Must see nightlife in Calgary

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    Betty Lou's Library

    Betty Lou's Library won't be for everyone, but if you like feeling like you've stepped back in time to Prohibition 1920s, then you'll get a kick out of…

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    No, that isn't a typo. Pr%f might be small but the bar is big enough to require a library ladder, and the drinks menu not only requires time, but also…

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    Barley Mill

    Built in a 1900s style, with the original distillery's lumber used for the top floor and an actual waterwheel churning outside, the Barley Mill draws…

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    Cold-pressed juice is the latest craze in Calgary. Like a meal in a bottle, it can be found in trendy cafes or at this retail store. Some flavors are…

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    Analog Coffee

    The third-wave coffee scene is stirring in Calgary, led by companies like Fratello, which runs this narrow, overflowing hipster-ish 17th Ave cafe. Beans…

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    The National blends seamlessly into the 17th Ave action. On its outdoor patio, office bods in Stetsons cluster loudly around communal tables and you'll…

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    Rose & Crown

    Originally a funeral home in the 1920s and believed by many to be haunted, this popular, multilevel British-style pub is a good place for a pint. Upstairs…

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    Civic Tavern

    This old arts-and-crafts-style house is still clinging on for dear life amid the spanking new condos. Downscale and snug, Civic Tavern has good tunes, a…

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    HiFi Club

    The HiFi is a hybrid. Rap, soul, house, electro, funk – the dance floor swells nightly to the sounds of live DJs who specialize in making you sweat.

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    Twisted Element

    Consistently voted the best queer dance venue by the local community, this club has weekly drag shows, karaoke nights and DJs spinning nightly.

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    Back Lot

    Calgary's oldest gay bar has cheap drinks and often live bands. There's karaoke on Monday and Thursday. Drag shows too.

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    Ship & Anchor

    The frankly ugly Ship is a classic Calgary institution – an all-time favorite of university students and indie music fans. With an abundance of beers on…