We like beer. We like good food. And we like rooms with good vibes. This is why Chris and I have been regulars at National on 17th — and will quickly become regulars at the new National on 10th, which just opened its doors. Last week, we were invited to join our Calgary media friends for an opening celebration that involved snacks such as corn dogs and fried pickles, not to mention beverages like pinot grigio and the infamous Hound Dog Hooch, made with wheat beer, lemonade and vodka. I obviously set aside my non-drinking ways for the evening. Bonus points for Stephen, Calgary’s top dog bartender, who handed me a Hound Dog Hooch made with gin instead of vodka. He knows the way to my heart.
The new National, which resides in the former Whiskey, is beautiful. We loved the high ceilings, strings of warm light, wooden barrels, secluded booths and long tables for making friends. What we liked even more? The ping pong tables and the soon-to-be-opened bourbon room — a sexy room with vintage nudes on the wall. And I can’t wait for the lower-level, 10-pin bowling alley to open. I may have been in a bowling league in elementary school. So cool. I know.
Congratulations on the great new space, National friends.