Calgary’s Best Stampede Patios

Stampede starts this week, which undoubtedly means spending lots of time on the grounds watching rodeo events, taking in some country shows, and meeting up with friends at Nashville North or the Wildhorse Saloon.

But when you’re in need of a little break from social engagements and parties over the next 10 days, here’s short list of watering holes that will provide a great little escape from the Stampede craze.  

Located in Mission, Anejo is the city’s best little tequila bar with a really decent menu (if you’re in the mood for Mexican). The patio here is small but it’s perfect for doing a little people watching while you sip on your chili coconut margaritas and snack on fresh ceviche, guacamole, or the tuna poke. One of the best things about Anejo is their daily happy hour from 3 to 5pm that covers both food and drinks. From this spot you’re a quick cab ride to the grounds or your next engagement, so grab a quick tequila shooter and be on your way.

Cibo is that trendy Italian eatery that’s conveniently located on 17th Avenue and 10th Street, decorated with reclaimed wood from an old church and salvaged materials that have been used on everything from the light fixtures to the door handles.

The other great thing about Cibo is the lovely patio that’s located on the west side of the restaurant. This is the eatery to stop into before and after hitting your Stampede parties. During the weekdays they have a 3 to 5pm special on pizzas and drinks, and for the last two hours of service you can also take advantage of $10 pizzas and Mill Street beers for just $4.

Local 522
The sister bar to 510, anyone who works downtown can walk here in roughly 10 minutes. 522 will be easy to spot this time of year because the Wildhorse Saloon tent is set up in the parking lot directly behind it. People love pulling up a bar stool at Local when they’re in need of quality pub food, and this place also offers two side patio bars that serve as great options for watching all the shenanigans happening just outside the Saloon. 

522 is also ideal when you don’t feel like dealing with the sometimes ridiculous line-ups for the Wildhorse. From here, you’re just a short walk from the C Train on 7th Avenue if you need to make a quick exit or head back to the grounds. 


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