1600 World Bier Haus

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Type: Bar, Eatery

1600 90 Ave SW
Calgary, Alberta, T2V 5A8

(403) 457-4287 | map

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Added by stagger on 06-13-2009

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vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Original "B" review late spring 2009

First visit: a quiet pint with the wife ... on the night of Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs? Not a chance. The joint was packed; we arrived just early enough to get seats at the bar (after a 5 minute wait). We weren't asked if we'd like anything to drink while we waited, but to be fair it was pretty damned busy. Virtually every wall was covered in big-screen TVs (not my thing) and the volume was cranked. Basically, your average trendoid bar, which I'd avoid at any given opportunity...

... except they have a large and unusual taps selection, a motherload [sic] of bottles, and they're within 5 minutes' walk of my house. How awesome is that?

Kind of dumb, IMO, that they have no proper beer list that I could see. I jotted down the labels on the taps, but have no idea what their bottled selection is like. (I don't go out for bottled beer, but some folks might.)

Taps were:

Wild Rose Velvet Fog
Tree Hop Head IPA
Kronenbourg 1664
Strongbow (cider)
Newcastle Brown
Okanagan Spring Pale Ale
Unibroue Blanche de Chambly
Big Rock Grasshopper
Boddington's Pub Ale
Keith's IPA [sic]
Keith's Red Amber
Kokanee Gold
Leffe (blond, I presume)
Erdinger Weissbier
Erdinger Dunkel
Delerium Tremens
de Koninck
Marston's Pedigree

A slightly funny list with a few surprises, a few WTFs and a few eye-rolls. I had fun playing "which taps would you keep and which would you swap out to achieve a beer-geek destination while still keeping the punters and the green-bottle guzzlers happy." (Results to be posted at a future date.)

Had a Delerium Tremens and a de Koninck, $7 each (12 oz glass). Mrs. Stagger had a Strongbow. We shared a flatbread and a cone of yam fries, which were pretty good.

I was hoping this place might be a decent local - I like places you can read a book or talk without shouting. A woman who had been a regular at this place when it was Friar's Pub told me they've only had two slow nights in the 6 weeks they've been open. Still, I might be able to carve out a niche. And as of now, Hop Head is on special on Fridays - you can guarantee I'll be there whenever I can't make it to the Wild Rose Taproom for the cask opening.


NEW review March 2010

After a few more visits I have to downgrade this place a fair bit. The food has been average at best of late - last night we had a $9 chips & salsa that consisted of stale chips & store-bought salsa with a few chunks of fresh onion and avocado added; at a shabbier joint I wouldn't mind that so much, but this place has delusions of excellence. Below-average service (after being asked twice the waitress never did bring us a drinks menu). Taps are frequently sold out or - worse - old (taste the Blanche de Chambly here and at Belgo, or the Hop Head here vs. Fergus & Bix, and _marvel_ at the difference). The place is full of see-and-bee-seen-ers - not my kind of scene at all. If there was another decent pub within walking distance of my house I don't think I'd ever bother coming here.

Still, it's an encouraging sign that there's a market for unusual beer (the place is absolutely packed on weekends and lots of folks drinking out-of-the-ordinary stuff) even in the suburbs. I'm hoping we might get a less pretentious, higher-quality "bier" place around these parts soon.

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1600 World Bier Haus in Calgary, AB, Canada
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