The 14 Best Calgary Bars for Fun & Relaxation

Best Calgary Bars

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By Lucas Hebert

If you’re coming from a long day at work and are looking to unwind, you’re in for a treat… because do we ever have the best Calgary bars for you with today’s roundup!

Going to a bar is perfect if you want to sit back, socialise with people, and just enjoy your Friday night. At the best bars, the music is great and the alcohol tastes even better, especially when you’re in the company of friends both old and new.

To help you decide which bar to visit, check out our list of the best Calgary bars below, and you just might find your next destination!

1.  Cannibale

Cannibale Bar
Photo credit: Cannibale Instagram
PRODUCTS https://www.cannibale.ca/drinks
WEBSITEhttps://www.cannibale.ca/
ADDRESS813 1 Ave NE, Calgary, AB T2E 0C2, Canada
CONTACT DETAILSTel: +1 403-454-5808

Email: [email protected]

OPERATING HOURSMon to Thurs: 4pm–12am

Friday: 12pm–2am

Saturday: 11am–2am

Sunday: 11am–12am

Cannibale is a local pub that stands as a barber shop by day and turns into a cocktail bar by night.

Customers of Cannibale can also set up the bar as an event venue and host a private event there. Events held there may be birthdays, engagements, weddings, and other intimate gatherings.

As one of the best Calgary bars, they make sure to make their clients feel important by holding daily specials, giving discounts at the bar on certain days to keep the fun going.

Highlights

  • $5 happy hour
  • Aperativo Mondays
  • Tiki Tuesdays

Customer Reviews 

Cannibale is celebrated by their customers for their amazing food and drinks. They also love the atmosphere, incredible service, and excellent music.

Some customers shared their reviews and wrote:

“Great cocktail bar in this neighborhood. Dark and cozy so bring a phone flashlight to read the menu. Drinks are well done, food was also excellent. We shared the charcuterie plate. I heard the Cuban sandwich was delicious as well.”

“Great cocktails that change often enough. If you are looking for something specific they always seam happy to make it. The popcorn is a nice snack.”

 

2.  Milk Tiger Lounge

Milk Tiger Lounge Bar
Photo credit: Milk Tiger Lounge Facebook
PRODUCTS https://milktigerlounge.ca/#drinks
WEBSITEhttps://milktigerlounge.ca/
ADDRESS1410 4 St SW, Calgary, AB T2R 0Y1, Canada
CONTACT DETAILSTel: +1 403-261-5009
OPERATING HOURSMon to Sat: 4:00pm-2:00am

Sun: 6:00pm-2:00am

Milk Tiger Lounge is a laid-back parlour that offers some of the best boutique mixed drinks, and a small plate food menu to keep your appetite intact.

The bar throws themed events once in a while, and this includes art shows, infamous emo nights, 90s cocktail parties, and more.

As one of the best Calgary bars, their take on the classics including cocktails, wine, beer, and food is unique and hugely appealing. It keeps their clients interested, so many stay for another round after the first!

Highlights

  • Hotel Georgia
  • The meat hook
  • Parisienne negroni

Customer Reviews

Milk Tiger Lounge is dubbed the “dream factory of your mouth” by their customers. They’re also known for their chic decor, fun atmosphere, stylish interior, cheap drinks, and creative cocktails.

Some customers shared their reviews and wrote:

“I absolutely love coming here. amazing staff, fantastic drinks and general atmosphere. Ali is fantastic in her cocktail knowledge and clearly loves what she does. I always feel welcome and the music is dope. highly recommend.” 

“Great little spot … the owner was very welcoming and brought us a round of shooters on the house. Love the logo.”

 

3.  Betty Lou’s Library

Betty Lou's Library Bar
Photo credit: Betty Lou’s Library website
PRODUCTS https://www.bettylouslibrary.com/menu/
WEBSITEhttps://www.bettylouslibrary.com/
ADDRESSThe Devenish Building, 908 17 Avenue Southwest, Calgary, AB T2T 0A3, Canada
CONTACT DETAILSTel: +1 403-454-4774
OPERATING HOURSTues to Thurs: 5:00pm-12:30am

Fri and Sat: 5:00pm-2:00am

Betty Lou’s Library is a 1920s-inspired speakeasy that combines the aesthetics of the Lost Generation in Paris with the American Prohibition Era.

Hidden behind a bookcase, they offer a familiar melange of cocktails and small plates, and only allow their customers to enter by password.

As one of the best Calgary bars, Betty Lou’s Library is loved not only for their live jazz nights but also for their burlesque events. Visit them to see why!

