Located next door to Craft Beer Market is the second National Beer Hall location. There are a variety of regional taps and bottles, and the food looks amazing, though I had just eaten next door. The decor includes a wall of 5 gallon wooden casks directly behind the bar, and the hall is very open.
AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 9/10 SELECTION 11/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 14/20
preferred National location, and a pretty good bar given Calgary. Almost as good a section as 17th street, with a much better environment. You can hear yourself, there are different areas including a bourbon room, and a bowling alley under construction. Very nice physically with the kegs piled up to separate the two main areas. Very friendly and good service by both the waitress and one of the bartenders who showed us around.Easier parking.right out front.2/3 clients were ladies and the place was full. I will be back.
AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 6/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 14/20
The new National is huge. I was there close to the opening so as things settle and construction finishes this may change. It is a stunning space, with huge bars and plenty of space to sit and meet people. Selection is enormous, probably the largest in Alberta. Food was ho hum, not bad but considering what they have done I had high hopes. It is pricey as a upscale trendy bar. With the patio and bowling going in this is going to be a great place to go.