Calgary Nightlife, Arts & Culture

Calgary Nightlife

Atlantic Trap & Gill 510 Heritage Drive SW. Classic Pub with an East Coast twist. 14 large Tv’s plus a 15 foot giant screen for sports. One pool table, 3 VLT’s, full upscale pub menu. Open at 11:30am 7 days a week. Live music Thursday, Friday and Saturday. 403-287-8811.

Black Swan 10455 Southport Rd SW. Large dance floor featuring Top 40, Dance, R&B, Beats etc. Tues. Open Mic 8:30 pm – 11:00 pm. Sat – DJ & dancing. 9:30 pm – 2 am. No cover. 403-271-8776.

The Blues Can 1429 9 Ave SE. Located in historic Inglewood. Intimate atmosphere with great acoustics and a very good line of site to the stage. Live Music EVERY Night from 8:30~9 pm to 12:30~1 am with an extra show on Saturday afternoons from 3-7 pm. Featuring Touring Blues Acts on weekends and local blues, rock & rockabilly during the week. 403-262-2666.,,

Bookers BBQ Grill + Crab Shack 316 3 St. SE. Converted century-old warehouse commited to an authentic Southern experience. Transforms into a house of blues with live music every Fri-Sat starting at 10 pm. No cover. 403-264-6419.

Bootleggers Sports Bar / Grill 3444 32nd Ave NE. Featuring 52 42” HD flat screen LCD TV’s, a large projector screen, 6 different satellite feeds, 25 VLT’s, foosball, 2 pool tables with free pool every Monday night, and Karaoke 6 days a week, Bootleggers is truly “Entertainment With Impact!” M-Su 10am-2 m, Holidays 10am-12am. 403.291.0507

Broken City 613 11 Ave SW. Calgary’s Sub-Culture Live Rock Venue. Wed – Fri Live Bands (indie, rock, metal, punk, whatever) 9pm – late. Sat- Jazz Jam 3pm-6pm and hip-hop 9pm – late. Sunday is Karaoke night 9pm – late. Mon – Stand up comedy 8pm – late. Tue – Punk Rock Bingo 9pm – late. Minors allowed til 9pm. 403-262-9976.

Café Blanca 240 Riverfront Ave SW. A creative coffeehouse serving specialty coffee including siphon coffee; using direct-trade beans that have been carefully sourced and locally roasted. Live Music: Local artist every Wednesday night 6:30 pm-9 pm. 403-460-2002.

Commonwealth Bar & Stage 731 10 Ave SW. Old warehouse converted to a revelrous night destination in Calgary’s downtown. Two distinct floors of sound with a vintage fashion-forward aesthetic. Open Th-Sa 7pm-2 am, Su 7pm-12am. 403-247-463. 403-247-4663.

Dickens Pub. 1000 9 Ave SW. Dedicated live music venue bringing local and international acts to Calgary 7 days a week. Entertainment ranges from rock, metal and punk to folk, indie and electronic. Fun and warm atmosphere. Gamer Sundays every week: board games, video games and more. 403-233-7550.

The Dog & Duck Public House. 5340 2 St SW. Cosy retreat in an ld white house akin to real English Pubs. Live Music: Local bands every Friday night 9pm – 1am and Open Jam every Sat Night 8pm – 12am. 403-253-2489.

The Eden Nightclub.
111 7 Ave SW. VIP Bottle Service. VIP Rooms. Rooftop Patio. Huge Dance Floor. 403-614-7444.

Elbow River Casino. 218 18th Ave SE. Featured on the Bayou Stage each Fri and Sat 9:30pm to 1 am live music such as classic rock, R & B, blues, pop etc. 403-289-8880.

Fionn MacCool’s Authentic Irish Pub. 255 Barclay Parade SW (at Sheraton Suites Calgary Eau Claire). Wed – East Coast Kitchen Party 9pm.   Sat – Various-east coast/rock 9pm. Casual dress, no minors. 403-517-6699.

Flames Central. 219 8 St SW. One of Calgary’s leading sports bars and concert venues. Three levels, dozens of HDTVs, state of the art snd equipment, giant stage. Check events calendar for live music and DJ performances. 403-935-2637.

HiFi Club 219 8th St SW. One of Calgary’s leading sports bars and concert venues. Three levels, dozens of HDTVs, state of the art sound equipment, giant stage. Check events calendar for live music and DJ performances. 403-935-2637.

