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10 Unusual Restaurants In Calgary


Make every moment count. That’s the travel dream. So why not make every meal count too? Pull up a chair and sip cocktails in a shipping container, pay a visit to the mayor’s house, and make reservations 155 metres in the air.

Order up on 10 unforgettable dining experiences you can have in Calgary.

1. Container Bar

Container Bar is a secret spot housed in a refurbished shipping container perfect for a midday cocktail or working on your tan. While the bartender mixes up your drink from the shipping container, order up some salty bar snacks like the house-made corndog, Scotch egg, or crispy pig ears.

2. Deane House

Captain Richard Burton Deane was the last serving Superintendent of the North West Mounted Police at Fort Calgary. His 1906 home, built thanks to his wife’s refusal to live in the barracks, is now a trendy restaurant on the banks of the Bow River called Deane House. Try the 7K Ranch Longhorn Beef Tartare, sip on a cocktail from an expert mixologist, or carve out some time for weekend brunch with fresh baked pastries from Captain Deane’s Pantry.

3. Sky360

Elevate your foodie game to sky high levels at the top of the Calgary Tower. Sky 360 sits 155 metres in the air and completes a full rotation every 45 minutes. Take in a 360° view from the observation deck above where you can see from prairies to the Canadian Rockies.

4. Rouge Restaurant

A cowboy and four Alberta cattlemen walk into a house over a hundred years ago and plant the seed for the Calgary Stampede. That’s how the story goes. The Cross House set the table for The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth and now serves up award winning dining as Rouge Restaurant, with a backyard garden, this spot is about as real as farm to table gets.

5. River Café

If the snowshoes above the fireplace don’t tip you off, this local favourite is the epic Canadian backdrop you have been looking for. River Café is island dining in the middle of downtown Calgary and was voted one of Canada’s 100 Best Restaurants in 2017 .

6. The Nash

The Nash wasn’t always known for its wood-fired rotisserie and open kitchen action. The three-storey brick hotel was built in 1907 to house railway works and gained a seedy reputation before closing in 1998. The Inglewood landmark has been reborn, thanks to Chef Michael Noble, as the perfect place for small share plates and trendy cocktails.

7. The Bank & Baron

The Bank & Baron has reclaimed one of Alberta’s most historic banks and transformed it into one of the most popular pubs on Stephen Avenue. Make a toast with a local brew and be sure to check out the vault in the basement of the former Bank of Nova Scotia.

 8. Fort Calgary Brunch

Sunday Brunch at Fort Calgary just might be Calgary’s best kept secret. The National Historic Site is where Calgary was born in the summer of 1874 as the North West Mounted Police planted their flag next to the Elbow River. The rest is history.

 9. The Wainwright Hotel

It’s not every day you get invited to the mayor’s house for breakfast. A replica of the historic Wainwright Hotel is at the heart of Heritage Park and serves up home style breakfast every Sunday in Canada’s largest living history museum.

10. Lougheed House

Princes and princesses, dukes and duchesses have made a stop at Lougheed House since the sandstone prairie mansion was built in 1891. Afternoon tea with French macaroons and fruit tarts will make you feel like pure royalty in the heart of downtown Calgary.

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