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Chin chin! Salud! Cheers!
The spirit of sipping in Calgary.

ALL HAIL CHEERS

Known for its up and coming craft distillers, brewers and creative barkeeps, Calgary is the fix for thirsty travellers. Sip through the downtown core and neighbourhoods known for creative drinks.

City Bartenders to Know

  • Samantha Casuga, Native Tongues Taqueria
  • Madeleine MacDonald, Model Milk
  • Christina Mah, Klein & Harris
  • Savanna Beach, The Derrick Gin Mill
  • Patrick Appave, The Oak Room (35 years at the Fairmont Palliser)

TRY THESE COCKTAILS

  • The Caesar, Calgary’s own specialty cocktail
  • Pinata @ Model Milk
  • The Butler @ PRLR Lounge
  • Corpse Reviver #2 @ Raw Bar at Hotel Arts
  • Fire in the Pharmacy @ Proof
  • Pencil Thin Moustache @ Cannibale

ON THE DOUBLE

What do today’s Calgary mixology maestros have to bring from the behind the bar? A new generation of feisty flavours that promise to brighten up any happy hour or cap any night, a far cry in sophistication from your average beer or rye and Coke.

A vibrant new cocktail culture is positively blooming in Calgary with custom made beverages that throw back to retro classics or push the envelope with tropical and exotic elixirs.

WHERE TO GO

The Calgary scene is budding with a new wave of cocktails at play as spring has sprung and inventive ideas are brewing. The best place to experiment? At a secret speakeasy for course! Model Citizen is one of the greatest hidden gems in the city, offering an intimate environment and a monthly rotating cocktail menu. Test your tastebuds with Bobbing for Apples, a master creation by Madeleine MacDonald, that features an egg white and an apple with cognac, Grand Marnier and cider. 

Continuing on with the VIP evening, visit the other cocktail oasis that some Calgarians aren’t even aware of. Escape to Sub Rosa, the speakeasy lounge that can be found below The Guild off of Stephen Avenue. Find the entrance by following the neon glow of Sub Rosa’s logo, a triangle that sits above its doors, and enter into a luxurious space that is out of the Calgary ordinary. Indulge in the Wild Rose, a delectable cocktail featuring Beefeater 24 Gin, St-Germain elderflower, prosecco, rose syrup, cucumber and lemon.

Not far from The Guild is newcomer restaurant KLEIN/HARRIS that is recognized for its True North cuisine and its elevated libation program. Partner and cocktail curator Christina Mah offers a variety of true Canadian creations like the Tiki Horse made with distilled Alberta Dark Horse Whiskey & B.C. Rootbeer Bittered Sling Extracts. Mah is no stranger to the industry and is considered the Cocktail Queen in Calgary, making her cocktail creations top of mind for many.

Divino Wine and Cheese Bistro

NOTABLE COCKTAILS AROUND THE CITY

Cilantro
“Bear Skin Rug” featuring rich, invigorating brugal rum, horchata rum, cointreau soda, and fresh grated nutmeg

Deane House
“The Aristocratic Vagrant” featuring resposado tequila, mezcal, rose vermouth, kirsch and the restaurant’s garden flowers.

The Nash
“Cabaret SE” featuring lot 40 canadian rye whisky, aperol, amontillado sherry, quinine-blackcurrant cordial, lemon, plum & rootbeer bitters, and sparkling water.

Model Milk
“After School Special” featuring Chateau Montifaud Cognac, Cocchi Vermouth Amaro, Benedictine DOM, Dolin Dry Angostura

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