15 best sports bars in Calgary to watch the game

Oct 13 2022, 8:00 pm

With hockey season finally kicking off, baseball playoffs in full swing, and football season getting going, you might be looking for the best sports bars in Calgary.

Look no further. YYC is a sport-loving city and the bars and pubs reflect that.

Maybe it’s connecting with other fans, or maybe it’s because nothing pairs with a good game like beer and wings, but there’s just something about cheering on your favourite team at a lively sports bar that really makes the experience.

Will the Flames make it all the way this year? Watch with other fans at some of these great spots that celebrate all things sports.

Here are 15 of the best sports bars in Calgary to catch a game.

The Banquet Bar

 

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A great place to watch the game, this is also a great spot to actually play a few. The sports bar concept has a bowling alley, billiards, massive patio space, and more.

Address: University District – #220, 3953 University Avenue NW, Calgary

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Schanks Sports Grill

Schanks offers massive big-screen TVs, two patios (one of which is pet-friendly!), and daily specials. Plus, if you need a break from watching the game, the establishment also offers mini golf, pool tables, and an arcade.

Address: 9627 Macleod Trail South
Phone: 403-253-7300

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Tavern 52 Bar & Grill

 

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Tavern 52 is a neighbourhood gaming room and sports bar in the Forest Lawn community of Southwest Calgary.

This spot is a family-owned bar serving up amazing food, friendly service, plenty of TVs to watch the game, and several VLT machines. All of the sporting events and games are shown here on any or all of the 17 HDTVs that decorate the walls.

Address: 1830 52nd Street SW, Calgary

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Home and Away

 

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According to Home and Away’s Instagram bio, the venue is “for winners and losers,” so regardless of how your team is performing, this is the place to be.

The bar boasts daily features and a happy hour from 3 to 6 pm featuring $3 bar snacks, $4 tacos, and $4 drinks, making it a budget-friendly spot to watch all the sports action.

Address: 1207 1st Street SW
Phone: 403-455-9789

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Hudsons

 

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Not only does Hudson’s Pub have some great weekly deals (and seriously spicy wings) but it also has a ton of TVs to watch the game.

There’s even a projector set up in the middle of the room!

Address: Hudsons Downtown Calgary – 1201 5th Street SW, Calgary
Phone: 403-457-1119

Address: Hudsons Shawnessy – 700 16061 MacLeod Trail SE, Calgary
Phone: 403-457-3399

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Trolley 5 Brewpub

 

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The 15,000 square foot space, built from scratch after the demolition of Melrose Cafe, houses its own brewery, a 200-seat main dining area, a 70-seat bar, a 30-seat private dining room, a tap room, and an outdoor patio.

Sit outside, upstairs, downstairs, or at the bar — just make sure you have a great view of one of the many TVs!

Address: 728 17th Avenue SW, Calgary
Phone: 403-454-3731

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Brewsters

Not only is this Alberta brewery and chain resto a great place to catch a game, but you can also sample the company’s own beer while you’re there. With five locations in Calgary, there’s sure to be a Brewsters near you, making it a super convenient spot to watch some sports.

Address: 100 11 McKenzie Towne Avenue SE, Calgary
Phone: 403-243-2739

Address: 5519 53rd Street SE, Calgary
Phone: 403-723-2739

Address: 176 755 Lake Bonavista Drive SE, Calgary
Phone: 403-225-2739

Address: 25 Crowfoot Terrace NW, Calgary
Phone:  403-208-2739

Address: 200 3 Stonegate Drive NW, Airdrie
Phone: 403-945-2739

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Mug Shotz Sports Bar & Grill

 

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This YYC institution serves up awesome chicken wings in a variety of flavours, including Dill Pickle, Electric Honey, and Raspberry Chipotle, plus burgers, quesadillas, wraps, seasoned fries, and other pub favourites.

Mug Shotz’s wings have even been voted Best Wings in Calgary by SportsNet’s 960 The FAN, so you’re definitely going to want to try some during the next game.

Address: 2808 Ogden Road SE
Phone: 403-264-4441

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Atlas Pizza & Sports Bar

Pizza is another fan favourite while watching sports, and Atlas features some amazing slices, along with wings, pasta, seafood, steak, and more. The pizza spot and sports bar opened in 1975 and is a well-established spot for pairing game day food with plenty of TVs and happy hour specials.

Address: 6060 Memorial Drive NE
Phone: 403-248-3344

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Garage Sports Bar

Garage Sports Bar is home to HD satellite sports, a full pub-style menu, 15 pool tables, dart boards, ping pong tables, foosball, and pinball, bringing nearly endless entertainment options to one venue, situated close to the Bow River for ideal views.

A dog-friendly patio, unique decor, and plenty of specials make this an awesome place to catch a game in the heart of Calgary.

Address: #195 200 Barclay Parade SW
Phone: 403-262-6762

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Central Taps

 

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Aiming to be a gathering place in the neighbourhood for great food, friends, and good times, this is also another welcome addition to watching sports at the District at Beltline.

Just in time for football season, this sports bar with a massive outdoor patio launched an Almost Sunday’s Bottomless Mimosas deal. For just $40, enjoy bottomless mimosas all day and all night.

Address: 211 11th Avenue SW, Calgary

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The Canadian Brewhouse

With eight locations in the Calgary area, you’ll never be far from a Canadian Brewhouse, and this eatery is a great spot to view some sports action on their TVs while enjoying an extensive menu complete with cold brews and cocktails. The Canadian Brewhouse features specials every day of the week and has a great selection of TVs offering all of your favourite athletics.

Address: #1200 9650 Harvest Hills Boulevard North, Calgary
Phone: 403-452-5636

Address: #700 7 Mahogany Plaza SE, Calgary
Phone: 587-333-4330

Address: 425 36 Street NE, Calgary
Phone: 587-315-3466

Address: #100 80 Longview Common SE, Calgary
Phone: 587-943-3940

Address: #2000 130 Sierra Springs Drive SE, Airdrie
Phone: 587-254-0344

Address: #200 180 Marina Drive, Chestermere
Phone: 
587-535-4054

Address: #625 200 Southridge Drive NW, Okotoks
Phone: 403-995-5735

Address: #3 11 Bow Street Common, Cochrane
Phone: 403-351-0513

Address: 3953 University Avenue NW, Calgary
Phone: 587-943-4470

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Buffalo Wild Wings

 

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Buffalo Wild Wings has two great Calgary locations, and they focus on beer, wings, and sports – the ultimate combo.

Find boneless and traditional wings with a number of sauces and dry seasoning options, along with wraps, salads, and Wing Bundles that pair chicken wings with fries, tater tots, and pretzel knots.

Address: 2620 32nd Street NE
Phone: 403-460-5223

Address: 9697 Macleod Trail SE
Phone: 587-353-3494

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Shark Club Sports Bar & Grill

 

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Shark Club offers an elevated menu with both classic and signature items. “Your football team may not be consistently awesome,” reads their website, “but your sports bar experience should be.” And with plenty of big-screen TVs, happy hour specials, and cold beer, Shark Club ensures that you’ll have a great time on game day at either of their Calgary locations.

Address: 7995 11th Street SE
Phone: 403-250-5973

Address: 2493 27th Avenue NE
Phone: 403-252-4641

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Whiskey Rose Saloon

 

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This Nashville-inspired bar features 10,000 sq ft of great eats, cold drinks, live music, and plenty of fun. It’s an open-concept saloon known for partying, but during the day it’s an ideal spot to catch the game.

Address: 1012 17th Avenue SW, Calgary
Phone: 403-474-7673

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