Best Pubs in Calgary

Each year, we ask our readers to vote for their favourite restaurants in Calgary. These are some of their favourite pubs to enjoy a local beer or two with a hot meal.

The Ship & Anchor. Photo courtesy of The Ship & Anchor.

Winner

Ship & Anchor

Come one, come all to feast your eyes on Ship & Anchor’s impressive selection of beer, which features dozens of brews on tap ranging from beloved imports to local favourites. With two large patios, great music and a dedicated customer base, Ship & Anchor is a cool and relaxed place to enjoy a cold one with your friends while feasting on classic pub dishes like nachos, sandwiches, chicken wings and more.

534 17 Ave. S.W., 403-245-3333, shipandanchor.com, @shipandanchorpub

 

Runners-up

Trolley 5

Trolley 5 is a popular Beltline destination, especially when the sun is shining and the brewpub’s two street-facing patios are open. Pop in to try one of Trolley 5’s many beers and snack on chicken potstickers, burgers, Alberta beef brisket, pizza and more. Beer fans can also learn more about the beer-making process by booking a tour of the brewery.

728 17 Ave. S.W., 403-454-3731, trolley5.com, @trolley_5

 

Leopold’s Tavern

Leopold’s Tavern is a neighbourhood hot spot for pub food and pints, as well as a great place to socialize with friends. At each of its locations, you can snack on tasty bites like fried pickles, poutine and burgers, which can be enjoyed with the pub’s variety of cocktails, local craft beers and other drinks.

Three Calgary locations, leopoldstavern.com, @leopoldstavern

 

Ol’ Beautiful Brewing Co.

Ol’ Beautiful takes pride in fostering a warm and welcoming environment. Community-focused social events, live music and a great selection of craft beers all contribute to the brewery’s vibrant setting. And if you get hungry, there’s the on-site A1 Burrito food stand, which offers an assortment of burritos, quesadillas, tacos and starters like chips and guacamole.

1103 12 St. S.E., 403-453-2739, olbeautiful.com, @ol_beautifulbrewingco

 

Last Best Brewing & Distilling

Since opening in 2015, Last Best has earned a dedicated following for its locally brewed beer, spirits and canned cocktails. The spacious taproom offers a view of where these spirits and beers are made, as well as a place to dig into the menu of Texas-style cornbread, cast iron nachos, pulled pork sliders, cheesecake and more.

607 11 Ave. S.W., 587-353-7387, lastbestbrewing.com, @lastbestbrew

 

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

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