Highlights

  • Babylon revisited
  • Literary-themed cocktails like Virginia Woolf and Jane Eyre

Customer Reviews 

If you’re looking for something different, Betty Lou’s Library is well-known for their atmosphere and experience. Customers also recommend them for their great service, ambiance, and cocktails.

Some customers shared their reviews and wrote:

“I’ve been a few times on different occasions and every time it is perfect. The servers are knowledgeable and super friendly. The bar staff are serious architects and the room is stunning! Such a great concept and makes for a lovely starting off point for an evening on 17th or for a night of settling in. If you like literature, cool cocktails and the 1920’s vibe try it!” 

“The best cocktail experience we have ever had. Decor was themed perfectly, staff were attentive and made you feel right at home. Complimentary bubbly on the house just for it being our birthdays. The drinks were to die for and they could make most any other classic cocktail as well. Amazing place to come!! We will be back alot more. Keep up the great job!”

 

4.  Frenchie Wine Bar

Frenchie Wine Bar
Photo credit: Frenchie Wine Bar Facebook
PRODUCTS http://www.frenchieyyc.com/img/FRENCHIECOCKTAIL-2020.pdf
WEBSITEhttp://www.frenchieyyc.com/
ADDRESS616 17 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2S 0B4, Canada
CONTACT DETAILSTel: +1 403-453-1183
OPERATING HOURS5:00pm-10:00pm

5:00pm-12:00am

Tucked away in a fancy setting, Frenchie Wine Bar is a modern wine saloon that was inspired by a Frenchman’s point-of-view.

They offer an array of wine produced by well-regarded wineries that support organic methods and trust in traditional processes of wine-making.

And as one of the best Calgary bars, Frenchie Wine Bar also takes pride in their food menu, promoting and working with the local shops that supply them with artisanal varieties of meat and cheese.

Highlights

  • The apothecary
  • Lazio bellini
  • Vanilla old fashioned

Customer Reviews 

Frenchie Wine Bar is well-known by their customers for being a hidden gem with great experiences, great fondue, great cocktails, and a super cool wine bar.

Some customers shared their reviews and wrote:

“What a hidden spectacular place. I mean I need to become regular because it’s the kind of place you expect your drink ready when you walk in. It has this exclusive back room feel that can’t be matched. I had an Old Fashioned and it was right on point. The service makes you feel like you are the star of the show. I highly recommend going. That is if you can find it..”

“Great date place, love the decor and music, would make a great place for a Christmas party or small company function.  Ideal less than 20 ppl. The servers and bartenders are just wonderful.  Excited to go back and have another date night there! Or our engagement party!”

 

5.  Bridgette Bar

Bridgette Bar
Photo credit: Bridgette Bar Facebook
PRODUCTS http://www.bridgettebar.com/drink
WEBSITEhttp://www.bridgettebar.com/
ADDRESS739 10 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2R 0B3, Canada
CONTACT DETAILSTel: +1 587-319-6827

Email: [email protected]

Bridgette Bar is a well-known laid-back spot with a creative atmosphere. They offer witty, chef-inspired small plates and entrees, and exquisite cocktails.

They are located in the centre of Calgary’s design district, so their atmosphere definitely matches the vibe of their surroundings.

As one of the best Calgary bars, Bridgette Bar is also open to lending their space for parties and events that are both big and small.

Highlights

  • Moonlit villa
  • Stockholm syndrome
  • Thirty six views

Customer Reviews 

According to customers, Bridgette Bar is a great restaurant that offers great food, drinks, service, and music.

Some customers shared their reviews and wrote:

“Amazing food, great service, and safe curbside pickup! To top it off, they sent a few extra goodies with dinner. Well worth the $25/person and we will definitely be coming back during quarantine! 😊👍”

“If you haven’t been here, you must. The staff are exceptional. They go above and beyond. And the food?!? It is the best meal I’ve been served in Calgary! What a place & what a night!

Thanks Bridgette Bar! �”

 

6. Vin Room

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Photo credit: Vin Room Facebook

PRODUCTS http://www.vinroom.com/menus
WEBSITEhttp://www.vinroom.com/
ADDRESS2310-4th St SW, Calgary, Alberta T2S 1X2, Canada
CONTACT DETAILSTel: 403457-5522

Email: [email protected]

Vin Room offers a place for people to explore a diverse collection of wines. They are a licensed restaurant that has non-alcoholic beverages for children too.

They have three locations in Calgary: Mission, West, and YYC Calgary Airport – International Departures. They encourage guests to learn and experience wine through sampling before committing to a bottle or glass purchase.

