Calgary's famed live music venue King Eddy has just announced a food and drink menu refresh for spring 2023. The new menus are meant to pay homage to the venue's 100+ year-old roots in on what was formerly known as Whiskey Row, as well as to railroad travelers and workers who would have populated 9th Avenue S.E. over a century ago.
Aside from globally-inspired dishes on the food side of things, the most notable change to the King Eddy menu is a new focus on whisky-forward cocktails and brown liquor options. There's cocktails like The Sundance Smash made with Makers Mark and strawberry-mint simple syrup, soda and lemon (named after The Sundance Kid, who was rumoured to have spent time in the area), and The Red Boulevardier (think Negroni made with Alberta Premium Rye), as well as a robust selection of whiskies, aptlty sectioned in the menu as "Whiskey Row".
“When we talk about the storied history of the King Eddy that goes all the way back to 1905, we like to say that the Eddy's iconic soul is alive in a revitalized home,” said King Eddy's general manager Ryan McLeish in today's announcement. “The [revamped] menu is a nod to the past and a tribute to the diversity of our back-of-house staff who brought a piece of their home to ours. Music is for everyone, and our menu should be too.”
People familiar with King Eddy will know that the Rolling Stones Mobile Studio is adjacent to it and viewable through a large window. The venue has also partnered with its neighbour National Music Centre to host a series of beverage tastings and listening parties in the mobile studio that feature top-notch spirits and wines along with albums by famous bands who have recorded in the truck.
Last month's sold-out Led Zeppelin listening and scotch tasting event was the official kick-off to the music-meets-food series. On March 29, a sampling of Canadian spirits has been paired up with Neil Young’s Harvest, Rolling Stones’ Sticky Fingers is paired wih a bourbon tasting (April 26), and a California wine tasting will compliment Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours on June 13.
Tickets for these unique experiences will be made available in the coming weeks on the events section of the King Eddy's website.
King Eddy is located at 438 9 Ave S.E. and open Thursdays to Saturdays from 11 a.m. to midnight and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.