6 best whisky bars in Calgary

Mar 2 2020, 4:00 pm

If whisky is your spirit of choice, then YYC isn’t the worst place to be when you’re in need of a sip.

This city has some awesome watering holes mostly dedicated to this classy spirit.

From bottom-shelf favourites to hard-to-find drinks that are priced into the stratosphere — here are six of the best whisky bars in Calgary.

One18 Empire


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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 spirit experts guiding you. Without a doubt, you’ll gain some whisky wisdom from one visit.

Address: 820 Centre Street S, Calgary
Phone: 403-269-0299


The Bourbon Room


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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: 341 10 Avenue SW, Calgary
Phone: 403-474-2739




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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: 813 1 Avenue NE, Calgary
Phone: 403-454-5808


Buchanan’s Chop House and Whisky Bar


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Take a seat at the classic mahogany bar that has been serving Scotland’s Highland, Inland, Islay, and Campbeltown 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, Calgary
Phone: 403-261-4646


Hayden Block Smoke and Whiskey


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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, Calgary
Phone: 403-283-3021


Fionn MacCool’s


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If you’re in the mood for an affordable whiskey, this classic pub chain is always a good option. There are two Fionn MacCool’s in Calgary, giving you double the chance to enjoy.

Address: 255 Barclay Parade SW, Calgary
Phone: 403-517-6699

Address: 1249 11th Avenue SW, Calgary
Phone: 587-774-4411


With files from Milena Petrovic.

DH Calgary StaffDH Calgary Staff

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