Best Pubs in Calgary

These Calgary pubs offer casual, inviting atmospheres where you can enjoy a local beer or two over a hot meal.

The Ship & Anchor. Photograph courtesy of The Ship & Anchor.

No. 1

The Ship & Anchor

Come one, come all to feast your eyes on Ship & Anchor’s impressive selection of draft beer, which features over 40 brews ranging from beloved imports to local favourites. With two large patios, great music and a dedicated customer base, The 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 Brewpub

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

 

Citizen Brewing Company

Located in Calgary’s Greenview industrial area, this brewery’s 50-seat taproom is surrounded by two pet-friendly patios. Citizen’s food menu is small yet mighty with a selection of burgers, sandwiches and snacks like fried cauliflower, which you can wash down with one of Citizen’s beers like the Hijacked IPA.

227 35 Ave. N.E., 403-474-4677, citizenbrewingcompany.com, @citizenbrewingcompany

 

Ol’ Beautiful Brewing Company

With its tasty brews, dog-friendly patio and warm, industrial design, Ol’ Beautiful Brewing Co. has become a popular gathering spot in Ramsey. Listen to the music coming from the record player while enjoying a cold beer like the Pegasus American pale ale and a bite from A1 Burrito.

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 made beer, gins and canned cocktails. The spacious taproom offers a view of where these spirits and beers are made, as well as place to dig into the menu of sweet and spicy pork dry ribs, cast iron nachos, 16-hour smoked brisket, peanut butter cup beignets and more.

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

 

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This article appears in the March 2022 issue of Avenue Calgary.

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