Located in the heart of Calgary’s Design District, you’d expect the city’s stylistas to be regular fixtures at this sexy, mid-century locale. And you’d be right. The seating at the street-level bar is a no-brainer for posing and people-watching, but the best seats, if you’re looking for a rumpus-room-chic vibe, are just up the stairs by the mod Scandinavian fireplace. It’s the best vantage point from which to see who’s coming and going without looking like you’re looking.
739 10 Ave. S.W., 403-700-0191 (text message only), bridgettebar.com
With its retro wood paneling, muted colour scheme and lots of house plants, Lulu Bar (designed by Frank Architecture & Interiors) is the perfect backdrop for any occasion. If you’re looking for cool Calgarians sipping cocktails out of tiki mugs, this is the place to be.
510 17 Ave. S.W., 403-519-0444 (text message only), lulubar.ca
This funky restaurant located on trendy 17 Ave. S.W. is considered to be one of the hottest restaurants in town, and for good reason. With exposed brick walls and an urban, international feel, it attracts the ultimate cosmopolitan diner. Stop by for dinner or on the weekends to try the stellar brunch.
306 17 Ave. S.W., 403-452-4694, pigeonholeyyc.ca
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