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Diners' Choice: Lively restaurants in Calgary / Southern Alberta

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Updated May 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that have the most vibrant bar scenes in Calgary / Southern Alberta? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favourite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Business & Pleasure restaurant
4.8
4.8 (90)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Cocktail Bar
Inglewood
About the restaurant
Bustling 22 seat cocktail bar tucked behind Neighbour Coffee offering dinner, cocktails & natural wine in a low-lit space.
Top review
CarolTvip
Dined on May 11, 2024
What a fun hidden gem! Fun and delicious cocktails. We sat out of the patio which was a great vibe! Can't wait to go back!
A photo of Social Beer Haus restaurant
4.7
4.7 (68)
CAN$30 and under
Pub
Calgary
About the restaurant
Social Beer Haus is located on Stephen Avenue in downtown Calgary: 220 8 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2P 1B5. Now that you know where we are located, WHY hangout with us?

First, let’s talk — food and drinks! Are you a lover of southern smoke texas style bbq, as well as craft beer, whiskey and wine? Yes? Awesome! In a nutshell, that’s our food identity.

Secondly, when you hang out with us, our focus is to make you feel more than welcome. Most importantly, we are creating a super fun atmosphere where everyone can socialize and be HAPPY!

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 2, 2024
Amazing food, drinks, and service!! Great location across from the palace theatre to grab a drink and food before/after shows!
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4.7
4.7 (100)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Tapas / Small Plates
Calgary
About the restaurant
Seek out and find 'La Hacienda', an upscale speakeasy that provides and intimate and cozy setting to enjoy signature cocktails, tapas, wine, champagne, and our signature...Tequila. Hidden in the heart of Marda Loop, this lounge is beautifully designed to create an energetic yet laid back atmosphere that allows you to have an upbeat evening with friends or a romantic date night. Receive a password, find the payphone, then find yourself warmly welcomed into an incredibly unique dining and drinking experience.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 3, 2024
Great place for a unique date night!! Definitely recommended!
A photo of Minas Brazilian Steakhouse - Calgary restaurant
4.6
4.6 (429)
CAN$31 to CAN$50
Brazilian Steakhouse
Downtown
About the restaurant
Minas brings you the traditional cuisine from the heart of Southeast Brazil (churrasco), under the guidance of master head chef Jose Montes. Brazilian open barbecue cuisine (Rodizio) brought to your table is a perfect fit for today’s variety of tastes and diet: if someone in your party prefers vegan, or requires gluten-free or dairy-free options - Minas provides delicious choices and a wide range of options.

Served tableside on skewers, our delicious selection of meats and vegetables are complemented by a wide variety of delicious grain and vegetable dishes, ensuring a unique dining experience for every eater in your family, friend, group, or corporate outing.

Top review
JenniferB
Dined on Mar 29, 2024
Always great service! Our favorite Brazilian barbecue in the city!
A photo of Last Best Brewing & Distilling restaurant
4.6
4.6 (580)
CAN$30 and under
Comfort Food
Downtown
About the restaurant
We’re Last Best Brewing & Distilling, Calgary’s most unique brewpub, and the fourth location in the Bearhill Brewing Family of Breweries.It’s our privilege to be the community liaison for beer, and beer culture, and we don’t take this role lightly. The beers we make are a direct reflection of the values and personalities of you – our customers and our community. We believe that pubs should be hubs that bring people together; a place where we can grow community, and the culture of beer, in a fun and interactive environment.

Our beers are fresh and delicious because we make them in-house using the best ingredients for everything we produce. Which isn’t hard here in Alberta – we are literally surrounded by a sea of barley, making (in our opinion) Calgary the Last Best opportunity for the craft brewing industry and brewers like us.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
We always feel so looked after when we are there. Our kids love this place too.
A photo of The Potion Room restaurant
4.6
4.6 (288)
CAN$30 and under
Fusion / Eclectic
Inglewood
About the restaurant
A Magical Place for Wizards, Witches, & Muggles Alike to Meet and Celebrate Life While Sipping Fine Handcrafted Potions and Elixirs Like No Other!!!

Please note that the reservations have a 90-minute time limit per table for parties of 4 or less!

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Feb 29, 2024
I will always recommend this place! Amazing service, drinks, and decor, perfect for date night or a special occasion. Keep it up!
A photo of Shark Club Sports Bar & Grill - Deerfoot restaurant
4.5
4.5 (76)
CAN$30 and under
Burgers
Calgary
About the restaurant
Shark Club is Sports HQ. What makes us so confident? Towering big screens showing every game and fight imaginable and a teeth-rattling audio system because a true sports bar always has featured games with the sound on, right? Not to mention, we’ve got an all-star staff that are in game shape to bring the best damn atmosphere outside of the stadium. We’re focused on you, driven by passion and hell-bent on making every trip hall-of-fame worthy.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 11, 2024
A great place to watch the game. The food was delicious and came out perfectly.
A photo of Hudsons Canada's Pub - Shawnessy restaurant
4.5
4.5 (25)
CAN$30 and under
Canadian
Willow Park
About the restaurant
AT HUDSONS, WE INVITE YOU TO ENJOY CANADA'S PUB WITH GOOD FRIENDS AND SOON-TO-BE GOOD FRIENDS. ELEVATED PUB FOOD WITH A FOCUS ON CANADIAN CLASSICS.
Top review
SusanneM
Dined on Apr 20, 2024
Our server was wonderful. The food was pretty good. The fries were a bit overcooked. But the noise was terrible. Couldnt hear what my friends were saying. We had to shout at each other
A photo of The Canadian Brewhouse - Lethbridge restaurant
4.2
4.2 (198)
CAN$30 and under
Sports Bar
Lethbridge
About the restaurant
Our one-of-a-kind Canadian themed sports bar & grill has an extensive menu of appetizers, entrees, drinks and amazing specials every night of the week. You’ll note our Canadian decor starts right when you walk up to our huge Inukshuk at our doors and continues throughout the restaurant in a “cheeky” Canadian fashion. We promise, when you come to The Canadian Brewhouse, you’ll instantly feel at home, because our house is your house…only we have way more TVs! You won’t find a better selection of screens anywhere for the sports you love! We even provide tabletop speakers for those nights when multiple sports and teams are playing.
Top review
Tonyvip
Dined 7 days ago
We were there earlier at dinner time and found the music very loud for being so early. There were all ages but a lot of older folks so would have been nice to have it quieter.
A photo of Earls Kitchen + Bar - Banff restaurant
4.1
4.1 (27)
CAN$30 and under
American
Banff
About the restaurant
Earls Kitchen + Bar is a globally inspired restaurant focused on using the freshest ingredients and making our food and drinks from scratch. We believe in using the best proteins and produce that is locally sourced and thinking consciously about how the product is produced, raised and grown. Well-loved for our epic Happy Hours every day from 3 - 6pm, 9pm - Close (Lounge Only) and Daily Rituals like Steak Wednesdays and Sushi + Seafood Sundays, Earls has a little something for everyone!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Mar 26, 2024
Delicious The table was round and it was the best for a family of 8
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