Calgary might be the gateway to Alberta, Canada’s great outdoors, but the city is more than an entryway to Banff. These best bars in Calgary are perfect for a drink after a long day of skiing or hiking among the Rockies.
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This unique craft cocktail bar combines chic elements of a luxury hotel bar with accents reminiscent of a war zone or The Walking Dead. Start your night out here for good service and plenty of time to choose from the menu.
Barbershop by day turns cocktail bar by night at Cannibale. The lights are lowered and candles lit at the tables and leather swivel chairs at the marble bar. Order anything from the “Revival” section of the cocktail menu. Go for apertivo Mondays or Tiki Tuesdays for good specials.
Sleek and minimalist, Proof mixes up artisanal cocktails inspired by literary references. For ultimate sipping comfort, take a seat at one of the plush leather couches.
Betty Lou’s Library is a Prohibition-style speakeasy with a few rules to follow. Call ahead to make a reservation–at which time you will receive a password for entry–to ensure a table as there is no standing room in the small library.
Don’t forget to use the phone to call a librarian to open the bookcase door for you. Once inside, expect dangerously delicious libations.
This low-key, backroom bar feels like a great secret due to its small size, but Frenchie Wine Bar exudes luxe too. Specialising in small, natural wine producers from around the world, guests will find a great selection of wines. Ask for a recommendation from the knowledgable staff.
For a laidback and easy bar to walk into after a day on the slopes or trails, Bacchus 14th is your place. They have karaoke if you feel like letting loose, but the large space provides room for groups or to move away from the stage, if need be.
Though pricier than other Calgary bars, Brigette Bar serve clever cocktails that can be paired with small plates curated by the chef. There is an extensive wine and beer menu from which to choose. But, like the fresh ingredients that shine in the bar’s food, the cocktails are wonderfully balanced and made with quality products.
Try the Tiger Moth or the Strange Bedfellows.