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 and escape the nine-to-five work day. 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

Nestled in the old Alberta Hotel Building Murrieta’s provides an elegant setting with affordability. Offering a daily happy hour of $5 wine, beer and appetizers that will satisfy any budget. Known for its atmosphere and extensive wine list Murrieta’s provides the perfect after work meeting place. Whether sitting on the patio that overlooks Stephen Avenue or in the upstairs lounge you are sure to enjoy your visit from start to finish.
808 1 St SW, Calgary, AB T2P 1M9


DevilleDeville was made for the coffee lover in all of us. The modern-cozy coffee shop offers a unique take on coffee paired with delicious pastries. The Nutella latte is a classic favorite and cannot be missed. The atmosphere is inviting and offers a relax setting which is perfect for meeting up with friends or clients after the work day. Liqueurs, wine and beer are also served if you want to spice up that latte.
801 1 St SW, Calgary, AB T2P 7N2

Local on 8th

Local provides a casual setting that is sure to please anyone. A great ambience that is topped off with daily drink specials and great food. Local is a great place to unwind and enjoy a $5 mystery wine or a cold beer from the bar’s rotating tap. Be sure to play a game of shuffle board while you are there. This place is sure to put a smile on your face.
310 8 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2P 1C1

Cactus Club

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 businesses meetings, date nights or just for those after work drinks.
317 7th Ave SW #178, Calgary, AB T2P 2Y9

National on 8th

In summer you won’t want to be anywhere else on a sunny day but at National on 8th. Providing fun games and entertainment while enjoying great food and drinks. Offering a daily happy hour with everything on tap for $5. 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 and fun.
225 8th Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2P 2W2

Winebar Kensington

Tucked away under an office building in Kensington Winebar Kensington 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 is also rotating 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.
1131 Kensington Rd NW, Calgary, AB T2N 


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 from more than 100 beers on tap. Known for its beer the choices don’t end there as Craft offers a great wine and cocktail menu as well. This casual spot is sure to be a hit with anyone that visits.
319 10 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2R 0A5 

Milk Tiger Lounge

Milk Tiger takes the old classic cocktails and puts modern twist on them. Providing an intimate and cozy atmosphere that 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.
1410 4 St SW, Calgary, AB T2R 0Y1


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. Providing a classic menu with upscale cocktails. The patio has become an instant hit among Calgarians with its warm and intimate atmosphere. Cannibale has quickly become a cocktail bar that you won’t want to miss.
813 1 Avenue NE, Calgary, AB T2E 0C2


If you are looking for great cocktails look no further, 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. Even though it is known for its cocktails the food is not to be missed offering a variety of small plates that complement each cocktail seamlessly.
1302 1 St SW, Calgary, AB T2R 0V7

No better way to end the long work day


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