We will be taking you on a deep dive into drinking at the best bars in Calgary over the next few minutes. From a tall glass of beer and a shot of vodka to local drink specials and singing karaoke we are going to try and cover it all.
The best wine and cocktail bars near you will get the ball rolling. Once they have been discussed in full breweries and sports bars to watch the big game or maybe play some pool and throw some darts will get a shout out.
Those who want to get the party started right after work or just buy some cheaper drinks will learn about the best drink specials in your area next. After they are out of the way we will move on to bars with trivia, quiz, and/or game nights around town.
Bars for dancing, karaoke, and to listen to live music will wrap this all up. Be sure to check out our Calgary bar map that has every place we mention throughout the post pinned on it.
And you are all welcome to compare the scene here to other cities around Canada at that link if you want.
Cocktail & Wine Bars
Many would agree that the best Calgary cocktail and wine bars are:
- Proof at 1302 1St SW
- Hys Steakhouse & Cocktail Bar at 8 Ave & 3rd St
- Betty Lous Library at The Devenish Bldg, 908 17 Ave
- Winebar Kensington at 1131 Kensington Rd NW
- Bar Von Der Fels at 1005A 1 St SW
Proof is open every day from 4pm to 7pm offering great cocktails, beer, wines, and happy hours in your area plus they host private events.
Hys is well-known for its classic recipes and impeccable service and is also well-liked for its tableside service theater.
Regular events including jazz bands, live music, performances, and burlesque shows are held at Betty Lou’s.
Diverse and eclectic wine, craft beer, and cocktail lists in Calgary are provided at Winebar Kensington where both patio and indoor dining are also featured.
Bar Von Der Fels is a nice local wine bar has been open for more than a year and continues to be an under-the-radar beltline gem serving a fusion of European and Asian cuisines with a gourmet twist.
Calgary Breweries & Sports Bars
You and your buddies will have a great time watching the big game at these local sports bars and breweries:
- Last Best Brewing & Distilling at 607 11 Ave SW
- Tool Shed Brewing Company at 801 30 St NE
- Wild Rose Brewery at 4580 Quesnay Wood Dr SW
- Minhas Micro Brewery at 1314 44 Ave NE
- The Canadian Brewhouse at 9650 Harvest Hills Blvd
- Shark Club at 7995 11th St
- Mug Shotz Sports Bar & Grill at 2808 Ogden Rd
- Minhas Micro Brewery at 1314 44 Av NE
The Last Best is open at 10am on Sunday and 11:30am Monday through Saturday providing beers, cocktails, wines, other beverages, and drink specials near you.
Tool Shed Brewing Company has a taproom that offers food, beers, nitro beers, and ciders.
Everything pairs well with beer at Wild Rose Brewery plus they have a patio and alcoholic drink specials from 3pm to 6pm Sunday through Thursday.
Pizza Brew not only has a nice selection of beers but has also been voted to have some of the best pizza in town.
Canadian Brewhouse specializes in a large menu of appetizers, entrees, cocktails, and drink specials every night of the week. They have also bagged awards including the Consumer Choice Award for Best Sports Bar and Best Pub Award in Alberta.
Indoor and patio dining are both featured all throughout the week at Shark Club as well as local liquor specials from 3pm to 6pm and 9pm to close. They serve classics and signature dishes like wings, nachos, parmesan tater tots, and their very own double fisted burger.
Flavored wings, pub fare, and draft beers are served at the Mug Shotz Sports Bar and Grill in your area.
Local Drink Specials
There are plenty of good bars with drink specials in your area and you can get great value if you time your visit properly:
- Posto Pizzeria & Bar at 1014 8 St SW
- Tommyfield Gastropub at 19489 Seton Crescent SE #920
- Newcastle Pub at 2703 17 Ave SW
There are good drink specials at Posto Pizzeria and Bar plus you can get half priced pizza on Sunday until the dough runs out at.
Tommyfield Gastropub offers discounts on draught beers in your area every day from 3pm to 6pm and features a rooftop patio where you can enjoy great food and drinks.
Food and alcoholic drink discounts are available at Newcastle Pub.
Trivia, Quiz & Game Nights
Check out this list of bars with trivia, quiz, and game nights near you:
- The Unicorn Pub at 223 8 Ave SW
- The Dirty Duck at 1336 9 Ave SE
- Broken City at 613 11 Ave SW
- Greta Bar at 213 10 Ave SW
The Unicorn hosts bar trivia in Calgary every night of the week starting at 6:30pm and offers happy hours from 4pm to 7pm.
Six rounds of seven questions plus a round where participants must identify selected photos are provided at The Quiz Show every Tuesday starting at 7pm. You can earn extra points or prizes throughout the rounds by playing fun games like naming a tune, spinning a wheel, drawing competitions, and more.
Over 50 arcade games including Pop-A-Shot, Air Hockey, Donkey Kong, and Tetris as well as food, cocktails, wines, and drink specials are all provided at Greta Bar.
Dance, Karaoke, & Live Music
Dance, listen to live music, or sing karaoke at these fun bars around town:
- Cloud 9 Hookah Lounge & Bar at 4816 Macleod Trail SW
- Rendezvous at 2280 39 Ave NE
- Ironwood Stage & Grill at 1229 9 Ave SE
- Galaxy Karaoke at 1324 10 Ave SW
- Ducky’s Pub & Restaurant at 2100 4 St SW
- Espresso Bar at 1333 8 St SW
Cloud 9 is well known for its excellent food and beverages plus they have a large hookah lounge, dance floor, and live DJ performances.
You can dance the night away with a diverse range of music at Club Rendezvous where they provide a one of a kind experience for singing and other sorts of entertainment as well as events, memberships, and promotions.
Ironwood Stage and Grill is one of the best nightclubs in the city providing nightly live music, meals, cocktails, and other drinks.
English, Korean, Chinese, Filipino, Russian, and Spanish songs are available at the Galaxy Karaoke bar near you.
Ducky’s Pub and Restaurant is an ideal spot to enjoy late night karaoke. Kawa Espresso Bar has fantastic live music and beer dinner events.
Don’t forget about the karaoke and live music at bars in your area like Betty Lou’s from our top list either.
By the way we have also covered the top:
- Local Drink Specials In Edmonton
- Local Drink Specials In Winnipeg
- Local Drink Specials In Vancouver
- Local Drink Specials In Seattle
Have Fun Drinking At The Best Bars In Calgary
There are plenty of local wine and cocktail bars, breweries to watch sports at, places with good drink specials to save money, trivia, quiz, and game nights, as well as bars to listen to live music, dance, and sing karaoke near you. Hopefully we were able to fill you in on some valuable info that will make your next night out a little better.
Please use the comments to let us know if any spots have closed down or if any new cool places have opened up in your area so that we can keep our lists fresh. Now go have fun drinking at the best bars in Calgary.