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10 Cozy Spots in Calgary

The edible display at The Fairmont Palliser.

The edible display at The Fairmont Palliser.

Now that the snow has fallen in Calgary, it’s nice to know that there are several cozy spots to warm up in the city. Below are some of our favourites:

Higher Ground

Snuggle up the fireplace with a few friends in this Kensington hot spot and enjoy one of their delicious beverage creations. Warm comfort food dishes are also available, like their mac n’ cheese and vegan chili.

1126 Kensington Rd SE, 403-270-3780, www.hgcafe.com

Memorial Park Library

Located in Central Memorial Park in Calgary’s Beltline district, this quaint historic library is a great place to browse for your next great read. Have some homework to do? Computers and worktables are available.

1221 – 2 St SW, 403-260-2600, www.calgarylibrary.ca

River Café

Nestled in Prince’s Island Park, this Calgary fine-dining institution serves exquisite rustic food in a cozy and warm environment. Warm up as you sit near the fireplace and eat from their curated holiday menu this season.

25 Prince’s Island Park, 403-261-7670, www.river-café.com

The Fairmont Palliser Hotel

For decades (upon decades!) the Fairmont Palliser has been a must-see destination in Calgary. From twinkling chandeliers to grand floral arrangements, the Palliser has luxury down. Visit over the holidays to see their gorgeous Christmas decorations including their edible holiday display. Have dinner at The Rimrock restaurant by the flaming fireplace for a lavish cozy experience.

133 – 9 Ave SW, 403-262-1234, www.fairmont.com

Devonian Gardens

Getting tired of winter already? You don’t need to book a flight to experience something tropical. Head to the Devonian Gardens situated in the top tier of The Core Shopping Centre. Entrance is free, and you’ll be able to enjoy over 550 tropical palm trees in 18 species.

400, 317 – 7 Ave SW, 403-268-2489, www.coreshopping.ca

Pages Bookstore

This Kensington bookstore is the perfect spot for literature lovers to spend an afternoon browsing the heaps and piles of new titles and older, hard to find books. Comic books are also available, as well as books on virtually any topic including art science, philosophy, and art and design. Head downstairs to the basement, a cozy spot perfect that hosts tones of books on sale.

135 Kensington Rd NW, 403-283-6655, www.pageskensington.com

Lolita’s Lounge

Travel back to the 1940s as you enter this stylish and intimate venue in Inglewood. Lolita’s Lounge hosts many talented songwriters, comedians, and performers in Calgary, including the popular drag show Carley’s Angels. Visit their event calander for the latest updates.

1413 -9 Ave SE, 403-265-5739, www.lolitaslounge.ca

Off Cut Bar in The Nash

Taking cues from the prohibition period, The Nash’s Off Cut Bar is whiskey based, and is the epitome of classic, from the décor to the cocktails served. Sit in their lush booths and order a custom old fashioned, made from one of several house-made syrups. If you’re feeling something hot, try the Dolce Vita, an intoxicating hot coffee drink made with ingredients including house made dolce de leche and torched whiskey.

925 – 11 St SE, 403-984-3365, www.thenashyyc.com

The Lougheed House

Get out of the cold and into the Lougheed House. Built in 1891 (and enlarged in 1907), this old home has been perfectly preserved and is a great place to take in some of Calgary’s history. Visit it in December to see it dressed up in garland (featuring several stunning Christmas trees!) and take part in their family activities during the weekends.

707 – 13 Ave SW, 403-244-6333, www.lougheedhouse.com 

The Bourbon Room

Tucked away upstairs in National on 10th behind a thick velvet curtain, this cozy spot focuses on –you guessed it- bourbon. Order a beautifully crafted cocktail, or, if you’re feeling adventurous (and are with a group of people), order up the Absinthe Fountain, a stunning contraption with four spouts so you and your friends can sip on this unique spirit.

341b – 10 Ave SW, www.bourbonroom.ca


Calgary Does Gin


‘The Last Word’ gin cocktail at The Derrick Gin Mill and Restaurant. Photo Courtesy The Derrick.


