Best wine bars in Calgary to check out at least once

Sep 15 2022, 4:00 pm

Finding the best wine bars in Calgary is an admirable quest.

Now that we’ve officially entered “cozy restaurant season,” it feels like it’s time to linger over a glass of red (or white, or bubbly) with good friends.

So while patio season is on its way out and we may no longer be enjoying chilled adult grape juice on a sun-dappled deck, we’re still spoiled for choice in YYC when it comes to wine options.

Here are a few of the best wine bars in Calgary worth checking out.

Missy’s This and That

 

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Missy’s This or That is a new cocktail and wine bar in a swanky setting.

This enticing new bar is a small and intimate one, with low lighting, simple decor, and comfortable seating. If it wasn’t for the large windows overlooking the Mission and Beltline area, you might think you’re in a Brooklyn bar.

The full-service bar worked by the talented bartending team is ready to offer several varieties and vintages of wine here, so go in and see what it’s all about.

Gravity Espresso & Wine Bar

Coffee by day, wine by night: is there any better combo?

With locations in both Inglewood and the Beltline, Gravity offers a killer latte, a carefully selected wine menu, and live music. Whether you want to sit alone with a cup of joe and focus on getting some work done or share a bottle of wine and a cheese platter with friends in the evening, this cozy espresso and wine bar has everything you need.

Address: 909 10th Street SE, Calgary
Phone: 403-457-0697

Address: 1221 8th Street SW, Calgary
Phone: 403-764-4770

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Vin Room

 

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Vin Room has three locations in Calgary to ensure that you’re never far away from the good stuff.

Whether you’re in west YYC, inner city Mission, or at the airport, Vin Room serves up a good white, red, rosĂ©, and bubbly, along with amazing eats to pair with your beverage.

One of Canada’s largest wine bars, Vin Room has more than 80 wines available by the glass, so you’re sure to find something you love.

Address: 8561 8A Avenue SW, Calgary (West)
Phone: 587-353-8812

Address: 2310 4th Street SW, Calgary (Mission)
Phone: 403-457-5522

Address: 2016D Airport Road NE, Calgary (YYC Airport – International Departures)
Phone: 587-353-1594

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Frenchie Wine Bar

 

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Tucked away inside one of Calgary’s 17th Ave hotspots, Frenchie is secretly accessed through UNA Pizza + Wine. The 20-seat wine bar has a drinks list that features fun and sustainable wines from small, unique beverage producers. Frenchie also serves up amazing cheese fondue and creative cocktails to round out your evening.

Address: 616 17th Avenue SW, Calgary
Phone: 403-453-1183

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Moonlight & Eli

 

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Wine and cheese pair perfectly together, and Moonlight & Eli has gotten it just right.

Located in Bridgeland, this champagne and fondue bar dishes up a classic Swiss fondue using Gruyere and Emmental cheese, with several items for dipping included — although you can add on plenty more bites for a fee. Pair your cheese fondue with some bubbles, as this spot has an extensive “Champagne & more” menu.

Address: 627 1st Avenue NE, Calgary
Phone: 825-437-9202

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Embarcadero Wine & Oyster Bar

 

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Named after the waterfront district in San Francisco, Embarcadero Oyster Bar is a gastropub with a warm ambiance and some of the finest oysters around.

Choose from the extensive wine list, including everything from champagnes and sparkling wines to dessert wines to white, reds, and rosés, to find the perfect pairing for your seafood.

Address: 208 17th Avenue SE, Calgary
Phone: 403-263-0848

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Lounge XVIII

This Prohibition-era-themed lounge was named after United States’ 18th amendment, which stated selling alcohol was forbidden.

Lounge XVIII raises a glass to the past, serving up sinfully delicious cocktails and wines.

Address: 1005 17th Avenue SW, Calgary
Phone: 403-454-7143

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Winebar Kensington

 

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Grab a seat in this cozy spot where you can rosé all day or mix it up and try out the Moscatos, merlots, or malbecs. Also in the house are pinots, cab savs, chardonnays, and a Bordeaux blend, along with plenty more.

Creating your own charcuterie board to pair with your glass of vino is highly recommended.

Address: 1131 Kensington Road NW, Calgary
Phone: 403-457-1144

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