The King’s Head Pub & Eatery 9116 Macleod Trail SE. Calgary’s Best Live Entertainment Venue! Calgary’s Greatest Original and Cover Bands every Thursday Friday and Saturday! Music starts 9pm-12am on Thursday and 10pm-2am on Friday and Saturday. Also come check out Punk Rock Bingo Every Sunday starting at 6:00pm 403-259-0111.

Knoxville’s Tavern 840 9th Ave. Calgary’s newest hottest Country bar is the bar your mother warned you about! 840 9th Ave is hosting the biggest parties year round and even bigger for Stampede. Tuesday-Industry Night, Friday-Fireball Fridays and Saturdays is Girls Night Out with priority entry and no cover for ladies until 12 am. 8pm-2am. 403-398-7623.

Ironwood Stage and Grill 1229 9 Ave SE.
ironwoodLocated in charming Inglewood in the historic Gary Theatre. Live Music 7 nights a week with mixed genres. Wed open Mic night 8pm. Alternating Saturday afternoons 18 piece jazz band 2-4 pm and blues jam 1-5pm. Reservations recommended as shows usually sell out. Cover. Sun-Thur show starts at 8pm and Fri-Sat 9pm. 403-269-5581.

Lobby Lounge at the Blackfoot Inn 5940 Blackfoot Trail SE. An intimate spot for catching up with friends or unwinding with colleagues. Oversized windows, outside patio, grand piano and live music weekdays add to the full lunch, dinner and drink menu. M-F 11:30 am-11 pm. Sat 5 pm-10 pm. Closed Sun. 403-252-2253.

Lolita’s Lounge 1413 9 Ave SE. Vintage 1940’s style venue featuring songwriters, comedians and performers of all genres (burlesque, magic, comedy, theatre). Fri – Latin Jazz 9pm – 1am. Sat – Carly’s Angels (female impersonation show running for 11 yrs). Sun- singer-songwriter Joe Nolan, acoustic, blues, folk. Other entertainment varies weekly, check website. 403-265-5739.

Lord Nelsons Pub & Grill 1020 8 Ave. SW. Located adjacent to the Holiday Inn Express this low-key, casual pub offers a variety of Live Bands every week. Top 40’s to Blues, Metal to Hip Hop. Music starts from 9-10pm ‘til close. Days vary, call for info. Dance floor. 403-232-6704.

Mikey’s Juke Joint & Eatery 1901 10 Ave SW. “Music Matters at Mikey’s”. Laid back, downtown joint featuring live music daily, hosting well-known musicians such as Steve Pineo, Tim Williams and Joel Fafard. A celebration of music! 403-245-8833.

Morgan’s Pub on 17th 1324 17 Ave SW. New talent with Wednesday night and Saturday afternoon open jam. Mon – Tue features the Beat Brothers with the Lush dancers. Thursday-Saturday featuring Calgary’s best cover bands. 403-244-6670.

Murrieta’s Bar and Grill 200, 808 1st St. SW. Laid back West Coast sophistication fitting perfectly in the historic 1890s Alberta Hotel building. Pianist Wed through Fri and Sunday from 5:30 – 8:30 pm as well as live bands ranging from R&B to Funk to Classic Rock & Jazz, Fri and Sat. 10 pm – 1 am. 403-269-7707.

Oak Tree Tavern Level 2, 124 10th St NW. Fun and eclectic authentic Irish pub with proper pints and live entertainment. Weds. Live comedy 9 pm Thu. Live music 9 pm. Sun. Traditional Irish Music Session, 4 pm, family welcome, bring the kids. 403-270-3347.

The Palomino Smokehouse and Social Club 109 7 Ave SW. Annually recognized as one of Calgary’s Best Live Music Venues and one of the Top 50 Live Music Venues in Canada according to the CBC. Featuring original, independent live music varying from local to national bands and international touring acts. Genres range from country, folk and rockabilly to rock and punk. Every Fri – Sat 10 pm. Free Show every Fri 5pm – 9pm. Occasional weekday show. Call or check website for full listings. 403-532-1911.,,

Ranchman’s Cookhouse and Dancehall 9615 Macleod Tr S. Hottest Canadian Country Acts on the main stage Thur-Sat 9pm. Tues. Night Jam 8:00 pm/Sat afternoon Jam 4:30 pm to 8pm. Dance lessons Mon-Fri 7pm – 8:30 pm. For more information visit

Raw Bar 119 12 Ave SW. Located in Hotel Arts, award-winning restaurant restaurant, featuring Late Night Saturdays with DJ Nathan Hedley until midnight. Poolside patio with DJ on weekend afternoons (weather permitting). 403-206-9565.

