Creativity Thrives at the Auburn Saloon

For YPs with an artistic inclination, The Auburn Saloon is just the ticket. Located in the heart of Calgary’s cultural district, steps from theatres, galleries, and museums, it’s a unique place to meet before or after an event. Nestled in Palliser Square at the base of the Calgary Tower, the Auburn Saloon is the social centre for actors, musicians, designers, writers, dancers and artists who make their home in Calgary …as well as for those visiting from across the country and around the world.

An institution of the theatre and arts set, the Auburn is the place to be before and after downtown performances. Indulge in one of their martinis or share a couple appies with friends as you discuss that evening’s performance.

Originally located a block north (the Auburn has been serving up drinks since 1993), they Auburn was transported – in 2003 loyal patrons literally helped dismantle the original space and rebuild it – to its current location (163 9 Ave SE).

The interior definitely alludes to late nights full of creative and cocktails. The vintage bar is made of rich woods, while booths and multiple tables give many different vantage points from which to perch. 

As a hub of social activity for Calgary’s arts community, the Auburn frequently plays host for theatre companies’ season announcements, CD launch parties for up and coming musicians, music jams, readings, art exhibits and fundraising events for all manners of association within the arts and culture community, and countless other events. 

With such a central location, they are more than an evening destination. Their satisfying workday lunch brings in many of the city’s corporate crowd, offering suits and thespians alike a great dining spot. Dishes are moderately priced and selections range from a list of appetizers to gourmet sandwiches and brandied pumpkin soup. 

Whether it is lunch with colleagues, a pre-show dinner or après-concert cocktail, The Auburn is the place to get those creative juices flowing. Just don’t be surprised if you happen to find yourself conversing with an award-winning playwright and an internationally renowned dancer.