Whether you are already a fanatic or want to dabble in its waters, Calgary has some great places to drink and learn about gin. Below are some of our favourites, including some unique gins available in the city:

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25 Great Stocking Stuffer Ideas under $25

It’s not too early to think about stuffing those stockings come Christmas! We’ve gathered 25 great ideas for everyone on your list, all for under $25:

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Holiday Things to Do in Calgary Under $25

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Zoolights at Calgary Zoo is just one of the many holiday activities in Calgary that costs less than $25.

Get in the holiday spirit with these holiday activities in Calgary for 2015 that each cost less than $25. Enjoy!

By Breanna Mroczek

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PARK Celebrates Luxurious Canadian Fashion with PARK LUXE Show




Image courtesy of PARK

In the last few years, Calgary has quietly emerged as a respectable fashion destination, with not only dozens of high-end stores opening but a growing group of fashion bloggers, stylists, and designers. One of the most celebrated fashion events in Calgary is PARK (Promoting Artists Redefining Kulture), a volunteer-run network created by designer Kara Chomistek, which aims to promote local and Canadian artists. On Saturday, October 3, PARK is hosting their PARK LUXE Fashion Show that will feature luxurious designs by some of the brightest emerging fashion designers including Travis Taddeo and House of Nonie.

Travis Taddeo is a Montreal-based fashion designer who was born in Calgary. After launching his self-titled label in 2008, Taddeo has continued to put out impressive luxury street-wear clothes:

What is your first memory of when fashion influenced you? How does that come across in your work today?

I just remember always being interested, watching 80’s movies as a kid thinking how cool everyone looked. I wanted to dress like that, like the cool kid from the movies. TRAVIS TADDEO is about originality about being edgy and commanding attention… not so far from being the cool kid.

What was your inspiration for the Autumn Winter 15 line? Why did you choose the colours and shapes that are prominent in the line? 

TRAVIS TADDEO Fall winter 2015 entitled “disrupted youth” embodies the now generation, exploring the bombardment of change and the exhilaration of constant newness. The hardness of black is complimented with dark brown, and furious reds attract shades of grey. Angular cuts give way to draped lines enhancing pure street wear definition.

As we’re getting in autumn and winter, what do you think Calgarians can expect to see in terms of trends? Any items one must have? 

The only trend worth following is wear what looks good on you. Must haves should include comfort and style. Feel beautiful and confident in what you wear.


You may have already heard of House of Nonie by Nina Kharey. When it was launched in 2008, the collection was handmade in Calgary and was well received. After a break, House of Nonie is back with the new Autumn Winter 2015 collection.

What is your first memory of when fashion influenced you? How does that come across in your work today?

My dad was the manager of a knitting factory when I was young. I remember him bringing home a box of scrap clothing for me to have. I was so excited to see all the beautiful pieces and I immediately took them into the basement and pretended to put on a fashion show. Instead of pretending to be the glamorous model going down the runway, I pretended to be the designer that came out at the end and took a bow. From that moment, I knew I wanted to work in designing clothing. It feels natural to me.

What was your inspiration for the Autumn Winter 2015 line?

My husband’s suit. We were out one night and he threw his suit jacket on me. I remember looking in the mirror at myself and loving the simplicity of the look and how chic it made me feel. I loved the tailored lines. From there, I designed my wrap coat with a boyfriend cut. I was very inspired by menswear.

As we’re getting in autumn and winter, what do you think Calgarians can expect to see in terms of trends? Any items one must have?

I would have to say culottes are incredibly on trend this season. They are so classy and easily dressed up or down. I love pairing them with heels for a glam look or flats for a really sophisticated, simple look. Also, the long minimal wool coat is a must. Throw it on with just a t-shirt and jeans, and you look effortlessly chic for the day.







Noodles that Nourish: Ramen in Calgary




Ramen at Shiki Menya. Photo by Toni Nicole Photography.


