The crisp chill of autumn has already set in which means it's time to ditch patios and say hello to the secret bar scene. Lucky for you, we've put together a list of Calgary hidden bars that you should absolutely check out.
There’s nothing more gratifying than finishing up a long workweek and knowing you have plans to get a drink in your hand soon.
And if you're looking for the latest spot to go, we suggest retreating to one of our city's many secret speakeasies, some of which are snuggled into basements or hidden behind bookcases.
We’ve done all the legwork, and uncovered some pretty impressive spots that aren't only Instagram worthy but also have all the vintage vibes you need to escape 2020. If you love being in the know, spending your chilly season in hidden bars sounds like the perfect idea.
Betty Lou’s Library
Address: 908 17 Ave. S.W., Calgary, AB
Why You Need To Go: Take a step back in time when you step behind a bookcase and into a 1920s era prohibition speakeasy. Jazz music will serenade you while sitting on vintage velvet chairs and being met by servers in flapper dresses.
Address: 308 17 Ave. S.W., Calgary, AB
Why You Need To Go: This place is in the heart of 17th avenue and they're always keeping things fresh with a rotating cocktail menu every month. If you're hungry, they serve bar snacks from their much-loved Model Milk kitchen.
Address: Basement 115 2 Ave. S.E., Calgary, AB
Why You Need To Go: This is a literal underground bar that has all the tropical vibes. The menu is full of flavour-packed Vietnamese dishes and original cocktails.
Address: 7212 Macleod Tr. S.E., Calgary, AB
Why You Need To Go: A vintage Coco-Cola vending machine swings open to let you enter this hidden bar. Inside, you'll be served authentic Japanese cuisine and their signature drink is unlike anything you've had before.
Address: 109A 8 Ave. S.W., Calgary, AB
Why You Need To Go: The spot has a vintage vibe and the record collection alone will transport you to the 70s. The drink list is full of fancy cocktails, Japanese whiskeys and elegant wines.
Address: 616 17 Ave. S.W., Calgary, AB
Why You Need To Go: Once you find the door, you enter a pre-prohibition speakeasy that's decorated with gas masks and a canopy made with thousands of light bulbs. The curiosity alone should get you through the door.
Address: 200 8 Ave. S.W., Calgary
Why You Need To Go: This spot is literally hidden underground and has the most trendy rose theme. They have a very luxurious, high-end vibe and their drink menu doesn't end.