Highlights

  • Over 85 wines to taste
  • Dog-friendly patio
  • Has great live music

Customer Reviews 

Here’s a review from one of Vin Room clients:

“I went here for a work Christmas party and we had a small group so we reserved the small upstairs portion of the place. The area was nice and cozy with a darker atmosphere. There was a great selection of wine/drinks and good appetizer food.” – Oscar Kwok

Here’s another one:

“Just finished the mother’s day brunch from here, it was incredible. I was looking on-line for a local restaurant that delivered for mother’s day. Stumbled across VIN Room and it looked reasonable so I gave it a shot. Food was amazing considering we had to heat it up,. Included was their take-out menu with date night packages as well as others. Couldn’t believe how reasonably priced everything was. We will definitely be ordering a date night meal package soon.” – Mike Kellington

 

7. The Derrick Gin Mill & Kitchen

Photo credit: The Derrick Gin Mill & Kitchen

PRODUCTS http://thederrickyyc.com/#menus
WEBSITEhttp://thederrickyyc.com/
ADDRESS620 8 Ave SW Calgary, AB T2P 1G6
CONTACT DETAILSTel: +1 403-475-7226

Reminiscent of a classic tavern, The Derrick Gin Mill & Kitchen highlights the beauty of the old west in its interior and ambiance. Whether it’s playing the blues, or some old-school hip-hop, their music choice ties perfectly with the overall mood.

With one of the widest selections of gin in Calgary, some amazing food, and its intimate atmosphere, The Derrick Gin Mill & Kitchen is definitely a spot worth visiting!

Highlights

  • Build your own Martini and Gin and Tonic
  • Blowout Hour
  • Live Blues every Thursday

Customer Reviews 

Highly commended for their cocktails and interior design, The Derrick is no stranger to praise. With their staff being so accommodating, it’s plain to see why their customers are eager to return.

Some customers shared their reviews and wrote:

“This place is seriously amazing. The cocktails and Gin selection are fantastic, two pages for both! The food that we had was very good, fresh and well presented. Ordered the Gin and Tonic for dessert and it blew us away. We can’t wait to come back
and tackle some more of the cocktails. What a gem.”

“Was the first bar I ever visited in Calgary. Caught my eye from outside and months later it served as my birthday location. Wonderfully knowledgeable staff and bartenders. Cozy and comfortable interior. The lettuce wrap Korean bbq was a delicious surprise hidden amongst menu offerings of traditional Canadian with a good, modern take; the food I did eat and small size of the menu leaves me with little doubt of their quality. Gin. Also gin. With pomegranate tonic.”

 

8. UNTITLED Champagne Lounge

PRODUCTS A wide selection of drinks
WEBSITEhttp://untitledyyc.com/
ADDRESS104, 620 8th Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2P 1G6
CONTACT DETAILS(403) 475-7226
OPERATING HOURSContact for more details

At UNTITLED Champagne, they have created an environment that is both friendly and unique with a team that offers excellent services to all their customers. With a large variety of champagne and an stunning display of sparkling wines, there is no doubt that you will enjoy your time here with your friends.

Their team is also equipped to match your taste and budget with the perfect bottle.

Highlights

  • High-quality champagne
  • Reasonably price
  • Clean environment

Customer Reviews 

Here’s a review from one of UNTITLED Champagne Lounge clients:

“The atmosphere is something straight out of a 1920’s speak-easy. I instantly fell in love with this place! The food is amazing (highly recommend the sushi rolls) and the bartenders are true alchemists, masters of their craft, making the most incredible and delicious cocktails! The live jazz on Thursdays makes for the perfect date night as well.” -Roger Pittet

Here’s another one:

“This place is absolutely perfect for either starting out your night or ending your night!! Amazing music, great atmosphere and even better cocktails.” -Angela Els

 

9. Lounge Eighteen

Design by Martin Lee Design Image courtesy of martinleedesign.ca

Photo credit: Lounge Eighteen

PRODUCTS http://www.loungeeighteen.com/menu
WEBSITEhttp://www.loungeeighteen.com/
ADDRESS1005 17th ave SW Calgary, AB —T2T 0A7
CONTACT DETAILSTel: +1 403-454-7143

Paying homage to the prohibition era, this swanky lounge has a modern take on classics that’s sure to leave its customers a nice surprise.

The speakeasy inspired bar offers finger-licking food, great drinks, and water pipes for those seeking to just sit back and chill.