Is there anything better than tucking into a hot bowl of soup when the temperatures begin their chilly descent? Ramen, a major comfort food in Japan, has emerged as a trendy menu item in Calgary and may be just the thing to warm you up. Here are five great places in Calgary to get your ramen fix:

Goro + Gun
Bamboo shoots, tender pork, and seaweed simmer in a buttery chicken broth in the Paitan Ramen dish, along with a delectable egg that has been smoked for 24 hours.

In the Shio Ramen, a velvety cooked egg mingles with local char siu pork and garlic chips in a clear and salty chicken broth. The end result is a dish that is both hearty and light, good to the last drop.

Shiki Menya
Arrive early to this Bridgeland hotspot, as they serve limited quantities of ramen made with homemade noodles and broth—about 150 bowls a day, and then they close for the day when they run out (usually mid-afternoon around 2 or 3 pm). The Veggie Classic includes bamboo shoots, greens, and tofu, for a tasty alternative that is sure to please.

The Ramen
Free run eggs marinate in umami for exactly 48 hours before joining a creamy chicken bone broth and chicken, beef, or pork. Taberu rayu, a chunky, chili oil condiment, adds wonderful flavour that’ll make you want to come back again and again.


Hapa Izakaya
The miso black ramen at Hapa Izakaya is a bold bowl. Charcoaled green onion, white onion, and garlic are mixed in with a generous slice of BBQ pork belly, a soft boiled egg, and piping hot chicken and pork broth. Thin slices of dry chili top the dish, and for those who are looking for a bit of a kick can request additional chili oil to be made in the dish.

Let’s Talk Fall Fashions

As fall fashions begin to hit the street, WHERE catches up with some of the Calgary’s most celebrated boutiques, retail shops and local designers to get their take on this season’s hottest trends, styles and must have pieces!


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Bamboo Ballroom. Photo by Toni Nicole Photography


LEO Boutique

Leo can be found nestled behind Tomkins Park along one of the city’s most well-known avenues: 17th. Since 1997 Leo has been merchandising their store with a well curated collection of men’s and women’s fashions for their trailblazing clients who are looking to express themselves.

Leo’s thoughts on Fall Fashion with Co-Founders Jon & Cornelia Wiebe

“This fall, menswear will continue to explore athletic influences like jogger inspired pants and technical fabrics along with looser 90s inspired silhouettes. For women the 90s will also inspire a collection of high waisted trousers and cropped tops.”

What’s in store for fall?

Leo is excited to introduce Uniforms for the Dedicated. This contemporary Swedish menswear brand was founded by a collective of former snowboarders with an eye on sustainable fabrics. They offer a decidedly Swedish casual tailored collection with a creative edge.

For the women, they will introduce Horses Atelier. This Toronto based and produced collection was founded in 2012 by best friends Claudia Dey and Heidi Sopinka. Horses redefines effortless style with luxurious Japanese and Italian fabrics matched to simple modern silhouettes.

The Bamboo Ballroom 

This is one of the newest stores to join the shops along 9th Street in the popular Inglewood community. Within their opulent “Dynasty Glam” interior, women will have the opportunity to shop a selection of more than 20 Alberta clothing and jewelry designers as well as 40 additional brands from Canada, the United States, and Europe. They’ve even curated their own vintage housewares collection to shop in-store.

Bamboo Ballroom’s thoughts on Fall Fashion with owner Anastasia (Stacey) Boruk

“A great coat is your best investment and speaks volumes about your overall personal style because it is a piece you wear every day. A few forecasted trends we love for fall are punk 80s, velvet, sequins, and faux fur.”

What’s in store for Fall?

Once again they have brought back Canadian designed and made jackets and coats by Soia & Kyo. Fresh, classic, standout designs, this outerwear has been created to withstand the temperature of Canadian winters in a fashionable and reasonably priced way.