Regal Beagle Your Neighborhood Pub. 3 locations:
5308 17 Ave. SW. Karaoke – Sat – 9pm-1am. 403-457-4313.
180 94 Ave SE. Karaoke – Thu – 9pm-close. Music Trivia – Fri – 8pm-close. Acoustic Jam – Mon – 9pm-close 403-640-7775.
410 14 St NW. Karaoke- Fridays – 9pm-1am. 403-283.6678.

Rose & Crown Traditional Pub 1503 4 Ave. SW. Lively, traditional British pub & restaurant. “Calgary’s Best Live Music on the Guinness Stage” Thur – 8pm – close, Fri-Sat. 9:30 – close. All genres, check website for entertainment line up. 403-244-7757.

St. James Corner Irish Pub 1219 1 St SW. Authentic Irish Pub. Live bands Saturdays 9:30 pm – 1:30am featuring East coast covers and Celtic rock! Small dance floor. No cover. 403-262-1157.

The Trop 1501 34 Ave SW. . In the heart of Marda Loop a relaxed upscale location featuring every weekend some of the city’s hottest local talent on their corner stage. 403-457-6227.

Verns 622 8th Ave SW. Open for more than twenty years offering a great venue for up and coming local and traveling bands. Tues Comedy Night 8-11pm. Live music Friday, Saturday and Sunday,  9pm -2am from Blue grass to death metal. Check their facebook page for performances. 403-237-8376,

Vintage Chophouse and Tavern 320 11 Ave. SW. Chic New York style tavern offering live blues and classic rock Friday and Saturday evenings 10pm-1am. Small dance floor, no cover, no minors. 403-262-7262.

Yuk Yuk’s Comedy Club 3218-18 Ave. SE. Located in the Elbow River Casino this stand-up comedy club features local, national and international comedians with a focus on Canadian talent. Dinner theatre and private bookings available. 403-258-2028.

Arts and Culture

Alberta Ballet 341 17 Ave SW. One of the country’s leading ballet companies with a repertoire consisting of traditional ballets and commissioned works performed in a contemporary way each season. Performances in Calgary, Edmonton and tour performances abroad. Season: Sep to May. 403-245-4549.

Calgary Opera 1315 – 7 St SW. Professional opera company performing at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium. Special presentations in other venues. 403-262-7286.

Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra 205 8 Ave SE. Live music at the Jack Singer Concert Hall. Over 65 concerts from Classical Giants, Rock N’ Roll Hits and Family Favourites. 403-571-0849.

Epcor Centre For The Performing Arts 205-8 Ave SE. Five theatres World-class concert hall Over 1800 performances and events yearly: live theatre, dance, children’s events, experimental theatre, meetings, weddings, sports events/competitions, award ceremonies and concerts. 403-294-9494.

Jubilations Dinner Theatre Calgary Westbrook Mall, 1002-37 St. SW. 3 act musical comedies and non-stop laughs! Modern Family Vacation – Nov 13 – Feb 14; Star Warz – A Galactic Rock Comedy – Feb 19 – Apr 24; Michael Jacksons Back From The Future – Apr 29 – Jun 26; Hey, Pretty Woman! – Jul 1 – Sep 4. 403-249-7799.“>

Lunchbox Theatre 160, 115 9 Ave SE. Over 35 years of lunchtime theatre. Lunchtime and evening performances under one hour in length. Season: Sep to May. 403-265-4292.

Mount Royal Conservatory 4825 Mount Royal Gate SW. One of Western Canada’s largest performing arts conservatories. Celebrating 100 years in 2011 and continues to present student and faculty performances throughout the year. 403-440-6821.

Theatre Calgary 222 9 Ave SE. Dramas, comedies and musicals. One person shows to large musicals with live orchestra. Six annual productions. Matinees. Tickets: 403-294-7447. 403-294-7440.

One Yellow Rabbit Performance Theatre 2 flr., 225 8 Ave SE. Presenters of live theatre, dance, music and other interdisciplinary work for 25 years. Toured North America, Australia, Asia, Mexico and Europe. Based in the Big Secret Theatre in the Epcor Centre for Performing Arts. 403-264-3224.

Theatre Junction Grand 608 1 St SW. Contemporary live arts including local, national and international theatre, dance and music. Western Canada’s oldest theatre in the heart of downtown Calgary. Season: Sep to Apr. 403-205-2922.

Vertigo Theatre 161, 115 9 Ave SE. Live productions. Mystery theatre. Y Stage productions for children (6-12). Families. Children’s shows. Calgary Tower location. 403-221-3707.

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