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Hudsons Canadian Tap House serves up traditional pub grub infused with a northern point of view. Appetizers challenge hunger's oppressive rule with options including yam fries ($8) and traditional or boneless chicken wings, bathed in house sauces such as Forty Creek whisky barbecue and 4th Degree ($11 for a single order, $20 for a double). The signature steak sandwich tops a flame-grilled, 7-ounce Certified Angus Beef sirloin with sweet-onion twigs, then clutches it between toasted garlic panini ($10), and the fish 'n' chips ($15) silences any lingering stomach growls by piling hulking slabs of flaky haddock atop golden fries. Though not included in today's deal, patrons can slake their thirst and muster the courage to yodel at an attractive stranger with frosty mugs of beers across Canada, ranging from Alberta's own Alley Kat Aprikat wheat ale to Quebec's St. Ambroise oatmeal stout.

1201 5 Street Southwest
Calgary,
AB
CA

The District beams with an unconventional charisma, furnished by a rustic look, an emphasis on local and organic ingredients, and the insistence on preparing in-house plenty of meats, brews, and more. Resist the urge to mull over a menu and examine the large chalkboards adorning the walls and illuminated with the day's meal offerings, which are rotated at the chef's will. Favourite plates include the house-cured and house-smoked bucket of bacon ($7.25), an aromatic, smoky, crispy filled pail that attacks all senses with the kind of catharsis that only bacon and bags of money can give. The delectable District burger overlays a block of juicy beef in the colours of tomato confit, caramelized onions, bacon, and white cheddar ($13.75). Mains such as the chorizo-sausage and sundried-tomato mac ‘n’ cheese ($15.50) and the fresh B.C. chanterelle mushroom and squash risotto ($16.95) greet shy stomachs like a grizzly bear best friend, with a cheery and nourishing hug. Pair your palate-pleasers with one of The District's homebrewed potables such as the black pilsner ($6.25 for 20 oz.), a dark lager with medium body and a hint of coffee.

607 11 Ave SW
Calgary,
AB
CA

The cherished tradition of the rustic public house remains alive and well at The Kilkenny Irish Pub, where Irish and British fare—along with local pub stables such as burgers and nachos—fuels hours of good-natured revelry. Chandeliers hanging overhead illuminate the knotted patterns on wood-panelled booths as well as the high ceilings of the central dining room. The bar's various nooks betray more than a touch of Old World charm, from the warmth that emanates from a stone fireplace to the antique bicycles pinned to the walls and the steam-powered Big Buck Hunter console in the arcade room. After a short jig across the rugged planks of the hardwood floor, one arrives at a luxurious lacquered bar, whose tenders pour whisky or frosty pints of brew to pair with feasts of shepherd's pie and Yorkshire pudding.

3630 Brentwood Rd NW
Calgary,
AB
CA

The Seanachie Irish Pub nestles its guests in an elegant cocoon of turn-of-the century luxury, surrounding them with leather-covered furnishings and acres of lacquered wood as they sup on fish 'n' chips, shepherd’s pie and thick lamb burgers. Intricate wood paneling adorns the bar, where guests call out orders for frosty draft beers, ciders, smoky aged whiskys, or the bartender's analysis of Finnegan's Wake. A tucked-away dining room recreates the rustic charm of an Irish countryside kitchen through a rough-hewn stone fireplace and decorations of books and assorted crockery, and an open-air patio hosts guests in search of fresh air and a comforting canopy of umbrellas.

5909 Signal Hill Ctr SW
Calgary,
AB
CA

Limericks Traditional Public House conjures an atmosphere of old-timey Hibernian hospitality coupled with hearty pub meals such as juicy burgers, Irish boxty, fish 'n' chips, and inventive sliders and starters. Named for Yeats's favourite form of poetry, Limericks ensconces visitors in warmly lit, rustic splendour, nestling them among stained glass-lamps and dark mahogany tables littered with glasses of craft beer or Irish whiskey. The multi-storeyed bar comforts travellers with crackling fireplaces and leather booths, as well as modern amenities such as sports broadcasts on flat-screen TVs and time machines equipped with GPS navigation.:m]]

7304 MacLeod Trail SE
Calgary,
AB
CA

On a given night, The Roadhouse buzzes with excitement. Fast-pouring bartenders treat guests to big drinks and big smiles while guests take to the floor and dance to the area's top DJs. For more than a decade, party goers have flocked to the venue by the thousands, and during the 10-day bacchanalia that is Stampede, the trend is no different. During each annual celebration, The Roadhouse's team of experienced resident DJs, bar staff, and security enjoy the party with revelers while creating a non-stop whir of excitement that includes barbecue, live music, and a mechanical bull.

840 9 Ave SW
Calgary,
AB
CA