Calgary has long been home to die-hard Flames fans, and hockey fans in general. If you're lucky enough to score tickets to an actual game, you can holler and cheer while proudly wearing your Flames jersey with fellow "C of Red" fans! And if you're not a Flames fan, no problem! You can holler and cheer in any team jersey you choose (Calgarians are not scared of a little competition)! But if you're like most of us, forking over a couple of hundred dollars a ticket for decent seats is a hard pill to swallow.
But don't worry, you don't have to sit on the side lines and miss out entirely. There are many sports bars to watch hockey in Calgary. In every quadrant of the city, you can find a sports bar filled with fellow hockey fans on game night! If it's a big screen TV you're searching for, there's a bar for that. If you want an atmosphere that let's you chat hang out with your friends, there's a bar for that. And maybe, just maybe, you're looking for a bar/restaurant where you can bring the whole family, kids included. Below is a list some of Calgary's well-known hot spots for watching hockey.
The National on 8th
Touted as a restaurant and entertainment venue, National on 8th is located in the heart of downtown Calgary in Scotia Centre and home to western Canada's largest rooftop patio. National on 8th features an extensive list of beers and a full menu to cater to all palates. And fret not hockey fans, if you're looking to watch hockey in Calgary, National on 8th hosts "Game ON!" on game nights where hockey fans can play intermission NHL trivia for a chance to win game tickets and more! They also have food and drink specials like $9 pizzas and $15 Wild Rose jugs or $5 Wild Rose glasses on games nights. And if you're looking for something different, The National has three other locations for you to watch the game.
With two locations (17th Avenue SW and Brentwood NW), Jamesons offers a modern Celtic-themed pub atmosphere with an exciting menu of quality comfort food such as fried pickles, calamari, nachos, fish and chips, shepherd's pie, poutine, mac and cheese street tacos and more! The pub also features daily specials and an extensive beer, shooters, and cocktails menu. If you're looking for a great place to watch hockey in Calgary, head down to one of the locations with your group of fellow hockey fans!
Garage Sports Bar
This long-standing Calgary sports bar is located in the heart of Eau Claire Market in downtown Calgary. The Garage Sports Bar is an interactive environment, including 6000 sq. ft. free flow room, premium liquor and craft beer menu and a full pub-style menu. When it's game time, patrons can enjoy a high-quality video and sound system to enjoy the game! And if you love playing games yourself, you can rack up some balls and play pool, darts and even ping-pong!
Hudsons — Canada's Pub
With three locations in Calgary (Crowfoot, Calgary Downtown and Shawnessy), Hudsons Pub is the perfect spot to gather with friends and watch the flames burn the competition. All locations offer delicious pre-game snacks such as their Pre-Game Frickles and a variety of Shareables and Mains. They offer a good selection of beer on tap or by the bottle and a decent list of wines and cocktails to select from. Grab your friends, put on your team jerseys and get ready to cheer your team on!
Trolley 5 Brewpub
Trolley 5 Brewpub is touted as a "community brewpub" and is located along the infamous red mile on 17th Avenue SW. This venue features an extensive beer selection including its own brand of beer — visit the Tap Room & Brewery and see how it's made before the big game! Brewery Tours are $20/person and includes tastings and a welcome pint! The menu is extensive and would please any palate — from poutine to tacos to pizza and smokehouse BBQ, there is no shortage of delicious treats to choose from.
Shark Club Sports Bar and Grill
With two locations in Calgary (Deerfoot Meadows and Calgary North), Shark Club Sports Bar and Grill has giant screens to enjoy the game — it's like you're actually at the rink but don't have to pay the ticket price! With ample seating throughout, it's the perfect venue to bring a large group of friends to enjoy daily features and happy hour from 3-6pm and again from 10pm to close, weekdays. Menu includes all the favourites: fried pickles, lettuce wraps, calamari, wings, burgers and more!
World Bier Haus
1600 World Bier Haus is housed in Glenmore Landing in SW Calgary. This popular neighbourhood bier haus has ample space for you and friends. World Bier Haus is uniquely family-run company and is proud to offer quality food and drink. This friendly bar and restaurant has an extensive menu and even offers a kids menu! The complex also has plenty of parking, so call your everyone you know!
The Unicorn has been around for years and is known as "Calgary's Super Pub" (AKA: one of the best places to watch hockey in Calgary)! Located on Stephen Avenue (8th Avenue SW) in downtown Calgary, the pub features three levels of excitement — three floors, three bars, one location! The pub features daily specials and legendary classics like their authentic Halifax donair and wing nights, to new favourites like Cantina tacos. Their drink menu is sure to please any game fan — from beer to cocktails to wine, the choices are plenty!
Get your favourite team jersey on, grab some friends and head over to one of these (and many others in the Calgary-area) exciting bars to watch Canada's favourite sport.
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