Calgary has a lot of incredible spots, but in our opinion, the best ones are “underground.” From alleyways to bookcases, your new favorite spot might just be tucked behind your old favorite spot! Of course, we can’t leave you without any direction! Here are 8 hidden cocktail bars in Calgary that you have to check out.

BETTY LOU’S LIBRARY

Nothing is cozier than a dark room, velour chairs, and the smokey scent of bourbon! Next time you need to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life, climb through Betty Lou’s secret bookcase entrance and enjoy an evening of soft jazz music and 20s glamour.

Where: The Devenish Building, 908 17th Avenue SW, Calgary

AJITO

 

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In the mood for sushi, authentic rice, noodle bowls, and incredibly inventive cocktails? This is your place! At Ajito (which literally translates to “a hidden safe place”), the magic begins before you’re even seated, because – In order to enter, customers actually have to locate the Coca-Cola fridge at the back of Sho Sushi and climb through! Pretty cool right?

Where: 7212 Macleod Trail SE, Calgary

FRENCHIE WINE BAR

 

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Tucked behind UNA Pizza on 17th Avenue, Frenchie Wine Bar is one of Calgary’s best-kept secrets. This spot is an ambient speakeasy where intimate is the word. We’re not going to lie, it’s a tight squeeze on a busy night, but it’s all totally worth it. If you’re lucky to get one of the 15 seats in the bar, you won’t regret the wait. The drinks are fun, inventive – and their fondue is to die for.

Where: 618 17th Ave SW, Calgary

PLEASE DON’T TELL 

 

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Located on 8th Avenue and 1st street, Calgary’s newest speakeasy nightclub has taken over the space once occupied by the Infinity Ultra Lounge under Bar Patricia. With upscale decor, a ‘sophisticated crowd’ and bottle service – this boujee underground spot is one you have to check out.

Where: 811 1st Street SW, Calgary

UNTITLED CHAMPAGNE LOUNGE

 

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Described as a ‘swanky getaway,’ Untitled Champagne Lounge is an ambient little speakeasy with some of the most visually striking cocktails in the city. Though this spot isn’t located within another bar or anything, it does lack signage and takes a little investigation to find so that feels secretive enough to make this list!

Where: 620 8 Ave SW #104, Calgary

CANNIBALE

 

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Cannibale sweeps most competition with its choice prohibition front. The BAR-bershop is one part salon, one part saloon. The food here is great, the drinks are cold, and you can also get a haircut while you’re here. Sounds like a win, win, win to us!

Where: 813 1 Ave NE, Calgary

SUB ROSA

 

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Man, are you in for a treat! Known for being as glitzy as they come, Subrosa has some pretty wild drinks with a menu that goes on for pages – bplus they cater to all with the choice of music. On Fridays, Sub Rosa is more hip hop & R&B focused. Then, on Saturdays, their resident DJ spins chill deep house tracks – It’s an incredible time!

Where: 200 8 Ave SW, Calgary

PAPER LANTERN

 

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Located in a Chinatown basement, you’ll find the contemporary speakeasy-style lounge, Paper Lantern. With amazing-looking Vietnamese tapas, subs, bowls, and a super unique, tropically inclined drink menu, you might not be able to hop on a plane right now, but you can definitely trick your tastebuds into thinking you’re on vacation.

Where: Basement – 115 – 2 Avenue SE, Calgary

There you have it! Enjoy checking out these hidden Calgary cocktail bars, we promise you won’t regret getting lost finding them.