection of craft beers. Like other National locations, this 17th locale has an oyster bar and plenty of screens and bar space for watching the game.

Address: 550 17TH AVE SW CALGARY AB
Hours: 11:00am to late Monday to Friday
Phone: 403 229 0226

National On 10th


Similar to the vibe at the National on 17th, this National location is conveniently located within Calgary’s core and is perhaps the most impressive location of the bunch. Sure there are ping pong tables, foosball tables, an oyster bar and an insanely extensive selection of beers, but also a full-scale 8-lane bowling alley in the basement. If you want to settle it down a bit, reserve a spot in the “Bourbon Room” which is located upstairs.

Address: 341 10TH AVE SW CALGARY
Hours: 11:00am to late Monday to Friday
Phone: 403 474 2739


The newest National location is directly in Calgary’s downtown core at the Scotia Centre. The Tap Room is a great spot for private functions and is fully soundproofed and features a projector. You also get the beer list, oysters, and bar games you come to expect at a couple other National locations, but what this location brings is an enormous rooftop patio.

Address: 1360, 225 8TH AVE, SW +30 LEVEL, SCOTIA CENTRE
Hours:  11am to late Monday to Friday / 4pm to late Saturday / Closed Sunday
Phone: 403 237 5556


National Westhills

Located in south-west Calgary, the National Westhills brings the National’s downtown flair to the burbs. A live DJ, an amazing patio, long tables, great food, oyster bar, massive beer list. Sound familiar?

Hours:  11am to late Monday to Friday / 10am to late Saturday to Sunday
Phone: 403 685 6801


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