Unless you’ve been living under a rock, I’m sure you’ve heard the buzz about 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 has joined a distinguished list of unique wedding venues in Calgary. Recently, I met with their staff to learn about this very special space.
The history of the Simmons Factory
First of all, the Simmons Factory is located on the Bow River, in the newly-developed East Village. Our 103-year-old building boasts original woodmill-construction floors, exposed brick, tall fir posts and the original factory windows. The Simmons factory produced matresses for hospitals via ABC Bedding Co. and became well known for their signature Simmons Beauty Rest line. 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 by the city as offices before turning the keys over for redevelopment.
The new development showcases urban, modern touches while maintaining the historical charm. The Simmons Building is also home Phil & Sebastian Coffee Roasters and Sidewalk Citizen Bakery. The collaboration of all three businesses under one roof, creates a truly decadent and memorable experience.
We have retrofit the building with modern amenities that blend into the historic elements. We have a state-of-the-art AV system, glass partition walls for privacy, as well as gorgeous Le Creuset dinnerware. Charbar is a venue unlike anything else in Calgary!
Every aspect of your wedding can be customized to fit your specifications. Our experienced event team will ensure a seamless event from the 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. We host outdoor ceremonies on our gorgeous rooftop with panoramic views overlooking the city. Our second floor event space with brick walls and wood beams, is perfect for a seated diner. The space lends itself to rustic, timeless décor, but it can also be transformed to suit a more modern celebration.
We can host intimate weddings as well as larger weddings for up to 300 guests. As a result, we are available for 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 to pair with your event. Any theme, dietary restriction or menu format can be accommodated. You can also choose items from the Argentinian-inspired menu, featuring our Parrilla wood-fire grill, which is the heart of our kitchen. Sidewalk Citizen bread and Phil & Sebastian coffee are what make Charbar events unforgettable. From dinner buffets to midnight Alley Burgers, we are passionate about custom-catering every part of your experience.
Book our rooftop patio
We have booked the rooftop patio for many ceremonies and receptions already. It is definitely a show stopper!
Interesting fact: The private dining room on the second floor includes the original feather shoot from 1912.
More unique wedding venues in Calgary
Your wedding venue should suit your style so look for unique touches that will set your wedding apart. Thanks to the staff at Charbar for hosting me at their warm and inviting space.
Finally, if you’re looking for other venue options in Calgary, I’ve compiled a list of my favourites (incuding Charbar). You don’t want to miss it!
Unique wedding venues in Calgary captured by Calgary Wedding Photographer – Tara Whittaker