10 Best after work spots in Calgary

Author: Casey Peterson

After a hard day at work, nothing beats getting together with friends and enjoying the best of Calgary’s downtown scene. Whether it is celebrating a promotion, landing a new client, or just because it’s a week day, Calgary has the best places to unwind. Here, in no particular order, are the 10 best after work spots in downtown Calgary that will have you looking forward to the end of the work day.

Murrieta’s Bar and Grill 808 1 St SW, Calgary, AB T2P 1M

Nestled in the old Alberta Hotel Building, Murrieta’s provides an elegant setting with affordability. Known for its atmosphere and extensive wine list, Murrieta’s provides the perfect after work meeting place. Whether you're sitting on the patio that overlooks Stephen Avenue or in the upstairs lounge, you are sure to enjoy your visit from start to finish.

Deville | 801 1 St SW, Calgary, AB T2P 7N2

Deville was made for the coffee lover in all of us. This modern, cozy coffee shop offers a unique take on coffee paired with delicious pastries. The Latte with Nutella is a classic favorite and cannot be missed. Liqueurs, wine, and beer are also served if you want to spice up that latte. Deville's atmosphere is inviting and offers a relaxed setting, which is perfect for meeting up with friends or clients after the work day.

Local on 8th | 310 8 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2P 1C1

Local provides a casual setting that is sure to please anyone. This place has a great ambience that is topped off with daily drink specials and great food. It's a great place to unwind and enjoy a mystery wine or a cold beer from the bar’s rotating tap, and be sure to play a game of shuffle board while you're there!

Cactus Club | 317 7th Ave SW #178, Calgary, AB T2P 2Y9

Since opening in 2015, Cactus Club has quickly become an after work destination offering daily happy hour specials and an upscale menu that has it all. On sunny days this is the patio to be on as it wraps around the restaurant and provides ample sunlight. Cactus Club provides an engaging atmosphere that is great for business meetings, date nights, or even just for those after work drinks.

National on 8th | 225 8th Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2P 2W2

In summer you won’t want to be anywhere else on a sunny day but at National on 8th's gorgeous rooptop patio. National on 8th provides fun games and entertainment while you enjoy great food and drinks, including a daily happy hour. The adult slurpees are perfect for a hot day or if you want a refreshing beverage. This fun spot is a hit and provides a great atmosphere that is laid back.

Winebar Kensington 1131 Kensington Rd NW, Calgary, AB T2N 

Tucked away under an office building in Kensington, Winebar will be your new go to wine spot. The charcuterie and cheese boards are great for sharing and pairs nicely with any wine choice. The menu and wine lists change regularly providing a new experience each time you visit. Winebar Kensington offers a classy, casual and intimate atmosphere that is perfect for getting together over great vino or for a special date night.

Craft | 319 10 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2R 0A5 

Craft is one of the city’s best beer markets offering an inviting atmosphere that is perfect to enjoy great food and a cold beer with a choice from more than 100 beers on tap. Craft also offers a great wine and cocktail menu. This casual spot is sure to be a hit with anyone that visits.

Milk Tiger Lounge 1410 4 St SW, Calgary, AB T2R 0Y1

Milk Tiger takes old classic cocktails and puts a modern twist on them. The intimate and cozy atmosphere is great for all occasions. Serving exquisite drinks that are paired with a small but delicious menu, this hidden gem is not to be missed.

Cannibale 813 1 Avenue NE, Calgary, AB T2E 0C2

Cannibale is located in the trendy neighborhood of Bridgeland, a short walk from the downtown core. The unique barber-shop cocktail bar is trendy and a first of its kind and provides a classic menu with upscale cocktails. The patio is a hit among Calgarians with its warm and intimate atmosphere. Cannibale is a cocktail bar that you won’t want to miss.

Proof | 1302 1 St SW, Calgary, AB T2R 0V7

If you are looking for great cocktails, look no further than Proof. This 60-seat spot offers more than 300 liquors to choose from and employs the city’s best mixologists making it the destination for true cocktail drinkers. The food at Proof is also not to be missed and offers a variety of small plates that complement each cocktail seamlessly.

No better way to end the long work day


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