The man date is all about simplicity. Good food, good drinks, and good company will always be the recipe for a great time. Besides, studies from the University of Maryland show that boys night out may be the key to a healthy, long-lasting relationship with your significant other. Make sure you use that line next time you’re trying to score a hall pass for the evening. Here are some picks for the best places in the city to drink beer, watch the game/fight, or just kick back with your buds.

Buchanan’s Chop House & Whisky Bar

Calgary’s original chop house. Buchanan’s is home to Calgary’s best burger and a world class whisky list with over 200 on hand. They also have a stacked wine list and is known to be one of the best corporate lunches in the city. Stop by for lunch, dinner or for its legendary burger happy hour (3-6pm $10). 

Cowboys Nightclub and Casino

Welcome to the Players zone. Cowboys is home to the ultimate boys night out. See if lady luck finds you with 30 tables, slots, a high limit room and a 24 hour poker room-which means your night out with the boys can continue into the morning. Please see The “I’m Sorry Date” if you end up in the 24 hour poker room. Not just for gambling- you and your boys can always find a party at Cowboys Nightclub, catch sports action at Melrose Cafe & Bar or take down some delicious sushi and sake bombs at Zen 8. 

Epicure Cigar & Pipe

For the cigar connoisseur, this gem is for you! Big screen t.v’s a bar and some comfy leather couches make Epicure the perfect man desitination and somewhere to enjoy a cigar or two. They have a great selection to choose from and gives you the luxury of experimenting with some unique brands and flavours. Tucked beneath downtown Calgary-Epicure is one of a kind in the city. 

Hyde Whiskey Room

A cozy gentlemen’s club with rustic manly decor and over 150 scotches to try. It’s a bit of a hide-away, a great room with billiards, leather seats and some fine sipping whiskies. If you want a small bite, you can order a meat pie, they have over 21 Hyde pies to choose from. Open at 5pm Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Saturday doors open at 9pm. 

Loungeburger

Loungeburger lets you to be in the drivers seat with customizable burgers, caesars, and lot’s of beer to choose from. And it’s just stumbling distance to the casino and Saddledome. 

National 10th Avenue

National on 10th is the epicentre of a good time. A legit adult playground equipped with foosball, ping pong tables and a bowling alley to compliment the endless beer menu and amazing menu. Make your way upstairs to The Bourbon Room for a little brown liquor and let the testosterone surge. This place is man heaven. 

The Pig and Duke Neighbourhood Pub

A true Canadiana pub with some Celtic flair, The Pig & Duke is perfect for boys night out. 22 taps, pool tables, darts, and 15 giant screens for watching the game! Bonus: girls in kilts. Don’t worry our lips are sealed.  The Pig & Duke has specials daily and is always the perfect man date destination.

Vintage Chophouse

A rich mahogany lounge, a perfect steak, and some brown liquor will fire up the testosterone. Forget the TVs, if your boys night out includes tickets to the game, Vintage will even drive you to the Saddledome to ensure you get there before the puck drops. 

WURST

The place for Calgary’s serious beer drinkers! If you like your boys night with a side of Bavarian Hospitality then look no further. WURST, restaurant, beer hall, Wunderbar on 4th street is a guaranteed good time. Challenge your friends to a boot drinking competition and cure your munchies with some house-made sausages, brats, and schnitzel. Catch live music on Thursdays and the Oompah’s rolling through the beer hall on Saturday nights. Beware of too much dancing on the picnic tables or the bouncers in lederhosen may put an early end to your evening! 

More man night ideas?

Here are some more favourites:

Local 522

Tilted Kilt

Earls Tin Palace 

1410 World Bier Haus

Chicago Chophouse