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Fergus & Bix Restaurant And Beer Market
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Taps: 16 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
2000-873 85 St SW
, T3H 0J5
phone: (403) 457-3344
(Place added by: stagger on 04-18-2009)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 5
Reviews by IronDjinn:
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5 | $$
This place is tucked in way in the west of Calgary in a seemingly still developing neighbourhood, but like much of Calgary the past decade seems to have popped up nearly overnight yet has the appearance of being around for a while. The fact is that the location is so out of the way that unless you lived in the neighbourhood it would be incredibly easy to be completely unaware that this establishment exists. In fact I only first found out about it after a BA user submitted it to be accepted into the Beerfly database.
Checked it out on a sunny Saturday afternoon, quite the trek to get to from the southeast part of the city. Located in a strip mall, it had entrances both from the front street as well as from the large parking lot behind it. Modern look to it, sleek wood paired with metal for the decor, and spacious.
The beer selection is akin to that of Original Joe's, all local or regional micro's on tap, except for Guinness, and a tap for Rock Creek cider. A tap for their own house amber, three Wild Rose taps, the usual brown, wheat and raspberry (yet unfortunately not the IPA), Full Moon's Pale Ale (my regular standby), the Brew Brother's Black Pilsener, and nice to see a tap from the Grizzley Paw Brewpub out in Canmore, their Honey Wheat ale. A couple of taps for Big Rock's usual Trad and Grasshopper, a few more taps for some B.C. micro's, the full list can be viewed on the menu of the pub's website for your own personal perusing.
The service in general was okay yet had enough quirks that were hard not to take note of, especially since it wasn't very busy that afternoon and there were definitely enough servers on the floor to compensate. A couple more trips will show whether it was just an off day, or a consistency.
On the other hand the food was the best quality I've had in Calgary for a pub or beer market or whatever category it wants to be known under. I had the wor wonton soup, the broth of which was more flavourful than a lot of Chinese restaurants I've eaten in throughout this province. Everything seemed fresh. My friends, both ex-pat Brits, ordered the fish and chips, and both commended that it was the best battered fish they've had here in Canada so far.
I would have to say that it would depend on your intentions how much you would enjoy this establishment. If you already live (or are staying) in the far west SW part of town this would make a great destination considering what the other options are available to you. If you're going for the beer selection alone any of the Original Joe's in the central part of town will offer pretty much the same. However if you're interested in having a decent craft pint along with food of a much higher quality than you'll find at any other pub in the city, then suddenly this out of the way establishment definitely becomes more worth the trip.
In the end I'll be going back primarily to try out more of the food menu, yet at the same time know I'll have a decent offering of craft beers to enjoy along with it.
04-25-2009 06:47:31 |
More by IronDjinn
More User Reviews:
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
I went to Fergus & Bix for the first time with a buddy of mine after work on a game night, so there was a slight wait to get a free table. When entering the first thing I noticed was the bar with the taps up front and centered. And what a sight it was, 16 delicious brews that aren't normally seen, from some Wild Rose, Big Rock, Grizzly Paw, Creemore Springs, Brew Brothers, Tree and a few others present. Also there was a small single tap off to the side (which holds the Craft special).
Service was good especially since the game was on and the place was packed. Food was good, nothing over the top, but nothing that took away from the experience. Beers were excellent (I had a few delicious pints of Hop Head). The special on right now was the Brew Brothers Ambush Pale Ale, which would have worked well too!!
Overall I was happy with the lounge, a bit trendy, but with good beer, good food and good service I won't complain. A bit far from my neck of the woods for a regular spot, but if I am in the neighborhood I will be stopping in again.
03-12-2011 00:53:50 |
More by Duckmancgy
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Our local resto-lounge, which is conveniently located only a couple blocks from home. There's a limited selection of pub/eatery's in our neighborhood, so it sure is nice to have such a high quality establishment close by.
The best part about this place is their craft beer selection. A wide selection of Canadian craft brews, ranging from IPA's, to Amber's, to Dark Ales. Every pint I've had has tasted fresh, and served at an optimal temperature.
Service is pretty good, however, it can be slow during peak times. In fact, we tend to avoid going during peak times for that reason only. We'll typically frequent in the late evening, when it's more quiet, and the service is top notch!
Food is delicious. Between myself and my family we've pretty much tried everything on the menu. Our favorite is the Homemade Wontons, I would highly recommend these to anyone visiting this place. Pub food is all good, and the entrees have always met our standards.
All in all, a great little place close to home, with a delicious selection of craft brews. This is where we tend to take all our out of town guests for a relaxing pint and delicious meal!
03-14-2010 01:10:52 |
More by andrenaline
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped in the other day after work. Atmosphere was what you'd expect from a place in the 'burbs trying to be trendy. A little too blandly hip and too many large TVs for my liking (very much the same problem as 1410/1600 Bier Haus), but the servers were nice enough and the music wasn't loud enough to be obnoxious.
The strong point here was the beer. They have a decent if somewhat unadventurous set of regional taps, happily including some from smaller and/or less commonly seen breweries (Grizzly Paw, Fernie, Yukon), but it's obviously well looked after. I had the Grizzly Paw Brown and a Tree Cutthroat (which occupied the rotating "guest tap" slot) and both were extremely fresh and tasty. I could have drunk all night. Sadly, reality beckoned...
Wouldn't make it a destination, but if I lived in the area I'd probably go out of my way to stop there reasonably often.
03-12-2010 13:52:22 |
More by stagger
British Indian Ocean Territory
vibe: 2 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4 | food: 2 | $$$
Visited on a lazy Sunday afternoon, when we had made the drive to go to the Sweetgrass market - this place is really on the edges of civilized Calgary. Ended up feeling conflicted about Fergus; while it had one of the better local/regional tap lineups in Calgary (Tree, Wildrose, Grizzly Paw, Alley Kat, Big Rock, Brew Brothers, a guest tap, and a hand full of GP's craft sodas), and the beer was all in good shape, the place is a little too Earls/OJ's for my liking (edit: after doing some reading, it's the same owners as OJ's - so it's to be expected). The food was trying to be "gastropubish" but fell woefully short and it's all same same (a la Joey Tomatoes, Earls, Moxies) and the food's expensive. While our server was pleasant enough, the rest of the staff seemed disinterested and the timing and organization of the place was clearly falling off a cliff. Some poor management at hand - hopefully they get this fixed. Maybe a re-think is in order; focus on the drinks, and light food/appetizers (think Izakaya) and scrap the full service restaurant, as it's clearly the weak link. So to sum it up; don't make a trip out here just for Fergus, arrive with a full stomach and enjoy some great regional tap beer.
11-06-2009 13:59:15 |
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Fergus & Bix Restaurant And Beer Market in Calgary, AB, Canada
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