Beltline Neighbourhood Guide

CRAFT Downtown patio Calgary
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Best Things to Do in the Beltline

Beltline Neighbourhood Guide

Check out the local favourites in the Beltline neighbourhood.

The Beltline is packed with hundreds of eclectic businesses that make it one of the most popular neighbourhoods in the Calgary. Show off this neighbourhood to visiting friends and family or make it your new go-to spot for urban adventures. The best way to experience the Beltline is to explore on your own. You’ll be writing your own list of your favourite things to do in the Beltline soon enough. 

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Chinook Arc

Chinook Arc: photo: @mikey__travels    art: Joe O’Connell/ Blessing Hancock/ Creative Machines

Central Memorial Park

Water feature at Central Memorial Park

Beauty in the Beltline

One of the most memorable parts of the Beltline is its public art and parks. From incredible plants and flowers, water features, murals, and statues, beauty is around every corner of the Beltline.

Where: 841-1009 12 Ave SW

Where: 1221 2 St SW

Where: 707 13 Ave SW

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CRAFT Beer Market Calgary

Rooftop patio at CRAFT Downtown Calgary 

Sled Island on the Broken City rooftop

Sled Island on the Broken City rooftop - photo: Kelly Hofer 2015

Beltline Bars

The Beltline is one of Calgary’s most densely populated neighbourhoods, filled with entrepreneurs, young professional, and artists, many of whom like to play just as hard as they work. This has resulted in an amazing bar scene with plenty of options for whatever mood you are in. 

Bars with rooftop patios

CRAFT Beer Market

Where: 345 10 Ave SW

The bar with the ultimate craft beer selection also serves up the ultimate patio experience. Catch all those summer vibes you’ve been looking for while enjoying the backdrop of Calgary’s towering skyline. The patio serves a full menu with daily specials of wine-on-tap, summer cocktails and local beer, providing endless options to quench your thirst. The patio also features an authentic 1967 Volkswagen van turned DJ booth where the summer vibes are kept alive late into the night. Your patio season won’t be complete without a visit to CRAFT.

Broken City

Where: 613 11 Ave SW

 

Bars with games

Home & Away & Shuffle Club

Where: 1207 1 St SW

Tucked in the Beltline’s trendy 1st SW is a true dual threat. On the main floor, Home & Away delivers the perfect sports bar experience, with TV screens, great local beer selection and avid fans of both the Calgary Flames and the Toronto Raptors. Expect to find watch parties popping up for every big game and playoff run. The bar also has basketball games and skee-ball to keep you entertained between periods.

Downstairs, Shuffle Club throws it old-school with a groovy space equipped with a disco ball, giant shuffleboards, tropical décor and drinks to match. The bar has even started its own shuffleboard league, so you have all the excuses you need to spend hours honing your slide.

Greta Bar

Where: 213 10 Ave SW

 

Bars with live entertainment

Twisted Element

Where: 1006 11 Ave SW

Calgary's premier LGBTQ2+ venue is one of the liveliest spots for a night out in the city. Presenting themed drag and burlesque shows, regular DJ dance nights, and hosting famous performers from RuPaul's Drag Race and Canada's Drag Race. Book a table to see a Classi-Queen Dinner Show, where local drag talent and special guests will have you laughing while you enjoy a three-course dinner. Every Wednesday, Twisted‘s Got Talent showcases local drag performers and there are regular special events throughout the week. Check their event calendar for details.

Koi

Where: 1011 1 St SW

Koi is one of Calgary’s bests venues for local musicians to show off their talents. Catch amazing performances from up-and-coming bands, local favourites, and even artists getting on stage for the first time. Tuesday open mic nights feature live jams as artists from different genres team up for original performances. Koi’s pan-Asian menu offers tasty gluten free, vegan and vegetarian options and pairs nicely with a side of warm sake or local beer.

 

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Kawa Espresso Bar

Café Niko on the Kawa Espresso Bar patio

Cozy Coffee Cafés

 

Calgarians are crazy for their coffee and the city has a robust scene of local roasters and talented baristas.

