Any meal is always better served up with a side of live entertainment. Here are five of the best places in Calgary to go to where you can eat great food while enjoying a show.
This spot is always buzzing with live blues music playing every night of the week. Stop by for some Southern hospitality that’ll undoubtedly fill your soul with velvety sounds of blues music as you fill your stomach with Southern Creole-style food. Serving up blackened fish Po’boys, jambalaya, and Cajun mac and cheese with corn bread, this place is as Southern as sweet tea.
Address: 1429 9 Avenue SE
Opening the floor to local and touring talents, Gravity has live music on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings with ticket prices ranging from pay what you can to $10 going towards supporting the performer (prices vary for featured performers). The generously stacked cheese boards pair as well with the live tunes as it does with their wine selection. You must try their curried sweet potato, red lentil, and carrot soup and one of their deluxe panini.
Address: 909 10 Street SE
Serving up hearty Irish dishes like Guinness beef stew, sloppy Joes, and beer braised chicken sandwiches (along with veggie options like carrot and yam hummus served with naan or a house made vegan burger), you’ll get a taste of home cooking along with great entertainment. Laugh your Wednesday evening away with Jupiter Comedy starting at 8pm for $10 or come by for Thrash, Twang, and Thunder Thursdays (and pay what you can) or for live-music on Saturdays at 9 pm to soak up sounds of blues and old-timey rock. If you’re intrigued by Irish music, come by on Sundays at 4 pm for a traditional music lesson.
Address: 124 10 Street NW
With live jazz on Tuesday evenings, you can be seated in a velvety loveseat as you sip on artisanal cocktails, and nibble on crostinis topped with truffle mushroom tapenade or a Cosmo’s prosciutto pain grillé made with gruyere and emmental with tomato jam while listening to sultry sounds of the saxophone.
Address: 908 17 Avenue SW
5. Café Koi
Café Koi is all about irresistible (but also healthy!) food and the passion for the arts. With a wide variety of shows going on throughout the week including shows like hip-hop improv, spoken word, live jazz, and open mic nights to name a few, there is no shortage of entertainment. The Asian-fusion menu intrigues taste buds with options like a soba noodle beet salad and a variety of between bread selections like the citrus salmon sandwich along with rice and noodle bowls and plenty of vegan options to choose from.
Address: 1011 1 Street SW