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7 places close to the Saddledome to eat and drink before a Flames game

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Milena Petrovic Oct 05, 2017 1:10 pm 401

As charming as it can be to grab a hot dog and a plastic cup of beer at the game, you’ll be pumped to know that you can pre-game at a place so close by you can smell it.

Here are seven of the closest places to the Saddledome that are good for grabbing a bite and a drink before the Flames’ game.

1. Vagabond

About a five minute walk from the ‘dome is this sweet spot to grab grub like wings, burgers, and pizza. You’ll want to bring your beer league here to drink up their awesome local craft brews including Cold Garden and Annex Ale Project.

Address: 1129 Olympic Way SE
Instagram: @vagabondcalgary

2. Cardinale

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Having opened its doors recently, this sister restaurant to Hayden Block Smoke & Whiskey serves up pasta made from scratch, must-have crispy and cheesy risotto balls, and deliciously crafted cocktails. You’ll be so damn happy you’ll be hiding your food baby under your oversized jersey.

Address: 401 12 Avenue SE
Instagram: @cardinaleyyc 

3. Melrose Café & Bar a.k.a The Heart of the Red Mile

Located in the Vegas-style Cowboys Casino, this was Melrose’s second (but now only) location after being in business in Calgary for over 20 years. This popular joint is the perfect place to kick off your pre-gaming with burgers, build-your-own nachos, and beer that’s only a seven minute walk from the Saddledome.

Address: 421 12 Avenue SE
Instagram: @melroseredmile

4. Zen8 Grill

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Tucked inside of Cowboy’s Casino, this teppanyaki grill house has everything from steak tenderloin to noodle dishes like pad Thai to sushi and sashimi with plenty of sake bombs to down before the game starts.

Address: 421 12 Avenue SE
Instagram: @zen8grill

5. A Perfect Pizza & East Indian Cuisine

Just across the street from Victoria Park/Stampede station is this spot where you can chow down on a pizza or some samosas and plates of butter chicken, biryani, and tandoori dishes.

Address: 1705 Macleod Trail SE
Airdrie: Unit 207 – 2903 Kingsview Boulevard SE
Instagram: @aperfectpizza

6. Lotus Vietnamese Noodle House

Only a 10 minute walk away from the game, here you can warm up with some Vietnamese classics like pho and spring rolls.

Address: 1032 Macleod Trail SE

7. Haru Sushi & Grill

Get your sushi-fix before the game begins that’s about a 10 minute walk from the Saddledome. Haru also has big bowls of udon noodle soup and pretty much anything tempura-ed you can dream of like scallop, mushrooms, and cheese.

Address: 227 11 Avenue SE
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Milena Petrovic
Milena is a freelance writer & photographer relying a bit too heavily on caffeine, sleep, & irony. She has carried (actual) hot sauce in her bag long before Beyoncé turned it into a baseball bat metaphor. With an insatiable appetite, you can find her dining throughout YYC & beyond looking for the next best meal & usually finding it.

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