The Next Burger You Eat Should Be From Bridges on First

Bridgeland gets a neighbourhood pub, and this one’s fun for all ages.

The interior of Bridges on First.

All photography by Jared Sych


After shutting down their previous restaurant, the Black Pig Bistro, Larry and Denise Scammell thought they might try something new in a different location, but ultimately decided to stay put. The Scammells’ location on Bridgeland’s increasingly interesting restaurant row (1st Avenue N.E.) remains the same, but the Spanish bistro has been transformed into a neighbourhood pub.

When the Scammells were developing Bridges they had three key priorities: the place needed to be identifiable as a pub, there needed to be plenty of TVs for watching sports, and it needed to be kid-friendly. With six-to-eight rotating craft-beers on tap they managed to tick the first box. The TV requirement was easy enough to fulfill, and the kid-friendly piece came together with the addition of a “Kids’ Lounge” in the back corner of the restaurant, complete with a foosball table and other games to occupy the smalls. 

But even if you don’t care about any of that, Bridges is worth checking out just for the food, all of which fits into the “pub grub” category, with an emphasis on making things in-house. There’s pizza, fish and chips and poutine, but Bridges’ burgers are the must-try. With patties made from Brant Lake wagyu and fixings ranging from a fried egg to a chunk of short rib, Bridges is poised to make its mark in Calgary’s already very strong burger scene. 

825 1 Ave. N.E., 403-460-0350,

Righteous rib burger at Bridges on First.


Bridges on First fish and chips.


This article appears in the July 2017 issue of Avenue Calgary. Subscribe here. 


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