17th Ave downtown, Calgary, Canada
MIng Calgary Reviews
The Ming May 09, 2011
I love Ming for its dark and edgy vibe. It's in a really great location on 17th ave, which makes it a perfect stop along the way while you're bar hopping.
The drink menu is awesome. They name their drinks after political leaders which I find pretty cute. My favorite is Boutros Boutros - essentially just a chocolate martini but delicious. Food is pretty good too if you need to snack on something. A little overpriced, but that's what you get for a bar sitting in a prime downtown location.
My only beef with this place is their service. I don't let this issue weigh too heavily on my enjoyment of the place though because I go in expecting shitty service now so I can let it slide half the time and their drinks and atmosphere are too cool to ignore.
The servers take forever getting to your table and I find them pretty snotty half the time, where they'll just blatantly ignore your table if they don't like the look of you. One time I was there and the waitress walked by our table of 5 people multiple times before taking our drink order. I had to literally stand up and stop her in her tracks to ask if we were going to get served at all that night because we had seriously waited 20 min. We weren't even hidden in the back corner, we were in plain view sitting in front of the fireplace by the bar.
So, if you're in the mood for some cocktails and a good atmosphere I'd definitely recommend this place. Just don't go in expecting any great service from the staff.
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