Gravity Espresso & Wine Bar

Where: 1221 8 Street SW

This spacious café has all the qualities that will make you want to you spend the whole day here. The floor to ceiling windows bring in lots of light, making it a go-to work spot, and great place for a long catch up with a friend. Comfortable seating overlooks the patio space, perfect for gazing off and getting lost in your thoughts. Enjoy expertly brewed coffee from local roasters Phil & Sebastian, as well as a great selection of fresh baked breakfast and lunch specials.

I Love You Coffee Shop

Where: 348b 14 Ave SW

I Love You Coffee Shop is a cute café inspired by Japanese jazz bars and serves Japanese baked goods like red bean donuts and melon pan. Unassumingly located downstairs from a convenience store, if it weren’t for the hilarious sandwich board outside you might never know it was there. Retro furniture, delicious Calgary Heritage Roasting Company coffee, and super friendly staff make for a comfortable atmosphere that is great for spending a few hours reading a book or just listening to the selection of old vinyl albums that play all day. The walls are lined with local art from Burnt Toast Studio, all available for purchase and affordable for anyone.

Kawa Espresso Bar

Where: 1333 8 St SW

This Polish style café is one of the best spots in Calgary for an authentic European coffee experience. Pair their special Café Niko, a triple shot espresso with orange blossom mist, with any of the fresh baked cakes for a flavour explosion. Sip your coffee slow from the sun-soaked patio or meet up with a group of friends in the roomy indoor seating. They’re also open late and serve a selection of wine and beer including specialty European imports you won’t find anywhere else. 

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Sidewalk Citizen Park

Sidewalk Citizen Park

Bridgette Bar

Bridgette Bar oven roasted duck with kuri squash polenta, granny smith apples and prepared in brown butter and thyme. 

Best Restaurants in the Beltline

Looking for great atmosphere? Sidewalk Citizen Park is a must-visit. Sidewalk Citizen has been a Calgary staple for years, and now their one-of-a-kind solarium creates a space filled with 360 degrees of natural light, curated art and an Israeli-inspired menu built from the best local food and drink around. In the warmer months the restaurant’s garage style door opens onto Central Memorial Park, creating a patio experience with a beautiful city view.

Vegan Street is the ultimate spot for vegan comfort food in Calgary. Their menu is uncompromisingly delicious and filled with favourites like calamari, BBQ quesadillas and buffalo fries, all made with innovative vegan substitutes that will even have staunch carnivores coming back for more. Your dining experience comes with a unique piece of Canadian history, as Vegan Street operates out of an old heritage house, which was once the residence of the designer of the Canadian flag, George Stanley.

A few blocks east, #REGRUB cooks up some of the most Instagram-ready meals you’ll find anywhere. Burgers topped with crazy concoctions and quality local ingredients go hand-in-hand with imaginative milkshakes. The menu also features everything from Beyond Meat, black bean patties, and crispy cauliflower to diary free milkshakes topped with treats like vegan cheesecake and ice cream sandwiches.

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Shopping in the Beltline

For outdoor adventurers, the Beltline provides all the ways to get out and enjoy the Rocky Mountains. Gear up at MEC on top quality brands for all your hiking, running, climbing and camping needs. This downtown MEC location even sports a climbing wall. 

The Bike Shop is your one-stop-shop to get riding and offers amazing selection on all types of bikes with trade-in options.

Looking to shred on the mountain this year? The Source Snowboards has stylish boards and apparel to make you look your best while you seek out that pow. They also specialize in skateboards for any of your urban shredding needs.

The Beltline also has several stores with great specialty food options. Community Natural Foods has been bringing Calgary top-notch organic and local produce since 1977 and is a regular Best of Calgary winner for the Best Place to Buy Organic Food. Check out their selection of locally brewed kombucha brands and home brewing kombucha kits.

If you like to cook Mediterranean and Middle Eastern food, Kalamata Grocery imports thousands of specialty products from Greece, Bulgaria, and Italy to North Africa, Iran, Iraq and Saudi Arabia. Impress your charcuterie loving friends with a selection of over two dozen varieties of olives.

If you have a sweet tooth, the Lindt Chocolate Shop has every type of truffle flavour you can imagine and then more. You don’t need to make up bad analogies to be a kid in a candy store anymore.

 

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