In the summer of 2020, we found the perfect additional home for a Kaffeeklatsch that is neither cart nor kiosk, but a lovely cafe space. A space located just a few blocks away from where we started. This place, 1205 1st SW, has a rich history in the social fabric of Calgary. Prior to being occupied by its current owner, Tokyo Smoke, it was the Bamboo Lounge space of the Drum ’n’ Monkey.
This small stretch of street is overflowing with the history of Calgary’s nightlife, as well as having played a prominent role in its music and art scenes. In the 1980s, the northern tip of this street formed part of Electric Avenue, the most notorious stretch of nightclubs in Canada at that point in time. At the south end of the block, the huge Castle Pub sat throughout the 1990s and early 2000s like a foundation, carrying the weight of the numerous clubs on the strip, places like Venom and the Night Gallery.
The Night Gallery is notable not only for being the birthplace of another Calgary institution, Tubby Dog, but for housing a giant, familiar statue for all of its nineteen years. Our restaurateur neighbours on this strip named themselves in honour of this famous statue: Ten Foot Henry.
It is in this neighbourhood, with its exciting cultural history and amazing small businesses, that Kaffeeklatsch can build a place for the community Jessica knows and lives in. A place where we will co-host engaging events with its residents.
Most importantly, Kaffeeklatsch is and will always be a safe place for all communities; people of all abilities, ages, cultures, ethnicities, genders, and sexualities are welcome here.