I would love to start off this blog by pretending to be a really classy lady and chat about a very trendy new hot spot or a Calgary institution for my first “real” blog post. But I have to be real about my life and “classy lady” is really only true about 60% of the time.
30% of the time.
In any event, I work across 16th Avenue from a Keg and a Redwater Grill and, before the recent tragic fire, Billingsgate Fish Market, a Cobs bread, a pretty decent Vietnamese place… and where do I end up with co-workers 90% of the time?
Just a hop, skip and a jump from both the Foothills Hospital (and thus the Cumming School of Medicine campus) and the University of Calgary main campus, Moose McGuire’s Beanery & BarRoom (or Moose’s) has a bit of a reputation as a college bar. I would argue that this is an unfounded reputation, as I’ve only ever been there with co-workers or mature students working on a professional designation, so don’t let the fear of rowdy 18-year-olds celebrating their ability to legally buy beer scare you off. (That’s what The Den over on main campus is for!)
Moose’s is really a great place to pop over for a quick lunch or after work drink, if you’re looking for something casual, laidback and exactly what you expect from a neighbourhood pub. We can always get in and out in under an hour over lunch and they have great daily specials starting at 4 pm. (Including 35 cent wings on Tuesdays, if you just can’t wait until Wednesday Wing Day at your favourite watering hole.) The menu is simple and pub-y, but well curated and I’ve enjoyed everything I’ve ordered off it.
On my most recent visit with co-workers, I decided to pretend I was doing something good for myself and ordered the Spicy Chicken Wrap with Sweet Potato Fries. Hey, what can I say, there were an awful lot of vegetables in the wrap… that’s healthy, right!? (Well, maybe not with the liberal amount of bleu cheese dip I chose to drizzle on there…) I think next time I have my eye on the fish and chips that one of my co-workers ordered… it looked delightfully crispy and I can never turn down a good fish and chips!
Moose’s hosts a decent beer list with most of the beers you’d expect to see at a Calgary pub (Rickard’s White, Shocktop, etc etc) but the best thing from my perspective?
They pour you a wine like they’re pouring for their friends.
And sometimes after a long week at work, all you really need is a big glass of wine and some comforting pub food.