Interesting House converted into a Pub – Ruined by bad Service
Address: 5340 2nd St. SW Calgary
Edit: You may want to check out my newer review, which comes on a re-visit with much better service
A bit tricky to find, this is a house converted into pub located on a back street just east of MacLeod Trail. There is a charming, quiet outdoor area with actual picnic tables. A nice pub decor greets you on the inside. However, this is yet another Calgary establishment that tries to be both a sports bar and a pub. The huge big screen TV in the middle of the main sitting area is just annoying if you don’t care to watch whatever sports event is on at the time. At least they keep the volume down. I would also note that the washroom area could use a bit of cleaning and renovation.
The food selection is average for a pub, quality was okay, but since I wasn’t able to order my intended meal, I have limited data to work with. New Castle Brown on tap was good, split upon delivery. Good pints of Guinness at chilled, not cold temperatures (which is the proper way to drink it) done with a proper pour, split again upon delivery. There was something weird going on with the Crown float. I suspect the cider was off in some way – but can’t nail down specifics.
I cannot stress enough how poor the service was. From a poor start of spilling my beer upon delivery to not taking my food order on the assumption that my dining partner had ordered for the both of us, to ignoring us, the service was so poor I would not return to this establishment regardless of any other redeeming factors. I noted other patrons receiving poor service as well.
Overall: 3/ 10 — It’s sad really – this place has all the potential to be a “best kept secret” in Calgary, but it is ruined by the poor service.