Good weather is hard to come by in Calgary — just ask any local — but when those temperatures start rising, this city sure knows how to have a good time! Nothing says summer like sipping sangria on your favourite patio, so while the sun is still shining, we’ve rounded up our favourite Happy Hour hotspots in town for you to unwind at.
Cibo | Mon – Sat, 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Cibo’s popular and absurdly well priced happy hour offers simple topped pizzas for $5, with $4 glasses of wine and Mill Street beer to wash it all down with. Tip: Cibo mixes things up at night and offers pizzas for half price during the last hour they’re open (9 pm – 10 pm Mon – Thurs, 10 pm – 11 pm Fri – Sat)… or until the dough is gone.
Cibo Calgary, 1012 17 Ave SW, 403-984-4755, www.cibocalgary.com
The National | Daily, 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.
The National flows 25 cent per ounce craft beers, ciders, and meads from the taps at each of its three Calgary locations during happy hour. If their 60+ ales aren’t to your taste, they also offer $5 cocktails and happy hour oysters. Still aren’t convinced? Happy hour lasts all day long on Monday (and 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tues. to Sun.). Just think about the possibilities.
The National, 341 10 Ave SW; 550 – 17 Ave SW; 225 – 8 Ave SW, www.ntnl.ca
Blanco Cantina | Daily, 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Start with one of Blanco’s incredibly juicy margaritas for the reduced price of $5, and then get ready to play chef with their custom order nachos for half price. Take advantage of 50% off tequila during happy hour as well.
Blanco Cantina, 723 17 Ave SW, 403-228-1854, www.blancocantina.ca
Añejo | Sun – Sat, 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
This popular Mexican joint features “halfy hour” with $5 margaritas and beer, and half price tacos and tequila.
Añejo Restaurant, 2116 4 St SW, 587-353-2656, www.anjeo.ca
Wurst | Mon – Fri, 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Load up on draft, domestic and import half liters of beer for $5, half liters of draft wine for $12, and feast on any of their appetizers for half price. Different daily specials are also featured all week, like $1 oysters on Tuesday, half off bottles of wine on Wednesday and Thursday, and $25 cheese and chocolate fondue-for-two on Sunday.
Wurst, 2437 4 St SW, 403-245-2345, www.wurst.ca
Market | Mon – Fri, 3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Market offers up many of its appetizers at $9 pricing throughout happy hour. Make sure to also try one of their happy hour priced craft beers, wines, or Market hi-balls made with homemade syrups.
Market, 718 17 Ave SW, 403-474-4414, www.marketcalgary.ca
Posto | Mon – Fri, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
$5 pints of craft beer, half-price bottles of wine, and the Benny Apertivo antipasti plate is only $9, among other appetizers for only $6.
Posto Pizzeria and Bar, 1014 8 St SW, 403-263-4876, www.posto.ca
Brasserie | Mon – Fri, 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Sip on beer and bubbles for $5.50 and munch on bar snacks for $12. We recommend the salted chicken skin, or the crispy pig ears for adventurous foodies.
The Brasserie Kensington, 1131 Kensington Rd NW, (403) 457-4148, www.brasseriekensington.com
Double Zero | Mon – Fri, 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.
$5 happy hour on bar snacks, bubbles, wine, and beer. Their “00” Meatballs and Rosted Cauliflower are among some of our favourite appies.
Double Zero, 751 4 St SW; 1133 – 6455 Macleod Trail SW, www.doublezeropizza.ca
Goro + Gun | Mon – Sat, 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Enjoy a selection of $5 food and drinks here. Must tries include the ramen burger, the tuna poke, and the seasonal omakase cocktail. Happy hour lasts all day Saturday.
Goro + Gun, 225 7 Ave SW, 403-237-5596, www.goroandgun.ca
Yellow Door Bistro | Mon – Fri, 4 pm – 6 pm
Enjoy $6 drink specials on wine, beer, and cocktails, plus always-changing small plates priced at only $6 each. In addition to the usual after work, pre-dinner happy hour, Yellow Door also runs the same special offers each weekday 11 a.m. through 1 p.m.
