St. Louis Hotel (430 8 Ave SE)
Enjoy a Friday afternoon lunch of chicken and chips at the St. Louis Hotel, just like it was 1985 again.
For nearly two decades, until the early 2000s, St. Louis regular George Stephenson would frequent the local watering hole every Friday at noon with his friends and coworkers, successfully convincing everyone to not go back to work. They would play imaginary "horse races" – writing horse names on a napkin, each choosing a horse, then listening to George’s animated telling of the horse race made up on the spot. The game eventually caught the next table’s attention, and the next, and the next, before finally engulfing the entire bar with George yelling out the race details through a microphone at the front.
On May 31, Best of Calgary is bringing back indoor horse racing so that you too can participate and be part of the tradition.
What better way to wrap up the Best of Calgary lab series than with your very own vintage horse race experience in a historic Calgary landmark? The race will be hosted by Dave Kelly and feature guest announcers. Enjoy a couple of brews and a tasty meal of chicken and chips while you try your luck at the races.
Find tickets on eventbrite.ca under ‘St. Louis Hotel Throwback Horse Racing’.