Barbarella Bar | Calgary’s Best New Restaurants 2024

Barbarella draws guests in with its energetic buzz, crowd-pleasing Coastal Italian cuisine and great patio.

Sommelier Brad Royale at Barbarella Bar. Photo by Steve Collins.

When it Opened
December 2022

Who’s Behind it
Concorde Entertainment Group.

Why We Love it Already
It’s hard to top this downtown “see-and-be-seen” spot for people-watching. Spread out over two storeys — a spacious upstairs and a main level, where a packed bar, dining room and open kitchen coexist — plus, a patio brimming with the A-list crowd during the warm-weather months, Barbarella is a hit no matter where you sit. A playlist of upbeat tunes adds to the energetic buzz. The food is crowd-pleasing Coastal Italian: think pastas like linguini with clams, and spaghetti limone, or the always-in-demand fried artichokes, comfortingly familiar and consistently prepared. Super-sommelier Brad Royale’s Italian- and Californian-focused wine list offers much in the way of affordable, expertly chosen options. The happy hour, with its strong cocktail program and house-made limoncello, is a tempting way to spend an afternoon.

240 8 Ave. S.W., 403-888-1658 (text only), barbarellabar.ca, @thebarbarellabar

 

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This article appears in the March 2024 issue of Avenue Calgary.

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