Yellow Door Bistro, 119 12 Ave SW, 403-206-9585, www.yellowdoorbistro.ca
Native Tongues | Mon – Fri, 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Special prices on select food including the hamburguesa al carbon (a must-try) and chilaquiles. Pair your meal with a specially priced margarita, beer, or wine. Reverse Happy Hour offers much the same menu, offering daily discounts from 10 p.m. until close.
Native Tongues, 235 12 Ave SW, 403-263-9444, www.nativetongues.ca
The Nash | Tues – Fri, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Bar snacks, select cocktails, wine by the glass, and pints of No Bull beer can be enjoyed for discounted rates.
The Nash and Off Cut Bar, 925 11 St SE, 403-984-3365 www.thenashyyc.com
Murrieta’s | Mon – Fri, 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Enjoy a splash of spirits, house selected wines and draughts, and nibble on delicious appetizers, each for just $5. We recommend the pulled pork sliders and szechuan prawns!
Murrieta’s Bar and Grill, 808 1 St SW, 403-269-7707, www.calgary.murrietas.ca
Briggs Kitchen & Bar | Daily, 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Relax after a long work day and order up red and white wine, bubbles, and draft pints for only $5. Briggs also offers up select bottles of wine for just $25 during happy hour.
Briggs Kitchen & Bar, 317 10 Ave SW, 587-350-5015, www.briggskandb.com
Cucina | Mon – Fri, 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Part grab-and-go market, part bistro, this upscale outpost serves up half price bottles of wine, as well as $5 bottles of beer, during their happy hour.
Cucina Market Bistro Calgary, 515 8 Ave SW, 587-353-6565, www.eatcucina.com
Alforno | Daily Specials
Every day is a reason to get happy at Alforno! On Mondays, all breakfast entrées are priced $12, and on Tuesdays they offer fantastic pasta at $12 and a glass of featured wine at $6. Take a friend on Wednesday and enjoy a half price bottle of wine together, or order up a pizza for $12 with a $6 glass of wine on Thursdays. Kick off the weekend with a $25 litre of sangria on Fridays, and on weekends and holidays, live it up with Alforno’s $5 caesars, bellinis, and mimosas!
Alforno Bakery and Café, 222 7 St SW, 403-454-0308, www.alforno.ca
The Bank and Baron | Daily Specials
Every hour is happy hour at The Bank and Baron, with $5 house wines available all day every day at this Stephen Avenue hub. Daily drink specials also apply all day throughout the week, with food specials from 3 p.m. until late. Roll out of bed and wake up over their brunch special on Saturday and Sunday: $5 mimosas and caesars from noon to 2 p.m.
The Bank and Baron P.U.B., 125 8 Ave SW, 587-293-9688, www.bankandbaronpub.com
4th Spot | Daily, 4 p.m. – 11 p.m.
It’s a new party every day of the week at 4th Spot, with different food and drink specials offered each night. Enjoy pizza Monday, pasta Tuesday, wine and wings on Wednesday, burger and a pint on Thursday, and finish off the week with $1 bottles of beer on Friday. Seasonal Saturdays serve up $6 seasonal pints, and Sunday brings caesars for just $5.75. Enjoy $5 5 oz wine, domestic bottles, pints and hi-balls everyday from 2 – 5 pm, along with individual sized $4 2-topping pizzas.
4th Spot Kitchen and Bar, 2620 4 St NW, 403-984-3474, www.4thspot.com
Bottlescrew Bill’s | Mon – Fri, 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Once the clock hits 3 p.m. it’s officially beer o’clock at Bottlescrew Bills! Enjoy a selection of 16 oz beer for just $5, with select 5 oz wines being $5 as well. Rotating food and drink specials also occur every day of the week.
Bottlescrew Bill’s, 140 10 Ave SW, 403-263-7900, www.bottlescrewbill.com
Cleaver | Sun – Thurs, before 7 p.m. and after 9 p.m.
A plank (chicken, steak, and side dishes) for two is $30 on Mondays. Once you’ve finished the meal, roll two dice and pray for evens — if you land it, your meal is on the house! Enjoy $3 sliders and $5 wine, beer, and cocktails during their regular happy hours — every hour of the day except dinner rush, that is!
Cleaver, 524 17 ave SW, 403-452-1211, www.cleavercalgary.com