Calgary Nightlife, Arts & Culture


Aussie Rules Piano Bar 1002 37th St SW. Located inside Jubilations Dinner Theatre Complex. Interactive piano bar. Piano players perform collaborative versions of requested songs loved from from the sixties to the present. $ 13 cover charge. Thursday piano starts at 8 pm, Fri-Sat. starts at 9 pm. 403-249-7933.

Bacchus Karaoke 832 5th Ave SW. One of Calgary’s ‘Go-to’ Karaoke bars with eight private rooms and stage in bar area. Open daily 6 pm – 2:30 pm. 403-474-1009.

The Back Alley 4630 Macleod Trail S. One of Calgary’s hottest nightclub and Concert Venues. Fri-Sat 8 pm-2 am. Over 13000 sq ft of cool Rock era decor offering world-renowned D.J.’s to up and coming local Rock bands. Check website for upcoming events. 403-287-2500.

Beagle 14 Bar & Grill 410 14th St NW. A classic local pub. Mexican themed Bingo Tues at 8pm start with Mexican themed bingo. Great prizes, trivia and other games. Karaoke Fri 10 pm. 403-283-6678.

Black Swan Ale House 10455 Southport Rd SW. One of Calgary’s originals. Celebrating 26 years of nosh and slosh. Located along Mcleod Tr. South. 20 beers on tap, 20 big screens for all the sport lovers, pool tables, darts, VLTs, Trivia Night. Fri-Sat Paint Nights. Check website/Facebook for Live Music Calendar. Open 7 days a week 10am – 2am. 403-271-8776.

Blind Beggar Pub & Stage 4608 Macleod Trail SW. Modern British pub showcasing Live Music. Wed 6:30 pm – 10:30 pm Solo/Duo Covers, Thurs 7 pm – 2 am Open Jam, Fri – Sat – Bands ( 3-4 ) all genres, $ 10 to 15 cover. Sundays 7 pm – 11 pm-Jan to April is Original Music Showcase Competition for Original Bands; and Sundays Sept – Nov is Original Music Showcase/Singer Songwriter Solo Acoustic. 403-212-1180.

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.,,

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.

Cat ’n Fiddle Pub 540 16th Ave NW. Rustic neighbourhood tavern with Celtic theme, live music and TV sports. Fri-Live Music from 7 pm, acoustic. Sat-Karaoke 9 pm to close. 403-289-0414.

Comedy Cave 1020 8th Ave SW. Featuring local stand-up comedians and from across North America. Tickets available online, from the club or call the Box office 403-287-1120. Must be over 18. Tue thru Thurs and Sunday show starts at 7:30 pm and Fri –Sat has 7:30 pm and 10 pm shows. Check website for more info at

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. Down-home watering hole with patio 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.

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.

Fionn MacCool’s Restaurant & Pub. 1249 11th Ave SW. ‘Curing what Ales you. ‘ Fionn’s newest location in Calgary’s Beltline. Live Music Thursday 8 pm – 10 pm. Variety of music, 3 piece, acoustic….587-774-4411.

Galaxy Karaoke & Bar. 1324 10 Ave SW. Karaoke everyday from 6 pm-2 am. 11 different rooms of varying sizes to accommodate parties large and small. The biggest fitting up to 60 people. Updated songs daily and songs available in English, Korean, Chinese, Filipino, Russian and Spanish. 403-452-7790.

Grey Eagle Resort & Casino Event Centre. 3777 Greg Eagle Drive. The Event Centre plays host to big-name bands and comedians, as well as Christmas party galas, weddings, and multi-day conferences. Beautifully decorated, fully carpeted, brightly lit, and well equipped with a multi-million dollar tech, audio-visual and multimedia show production options. Check site for upcoming concerts and events. 844-719-8777.

Habitat Living Sound. 1217 1st St SW. Lively nightspot featuring electric tunes from house music to disco on a DJ-spun dance floor. Thur to Sat 9 pm to close. Cover charge most times. 403-263-5447.

Ironwood Stage and Grill 1229 9 Ave SE. Located 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.

