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.

Each year, we ask our readers to weigh in on the best restaurants in Calgary with an online voting ballot. Here are the winners and runners-up for Best Pubs in Calgary.



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,, @shipandanchorpub



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,, @trolley_5


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 a place to dig into the menu of soy glazed dry ribs, cast iron nachos, 16-hour smoked brisket, peanut butter cup beignets and more.

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


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 or doughnuts, which you can wash down with one of Citizen’s beers like the Hijacked IPA.

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


Wild Rose Brewery

An Alberta beer staple since 1996, Wild Rose Brewery has a taproom where you can sip on classics like the Wraspberry Ale while enjoying comfort foods like baked pretzels, bison tacos, butter chicken, pizza and more. Be sure to pick up some brews for home on your way out.

4580 Quesnay Wood Dr. S.W., 403-727-5451,, @wildrosebrewery


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This article appears in the March 2023 issue of Avenue Calgary.

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