Kawa Espresso Bar | Calgary, Alberta
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Kawa Espresso Bar
Excellent based on 11 ratings
Type: Bar

101-1333 8 Street SW
Calgary, Alberta Canada [ print map ]
403 452 5233

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Hours: 7am/9am Wd/We to 11pm Mon-Sat and 9pm Sun

Taps: 0 | Bottles: 70

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Kawa Espresso Bar

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11 reviews for Kawa Espresso Bar
 Ambiance  78%
 Service  80%
 Selection  84%
 Food  76%
 Value  72%
 Overall  82%
 Rating  86%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 3/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 15/20
Ferris  (891) Burnaby, British Columbia | May 26, 2014
A coffee shop that is trendy and has a ton of bottled beer. Unfortunately the staff are pretty clueless and have had trouble even finding it, also they have nothing outside of the local liquor stores at pretty high prices. If you want to drink beer while others drink coffee, why not, otherwise go to a liquor store and drink at home.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
Scopey  (517) Croydon, England | September 23, 2012
Great cafe with a pretty impressive bottled beer selection. This a worthy stop just to come past for a coffee in the morning. What will make you return for the afternoon/evening is the very well-chosen bottle list (ask for a menu), which covers Canadian, Danish and Belgian beers. I was impressed to see things such as Westvleteren 12 and Cantillon Lamvinus in this neck of the woods. Staff were friendly and they also have free wifi. A very good place all-round to enjoy good craft beer.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 10/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 14/20
northropfrye  (229) Steinbach, Manitoba | May 21, 2012| Updated April 9, 2014
No taps, but a great bottle list. Had stuff like Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast that I didnít find anywhere else in Calgary. Staff is not really knowledgable, but friendly and helpful. A nice list of high end bottles, though expensive. Re-rate list is a bit less interesting this time and nothing on tap. Still worth checking out.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 16/20
nemeab  (8) Alberta | April 26, 2012| Updated June 1, 2012
This is a coffee place with one of the most eclectic beer menus in the city. Some real gems mixed in with tried and true favorites. I wish Kawa were in my neighbourhood!
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 19/20
orhay  (9) , | April 21, 2012
Great selection of craft and import beers. Love this place.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
gmylonas  (10) Alberta | April 21, 2012
Great serious coffee place !
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 9/10   OVERALL 19/20
thehead92  (13) Calgary, Alberta | March 28, 2012
Come for the coffee; stay for the BEER!
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 9/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 15/20
patricks110  (54) Alberta | January 26, 2011| Updated June 15, 2012
A very good little place. On the expensive side, but alot of the bottles are well aged. The KGB from Alley Kat is a personal favourite. Good service usually and great place to sit and chat.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
hamfisted  (29) Calgary, Alberta | January 7, 2011
Compared to other places in town that offer the same concept (Iím looking at you, Bottle House), Kava actually gets it right. A great selection of well-chosed bottles, non-slimy servers and a comfortable atmosphere. Iím usually more of a pub type, but even this coffee/wine bar feels okay.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
Maltybones  (17) Calgary, Alberta | September 14, 2010
This is a great little gem in Calgary. Simply put, this little espresso bar has the best bottle list in the city, hands down. When they say they have 80+ beers, it truly does mean micro and craft.....they are not trying to pull the wool over your eyes with a multitude of AB-InBev offerings. Alex, the beer manager, is very knowledgeable and is a great guy to sit and talk beer with. If a customer has a suggestion for something theyíd like to see on the beer list, heíll look into it and try to make it happen. The care they show in selecting their beer menu, always having proper glassware on hand and the frequent beer tastings and dinners they host show that they are really trying to carve out a niche in the Calgary beer scene. Good food, great coffee, a fairly diverse wine list for non-beer geek friends and a comfy-casual atmosphere make this a great place to just hang out and spend a night.

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