The National Beer Hall is located in a prime location on 17th Avenue’s bar strip, located next the long time institution The Ship and Anchor. The beer hall has the required 17th avenue recipe for success – a patio, selection of craft beers and a food menu with a little something for every diet, but offers something a little different than the other nearby pubs and lounges.
One of the first things you notice about the National is its beer hall style tables and shared benches. Taking inspiration from German beer Halls, the decor consists of dark wood, heavy chandeliers, and long wood tables. The effect is a bright, open-air space that encourages socializing.
An eclectic selection of beer is available on a ‘supply-and-demand’ price point, displayed on a stock market style price ticker behind the bar. The food selection could be described as ‘pub food perfected’. Burgers, sandwiches, deep-fried fare and taco’s, all prepared to your specific requirements.
As a gluten-free customer, I was able to enjoy a few selections on the menu and decided to sample a plate of fish tacos. Although fresh, they were a little tasteless compared to the authentic Mexican food available just a few block further down 17th at “Los Cholitos”. The drink selection on the other hand, was wide even for someone not interested in beer. A variety of ciders were available, as well as mixed drinks and wine.
The communal atmosphere, combined with a broad selection of beverages and a decent patio on one of Calgary’s prime locations will ensure the success of The National.