The countdown is on to Super Bowl LIV! As much as we’d all like to be in Miami for kick-off, most of us are going to be looking for a place in our neighbourhood to watch the game, have beers, and crush pub grub. Not to mention the upcoming Australian Open, Daytona 500, March Madness, NHL playoffs, the Brier, and Tournament of Hearts… the list never ends and we couldn’t be happier about it. Check out these SportsBars in Calgary, split up by quadrant, so you can find your local watering hole to watch your team bring it home.
Best Places to Watch Sports in Downtown Calgary
1. Home and Away
One of Calgary’s favourite bars, Home and Away offers a fun and friendly atmosphere with huge screens for the games you just can’t miss. Too tired to go? With shaft of draft you won’t miss a moment. Plus, all day happy hour on Sunday and other daily specials.
1207 1 St SW, Calgary
2. The Unicorn
Calgary’s Superpub you didn’t know you needed. This neighbourhood staple has been bringing sports fans and beer fans together for decades, even if the address hasn’t stayed the same. The Unicorn is three bars in one, the top floor heralding as a sports pub. Move your way down after the game for more fun to be had!
223 8 Ave SW, Calgary
3. The Ship & Anchor
“We’re at The Ship.” The classic text from all of your friends on game day. So, you go join them, have a local craft beer on tap, and enjoy something off of their too-good-to-be-true menu, like the Spicy Curry Poutine. After the game, you hop onto their patio to celebrate the win!
534 17 Ave SW, Calgary
4. Trolley 5 Brewpub
Trolley 5 boasts a wonderfully social atmosphere made for mingling (and beaking your bestie’s team) while enjoying good eats and drinks. If you’re looking for that sporty spice to call your own, this might be the place to find them. Put on your jersey, hit the red mile in style, and keep your eye on the ball.
728 17 Ave SW, Calgary
5. Hudson’s Canada’s Pub
A Canadian classic! There’s a reason Hudson’s is a nationwide favourite: comfortable atmosphere, updated menus, and sports fans galore. They offer the Three Sisters Sliders and Bob and Doug’s Club, and that’s just two of many ways they celebrate Canada every day. Join them on game day for some truly Canadian hospitality.
1201 5 St SW, Calgary
Best Places to Watch Sports in Northwest Calgary
1. Jamesons Pub
This modern Irish pub boasts 20+ HDTV screens showing everything from rugby to NHL to UFC and more. Try their elevated pub food, like the Pub Nachos with BBQ Pulled Pork. Whatever sport you’re into, you can watch it at Jamesons.
3790 Brentwood Rd NW, Calgary
2. Stavros Pizza and Sports BarA true sports bar: sound is on, you’re playing darts or pool during intermission, and there’s great pizza and cold beer, including a seasonal craft beer option. Bring the crew for a truly great game day where nothing will be missed, except the weather outside. You’ll hear every touchdown, every GOOOOAAAALL, and every puck drop.
#5-7750 Ranchview Dr NW, Calgary
3. Loco Lou’s Arcade Bar and Grill
Whether for lunch or dinner, this spacious bar is sure to have room for your whole team. Located right across from SAIT, take a break from your studies and bring your buddies over to Loco Lou’s. Cheers a cold one and sit back, relax, and enjoy your evening while the game plays on.
1324 16 Ave NW, Calgary
4. Kensington Pub
Kensington Pub is a family run, proper English pub. They’ll pour you a perfect Guinness and serve you incredible English comfort food, just as you remember. Match that with FIFA finals and you’ve got yourself a perfect afternoon. The low brick walls and amazing decor will make you forget what continent you’re on.
207, 10A St NW, Calgary
5. Beagle 14 Bar and Grill
In case 10, 20, or even 50 wasn’t enough, Beagle 14 offers a whopping 101 wing flavours. With something for everyone, head there for the next Battle of Alberta. Looking for a full meal? They have huge portions. Combined with a great vibe and super friendly staff, this will be your new watering hole!
410 14 St NW, Calgary
Best Places to Watch Sports in Northeast Calgary
1. Shark Club Sports Bar and Grill
Ideal for a springtime sports session, the outdoor patio has fire pits at the table to keep the chill off while you watch March Madness explode around you. With 36 TVs and 3 big screens, you won’t miss a moment. As you can tell, this isn’t your classic dive bar: this place is nice. Bring your sports crazy date, or have a business lunch while watching the highlight reel.
2493 27 Ave NE, Calgary
2. Atlas Pizza and Sport Bar
Calgary loves Atlas Pizza: they’ve won the Consumer Choice Award 11 years running! More than pizza, they offer seafood, pasta, burgers, and more. They opened their doors in 1975, and they’ve never lost their sense of fun. Check out their shots menu for a quick celly between goals.
