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The Unicorn pub returns to Calgary

After a closure in 2015, the classic Calgary pub returns in a new location

Manager Kevin Warner, who also managed to old Unicorn location, said the regulars are excited for it’s return.

Jennifer Friesen / For Metro

Manager Kevin Warner, who also managed to old Unicorn location, said the regulars are excited for it’s return.

Last year it appeared Calgary’s Unicorn Pub would fade into to myth, only known through stories from old barflies gathered around ye ol’ taphouse.

Fortunately for said barflies – it’s back!

After nearly 36 years, The Unicorn Pub lost its space in May 2015 to make way for Simons, a Quebec fashion retailor. The staff, and many of the regulars, moved half a block away to the Below Deck Tavern and Libertine Public House.

As of March 1, the Libertine and Below Deck combined to become the new, three floor Unicorn Superpub.

“The basement is the Unicorn kitchen party – more your classic Unicorn,” explained Manager Kevin Warner.

The main floor will be a little more modern, with many items similar to the Libertine.

Finally, the top floor will be the Unicorn Sports Cantina, which will have a bit more of a sports flair and Mexican themed items.

“We’re being true to the regulars that Below Deck and Libertine developed in their time here,” said Warner, who was manager at the old Unicorn location for more than five years, and hasn’t stopped wearing his Unicorn jacket since they closed.

“We’re really glad to have them back,” said Maggie Schofield, executive director of the Calgary Downtown Association. “It’s a friendly face in these tough times.”

Schofield said the pub had become a Calgary icon that had been around longer than some Calgarians. Many are excited to see a return of their fun atmosphere and great price point.

“It’s one of those cheap and cheerful places people like to hang out in,” she said. “It’s maybe our version of the Cheers bar in Calgary.”

In the very short time it’s been back, Warner said he’s already seen excited patrons filing in.

“It kind of broke down these barriers between different types of people in Calgary,” Warner recalled. “On any given day, there was a construction guy bumping into a lawyer or oil and gas guys. It was just an everybody pub.

“If we’re lucky, we’ve captured that somewhat in the new place. That’s all we’re going for.”

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