Lounge Eighteen is tamed by day, but transforms into an upbeat atmosphere by night, giving an experience like no other.

Highlights

  • Shisha
  • Happy Hour
  • Night Specials
  • Guest DJ

Customer Reviews 

Lounge Eighteen is recommended for their shisha, killer drinks and amazing food; however, it’s the customer service and ambience that makes people come back for more.

Some customers shared their reviews and wrote:

“Fantastic place! Whether you just need to get some work done on your own or looking for a place for a birthday party, Lounge 18 has a fantastic menu with delicious food and drinks. Service is always great and the happy hour specials are incredible!”

“One of my favourite places to hang out. Chill vibe during the day, you can bring your laptop to work or just hang while you smoke a waterpipe. I like going during happy hour because the pipes and cocktails are half price, so $10 shisha and $4 prosecco! Also, the new menu is great! I really liked the steak bites and spinach/artichoke dip. It’s a beautiful lounge and on the weekends they will have hip hop/rnb DJ’s, so the nights turn into a fun, moody, party atmosphere. If you love cocktails, shisha and yummy food, you’ll really like it here.”

 

10. The Tea House

Photo credit: The Tea House Instagram

PRODUCTS https://www.teahouseyyc.com/late-night-food-calgary
https://www.teahouseyyc.com/cocktails-calgary
WEBSITEhttps://www.teahouseyyc.com/
ADDRESS1213 1st Street SW Calgary, Alberta
CONTACT DETAILSTel: +1 403-474-7766

By adding a modern twist to traditional Chinese cuisine, and concocting out-of-this-world cocktails, The Tea House is definitely worth a visit!

The amazing assortment of grub and beverages aren’t the only factor that make The Tea House stand out. Their venue (and the surprises within) is another major selling point.

From comedy night, to karaoke parties, The Tea House is ideal for bringing friends and family together for a night out!

Highlights

  • Happy Hour
  • WU & Wings Every Wednesday
  • Set-up your own Ping Pong party
  • Turn the bar into your own private karaoke party
  • Comedy Night Every Thursday

Customer Reviews 

The good food, refreshing drinks, and bumping set-up makes for an unforgettable moment. Here’s what The Tea Place’s customers had to say:

“Yummy!! Definitely try the papaya salad. The food here is delicious, well proportioned. Order a variety of five or six dishes to split with someone and you will feel quite satisfied that you ate a filling dinner. The staff go out of their way to be helpful. Five stars.”

Here’s another one:

“It’s a nice place to kick it with friends. It was my wife’s birthday and we went there after dinner with few friends on a Saturday night. The decor and atmosphere is good. We were looking for a place where they played hip hop and we didn’t have to yell to have a conversation. All of us enjoyed our time there.

Another plus was that they take reservations and we got a table in a packed place. Drinks were okay, didn’t eat any of the food but it sounded good. Will try the food next time. Overall a good experience and I would go back.”

 

11. SS106 Aperitivo Bar

2020 Consumer Choice Award - Best Italian Restaurant in YYC

Photo credit: SS106 Aperitivo Bar

PRODUCTS Italian food and drinks
WEBSITEhttp://www.ss106yyc.com/
ADDRESS824D Edmonton Trail NE Calgary, AB T2E-3J6
CONTACT DETAILSTel: (403) 219-0949

SS106 Aperitivo Bar has been serving authentic Italian dishes and drinks since 2016. Domenico Spadafora, the owner of Aperitivo Bar, built a contemporary space ideal for mingling with friends and family.

While their use of fresh, high quality ingredients ensures that their meals are nothing short of amazing. From Pizzas to pastas, aperitivo to wines, SS106 Aperitivo Bar has brought an essence of Italy to Edmonton!

Highlights

  • Aperitivo
  • Gluten-free pasta options
  • 5-Course Dinners

Customer Reviews 

The welcoming environment and the appetizing meals are why their customers can’t get enough of SS106 Aperitivo Bar. Here’s what their customer has to say:

“We recently went to this restaurant and wow! The food is amazing! Authentic Italian cuisine that did not disappoint!! The atmosphere is cool, the art on the walls all have a story that the owner will be more than happy to tell you all about them, he is very friendly and laid back! This restaurant is by far the best Italian I’ve ever had! 100% recommend eating here if you’re ever in Calgary!! We will definitely be back.”

