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9 Cozy Secret Bars In Calgary That You Need To Check Out

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 9 Cozy Bars In Calgary That Are Perfect For Your Next Weekend Out

Calgary has some pretty iconic bars hidden bars where you can indulge in cocktails. To make your life easier, we compiled a list of the best cozy bars in Calgary that you need to check out. From hidden passageways to one of a kind cocktails, you won’t find bars like this anywhere else and they're perfect for dinner and drinks with your BFFs.

Whether you are new to town or are just looking for a new spot to hit up, these bars should totally be on your list. It's almost the weekend, so why not try some of them soon? All nine of these bars are a great way to explore the city and maybe try a little something different from your standard gin and tonic. 

Between amazing eats and legendary cocktails and wine lists, these bars have it all. Plus, some of these places are so magical and unique that it's an experience to just be in the room — if you even manage to find it.

Grab your friends and pick a couple of bars on this list to hit up on your next big weekend out. It's basically a build-your-own bar crawl. Once you try these places you’ll be amazed at how you ever went to a normal bar before. Just remember to drink responsibly and always plan a safe ride home. Thank goodness we have Uber. 

SHELTER

Price: 💸💸

Address: 1210 1 St SW, Calgary, AB

Why You Need To Go: This bar effortlessly combines pre-prohibition style cocktails with an edge. The extensive menu will have you wondering why you never visited earlier.

Sub Rosa

Price: 💸💸

Address: 200 8 Ave SW, Calgary, AB

Why You Need To Go: Between wicked events and iconic cocktails, this place has it all. Not to mention the decor is everything. Get your camera ready you’ll be Instagramming all night.

Frenchie

Price: 💸💸

Address: 616 17 Ave SW, Calgary, AB

Why You Need To Go: Frenchie is adorably quaint. This 20 seat establishment has some iconic house cocktails that you won't get anywhere else. With ingredients like earl grey syrup, passionfruit, and yellow chartreuse, you’ll be in cocktail heaven.

Milk Tiger Lounge

Price: 💸💸

Address: 1410 4 St SW, Calgary AB

Why You Need To Go: This bar has some awesome bites but is really known for its cocktail list. With over 30 classic and new cocktails to pick from, you will want to stay for a bit. While you’re there, grab one of their charcuterie plates.

Cannibale

Price: 💸💸

Address: 813 1 AVE NE, Calgary, AB

Why You Need To Go: Get ready to add a pop of colour and fun into your life when you step foot into Cannibale. Their food and drinks are literally iconic and the garnish is everything. Not to mention the chic and modern layout of the bar is the perfect place to spend an evening.

Bar Annabelle

Price: 💸💸💸

Address: 109A 8 Avenue SW, Calgary, AB

Why You Need To Go: Known for their wine, Bar Annabelle is the perfect place to spend an evening with the girls. The hardest part will be picking the perfect bottle.

The Tea House

Price: 💸💸

Address: 1213 1 St SW, Calgary, AB

Why You Need To Go: You’ll feel like you’re stepping into a different country when you enter the Tea House. The red, Japanese-inspired decor pairs perfectly with the drool-worthy menu and delicious cocktails. Oh, and did we mention there are always cool events here?

Hop In Brew

Price: 💸💸

Address: 213 12 Avenue SW, Calgary, AB

Why You Need To Go: This bar is so cute and it is situated in an adorable house; so you will literally feel like you’re coming home. Play a game of pool with your buds or just sit and relax on the porch. Either way, you’ll feel like you’re in the middle of a house party.

Betty Lou's Library

Price: 💸💸💸

Address: The Devenish Building, 908 17 Avenue Southwest, Calgary, AB

Why You Need To Go: Betty Lou's Library will make you feel like you’re entering into the Great Gatsby. To go in, you will literally have to enter through a secret door behind a bookshelf. Need we say more?

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