Calgary is home to the first Nordstrom in Canada. Opened in fall of 2014, the American fashion specialty retailer brings us a unique place to shop for mix of designer, luxury, and quality fashion brands for the entire family.

Nordstrom thoughts on Fall Fashion with Tianna Stevenson, Nordstrom’s marketing manager

“The overarching trend for fall is the 70s—turtlenecks, suede, and fringe, as well as the return of the flare in denim. Expect to see great textures and colours that signal the season like rich oxbloods and hues of greens.”

What’s in store for Fall?

Launching this fall at Nordstrom Chinook Centre are IKKII boots. These cold weather boots are perfect for weekend getaways and casual looks as the temperatures drop. Pair these with skinny jeans, blanket scarves, and oversized knits for that just-off-the-ski-hill look. Your feet will be warm, dry, and stylish. These cute, comfortable, and practical IKKII boots will be offered in multiple styles in both short and tall.


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Fall Fashion at Nordstrom. Photo courtesy Nordstrom


Modern Menswear

Modern Menswear is a must visit destination for fashion forward men who seek a blend of modern and contemporary design. The shop’s collection focuses on pieces that can easily be worked into an individual’s existing wardrobe and be a go-to piece for years to come.

Thoughts on Fall Fashion with owner Drew Rudichuk

“The trend we are indulging in for fall is the ‘long top’ look. Long sweaters, button-ups ,and t-shirts which make for great layering and help build that unique outfit.”

What’s in store for Fall?

This season will be about texture, and Modern Menswear has brough in classic pieces in a variety of different fabrics. A stand out piece is a suede bomber jacket from Danish designer Wood Wood.

Lauren Bagliore Concept Shop 

Lauren Bagliore is a lifestyle designer brand that focuses on the creation of conceptual designer women’s wear that is, versatile, convertible, and edgy-yet-feminine. Pieces which are perfect for the modern world-travelling woman that wants to feel beautiful, confident, comfortable, and incredibly stylish. Lauren’s quality pieces are beautifully made and wonderfully cut; investments that will last a lifetime.

Designer and Creative Director Lauren Bagliore’s favourite piece?

“I really love our Palermo Pleated Jacket we created as a transitional piece that can be worn from Fall to Spring. It can be styled more than four different ways, worn long or short, tied with a belt, draped open, or flipped upside down for a more dramatic look. We’ve pleated the fabric with one of our top mills in Italy to create a unique and abstract pattern. Plus, it does not wrinkle and can be easily thrown in a suitcase, making it a travel essential.”


Fall Fashion from Lauren Bagliore Concept Shop. Photo courtesy Lauren Bagliore


Camp Brand Goods

Camp Brand Goods plays on vintage outdoor insignia. Although the clothes are new, they are created with the feel of a treasure you might find in a vintage store; quality and comfort. Camp produces quality outdoor casual wear with a focus on extra comfy fleece. Their customers tend to be seen biking to their favorite café, enjoying a lazy morning at the cabin, or wrapping up a hike on a fall day.

Founder and Owner Connor Gould’s favourite piece?

“My favorite item from our FW15/16 collection is our Heritage Toque. We’ve offered this style for a couple of years but we add new colours every winter. Our heritage toque is a classic cuff made of super stretch acrylic so it has great shape retention. Like all toques it is slightly ridiculous looking but it’s an essential around these parts.”


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Find Camp Brand Goods at The Livery Shop. Photo by Toni Nicole Photography



A Taste of the Season

Although the fall season may be short lived in Calgary, these autumn ingredient-inspired dishes, desserts, and drinks are sure to leave a lasting impression.



Roasted Butternut Squash Gnocchi at Yellow Door Bistro. Photo by Toni Nicole Photography

Prepared with a ricotta base, the Roasted Butternut Squash Gnocchi from Yellow Door Bistro is lighter than traditional gnocchi. Apple garlic puree complements butternut squash roasted with Indian spices, while spinach and fresh apple round out the meal.

