On the weekends, Bridgette Bar is normally booked solid until 9:00pm, which is around the time I like to be in bed to watch Cops. Despite trying, I haven’t been able to land a table for weeks. So on Wednesday night, when L and I decided have our weekly date night, we picked Bridgette Bar.
The interior of the restaurant is awesome. I like the brick walls. The restaurant is spacious with high ceilings and lots of light. Unlike Toronto and Montreal, Calgary doesn’t have a lot of heritage type buildings. Bridgette decor reminds me a bit of Model Milk, Workshop and Charbar , both of which have a historic vibe.
There are two beers on the menu I like – Tokyo Drift: IPA #3
(Last Best) and Electric Unicorn (Phillips). L and I ordered glasses of Electric Unicorn ($8.50), an easy drinking white IPA with a hint of sweetness.
We started with an order of garlic bread with cheese curds ($7). The bread was more like a croissant and inside the flaky, fragile shell was a good amount of gooey warm cheese. The taste of garlic wasn’t overpowering.
My favourite dish of the night was the grilled octopus ($13). Octopus done well is so delicious. The warm, tender chunks of octopus had a nice charred flavour to it. The fennel was a nice compliment to the orange slices and the tart sherry vinaigrette.
L and I shared the chicken sausage pizza ($20) with bacon, garlic béchamel, mushroom and jalapeno. The pizza was good. The crust had a nice crunch to it. The flavours of all the ingredients worked well together.
I like Bridgette Bar. It’s the sort of place you bring out-of-town guests or someone you’re trying to impress. I’ll have to return to try the pasta, fish, ribs and more of that octopus. The prices are reasonable. With four beers and all that food, our night out cost about $70.00. Without booze, our bill would have been forty bucks.