Food and Drink, also known as “What pub/cafe are we going to?”. These are my personal post-ride favourites…
Mountain Mercato – After a rip around the Canmore Nordic Centre or the Highline trail, I love to stop in at the Mercato. Fantastic coffee, great sandwiches and pastries, and a very nice selection of Italian sauces, oils, pastas, etc. to take home with you for dinner.
Rose & Crown – Beer. Burgers. Beer. Nachos. Beer. Somebody else can drive, or you can see if the Drake has space.
Creekers – This full-service restaurant offers craft beer, wine, very good food and breakfast/lunch/dinner menus. Great for a quick bite or a sit-down dinner.
Powderhorn Saloon – The odds of you sitting down next to a real cowboy are pretty high. The food is the usual burgers and other pub fare, they have quite a good selection of beer on tap, and the place can be pretty packed when a live band is in the house. If you call ahead with your food order as you’re leaving the trailhead and ask really nicely, your order might be waiting for you when you show up.
Ship and Anchor – When you have been out on the trail all f***ing day, you had to scrub to get the dried sweat off your skin, and you will be sleeping in tomorrow no matter what… there’s the Ship and Anchor. If it’s sunny out, it has arguably the best patio in Calgary. Bring a jacket.
Kensington Pub – On the north side of the Bow from downtown, the K-Pub is super homey, with great food, a decent selection of beer and plenty of taxis in the vicinity for later.
Hop In Brew – In a creaky old house on the 12 Ave. cycletrack route sits the Hop In Brew pub. Pizza, beer and nachos are about all they serve, but they do it well. Rotating craft beer taps and knowledgeable servers make this a great place to sip or quaff. Don’t forget to ask about the percentage of the beer you’re ordering – it’s not good to be on your 4th tasty pint and discover it’s 9.5%. AMHIK.