Here’s another one:

“A very gem of a restaurant. Great food, great service and the price is right as well. The appetizers and main course meals were delicious and full of flavour. Paired with some very nice red wine, our dinner experience was fabulous. The owner is a hands-on entrepreneur who cares about his customers and service. If you like a place with great food and a great atmosphere this is the place. It’s an open concept so if you don’t like it a bit noisy this is not the place for you. It reminds me of all our European friends getting together to watch a soccer match……highly recommend this place.”

 

12. Distilled Beauty Bar and Social House

PRODUCTS Medical Aesthetics Hair, Nails, Waxing, and Facials
WEBSITEhttp://distilledbeautybar.com/
ADDRESS2408-34th Avenue SW, Calgary
CONTACT DETAILS+1 (403) 685-0119

[email protected]

OPERATING HOURSContact for more details

Distilled Beauty Bar gives its customers a much-needed getaway from the bustling city of Calgary.

With so many services to choose from, Distilled Beauty Bar is the perfect place for those looking for an all-in-one package. There’s simply no better combination than a makeover with a delicious beverage ready on hand, and Distilled Beauty Bar makes that possible.

Either alone or with a group, pamper days have never been more accessible.

Highlights

  • Mommy and Me Time
  • 15% OFF on facial services and products
  • Free Consultation

Customer Reviews 

People endorse Distilled Beauty Bar not only for their friendly and accommodating staff, but also the extensive range of services they provide.

Some customers shared their reviews and wrote:

“I love Distilled Beauty Bar! I have been going since they opened and I tell my people it’s like my Cheers! It’s a relaxing atmosphere to enjoy solo, or enjoy a catchup with friends. Sometimes I think I’m meeting friends just because the staff is so friendly and welcoming! I’ve had a number of their services, mostly repeatedly, and have learned a lot about skin care too – extra bonus. I look forward to my visit every time.

“When I arrived at distilled I was greeted with a smile. One of the employees also brought me a cup of water as I was settling. I was so surprised by the warm welcome and it really made me feel valued. The girls went above and beyond my expectations for service. I definitely look forward to coming back. Beautiful atmosphere and great quality products.”

 

13. Home and Away

PRODUCTS Beer, Wine, Cocktails,  Wings, Burgers, Pizza
WEBSITEhttp://homeandawayyyc.com/
ADDRESS1207 1st Street SW Calgary
CONTACT DETAILS+1 403-455-9789 | [email protected]
OPERATING HOURSSun – Thurs 11:00AM – 11:00PM
Fri – Sat 11:00AM – 1:00AM

Home & Away is a resto-bar perfect for those who want to have a good time. It has always had a high regard for Calgary and shares with customers their passion for sports and the nostalgia of legends that inspired a lot of people.

This is all reflected in the amazing ambiance that greet customers when they enter the place. Along with their warm welcome, anybody will surely enjoy their experience in Home & Away.

Highlights

  • Friendly and skilled bartenders
  • Homey, delicious dishes
  • Fun interior design
  • Great daily drink and food features
  • Happy hour all day Sunday
  • Shuffle Club in the basement

Customer Reviews 

Here’s a review from one of Home and Away’s clients:

“We were a group that went for food and drinks after work and stayed in to the night. Our server Krista was so great. Not only was she quick to refill our drinks but she was good conversation too, very personable. All of our food was good, the pizzas in particular. We played a few games. Super fun place!”

Here’s another one:

“There’s just no losing when it comes to Home & Away! Best beer, best service, and bomb food to go with it.  I’ve never had anything to eat that I don’t enjoy.  Their back patio is great for groups and pups.  Definitely get their tots, nachos and shrimp tacos. Delish!”

 

14. Fire N Ice

PRODUCTS Food, Bottle service, Shisha
WEBSITEhttps://www.facebook.com/fireniceyyc/
ADDRESS854 16th Ave SW Calgary, AB, Canada T2R 0S9
CONTACT DETAILS403 689 2565
OPERATING HOURSMonday – Sunday: 3:00 am – 2:00 pm

Fire n Ice is a bar and shisha lounge which brands itself as the most exciting nightclub in Calgary. 

Customers are served with various food and drink options every night. Fire n Ice also hosts a variety of events on a daily basis with music provided by local DJs.

Highlights

  • Various daily events 
  • Free parking

Customer Reviews 

Here’s a review from one of Fire n Ice’s clients:

“Good atmosphere. Food is great and service is amazing too. Really busy over the weekend. The lounge is nicely decorated and great lighting. Good music and vibes.”

Here’s another one:

“Love love love this joint. Any night you want to just kick back. This lounge is always good for that.”

 

With the list we’ve shared, we hope you were able to pick at least one bar that piqued your interest, keeping it in mind for your next venture to the night life.

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