5 Bars and Restaurants With Live Comedy Nights in Calgary

You’ll see both amateur and touring comics at ticket prices ranging from just $5 to $10.

Tea House in Victoria Park.

Photograph courtesy of Two Penny Chinese


Liven up your week with dinner, drinks and a live comedy show at these bars and restaurants.


Broken City 

Comedy night: Mondays at 8 p.m. 
Cost: $5 

Broken City hosts western Canada’s longest running open mic comedy show every Monday, earning itself a pretty strong reputation on the Canadian comedy scene. The shows are two hours long and each comedian has five minutes to make the crowd howl. Here, pretty much anything goes. You’ll see both amateur and touring comedians, and even pros like Zach Galifianakis have made appearances. Plus, highballs are just $4.25 on Mondays. Arrive between 6:30 and 7:30 to get a seat. 

613 11 Ave. S.W., 403-262-9976, brokencity.ca 


Juliet’s Castle Sports Lounge

Comedy night: Sundays at 7:30 p.m. 
Cost: Pay-what-you-want 

This sports bar and restaurant on 16th Avenue N.E. has been going strong for almost 40 years. It has pool tables, karaoke, live music and Handcuff Comedy night every Sunday. The comedy show is pay-what-you-want and on Sundays, pizza is half-price and wings are 45 cents each. 

440 16 Ave. N.E, 403-276-2866, julietscastle.com


Oak Tree Tavern 

Comedy night: Wednesdays at 8 p.m. 
Cost: $10

Jupiter Comedy puts on a show at this small neighbourhood pub in Kensington every Wednesday. The weekly event almost always sells out, so get here early to secure a table or spot at the bar. The menu includes three kinds of hot dogs, loaded nachos and pints of Village Wit are on special for $6. 

124 10 St. N.W. (upstairs), 403-270-3347, oaktreetavern.ca


Tea House

Comedy night: Thursdays at 7 p.m. 
Cost: $10 

Tea House is the cozy cocktail bar in the basement of Two Penny Chinese in Victoria Park. See live comedy here every Thursday while you sip $5 beer and munch on Asian-inspired bites such as salt and pepper squid and baked barbecue buns. 

1213 1 St. S.W., 403-474-7766, teahouseyyc.com



Comedy night: Tuesdays at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. 
Cost: $5 

Crash Test Comedy happens every Tuesday night at Vern’s, a hole-in-the-wall-type bar on the west end of Stephen Avenue Walk. The 8 p.m. show presents a lineup of local comedians, and the 10 p.m. show is an open mic where aspiring comedians can test out material. Doors open at 7 p.m. 

622 8 Ave. S.W., 403-237-8376

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