By Milena Petrovic
Some nights you drink tea, other nights you drink whisky. You have survived your day, your week, your month, or your year: let’s cheers to any of those like the Scottish (or Irish or American, who spell it “whiskey”) would.
Here we’re showing you the way to five of Calgary’s whisky bars that you can raise your glass in.
Now this isn’t the place to brush your teeth with a bottle of Jack, but if you’re going out there tonight, there’s a chance you won’t want to come back. With over 35 varieties to sample and regular tastings held in the McTavish Room, you can be sipping your way through a world of whisky with Alberta’s spirits experts guiding you. Without a doubt, you’ll gain some whisky wisdom from one visit.
Address: 820 Centre St SE
This place is for devout carnivores and whisky enthusiasts. Choose from a variety of globally sourced-including plenty of American, Canadian, Scottish, and Japanese-whiskies. If you aren’t a neat or on the rocks kind of whisky lover, try one of their whisky cocktails that will warm your soul this winter along with a side of beef brisket.
Address: 1136 Kensington Road NW
Take a seat at the classic mahogany bar that has been serving Scotland’s Highland, Inland, Islay, and Cambeltown malts to Calgarians for over 25 years. To really whet your whisky appetite go there for Whisky Wednesdays to sample flights on special that’ll leave you not thinking about tomorrow.
Address: 738 3 Avenue SW
Tucked away in The National on 10th, this intimate 50-seat lounge decorated with vintage prohibition-era touches provides a laid-back ambience that makes anyone entering it feel chic. Bourbon- a whisky generally made in Kentucky- is the star at this bar where you can book boozy educational sessions of groups of four to 40 to expand your whisky knowledge.
Address: 341B 10 Ave SW
If you’re craving whisky to unwind, this is the ideal place to go. As Bridgeland’s neighbourhood bar with an attached barbershop, this unique blend of where you can get a drink and haircut brings a speakeasy flare-with no secret knock required to enter-to the bar scene. Choose from a variety of whiskies and let your worries wither away within the bar’s mellow atmosphere.
Address: 831 1 Avenue NE