Best Wine and Cocktail Bars to Relax – Find Your Perfect Pour

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With a few years under my belt here in Calgary, I’ve come to really appreciate everything this city has to offer after hours.

When you’re busy building a career and spending quality time with family and friends, you want your leisure hours to truly refresh your spirit.

Here are a few favorites that are perfect for that relaxing evening.

Betty Lou’s Library

Have you ever experienced sipping a drink in a hallowed library? Well if that’s the case, Betty Lou’s, is the place you’ll be visiting every week, especially during the Stampede Week.

Awesome and creative place, and my friends are loving it!

I mean, just check this interior.

Betty Lou's Library

Where Is This Place?

The Devenish Building, 908 17 Avenue Southwest

What You’ll Absolutely Love

  • Literary Libations: Cocktails inspired by literary greats.
  • Jazz Nights: Live jazz that transports you back to the Roaring Twenties.
  • Secret Spot: The thrill of a hidden entrance adds to the experience.
  • Educational: Perfect for those who appreciate a touch of historical class.

Frenchie Wine Bar


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Frenchie Wine Bar is a place where modern French chic meets local artistry in a glass of wine. The wines here are diverse, and the atmosphere is the reason why I come back here at least once a month.

And of course, the food is amazing.

Food At Frenchie Wine Bar

Where Is This Place?

Through UNA Takeaway, 616 17 Ave SW

What You’ll Absolutely Love

  • Wine Selection: Plenty of wines to choose from each evening.
  • Local Flavors: Supports local artisans, so you know the grub is awesome.
  • French Elegance: Modern French vibes for a classy night out.
  • Chic Ambiance: Ideal for a sophisticated date night or a refined evening with friends.

Bridgette Bar

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Bridgette Bar is nestled right in the center of Calgary’s design district. I’ll tell you one thing–it is more than just your average cocktail joint.  You won’t just be sipping on fantastic drinks here but immersing yourself in a visual feast that’s going on here.

A healthy plate is also what you can get in this place, you know, to keep the balance.

Bridgette Bar Food

Where Is This Place?

739 10 Ave SW

What You’ll Absolutely Love

  • Creative Plates and Drinks: Their menu is as creative as their cocktails.
  • Event-Friendly: Rent the space for your next birthday or any other celebration.
  • Stylish Setting: Perfect backdrop for your Instagram stories.
  • Vibrant Atmosphere: Always buzzing, so it’s a great spot to meet new people.

Vin Room

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Vin Room has a whopping 80 wines for you to sample because they love letting their guests explore and learn about wine through the experience. You can try out different wines, not just by the glass, but even by the ounce.

That means you have the freedom to sip and savor multiple wines before committing to a full bottle or glass. Also, this place is pet-friendly, so feel free to bring your four-legged friends.

And, of course, they have an outstanding selection of cocktails.

Vin Room Cocktail

Where Is This Place?

2310-4th St SW

What You’ll Absolutely Love

  • Wine Galore: Over 80 wines to sample and savor.
  • Pet-Friendly: Bring your dog along for the fun.
  • Live Music: Enjoy soothing tunes with your wine.
  • Accessible: Convenient no matter where you are in Calgary.

The Derrick Gin Mill & Kitchen

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The Derrick is the place to be if you want good food without breaking the bank. They’ve got all those classic dishes you love, along with some delicious smoked meats.

And hey, if you’re a gin lover, they’ve got a spirited menu that’ll blow your mind. The atmosphere is warm and cozy and the food and drinks are plenty.

Derrick Gin Mill & Kitchen

Where Is This Place?

620 8 Ave SW #102

What You’ll Absolutely Love

  • Gin Selection: A wide range of gins to taste.
  • Live Blues: Every Thursday, you get to enjoy awesome music.
  • Old West Decor: Feel like a cowboy/cowgirl for the night.
  • Culinary Delights: The food is as good as the drinks.

UNTITLED Champagne Lounge

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UNTITLED Champagne Lounge totally nailed it when it comes to creating a one-of-a-kind vibe. It’s like a mix of friendly and unpredictable, which is pretty. Their service is top-notch, and they’ve got an incredible range of champagnes and sparkling wines that’ll blow your mind.

What I like about this place is that their team knows exactly how to find the perfect bottle for your taste but your wallet as well.

Also, you will find some quite impressive-looking cocktails in this place. Just check this one out.

Champagne Lounge Cocktails

Where Is This Place?

620 8 Ave SW #104

What You’ll Absolutely Love

  • Champagne Specialties: Plenty of sparkly drinks to choose from.
  • Speakeasy Style: You’ll be surprised by this vintage twist.
  • Jazz Evenings: Live jazz will complement your drinks.
  • Lux Atmosphere: I suggest you dress up because this place is very elegant.

Lounge Eighteen

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When it comes to everyday dining, Loung Eighteen got a small request for you: please, pretty please, leave the tracksuits, sweatsuits, side bags, durags, and bandanas at home. This place is about that classy vibe, so there’s no room for such things.

But hey, when Thursday rolls around and it’s time to kick off the weekend, this place steps it up a notch. Just keep in mind, our management and door staff are the ultimate style judges here. They’ve got the power to decide if your outfit is a go or a no. So, dress to impress and you’re in for an awesome night.

As expected, everything is perfect in this place. My favorite for the evening I went there was the Campari Gin & Grapefruit cocktail.

Campari Gin and Grapefruit Cocktail

Where Is This Place?

1005 17 Ave SW

What You’ll Absolutely Love

  • Day to Night: Transforming vibes to suit your mood.
  • Happy Hour Hits: Enjoy deals during happy hour. Have a great time, but also save some money.
  • Themed Nights: From shisha to special events, there’s always something going on.


So there you have it, nine top-notch spots where you can kick back, relax, and indulge in some serious sipping and savoring. If you crave a tranquil escape or a raucous celebration, these places are sure to quench your thirst.

When you’re in Calgary, especially as a tourist, don’t settle for a run-of-the-mill night out when you can step into these extraordinary establishments. Trust me, your next epic night in Calgary is just a sip away. Cheers to that!