 A mainstay on the menu since Workshop Kitchen and Culture opened, the Baby Kale and Apple Salad’s seasonal adjustment includes honey roasted squash, pumpkin seeds, chicory, and pear vincotto vinaigrette.

The Apple Frittelle from Teatro proves you can never have too much apple: Granny Smith apple fritters, slow cooked apple terrine, caramel crème anglaise, and green apple sorbet—yum!

Brussel Sprouts
Pan fried and perfect for sharing, the Lemongrass Brussel Sprouts from Anju combine sweet and salty palates with deep fried Brussel sprouts and sliced Chinese pork sausage, lemongrass sauce plus roasted walnuts.

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Brussel Sprouts at Anju. Photo by of Toni Nicole Photography


At Modern Steak, brussel sprouts are tossed with thick cut double smoked bacon sautéed and candied in maple syrup.

Seasoned with garlic, malt vinegar, fresh herbs, and chili peppers, then sprinkled with house pancetta and pickle-fried shallots, enjoy the Spicy Brussel Sprouts from One 18 Empire as a side or starter.

First brined in a salt and sugar base for 12 hours, the 10 oz Pork Chop from Alloy is then pan seared, buttered, and served with hot Rocoto peppers, yam chipotle puree, braised kale, grilled radicchio and a maple bourbon white balsamic vinegar reduction.

Warm up at The Coup with their Maple Matcha Latte. Whisked together with organic Bruce&Clark Do Matcha, your choice of milk, organic maple syrup, and garnished with an orange wheel, this beverage is made to stay in and savour.


Maple Matcha Latte from The Coup. Photo by Toni Nicole Photography

A year-round favourite, the Maple Pecan flavour from Village Ice Cream boasts natural maple syrup extract and roasted pecans.

Traditional flavours of Goa, India grace the Vindaloo Curry at Moti Mahal. Cooked with crushed red chilli peppers, vinegar, cinnamon, coriander and cumin, it’s a good idea to pair this extra spicy dish with a Lassi Yogurt Milkshake.

A Blue Star Diner staple, the French Toast is stuffed with berry compote and cinnamon cream cheese prepared in house. Once heated, the cinnamon steeps into the cream cheese and creates a melt-in-your-mouth fall flavour.

To craft the Kentucky Cream Soda at Raw Bar, bartenders mix Maker’s Mark Bourbon with house made cream soda syrup, pour slushed ice, soda, and lemon juice over top, add three dashes of cardamom bitters and, garnish with mint leaves.

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Kentucky Cream Soda at Raw Bar. Photo by Toni Nicole Photography

The Pumpkin Apple Bacon Soup from Primal Soup Company is made with gluten free and dairy free ingredients including pumpkin, Macintosh apples, smoked bacon, maple syrup, fresh herbs, and a dash of Okanagan white wine. It’s available at Crossroads Market and Market on McLeod.

On tap at Craft Beer Market, the Pumpkineater beer from Howe Sound Inn & Brewing Company in Squamish, BC is brewed with fresh roasted pumpkin, hops, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and star anise.

Made fresh to order, create your own custom Spiced Pumpkin Truffle at Choklat. A spiced pumpkin puree and white chocolate centre is covered in your choice of chocolate and coatings—72 different combinations are possible!

Sea-Town: Great Seafood in Calgary



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Photo Courtesy of Rodney’s Oyster House



Though Calgary is known for beef, seafood lovers can still find great options in the city. From oysters to lobster to fish, you don’t need to head to the coast for your seafood fix:


The Keg

The Keg has rolled out their Lobster Summer menu, a celebration of –you guessed it— lobster. The regal crustacean is featured in many ways, from being mixed with veggies in Szechwan style to crispy lobster tacos. For true enthusiasts, a steak and half lobster entrée is available, as well as a whole (2 pounds!) lobster served with hot butter and lemon. Hurry, the menu is available until August 30th.

