Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve heard all of the buzz around Calgary’s latest restaurant, Charbar. Located in the historic Simmons factory, it is the perfect combination of Alberta charm and delicious cuisine. The great news is that Charbar is available for weddings. Last week I met with Chrissy from Charbar to learn about this unique wedding venue.
Tell us about the history of the space?
The Simmons is located along the picturesque Bow River in the newly developed East Village Community, which is home to numerous iconic Calgary buildings and surrounding amenities. The 103 year old two storey building boasts original woodmill construction floors, exposed brick, tall fir posts as well as the original windows and feather shoot installed by the Simmons Mattress Factory in 1912. The Simmons factory produced matresses for hospitals via ABC Bedding Co. and became well known for their signature Simmons Beauty Rest line during this time. During World War II, the Simmons Factory provided mattresses for the military and occupied the space until 1966. It remained vacant until it was used as offices for the City of Calgary before turning the keys over to the CMLC for redevelopment.
The new development showcases urban modern touches while maintaining the historical charm of the original structure. The Simmons Building is also home to two other local businesses: Phil & Sebastian Coffee Roasters and Sidewalk Citizen Bakery. The collaboration of all three businesses under one roof creates a truly decadent and memorable experience for your guests.
The new National Music Center, the upcoming Central Library, Fort Calgary and St. Patrick’s Island are a few of Charbar’s notable neighbours.
What are some features that make Charbar unique as a wedding venue?
We have retrofit the building with modern amenities that blend into the backdrop of the historic elements. We have a state-of-the-art audio/visual system, glass partition walls for privacy, as well as gorgeous Le Creuset dinner wear. This is a venue unlike anything else in Calgary!
Every aspect of your wedding can be customized to your specifications. Our experienced event team will ensure a seamless event from musical styling, custom menu planning, professional service, and décor.
What type of wedding is your space ideal for?
Charbar is a fabulous venue for every type of wedding. From an outdoor ceremony on our gorgeous rooftop with panoramic views overlooking the city, to a seated dinner on our second floor event space, exposing the charming backdrop of brick walls, wood beams and original hardwood floors. Charbar is a modern and luxurious addition to Calgary wedding venues. The space lends itself to rustic timeless décor, but can also be transformed to any couple’s modern wedding style.
We can host intimate weddings of 10 guests as well as cater larger weddings up to 300 guests. We have hosted ceremonies, receptions, rehearsal dinners and engagement parties.
Charcut and Charbar are known in Calgary for fabulous cuisine. Are their special menu options available to wedding couples?
Chef Jessica Pelland and Chef Mike Batke work together to create specialized menus that pair perfectly with your event. Any theme, dietary restriction or menu format can be accommodated in each of our private event rooms and on our rooftop patio. You can also choose items from the Argentinian-inspired Charbar menu, featuring our Parrilla wood-fire grill, which is the heart of our kitchen. The added touches and fine details – like freshly-baked Sidewalk Citizen Bakery bread and premium coffee service by Phil & Sebastian Coffee Roasters – are what make Charbar events unforgettable. From dinner buffets to midnight Alley Burgers, we are passionate about custom catering every part of the experience.
The view from the rooftop is so spectacular. Can the rooftop patio be booked for weddings?
Yes of course! We have booked the rooftop patio for many ceremonies and receptions already. It is definitely a show stopper for any wedding.
A private dining room on the second floor that includes the feather shoot, original to the factory.
Any message that you would like to pass along to couples looking for the perfect place for their wedding?
When looking for the perfect space it should fit within the style of who they are as a couple. Also, look for unique touches that will set your wedding apart and an event planning team that you can trust.
Thanks to Chrissy and Charbar for having me. Be sure to check out this beautiful new venue. I’m looking forward to photographing my first wedding there soon.
Unique wedding venues Calgary captured by Calgary Wedding Photographer – Tara Whittaker