Chorney-Sales space: The Unicorn goes again to fundamentals with new location in Mission

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Generally our favorite establishments can change with out dropping the essence of what they’re. This has been the case for The Unicorn, the pub on Stephen Avenue that has existed in some type or one other since 1979 (I’ll spare you from doing the mathematics — it turns 45 subsequent 12 months). Initially opened by the Irish Rovers and named after that group’s signature tune, the pub has gone by way of many iterations over time, with the present three-storey “Superpub” model sitting on Stephen Avenue, simply steps from the unique location within the Lancaster Constructing, which is now house to the Simons retailer.

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After reworking to the Superpub in 2016, it appeared like The Unicorn may relaxation straightforward with its three flooring of brews and pub fare, however earlier this 12 months the present proprietor group — Mark and Brenda Jennings, Wendy Irvine, Paul Worby and Taylor Magee-Worby — bought the itch to increase additional. Wanting to increase the normal pub vibes of the unique Unicorn to a extra neighbourhood-like setting, the group took over a standalone constructing in Mission that was as soon as house to Candela Lounge and most not too long ago the short-lived School Bar, turning it into the brand new Unicorn on 4.

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From left, Paul Worby, Wendy Irvine and Mark Jennings of the brand new Unicorn Pub at 1919 4th St. S.W. in Calgary. Darren Makowichuk/Postmedia Picture by Darren Makowichuk /DARREN MAKOWICHUK/Postmedia

At roughly 150 seats (plus a patio coming for subsequent summer time) The Unicorn on 4 is considerably smaller than the Superpub location; consider it as a homier, “the place everyone is aware of your identify” model of the Stephen Avenue stalwart. The room has been repainted in The Unicorn’s conventional colors and appears like a dependable old-school pub, with a big bar staffed by pleasant bartenders, loads of tables, and a fleet of televisions for sports activities followers. It’s a pub: nothing extra, nothing much less, which is precisely what the house owners supposed.

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The Unicorn Pub has opened up a brand new location in Mision with the identical homey ambiance at its Stephen Avenue outlet. Darren Makowichuk/Postmedia Picture by Darren Makowichuk /DARREN MAKOWICHUK/Postmedia

“I don’t wish to be part of the brand new ‘in spot,’ as a result of these all the time have to vary,” Worby says. “We wish to be a staple the place individuals could be snug always. I would like individuals to really feel like they’ve walked into their home and never right into a restaurant.”

However The Unicorn on 4 is certainly a restaurant and, regardless of positioning itself primarily as a bar, is a reasonably good one at that, with chef Brett McIntyre overseeing the kitchens at each areas. McIntyre’s expertise in higher-end eating places interprets to a menu stuffed with dishes that largely fall into the class of pub grub, although executed with a noticeable degree of talent and thoughtfulness. You’ve nonetheless bought what the house owners declare to be one of the best wings ($16) and nachos ($25) on the town, and whereas there’s nothing improper with sticking to these sure-fire pub favourites, it’s additionally value making an attempt the ultra-tender quick rib yorkies with only a drizzle of horseradish aioli ($16.50), an opulent lamb burger topped with a blueberry shallot compote and brie ($18), and, surprisingly sufficient, wor wonton soup with pork stomach and steamed egg noodles ($18). It’s an enormous menu that mirrors that of the Superpub, save for the swapping out of pizza in favour of flatbreads to to not step on the toes of the quite a few pizzerias in and round Mission.

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The wings, lamb burger, lobster roll, braised quick rib stuffed yorkies and signature Caesar on the Unicorn Pub in Mission. Darren Makowichuk/Postmedia Picture by Darren Makowichuk /DARREN MAKOWICHUK/Postmedia

After all, there are additionally loads of drinks (it’s a pub), a deliberate brunch program, and comfortable hour offers available, in addition to that pleasant Unicorn ambiance that’s marked the model for properly over 4 many years. The Unicorn on 4 is positioned at 1919 4th St. S.W. and is open every day from 11 a.m. to shut. For extra info, go to

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There are many TVs for sports activities followers to observe the motion inside the brand new Unicorn pub on 4th Avenue. Darren Makowichuk/Postmedia Picture by Darren Makowichuk /DARREN MAKOWICHUK/Postmedia

For one thing fully totally different, for the second 12 months in a row, the Stephen Avenue Fashionable Steak location is internet hosting a particular month-long pop-up in its upstairs eating room. For the complete month, friends can take pleasure in an idea dubbed Fashionable Wagyu, with menus that includes both 5 or eight programs all using wagyu cuts sourced from a number of cattle ranching areas world wide. Don’t anticipate a parade of NY strips – cooks Anthony Pittoello and Michael Scarcelli will probably be working with wagyu beef in artistic methods.

“It’s a strategy to showcase wagyu in a method past giving friends a steak,” “A part of that is about exhibiting individuals extra versatile preparations and going past the normal steakhouse thought of wagyu.”

Fashionable Wagyu runs Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings from Oct. 6 to twenty-eight on the higher degree of Fashionable Steak’s Stephen Avenue location (100 eighth Ave. S.E.). The fastened menus are priced at $149 and $249 with the choice of wine pairings and premium add-ons. To order a desk or for extra info, go to

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Lastly, simply subsequent door to Fashionable Steak you’ll discover the Hyatt’s Thomson restaurant, which will probably be internet hosting its common Thanksgiving brunch buffet on Sunday, Oct. 8. The brunch will function breakfast classics, charcuterie and cheese, seafood, sushi, fancy desserts, and a carving station that may embody complete roasted turkey with stuffing and gravy. Brunch runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is priced at $74 per grownup and $37 for teenagers aged six to 12 (youngsters 5 and below are free). For extra info go to

Elizabeth Chorney-Sales space could be reached at [email protected]. Observe her on Instagram at @elizabooth.

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