320 – 4 Avenue SW, 403-699-9843; 130 Crowfoot Terrace NW, 403-208-0220; 7104 Macleod Trail South, 403-253-2534; 425 – 36 St NE, 403-235-5858; 1101 – 5 St SW, 403-266-1036; 100 – 4600 130 Ave SE, 403-726-1022; 1923 Uxbridge Drive NW, 403-282-0020 www.kegsteakhouse.com


This elegant seafood restaurant has a menu that changes with the seasons, to always guarantee the freshest food. Entrees in the dining room include Wild BC Halibut and Alaskan Weathervane Scallops. After work, head to the lively Oyster Bar to slurp down fresh oysters. Daily Oyster Bar specials are featured.

100 – 8 Ave SE, 403.206.0000 www.catchoysterbar.com



Head to the newly opened Charbar in the Simmons Building where seafood items include clams, oysters, and a tableside ceviche. If you’d like to combine the best of both worlds, order the seafood and meat platter. With seafood this fresh and the rooftop patio overlooking the Bow, it’s almost like you’re right on the coast.

618 Confluence Way SE, 403-452-3115 www.charbar.ca


Rodney’s Oyster House

This seafood restaurant has one of the best seafood selections in the city, with a charming cape-cod décor to match. Main dishes include steamed mussels, garlic shrimp, and Dungeness crab, with five different types of chowder available as well. Their Bait and Tackle takeaway spot (located on the side of the restaurant) is perfect for seafood on the go. Items include Fish and Chips and a Lobster Cobb Salad.

355 – 10 Ave SW, 403-460-0026 www.rodneysoysterhousecalgary.com


Rush Ocean Prime

If you’re really into seafood — and we mean really into it — then head to Rush Ocean Prime and order the decadent Seafood Tower, loaded with smoked shrimp, tuna tartare, king crab legs, smoked salmon, and more. Not ready to commit to such a feast? Other seafood items on the menu include a selection of sushi, lobster pot pie, and seabass.

207 – 9 Ave SW, 403-271-7874 www.rushoceanprime.com


Modern Steak

Modern Steak serves up more than just great beef; they also have a tasty seafood menu as well. Order up a pan roasted Atlantic cod, or try the Prawn Skewers. The Bacon “Not Wrapped” Scallops is a fresh take on an old classic, and those looking for a comfort dish will not go wrong with the Lobster Mac n’ Cheese.Modern Steak

107- 10a St NW, 403-670-6873 www.modernsteak.ca












Flex Your Brain at Telus Spark’s Brainasium

Phase Two of the Brainasium at TELUS Spark Allows for Learning Through Play

Seven new play structures have been added to the Brainasium outdoor play park at Telus Spark in Calgary.



Sure, we know about the benefits of exercising our bodies, but when was the last time you flexed your brain muscles? Studies show that the ability to problem solve and communicate effectively is bolstered by taking the time to play, and the Brainasium outdoor park at the TELUS Spark science centre gives guests the opportunity to do just that. The outdoor park has been in full swing (pun intended—there are indeed swings at the Brainasium) since fall 2014, with structures including a teeter-totter built for six and a giant 36-foot tall tower and an accompanying 63-foot long slide. The brains behind the Brainasium decided, however, to expand the park, and the highly anticipated second phase opens on August 4, 2015 with seven brand new play structures. The giant log jam is great for testing your balance, while the swings allow you to touch the sky. Grab a friend and work as a team to balance the swing scales, or climb across giant molecule-shaped blocks. Spin around a circular apparatus and explore centrifugal force.

The Brainasium is open year-round, and it is recommended that visitors wear proper running shoes or flat footwear. All ages are welcome to climb, play, learn, and feel the brain benefits of play.

Swanky Sippin’

One18 Empire boasts an impressive whiskey menu and delectable dining.




