Econo Lodge Inn & Suites University
2231 Banff Trail
Calgary, AB T2M 4L2
Phone: (403) 289-1921
Fax: (403) 282-2149
Bars & Cafes
This stout building, with its low walls and domed roof, looks strangely out of place among the hotels on the Banff Trail Strip. The unique architecture houses a common room with overstuffed chairs and a high octagonal ceiling. There are also two smaller rooms containing video lottery terminals, several dart boards and a pool table. Alcove Sports Lounge has a different special daily, from Shrimp Fridays to Wing Wednesdays.
The snazzy club is the place to be during, at half time or post the famed Stampeders Football game. However since Red & White Club is a 'members only' club, an entry here would mean that you would have to be part of the elite group. Located north of the renowned McMahon Stadium, the club serves up some scrumptious snacks and delectable cocktails. Membership can be purchased, call ahead for further inquiries.
With its central location along 16th Avenue Northwest, Tipperary's Pub is just a stone's throw away from the campuses of the SAIT Polytechnic and the University of Calgary. Loyal patrons can catch a game on any of their televisions, play darts or pool, or be entertained with live band music on select days. The menu is hearty pub fare, with wings, pizza, nachos as well as sandwiches and pasta served with a selection of draft beers, coolers, wines and coffees. A must-try is their famously affordable Sunday breakfast.
This northwest coffee and music bar is a favorite spot for the college students. Weeds Cafe is known for serving organic fair trade coffee and a good selection of coffee varieties. For those days when stronger sustenance is necessary, ask for a hot sandwich or a spongy muffin to accompany your beverage. Live acoustic music and select independent artists provide the entertainment on weekends. Patrons will always be surprised by the changing menu that has something new to offer. This coffee and music bar is fairly small, so it's a good place to unwind and relax after a grueling day.
This no-frills diner on the Trans-Canada Highway looks like it might blow over in a strong wind. Still, it is a charming place to stop for a roadside feed. Mecca's breakfast menu offers the expected array of eggy morning fare, including the enormous Griz platter: three eggs, ham, sausage, hash browns, pancakes and toast. For lunch and dinner, try a tasty burger or sandwiches. There is little in the way of decor, but since most folks are stopping en route to the majestic Rocky Mountains, nobody seems to mind.
Popular with university students and athletic mountaineers, Double Mo Cafe is usually packed. The walls are decorated with climbing ropes and panoramic pictures of Rocky Mountain summits. The sandwiches are served on slices of homemade bread two inches thick and grilled to a crisp texture. There is a selection of about a dozen specialty coffees, as well as domestic and imported beers and liquors. Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights feature live music from local bands, although there is always someone playing a guitar in the back room.
The Den, which is a famous hangout for students and young adults, is nestled in the University of Calgary. This is a wonderful spot for students as most of the university rock shows takes place here along with the usual DJ nights. Refreshing drinks and great finger foods are available at the upstairs The Black Lounge. This is a place, where students get a chance to unwind, gulp down a pint of beers upstairs and dance to the classic selections of rap, hip hop and rock music churned out by the DJs downstairs . Do drop by, with your friends as it's certainly a fun place to spend your night.
Bailey’s Neighborhood Pub is conveniently located along 16th Avenue, where a choice of restaurants, affordable motels, and a RV Park make it a favorite among tourists and locals making a stop before heading towards the towns of Banff or Canmore. Bailey's Neighborhood Pub has ample parking with about 100 people making a beeline for its doors every night. This pub serves pub grub, including the ubiquitous chicken wings, burgers and steak, as well as salmon. Bailey's has several huge sized TVs for sports events to keep male customers happy.
Loco Lous Bar & Grill has one of the largest outdoor decks in Northwest Calgary. They offer a large menu filled with North American favorites; pizza, hamburgers and nachos, as well as a myriad of finger foods like wedges and fries. Lou's spacious interiors offer a host of seating options from from table seating and booths to bar top stools. For entertainment, patrons can hang around the pool tables or try their luck at the video lottery terminals. Lou's has a large wine menu, and daily drink specials.
At the Gateway Lounge students and visitors can expect to get great prices for meals and drinks. This place also makes a great spot to hang out with friends.
For those who like their treats in the mornings or late evenings, tap into more than seventy-two ice cream flavors at the Amato Gelato Cafe. This Kensington Italian ice cream and coffee shop is busy scooping throughout the week and into the weekends. They’ve got icy treats like mango, vanilla bean and even hedgehog! Locals like their strong Italian coffee served with a Foccacia sandwich. There are even desserts and low-fat sorbets for the figure-conscious. Call ahead for more details.
Demetris Pizza, a staple in the Calgary restaurant scene for a long time that offers delicious homemade pizza as well as Greek delights and appetizers. Their thick and delectable pizza crust is one of the best in the city and their most popular pizza is the 'Kensington Special', which comes with bacon, salami, pineapple and black olives. Have your order delivered or pick it up yourself.