Planning a memorable birthday party can be a challenge. Where do you go? What do you do? Who do you invite? Time to plan a birthday adventure and try something new and exciting in Calgary. Whether you are the guest of honour or planning for a friend, we’ve got you covered with the must-do food, drinks, and entertainment around the city that will make this birthday one to remember.
How to Celebrate Your Birthday in Calgary
How to Celebrate Your Birthday in Calgary
Start with Brunch
Calgary loves brunch and there are countless places in the city to get the most important meal of the day. Kick off your birthday right with a delicious brunch to fuel up for the rest of your big day.
Monki Breakfastclub & Bistro is a local favorite that takes a playful tone on all of their menu items. Try their Reverse French Toast or Pancake Breakfast Tacos which are both hits with locals.
The Beltliner is a great local inner-city spot with enough space to accommodate you and the whole birthday crew for a modern take on breakfast classics. Make reservations online for a seamless experience, even the one friend that’s always late!
Take a Mexican spin on brunch and spice your birthday up from the start at Native Tongues. Brunch is offered from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturdays & Sundays. Try the Chicken & Donuts and the Brunch Tostada 2.0.
Local Craft Breweries
Calgary is the home to a collection of amazing craft breweries. Organize a self-guided brewery tour in one of Calgary's popular brewery districts for a fun day of pints with your pals that are easily accessible by foot, bike, or designated driver. There’s something for every beer, cider, and craft ale drinker in the group.
Annex Ale is a local craft brewery that serves up core, seasonal, and small-batch features. Pull up a stool at the adult soda shop or their delicious food counter operated by Lil’ Empire burgers right next door. This is a great spot to start the tour.
Cold Garden is a local hidden gem, serving up crisp tasting ales, lagers and cider. It’s dog friendly too! Order in from your favourite restaurant and sip on a cold craft beer with your friends and fury pals too. Let the bartender know it’s your birthday and get a pint of their “Birthday Cake Lager” on the house!
Patios & Poolside
Add some pool time to your birthday bash for some patio sips, games, dancing, and delicious food to celebrate your birthday in style.
CRAFT Beer Market is home to a beautiful rooftop patio right in the heart of downtown. Take in the sun and fun surrounded by skyscrapers while sipping on a home brewed lager. Be sure to call ahead and book a table, as this is a popular spot for visitors and locals alike. Let the staff know it’s your birthday and they will subtract the age of your birthday as a percentage off your bill.
National on 8th rooftop patio is perfect for a large group with games like table tennis and cornhole which will be a hit for your birthday festivities. Keep the good times rolling and check out National on 10th for bowling lanes and good eats in the basement.
If you really want to step your birthday up, check out PoolsideYYC located at Hotel Arts, open to hotel guests and daytime visitors alike. Experience pure luxury with delicious food and drinks served poolside as you soak up the sun in this trendy and laid-back setting.
Sports for The Win
Cheer on the home team on your big day in Calgary and add some sports action to your birthday plans. Whether you are into hockey, football, lacrosse or soccer, this city has you covered all year round.
Experience a Calgary Flames game at the Scotiabank Saddledome right downtown. Dine at the Saddleroom Grill or Dutton’s Lounge before the game or grab a famous Pocket Dawg. The end of the game doesn’t have to mean the end of the birthday celebration with Cowboys Casino and Cowboys Dance Hall just a short walk away.
The Calgary Roughnecks also play at the Scotiabank Saddledome with fast paced lacrosse action that everyone will enjoy. Tickets are an inexpensive option for a larger group of friends and family celebrating. This is a great activity for a larger group of friends that want to sit together and have a time!
Are you ready for some football? There is nothing like historic McMahon Stadium on a Calgary Stampeders game day. It all starts early with the greatest tailgate experience in the entire CFL. Stop by the CFL Horsemen party, send the @CFL_Horsemen account a Tweet, and Chef Sheldon will happily treat you to a “meat donut” or two.
In the mood for some traditional footy’? Cavalry FC is one of Calgary’s newest sports teams and already has a massive following. Get ready to chant with the rest of the crowd as these games hosted at Spruce Meadows get the soccer fans on the edge of their seat with excitement!
Fun & Games
Want to beat all your friends playing games on a fun night out? Friends should let you win on your birthday, right?
The Rec Room boasts 45,000 square feet of event space and games for the whole party. Book a party room for a night of fun & games. With two dining areas located inside, the team can chow down after working up an appetite playing classic arcade style games and cool prizes.
Greta Bar is a local hotspot, full of games, food and a full-service bar. Call ahead and book a table, as Greta Bar is a popular hangout on the weekends. This local favorite offers daily specials that make for a fun and inexpensive night out on the town.
Make your birthday party a VIP experience with a night out on the town in Calgary. From dancing and high energy music, to VIP booths and bottle service options, these local hotspots will have you feeling extra special on your special day.
Cowboys Dance Hall is the most fun you can have with your boots on and plays the best in country and top 40 all night. Call ahead and reserve a booth for a boot stomping good time. Want a more VIP vibe? Sub Rosa is Calgary’s best kept secret for a high-class night out. Reserve a table for bottle service in this underground club that has live DJ’s and music to keep the vibes high all night long.