Great music, classic cocktails and great company are sure to deliver exceptional outings – anytime! YYC has a wide array of options to choose from; we’ve compiled a list of eight wicked music venues that are sure to provide you with a memorable experience.

The Hifi Club

The Hifi Club is truly a gem within Calgary’s nightlife venues – voted “Best Place to Dance” by FFWD’s reader poll and “Best Nightclub” by Avenue Magazine. Hifi’s dramatic and vibrant art, live music and the array of flashing lights are sure to take your night into a trance.

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Ironwood Stage & Grill

The Ironwood Stage & Grill is located in the heart of Inglewood and promises you three things: good music, good food and good beer. It was voted the “Best Live Music Venue, Country and Folk” by the Fast Forward annual reader’s poll – fourth year in a row!

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The owner, Pat MacIntyre, has always had a natural love for original music. His passion shines through the shows and entertainment that he hosts. When the American rock legend Dave Alvin was asked about his visit to Ironwood, he was quoted saying, “Yeah, this is my kind of place.”.

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Freshly innovated with bold ideas, a new chef, décor and menu is sure to ignite the different senses. Feeling a juicy, stacked burger, gluten-free pizzas or possibly a loaded pasta?

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As you stroll through YYC’s gorgeous East Village, don’t forget to stumble upon Vagabond!

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The Blues Can

The Blues Can is a refreshing blues bar located in historic Inglewood. This dark atmosphere invites soulful blues every day of the week, paired with Southern food to unite Calgarians with the rich music scene that surrounds us.

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Cafe Koi

Cafe Koi is the creative’s dream! This place unifies the vast range of YYC’s hidden gems, located in Downtown Calgary. From a songwriter open mic, to jazz and bass shows – this space truly fosters a wide variety of musical tastes. You’ll find yourself at home with this unique community of like minded people, fuelled by music, intrigued by art and immersed with passionate people.

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Habitat Living Sound is a boutique electronic music Micro-club based in Calgary Alberta, Canada. Despite it’s small stature, it has big vibes and is home to many of Calgary’s best up and coming as well as seasoned DJ veterans and international guests. A door policy of respect connotes the come as you are, but bring vibes to match the nature of the venue.

Specializing in House and Techno in it’s many iterations, you will also find live electronic performances and off the beaten path genres of electronica. Habitat is DJ owned & operated – and as such, has a deeply curated and authentic atmosphere.

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Commonwealth Bar & Stage is an old warehouse converted to an incredibly unique night destination in Calgary’s downtown that is the only venue to feature two distinct floors of sound and a vintage fashion-forward aesthetic – all for the simple purpose of delivering a good time with good music.

The Commonwealth concept grew from a passionate music background shared by the owners (acclaimed DJs and producers) and the need for a mid-sized nightclub that would introduce creativity and discerning music to the standard nightclub model.

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The Ranchman’s Cookhouse & Dancehall is a real cowboy saloon. Ranchman’s regulars wear cowboy hats and big belt buckles year-round on horseback – even bull back. You’ll see the Ranchman’s pride in over 100 trophy saddles from world and Canadian rodeo championships on Ranchman’s Walls of Fame. There’s even a mechanical bull on the premises for anyone who thinks bull riding looks easy.

Ranchman’s is one of Calgary’s hotspots Stampede Week, with room for 900 on the patio and many more on the dance floor. Throughout the year, Ranchman’s plays country music hits and brings some of the hottest country stars for live performances.

If you’re hungry, Ranchman’s serves up thick steaks, fall-of-the-bone ribs, hearty Texas chili and homemade fixin’s in true western cookhouse fashion.


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