Came here twice during Stampede week and one of those times was for the World Cup final, so my experience might not reflect the typical day or evening at the National. But I get the sense this is always a lively venue. Filled with very good looking cowboys and cowgirls during the Stampede. Service remarkably sharp and professional in spite of chaos. Shared tables, German beer hall-style. Food a notch above the average, at least from what we ordered, and we ate here twice. The beer selections are really good for Calgary, with an emphasis on Alberta beer. So I would say this would be one of the most important beer bars in Calgary to visit.
Was not too impressed with this place. The beer was reasonable and the food was good. Waitress was very friendly and knowledgable. Went on Sunday lunch which was not too crowded. Would not like this place in the evning as it was loud when We went there.
If you come here when itís busy donít expect to be able to talk as itís blaring loud. Cool atmosphere. Since they price everything the same the best strategy is to order the expensive stuff since youíd be overpaying for cheap stuff and underpaying for the expensive stuff. Also if a place has digital screens isnít the point to keep them updated? A good place with a few flaws.
This was the to go place of the National group, although I liked the 10th street location better for a number of reasons. It was very loud here, inside and outside. Service was good, there was a good selection for Alberta notable a BA Anderson valley IS on tap. With Trevor, Brian, and Michael.
Big open space that can get really loud in the evening but a mid afternoon to early evening pint this place and be awesome. I like when the TVs arenít on here and they could turn the music down a little. Love the Chicken Pot Pie here.
Big open sqaure space. Beer menu was solid with 70taps incl some very rare stuff like Aphrodisiaque. Bottle list was also solid. Sat at the bar and service was prompt. Didnít eat but looked like standard pub fare. Prices were perhaps a bit high, but not outrageous. Beer was served way too cold and my glasses litterally had pieces of ice on it. Music was too loud, but par for the course in Calgary. Good place for a group. Not a place I would frequent alot as the atmosphere doesnít really appeal, but respectable place nonetheless.
Ferris (1261) Burnaby, British Columbia | December 8, 2012| Updated April 2, 2013
Nice atmosphere, a beer hall, with an impressive number of taps for Calgary. Food and service a decent, prices are a little high, but normal for the area. The only fault is the trendy nature of this place, in the evening I have seen prohibitive line ups of the clubbing crowd.
Great contemporary craft beer hall located on 17 Avenue SW. Interior is spacious, modern and clean. Apparently they were going for some sort of train station type theme. The beer selection is focused on North America, with 70ish taps and about 40 bottles. This includes good US stuff such as Deschutes and Left Coast and a very interesting selection of Canadian beers including Dieu du Ciel, Half Pints and Flying Monkey. Staff were very friendly and immediately offered some tasters before my selection. Prices seemed ok to me and the food was decent. For me anyway this is the best beer location in town. I would definitely return.