The Block: In the Neighbourhood – New Kids on the Block

17th Ave just keeps getting better and your new Calgary condo is just steps away! In the past few months there seems to be new pubs and restaurants sprouting up everywhere! Here are a few I suggest you try out.

NATIONAL Beer Hall- (Located at 550 17th Ave) specializing in North American micro brews, including plenty of harder-to-find draughts from Quebec and the West Coast they stand out among the already thriving beer halls here in the city. The communal benches give an open, casual feel leaving room to make conversation or pick up your neighbors! With a fusion of pub, bbq, and fine dining NATIONAL is a great place to eat, drink and be merry!

Cibo (Chee-bo)- This restaurant has opened up right next door to us here @ The Block! Offering an Italian menu with food meant for sharing and served when it’s ready. This is a great place for a date or hanging with friends and with 220 seats you hopefully won’t wait long! The casual yet contemporary design has a story in it’s own. Most of the materials used for decor are reclaimed wood and pieces from buildings around Calgary. Giving it a unique design. The food is delicious and the prices won’t leave your wallet empty!

80th & Ivy– (Located at 1127 17th Ave) Just open for about a month now this wine kitchen/bar features 80 different wines from around the world, starting @ $40 a bottle. On Wednesday’s 30 wines are available for $30. Head chef Ryan uses ingredients from such Alberta suppliers as Broek Pork Acres, Hotchkiss Herbs, Produce, Springcreek Ranch and Sylvan Star Cheese.. Owner Ernie Tsu says the concept was to “bring fun back to wine” no pretentious or snob atmosphere here! This is just a cool and comfortable place to hang out!

Be sure to take advantage of all these awesome new places especially during the summer when patio weather is upon us. Nothing better then fresh food, wine and a warm summer breeze!

Melissa @ The Block