Home to just as many talented bartenders as there are skilled chefs, Calgary has a buzzing nightlife scene. Whether you are in the mood for a classic cocktail or a casual beer, or on the lookout for a new favorite drink, we’ve got the spot for you.
Set in Calgary’s historic dairy building in the heart of uptown 17th Avenue, the rustic-chic Model Milk specializes in giving old school drinks and dishes a modern twist. Their stellar wine selection and ever-changing cocktail list pair well with the local, seasonal, and innovative menu. Pro tip: the Black Manhattan is a must-try.
Owned by Bear Hill Brewing, Last Best is on a mission to promote beer culture through its handcrafted brews and homemade distilled spirits. Take a seat in the rustic-chic interior or outside on the courtyard patio to enjoy their menu of elevated pub fare. Whatever you eat, make sure to pair it with a beer flight so you can sample their ever-changing draft line-up.
Looking for a good old-fashioned drink? Head to Milk Tiger Lounge, where classic cocktails are king. This intimate space is perfect for cozying up in a corner spot with a Tom Collins. Check out their menu for light bites, entirely gluten free.
Located inside Stephen Avenue’s heritage bank of Nova Scotia building, the Bank & Baron is a bi-level British-style pub with classy interior reminiscent of its banking roots. With 26 beers on tap, including 12 craft beers in rotation, and a creative cocktail list, the Bank & Baron has something for everyone. Our top pick is the bourbon sour, with fresh lemon juice, angostura bitters and an optional, but recommended, freshly shaken egg white on the top.
Sip in style at The Raw Bar at Hotel Arts, home to chef Duncan Ly’s unique Vietmodern menu and master mixologist Christina Mah’s expertly crafted creations. The drinks menu is divided into three sections: Classics, Born Again Classics (those with a “twist”) and Creative Juices, meant to showcase the talent behind the bar. Enjoy your drink by the outdoor pool for an unforgettably glamorous evening.