There are endless spaces and places in Calgary to enjoy until the wee hours of the morning. From late night eats to one-of-akind nightlife experiences, these are some of our city’s finest!
From late-night dancing to midnight snacks, Calgary has a variety of fun places to enjoy your evening.
Time to channel your inner Sherlock Holmes — these hidden bars are tucked into some pretty creative places.
BETTY LOU’S LIBRARY
You’ll need to request a special password to access this hidden speakeasy (hint: reservations are recommended). Located in a historical brownstone, The
Devenish Building (page 42), your only clue to its existence is a stacked bookcase, a velvet rope, and an old fashioned telephone.
FRENCHIE WINE BAR
A portrait of a French bulldog adorns the entrance of this 15-seat, French-inspired modern wine bar in Una Pizza and Wine (page 49).
Escape the ordinary and enter a world of luxe glam where gilded gold and shiny brass décor surround banquets of tufted leather seats. Then there’s the ornate wallpaper, gender-neutral bathrooms, and flaming cocktails that will keep you chatting all night long. The entrance to this secretive club, which is hidden below The Guild (page 46), can only be spotted by the neon glowing triangle that sits above its doors.
The home of one of Calgary’s first hidden spaces can be found cloaked behind rich velvet curtains high above the popular beer hall National on
10th (page 45). This speakeasy looks like a page out of Hugh Hefner’s personal photo album and specializes in the namesake brown liquor, while National also includes additional secret spaces like a hidden private dining room that very few locals even know about. See if you can find it!
Hidden atop Model Milk (page 46) along Calgary's iconic 17th Avenue, this cozy 50-seat lounge can only can be accessed through a small side door marked with #300. Inside you'll find a cocktail menu that changes monthly, ensuring a unique experience each time you visit.
Calgary has some of the best late-night institutions for locals to take their guests to when they want to impress.
THE COUNTRY CLUBS
When in Calgary, do as the cowboys and cowgirls do! A crowd of city slickers come together at Cowboy’s Dance Hall (page 34) to drop it low with Drake and kick up their boots to T-Swift and Garth. The crowd is young and ready to party, and spontaneous line dancing happens along the way. Cowboy-
hatted people of all ages head to Ranchman’s Cookhouse and Dancehall (page 34) for linedancing, a playlist comprised solely of country tunes, and barbecue grub.
THE HIFI CLUB
Those in the know, know that Hifi has been the place to dance the night away for over a decade. The small venue hosts an amazing collection of local DJs. Get ready to sweat with a crowd of open-armed locals (page 34)!
By day this Chinese eatery serves up a lunch buffet to downtown business folk, but by night it’s a full-on scene you have to see to believe. After last call, make your way here where you’ll continue your night by dancing on tables and playing chopstick air guitar until 4 am (Thu - Sat) while retro tunes blare (page 48).
LATE NIGHT EATS HAYDEN BLOCK
There's no better way to end a day than with a tummy full of Texas-style smoked meat. Each day from 10 pm until close, all of Hayden Block’s mouth-watering meat options are 50 percent off. While you’re there add in an order of hushpuppies with honey butter — you'll be glad you did (page 44)!
Skip the quick slices and head to Cibo for an entire pizza pie! Every day after 9 pm this Italianinspired restaurant offers a “late night dinner for two” deal. For $15 you'll get a fresh, housemade pizza to share and two sleeves of beer. A mini date night for a mini price (page 48)!
CHICKEN ON THE WAY
Fried chicken, fries, and corn fritters have been the stars since 1958. The “Our Specialty” combo is perfect for sharing and, at under $10, is definitely the best value in Calgary! All five locations are open late on Friday and Saturday; the Kensington location is open latest until 1:30 am (page 46).
Frenchie Wine Bar
Ranchman's Cookhouse and Dancehall
Betty Lou's Library