Some nights you just want to let your hair down, order a pint and enjoy some amazing live music. For those looking for something with a great vibe and great tunes, the following is a list of our favourite places to do just that in Calgary.
Playing with Calgary’s Wild West stereotype, the Palomino is famous for BBQ, beers and live bands. Located in the heart of the city, most weekends feature live performances by local and not so local artists. Head down before the show and indulge in some slow-smoked brisket.
Mikey’s Juke Joint
Self-proclaimed as Calgary’s premier blues and roots music venue, Mikey’s serves up character. Located a bit off the beaten track (1901 10 Ave SW), it has a friendly community pub vibe with the added bonus of amazing live music. The room is small and intimate, so prepare to cozy up next to your neighbours and settle in for a few hours of good times. It’s pretty standard that strangers share tables, and by night’s end you’ll inevitably have some new-found friends.
Ship and Anchor
For over 20 years the Ship and Anchor has been a staple for Calgarians. Attracting an eclectic crowd, it’s not unusual to see young professionals rubbing shoulders with indie rockers. Every Saturday afternoon is open mic, giving people a great way to spend a weekend day.
Located in the heart of Inglewood (1229 – 9th Ave SE), the Ironwood was originally the Told Garry Theatre, built in 1936. Built with great natural acoustics, it is an obvious local for amazing artists. The live music ranges from big band and jazz to folk music, and there’s a new set every night.
Photo courtesy Mikey’s Juke Joint