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Flames Central - Virtual Arena

$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Canadian, Contemporary, Pub
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219 8 Ave SW, Calgary, Alberta T2P 1B7, Canada
+1 403-935-2637
11:00 - 14:00
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Mon - Fri 11:00 - 14:00
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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

Visited to see VNV Nation gig. Great venue with excellent sound system and acoustics. Flames Central was clean and the staff were all great. Get there early if you want a seat. I would definitely visit again.

Thank MDL-Aberdeen
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41 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016 via mobile

Friday night was concert night. Love zakk and the boys however a few folks were a bit too intoxicated. Gotta give it to security they were on issues fast. Been here before, same scenario. Stay alert if you go to this venue fights break out often.

Thank Tracy F
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641 reviews
488 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 171 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2015

Great footprint for " all-type" events location. Legitimate stage for live entertainment--great visibility for perimeter seating and well placed service bars. Reception and service were friendly. Staff was accommodating. Two bands that evening---very good . Great dance area-- for a change ! Pub food was OK, nothing new or outstanding. Overall--the room had a club atmosphere. It is a repeat.

Thank alan a
Calgary, Canada
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2015

Was at the Lindi Ortega show recently. It's set up for sports on TVs which are very distracting throughout a live performance. No wait staff, just some bartenders. Lots of standing room, limited seating. $1 million on acoustics and sound system and $100 for the sound man. Turning the volume up never solves sound problems. Sounded like every mike had... More 

Thank B M
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36 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2015

We were at Flames Central for the Calgary Corporate Idol Challenge. The food was fantastic, larger portions and it all came out hot. Plus it all tasted fantastic! Service was great for the first half of the performance and then you were better off going to the bar to get your drinks because the servers vanished. Seating was comfortable and... More 

Thank Avery M
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14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 March 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 

Thank travelers_spirit
Beeton, ON
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12 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 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 

Thank David F
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20 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 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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79 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 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.

Thank Flying_canadian
Calgary, Canada
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$20 - US$40
American, Bar, Canadian, Contemporary, Pub
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Waitstaff, Reservations
Good for
Open Hours
11:00 - 14:00
11:00 - 14:00
11:00 - 14:00
11:00 - 14:00
11:00 - 14:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 219 8 Ave SW, Calgary, Alberta T2P 1B7, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Alberta  >  Calgary>  > Downtown
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 403-935-2637

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