Christmas is a time for celebrating (or commiserating) the passing of another year with great company. It’s also a time for overindulging in too much food and alcohol.

So luckily for us, then, these great new restaurants, bars and eateries have all just opened up in Calgary. And since it’s the holiday season, consider it your civic duty to check them out.

Whitehall
Britain may not be famed for its culinary triumphs, but Englishman Neil McCue is trying to change all that by serving up some contemporary food at Whitehall. The Michelin-starred chef’s menu includes braised pork cheek, risotto, Eccle’s cake and cheese and biscuits – and not a fish or chip in sight.

Native Tongues
Catching up with the Mexican trend, Calgary is embracing the tacos in the best way possible, with a selection of fresh made tacos (from grinding the corn to pressing the dough). There’s a street food vibe to Native Tongues with its long communal tables and trendy décor. Enjoy braised meats with salsa verde or grilled octopus cooked over charcoal.

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The Nice Cream
Like a little science with your sugary cravings? Calgary’s first liquid nitrogen ice cream shop makes all of their cones right in front of you by rapidly freezing things to an extremely low temperature and turning your order from liquid to velvety smooth solid while you wait. Choose from flavours including Earl Grey, Pumpkin Spice, Gummy Bears and Salted Caramel.

PRLR Lounge
Located in the Kensington and Sunnyside neighbourhood, PRLR (read as Parlour) has just opened up underneath the Oak Tree Tavern. Although there are a few nibbles if you’re feeling peckish, the cocktails are what this place is all about, and there are no shortage of atmospheric, cozy corners to enjoy them.

Made Foods
With New Year resolution-making just around the corner, here’s a novel way to stick to your good intentions. Made Foods offers portion controlled, made-in-house healthy options using locally sourced ingredients for us to grab when we’re on the go. And if you’re not in a rush, hang around to eat in the restaurant or chat with a nutritionist.

The Derrick Gin Mill and Kitchen
8th Avenue’s newest arrival just opened up (replacing El Dorado) and if you like gin, you’re in for a treat. Choose from 40 types and select the drink you want by mixing and matching the chaser. There’s even a gin flavoured marshmallow dessert. But if all that alcohol is making you feel woozy, there’s plenty of great food to try, from mussels and clams to a Montreal smoked meat sandwich.

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