Baby is in many ways an antibar. Instead of showy shelves of bottles behind its bar and flamboyant bartending, everything is hidden below the counter and drinks are made slowly and with intent.
Now, those in the know can access a small, vendor-inspired dumpling parlour called Laowai by ordering a “Number 7” at the counter. Patrons are then ushered into the mysterious back room hidden behind an imposing freezer door.
The city’s speakeasy-style bars are thriving by being as discrete as possible.
Whether you have to find a secret door in a bookshelf, head down a clandestine alleyway, or make your way through a bustling pizza joint to reach the cocktails, these secretive spots in Calgary are worth looking for.
Whether tippling for pleasure or for entertainment, here are five not-so-secret not-quite-hidden bars. You just need to know where to look.