I really liked One 18 Empire in Calgary and will definitely return. Located downtown in the Marriott Hotel, the bar feels like a mix of casual and upscale. It works for dinner or a drink before a hockey game or event or meeting friends or colleagues for a cocktail or two.
This great spot is open for Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Dinner or just Drinks. Their ingredients are really fresh and the flavors are fantastic.
What more often than not makes a meal for me is the staff and every person we encountered was friendly, knowledgeable and accommodating to requests. The service alone makes this somewhere I would return to.
Spirts & Cocktails: Their menu boasts over 100+ whiskeys from around the world as well as tasty whiskey-based cocktails for even the non-whiskey drinker. They also have a good wine list, if that’s more your thing. We tried a Japanese Whiskey (not something I realized existed) and it was incredible – definitely give one a shot!
Food: Their appetizers are perfect for sharing, but still leave room for dinner. We had the Canadian Mozzarella, but look forward to returning to try the Bourbon Short Ribs. Everything that we saw leave the kitchen looked incredible, but we settled on Brant Farms Grassfed Ribye, which is was really great. My husband and I can be picky steak eaters and this was seasoned well and cooked to perfection. We finished off by splitting the Chocolate Cake (which was quite large, so definitely something to share).
Tip: Their happy hour runs until 7pm and features some great items, so it’s an inexpensive spot for after work meet-ups. Their gourmet appetizers are nicely shareable, too.
Location: 820 Centre Street SE, Calgary, Alberta