CANADA’S MOST IMAG­I­NA­TIVE BAR­TENDER SHARES HIS FAVOURITE SPOTS

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PROOF

The phi­los­o­phy be­hind Proof is to re­spect bar­tend­ing traditions and craft drinks that sat­isfy cu­rios­ity. The bar is de­signed for ev­ery­one to have sit­ting room and the menu fea­tures both clas­sics and cre­ative con­coc­tions. Proof is Sal­i­maki’s favourite spot when he’s not mix­ing his own drinks. “They make fan­tas­tic daiquiris,” Sal­i­maki says—that’s his favourite drink, and though it is sim­ple, it’s hard to make well. 1302 - 1 St SW (page 48).

BETTY LOU’S LI­BRARY

This bar is the dream for any­one that grew up watch­ing spy movies. En­trance to the bar is by pass­word that you get when you call ahead with your reser­va­tion—but you have to find the door your­self. 908 - 17 Ave SW (page 47).

MILK TIGER

One of Cal­gary’s first cock­tail bars, Milk Tiger set the stan­dard high for all the rest. 1410 - 4 St SW (page 47).

MODEL CIT­I­ZEN

De­signed for smaller groups, this speakeasy ro­tates their menu monthly with weekly fea­tures and snack bar from the Model Milk kitchen. 300 - 17 Ave SW (page 47).

NA­TIVE TONGUES

Their mission is to be the best Mex­i­can restau­rant in Canada by ex­plor­ing and in­ter­pret­ting Mex­ico’s cul­tural di­ver­sity through food, drink, and hos­pi­tal­ity. 235 - 12 Ave SW (page 54).

THE LIV­ING ROOM

Home bar to Canada’s Most Imag­i­na­tive Bar­tender, gen­eral man­ager Timo Sal­i­maki, The Liv­ing Room pro­vides com­fort food with a mod­ern twist. The cre­ative cock­tail menu changes three times a year to suit the sea­sons and the best in­gre­di­ents. 514 - 17 Ave SW (page 47).

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