One18 Empire knows a thing or two about whiskey. Not only do they have a thoughtfully curated and constantly updated cocktail menu (focusing on whiskey, of course) but they also offer over 100 whiskeys, scotches, bourbons, and ryes to choose from. Whiskey fans will be able to sample from all over the world including Taiwan, India, Austria, and Japan. If you’re hoping to stick to tradition, there are plenty of choices from Kentucky and Tennessee as well. Interestingly, One18 Empire carries a selection of some of the finest single cask, single malt whiskey, bottled by the world famous Scotch Malt Whiskey Society. Due to the unique bottling process and the limited amount of bottles available, this whiskey is incredibly rare, and members of the club receive a 25% discount on the selection. Non-members typically do not have access to this exclusive selection of whiskey, however at One18 Empire, anyone can be part of the club for an evening. I ended up on the Mint Julep, a refreshing, summery drink with a bit of a kick.


The enticing dinner menu features food that is hearty and locally inspired. The maple bacon- wrapped dates are small morsels that, with the sweetness of the date and the smoky bacon, pack a mighty punch. The large soft pretzel (which I smothered in their whipped peanut butter) was warm and comforting, while the short ribs were juicy and full of flavor. The fried chicken board, the shining star of the meal, was pulled off to perfection, with tender meat nestled down under a crispy and well-seasoned shell.


One18 Empire also serves breakfast, brunch, lunch and late-night dining.


Happy Hour in Calgary: Summer 2015

By Janet Davie


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Don’t worry, get happy! We’re in the middle of summer in Calgary, and what better way to spend summer than on a patio? Better yet, go for Happy Hour, a magical time of the day when drink and food specials will make soaking up some rays all the more sweeter. Here are some of our favourite Happy Hour spots in the city:

The Ship and Anchor
With one of the largest patios in the city and on a prime spot on busy 17th Ave, the Happy Hour at the Ship and Anchor is a great place to be every Monday through Friday from 4-7PM. Happy Hour includes a $5 can of Mexican Tecate beer and $5 tacos (2 beef or 2 shrimp, with salsa). 534 – 17 Ave SW  www.shipandanchor.com

National on 17th
Show up to National’s 17th Ave patio and indulge in $5 pints and cocktails from 3 – 6PM Monday through Friday. We recommend the Strawberry Lemonade—it’s like summer in a glass. 550 – 17 Ave SW ntnl.ca

Mango Shiva
Take a trip to India without leaving the city by visiting Mango Shiva on Stephen Ave from 3-6PM every day of the week. Happy Hour includes a $5 beer and wine list, as well as $2 off all cocktails (including their summer staple the coconut mojito!) Select appetizers are also on for $5 bucks. 218 – 8 Ave SW www.mangoshiva.com

Pizza lovers should hurry down to Cibo on the weekdays from 3 – 6PM for half off pizza pies. Flavours include Wild Boar Bacon and Smoked Scamorza. 1012 – 17 Ave SW www.cibocalgary.com

Local 510
Swing by this trendy hotspot on 17th Ave and enjoy non-important draughts, highballs, and wine all for $5.10, Monday through Friday. 510 – 17 Ave SW www.localtavern.ca

Get ready to party during Anejo’s ‘Halfy-Hour’, with half priced tacos, tequila, margaritas and Mexican beer from 3-5PM every day of the week. 2116 – 4 St SW  www.anejo.ca

From 3-5PM, guests can enjoy half-off appetizers (a hot and buttery pretzel, anyone?) from Monday to Friday along with $5 draft beers and special prices on wine. 2437 – 4 St SW  www.wurst.ca

Catch Oyster Bar
Swim up to this oyster bar between 1-5PM, Monday to Friday, and enjoy $6 feature wine, beer, and caesars. All of their daily food specials are available as well. 100 – 8 Ave SE  www.catchrestaurant.ca

The Yardhouse
Perfect for people watching in Kensington, the Yardhouse patio offers $4 off appetizers, $4 highballs and domestic bottles, and $5 import bottles and wine. 1136 Kensington Rd NW  www.yardhouse.ca

Take a seat in the bar and enjoy an 18oz ground sirloin burger with a side of golden fries for only $12 from 3-6PM. 738 – 3 Ave SW  www.buchanans.ca