Once upon a Calgary, this newer Bridgeland diner closed its doors around 3 or 4 most afternoons. It was a breakfast and lunch hangout, not an after work go-to. But the times, they are a-changing! And Blue Star Diner is now open late afternoons and well into the evening 7 days a week.

With the new hours also comes one of my favourite times of day… happy hour! From 3pm-6pm every Monday-Friday, enjoy $3 off Blue Star Diner’s regular 2 oz cocktails ($11 otherwise), a feature wine for $6 or pull up for a bottle of Steamwhistle for only $5.

On my most recent visit, I indulged in the Bourbon Milk Punch (Bulleit Bourbon, milk, agave syrup, vanilla extract and nutmeg). Are punches making a comeback? Back in the yonder years, punches preceded cocktails. That is, until folken had better things to do than sit around with their cronies drinking bowlfuls of booze. Some smarty pants figured out that the punches could be made glass by glass rather than bowl by bowl. Really, it became the best of both worlds! The first milk punch is said to go back to the late 1600s or early 1700s and attirbuted to a certain Aphra Behn.

The bourbon keeps the warming kick we all enjoyed in our egg nog over the holidays, but the regular milk instead of a heavy cream, no eggs, sweetener with the agave syrup and just a bit of spice with the nutmeg makes for a much lighter drink… and an easier time sticking to your resolution to cut down on those calories! Other whisky-based cocktails at Blue Star include: Cowboy Sippin’ Whisky (2 oz feature whisky served in a saloon-style shot glass), Whisky Sour (choice of Bulleit Bourbon or Alberta Premium Rye, fresh lemon juice and agave syrup), Manhattan (choice of Bulleit Bourbon or Alberta Premium Rye, Martini Rosso Vermouth and Angostura bitters), Old Fashioned (Alberta Premium Rye, sugar, Angostura bitters, orange wedge) or Wildrose (Alberta Premium Rye, Chambord Royale Liqueur, fresh lime juice).

What Blue Star Diner’s happy hour is missing is a proper snacks menu. The full lunch menu is available, but if you’re just looking to tide over your tummy grumbles until dinner time, the selection is a bit slim. The option I would recommend in this case is an order of the tacos. Though I wouldn’t normally pair tacos and Bourbon Milk Punch, when you’re hungry and you still have dinner plans later that evening, you work with what you’ve got.

Blue Star Diner
Address: 809 1st St NE
Hrs: Sun – Wed: Doors 8am – last seating 10pm, Thu – Sat: Doors 8am – last seating 11pm, Holidays: Doors 8am – last seating 2pm (unless otherwise stated)
Phone: (403) 261-9998
Website: bluestardiner.ca

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