Must Try: Wine Ohs

For Calgary’s young professionals who love amazing French food, delicious wine and awesome live music, Wine-Ohs is definitely a spot worth checking out. This unpretentious wine bar and French-style Bistro, as well as live music venue known as the ‘Cellar’, is the perfect option for many occasions. 

Located in the city’s core (811 1 St SW), Jazz lovers may remember the venue as Piq-Niq/Beat-Niq, which became known as one of the hottest jazz clubs in Canada. And while new owners Alanna Martineau and Shawna McGovern-Burke may have changed the name, the true essence of what made Beat-Niq special has been preserved.

The space consists of two levels – street level is an intimate dining room labeled the bistro. The space is perfect for those important business lunches, but also an ideal spot for a special night out. The lower level, known as the Cellar, is the live music space where local talent and musical legends belt out tunes.

When it comes to the food, you are bound to be impressed. Their chef has developed a fantastic French-inspired menu, utilizing ingredients from local, organic producers. We suggest trying their Fresh Daily Pâté served with
Pickled Beet, Brassica Cranberry Mustard, Cornichon, or the Niçoise Salad with
Seared Ahi Tuna, Quail Egg, Olive Tapenade, and a Lemon & Olive Emulsion. 

The wine list is impressive, offering a wide variety of quality wines, many of which are organically produced. They also wanted to create an environment that makes learning about and discovering wine approachable, which is ideal for a great night out with your friends or colleagues. 

Looking for the perfect night out? Head down for a dinner with friends, where we are sure you will be toasting over a few bottles of wine. After dinner, head downstairs for dessert and a night full of music (they recently renovated the entire space to update the acoustics of the room). We suggest indulging in the Fallentimber Meadery Crème Brulée. 

Looking for somewhere for your next event or corporate function? Both the bistro and the Cellar are available for private functions and the owners and chef will work with you to create the perfect menu and develop your event.

In addition to live music every week, Wine-Ohs also hosts wine classes and tastings so be sure to follow them on Twitter and like them on Facebook to stay up to date on what is happening.