Originally Posted by JD_May
^Cough up some highlights, stuff I should check out. I live downtown and I am just sort of finding things.
You will have to be a bit more specific - since you tell me that you live downtown I am guessing you are interested in bar and restaurant scene?
In my opinion there are number of great places you can dine at - I will give you some of my favourites - you can easily find their address by googling them:
Sushi Hiro (Japanese - the owner, Hiro-san, is a great sushi chef - one of my favourite places in Calgary - go on thursdays and fridays for the freshest fish). Wa's, Shibuya's, Towa's and Globefish are also good places but are not in downtown.
Capo's - Previous chef from Il Sogno started his own place in Inglewood - while not in downtown it is very closely located - they have one of the best gnocchi I've ever tried. Other good italian influenced eateries include Mercato's, Il Sogno's and Sugo Cafe.
Rush - a bit more upscale but if you are not shy about spending the dough on a special occasion this is a good place. Try their caesar salad - it comes with really good anchovies (not the salty gross kind but the really tasty kind) and half-poached eggs. yum. Teatro's, Riverside Cafe and Bonterra are also my favs for special occasion.
Caesar's steakhouse - Calgary - known for beef - this is, in my opinion, the best place to try it. Try the steak and lobster combo - the tenderloin will melt in your mouth. Supposedly the original caeser cocktail was invested here but its a little hard to believe. Vintage Steakhouse and Ruth's Chris are also both very good. Avoid Chicago Chophouse and Quincy's.
I could go on with restaurants but there are just too many and am feeling lazy. If you want something different, Thai Sa-on and Chili house both have good thai food. Dae-Jang-Geum and Seoul House are both good for Korean food. Seoul House isn't downtown though - its near Chinook mall.
For Coffee, try Cafe Artegiano (downtown) and Higher Grounds (Kensington). First one is more upscale, business crow (fancy lattes) and the latter gives you that university cafe feel.
In terms of lounges, you will pretty much only find your typical downtown lounges with business crowd - the Met, V-bar, Seven Restrolounge, Earl's and West are the popular ones in downtown. West is probably the most popular one now, just because it opened not too long ago. Looking forward to West opening its rooftop patio - should be good during summer and stampede. If you goto 17th Ave, there are bunch of lounges with dance floor. Decent ones are the Melrose, Bungalow and Lucky's.
As for pubs, there is James Joyce, Unicorn, Bear and Kilt and Ceili's - all irish pubs - good food and friendly waitress - good place to go on friday after work to unwind.
For clubs, there is HiFi, the Back Alley, the Mansion, Amsterdam Rhino and Mercury etc.
Good luck and have fun
Oh, if you are into Jazz, check out Beatniq - they have live jazz on Thurs, Fri and Sat. The food at its sister establishment (on the ground floor) is quite good too.