Calgary's nightlife is always hopping, which is no surprise considering more than half of its population is under 30 years old. The most popular nightlife areas are in the city centre, including the lounges, pubs and restaurants in the Mission district, focusing at the intersection of 4th Street and 17th Avenue. Stephen Avenue is bustling in the early evening as young professionals empty their offices downtown, and you'll find quite a few clubs, pubs and live music venues there.
There are a number of live music venues, including the Ironwood Stage and Grill in 9th Avenue, which hosts country, blues, and folk bands; the eclectic Liberty Lounge in Richard Road, which caters to the varied tastes of Mount Royal College's students; and The Distillery in 7th Avenue, which hosts rock and heavy metal bands. Calgary's dance clubs are as varied as its live music, so you'll find offbeat places, which play everything from retro funk to breakbeat, alongside more mainstream entertainment venues.
The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra performs regularly at the Epcor Centre near the Olympic Plaza, which has five separate venues for music, theatre and dance productions. The Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium hosts large-scale ballet, opera and music performances, and you'll find a range of student performances and productions at the University Theatre at the University of Calgary. For live comedy, you can visit the Comedy Cave in MacLeod Trail, or the Laugh Shop Comedy Club at the Blackfoot Inn in Blackfoot Trail.
To find out what's happening in Calgary, pick up a copy of FFWD, a weekly arts and entertainment guide.
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