6060 Memorial Dr, Calgary
3. Nixx Neighbourhood Pub
If you need a night out that’s more than sitting around and watching the game, check out Nixx. They’ve got karaoke, trivia, pool tables, and, of course, TVs galore. Join them on Flame’s nights for your chance to win 2 Flames tickets at the end of every game. Looking for a quick recap and some grub? Check out their $10 lunch menu.
2418 Edmonton Trail, Calgary
4. The Hidden Spot
The Hidden Spot has been found. What they offer: billiards, sports, drinks, and a crazy Burger Bar style menu. What we have to say about it: it’s clean, it’s classy, it’s fun, and there’s always an open table. You deserve to have what you want in life. You deserve The Hidden Spot.
#125, 2323-32nd Ave NE Calgary
5. The Rec Room
For those sports crazed, fun-loving, adventure seeking folks: The Rec Room was made for you. Showing sports on their big screen, offering an array of arcade games and virtual reality, and food options to drool over, they’ve got you covered. Bring a friend and enjoy the multi-level fun that only The Rec Room has to offer.
180-901 64 Ave NE, Calgary
Best Places to Watch Sports in Southeast Calgary
1. The Canadian Brewhouse (Mahogany)
With three locations now open in Calgary, The Canadian Brewhouse has made a name for itself. You know it as a relaxed place to grab wings and watch the game. Did you know they do jersey and ticket giveaways on game days, offer Chinese Food Thursdays, and even fondue nights? Let yourself be surprised the next time there’s a puck drop.
7 Mahogany Plaza SE #700, Calgary
2. The Hose and Hound
The Hose and Hound is located in a 1906 fire hall, meaning you get a unique atmosphere plus lots of room to bring the beer league hockey team after the game. Enjoy classic eats alongside some other options, like the Firehouse Jambalaya and Stuffed Yorkies. Located in classic Inglewood, it’s a great spot to go before heading to the Stadium for the real thing!
1030 9 Ave SE, Calgary
3. The Station Pub and Grill (Riverbend)
The Station took a leave last year and has risen up again, victorious and ready to rumble. They have a new menu and a new look, but remain the same neighbourhood favourite. The dog-friendly patio stuck around, as well as the legendary service. Try the Ukrainian Nachos for something a bit different.
40 Riverglen Dr SE, Calgary
4. Southland Yard Bar and Table
This is what we’re talking about: modern sports bars making all our dreams come true. They cook with ingredients like wild boar ragout, brisket patties, and duck fat roasted potatoes. Drooling yet? Get on over to Southland Yard and have fun on their bocce lane or playing shuffleboard, all while cheering on your team, win or lose.
135 Southland Dr SE, Calgary
5. Mug Shotz Sports Bar & Grill
Probably the best game day deal around: a jug of lager and two pounds of wings for $35. Perfect for a bromance date or a galentine’s meeting, scoop up your pals and head to Mug Shotz. You can eat safe knowing that they won Best Wings in Best of Calgary 2018. With down to earth staff and a fun-first attitude, prepare to be coming back for more.
2808 Ogden Rd SE, Calgary
Best Places to Watch Sports in Southwest Calgary
1. Schanks Sports Grill
Bring the trophy home with game day specials and a fun time, no matter the day. Schanks has ticket giveaways on game nights, so keep that luck rolling! In case you have more energy after a big W, stick around for mini golf, virtual golf, and other fun activities at this down to earth Calgary gem.
9627 Macleod Trail, Calgary
2. The Trop Bar & Grill
Welcome to The Trop: a neighbourhood favourite for sports, fresh food, and live music. Stick around after the game and take in some local bands, often cover bands playing rock music to get the nostalgia train a-going. They have plenty of taps to choose from, so whatever you like to drink while yelling at the other team, they’ve got it.
1501 34 Ave SW, Calgary
3. The Garrison PubSure to please, The Garrison Pub does everything as whole-heartedly as a quarterback in the Super Bowl. Their burgers are ground in-house and they only serve handmade bread. Come for the game, stay for the food. Try the Moroccan Lamb Spring Rolls and a real Smoked Montreal Meat Sandwich.
2040 42 Ave SW, Calgary
4. Newcastle Pub
Worried about straining your neck while watching this TVs at the bar? Newcastle has TVs right in the booths, so you can pick your channel and watch whatever you want in your own private space. With different specials every day, Newcastle Pub has made it clear: they are all about beer and sports. Us too, how convenient.
2703 17 Ave SW, Calgary
5. Garage Sports Bar
It’s like sitting in your garage watching games with your friends, except there’s 15 pool tables, giant connect four, HD satellite sports, and a TV everywhere you look. Oh, and it’s big enough for you and the whole slow pitch league. So it’s not like your garage at all. It’s way better. Ditch the oil stains and join the good folks at Garage Sports Bar.
200 Barclay Parade SW, Calgary
By: Carrie is a freelance writer and editor who enjoys writing songs, cooking new vegan dishes, and being a plant mom. She loves living in Calgary and pretending she likes the snow.