Mikey’s on 12th 918 12 Ave SW. Performance and Event Venue, Live music 7 days a week. Raucous and rocking Beltline destination. Large dance floor. Good vibes. Excellent grooves. A mix of Roots, Blues and Jazz Mon to Sat 11am-2 am. 403-452-8060.

Mina’s Brazilian Steakhouse 136 2nd St. SW. Brazilian open barbecue cuisine and ambience. Enjoy Brazilian Jazz and Latin music. Check website for special music and Samba performances. Tue-Sun dinnertime to close. 403-454-2550

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.

Nanta Karaoke 512 6th St. SW. Upbeat sing-along venue with private rooms and disco lights. Sunday, Tue-Thur 7 pm-1 am; Fri-Sat 6 pm-2:30 am. 403-262-9783.

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. Where Real Cowboys Hang their Hats! 47 years in the saddle. Live Music! Mechanical Bull Rides! Nightly Dance Lessons… Two Step, Line Dancing…Friday Ladies Nite, Weekly Jam Sat 4:30-8:30 pm with Host Jordan Shingoose. 403-253-1100.

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

Regal Beagle 17 5308 17 Ave SW. Great neighborhood pub! Friendly and efficient and kids are allowed til 8 pm. Tuesdays – Bingo 7 – 9 pm, Thurs – Open Mic & Jam 7 – 10 pm and Saturday is Karaoke Night 9 pm – 1 am. 403-457-4313.

Regal Beagle “Your Neighbourhood Pub” Macleod 180 94 Ave SE Karaoke Night Fri 10 pm-2 am; Tune Trivia Sat 9 pm-12 am and Karoake 12 pm-2 am. 403-640-7775.

Rio Bar & Grill 1503 4 Ave SW. 100-800 6 Ave SW. Upscale, contemporary environment with Latino dance…Salsa, Menergue, Bachata, Reggaeton, Cumbia & more. Thur-Salsa Night 9:30 pm-1 am; Fri-Latino DJ starts at 9:30 pm; Sat-DJ and Latin bands 9:30 pm-2:30 am. Take reservations, cover charge. 403-984-4740.

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.

Sub Rosa 8th Ave & 1st St. SW. Stylish downtown nightclub. Hidden beneath the Heritage building at the Corner of 8th Ave & 1st St. SW. Enter under the neon symbol. Fri-Sat 9 pm to late. 403-770-2315.

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 11th Ave SW. Chic New York style tavern offering live jazz and blues Fri and Sat evenings 10pm-1am. Small dance floor, no cover, no minors. 403-262-7262.

Watchman’s Pub & Eatery 1109 17th Ave SW. Chic New York style tavern offering live jazz and blues Fri and Sat evenings 10pm-1am. Small dance floor, no cover, no minors. 403-262-7262.

Yuk Yuk’s Comedy Club 3218 18th 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 17th 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.

Alberta Theatre Projects from the Martha Cohen Theatre at Arts Commons 215 8th Ave SE. ATP delivers drama of international scale, with a particular focus on contemporary works by Canadian playwrights. Nov 27/18-Dec 30/18 Zorro: Family Code; Jan 15-27, 2019 Café Daughter; March 5-23, 2019 The New Canadian Curling Club. Ticket office 403-294-7402.

Arts Commons 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. Box Office 403-294-9494, Main 403-294-7455.

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.

Jubilations Dinner Theatre Calgary Westbrook Mall, 1002-37 St. SW. 3 act musical comedies and non-stop laughs! Mamma Mio, Here We go Again! May 11 – July 27, 2019, A Country Star is Born Aug 3 – Oct. 12, Old Time Rock’n Roll Oct. 19, 2019 – Jan. 11, 2020. 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 8th 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.

The Palace Theatre 219 8th Ave SW. Built during the Golden Age of Movie Houses, first opening in 1921. Declared a national historic site in 1996. Today its a Live Music venue that hosts rock bands, DJ’s and more. 587-393-6993.

Stampede City Sessions now airing on Saturday evenings on KSPS Public Television ( check local listings) “ Its About Live Music and Sharing It “ the live music broadcast features local and international recording artists performing at the Webber Academy Performing Arts Centre in Calgary.

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.