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Flames Central - Virtual Arena

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Downtown
American, Contemporary
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219 - 8th Avenue SW., Calgary, Alberta T2P 7N2, Canada
(403) 935-2637.
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Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
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It's a sports bar, with the mother of all big screens in a converted theatre. Went to watch the Canadian juniors' return to hockey glory and enjoy some pops with a small group of friends. The food was typical pub fare but done properly, none of us had any complaints there. Beef dips, burgers... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed January 6, 2015
David F
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Beeton, ON
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English first
Calgary
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14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

WE LOVED IT! This venue is not just for a hockey game but all sorts of events. We went to see a drag show. This sums up our experience at Flames Central seeing "Rupaul's Battle of the Seasons" show - Feb 13, 2015! The venue was fantastic for this and cant say enough about how large, spacious and appropriate it... More 

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Beeton, ON
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12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

It's a sports bar, with the mother of all big screens in a converted theatre. Went to watch the Canadian juniors' return to hockey glory and enjoy some pops with a small group of friends. The food was typical pub fare but done properly, none of us had any complaints there. Beef dips, burgers, nachos, etc. Drinks were a little... More 

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Calgary
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18 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

I went to Flames Central to catch the last period of a game and grab a bite with my two sons. Two waitresses seemed to be working the entire room - took forever to order drinks and then order food. Food came and no steak knives - it took 15 minutes before someone finally brought knives by which time meal... More 

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Canada
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74 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

I'd much rather see the Tea Party or any of the bands that come to Flames Central at any other venue in Calgary. The bar only took cash (are we avoiding taxes?) the pizza was crappy and drinks expensive. The crowd was lined up and we waited for hours to get in. Hated it.

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

Great venue! I went to Feed Me last Friday and left my coat. The following week, Myles and his staff went out of their way to help me get it back. Much appreciated! Also, the venue is a great location. Not too big, not too small. I do much prefer when the upper floors are open though, and not gated... More 

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Canada
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169 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014

This is a nice place to watch and concert or game but unfortunately the service is soooo terrible. Our waitress took 1/2 hr to bring drinks everytime. There was so much trouble trying to get the bill paid and organized. The manager came over and gave us crap and then at the end finally realized it was their machine that... More 

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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

This is my third time here. Why? My buddies booked it. 8:30 reso. Got here at 8:33. Took 14 minutes before a waitress asked us for drinks!!! Like they didn't know we were coming? The only thing worse than the service is the food! Hence the third strike!

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North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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21 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2013

We attended a fund raiser for a worthy cause last night at Flames Central, had a great time mainly because of the band- Borderline. The glitch was the guys clearing tables would take your drink if you turned your back for one second...even if the glass was 3/4 full...I was quick enough to snatch one back at one point and... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2012

This is a very popular bar, lounge,restaurant. Tons of Flames hockey on display Large screen TV's Good food, fairly good service. It was quite busy when I was there, a good place to see people watching or to take someone wanting to see the locals and some tourists in action. Central location.

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Toronto
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45 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2012

Spending the weekend in Calgary on business is something I've done before, and often I use the opportunity to find interesting restaurants or entertainment. This time, I found the need, on a Saturday night,to find a location where we could watch the UFC on pay per view. Anderson Silva, the middleweight champion, and probably the best MMA fighter in history,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 219 - 8th Avenue SW., Calgary, Alberta T2P 7N2, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Alberta  >  Calgary>  > Downtown
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: (403) 935-2637.

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20 - 40
  • Cuisine: American, Contemporary

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