Licensed Cafes to Grab a Drink at in Calgary
Why choose between coffee, wine or beer when you can have all three at these local cafes.
Good Earth Coventry Hills is one of Good Earth Coffeehouse's eight licensed cafes in the city.
Photograph courtesy of Good Earth Coffeehouse
Calgary loves its coffee shops, but when you can also get a glass of wine or bottle of beer there, it's even better. Thankfully, there are plenty of cafes across the city that offer coffee, wine, beer and more all in one space.
While Café Blanca may be best known for its siphon coffee, this cafe also offers a small selection of beer and wine. Choose from one of the four Village and two Toolshed beers available, or opt for a glass or bottle of one of the red or white wines that are available. They're the perfect accompaniment to the many regular events Café Blanca holds in the evenings, including game nights, paint nights, stand-up comedy performances and more.
Calgary-based company Good Earth Coffeehouse has more than two dozen locations across the city, eight of which are licensed cafes. These locations include 11 St. S.W., Aspen Landing, the Calgary Board of Education Building, Centennial Place, Cranston Market, Coventry Hills, Seton Place and West Pointe Plaza. Starting at 3 p.m., guests can order glasses of red and white wine, bottles of beer and drinks such as Bailey's lattes, Amaretto coffees and Mexican Kahlua coffees. But of course, you can also always order a traditional Americano or a chai tea to go with your freshly baked pastry or order of mac & cheese.
Swing by Gravity Espresso & Wine Bar in Inglewood to enjoy a coffee or something a bit stronger with a panini, bowl of soup or tasty cheese board. This local coffee shop and wine bar offers 10 kinds of wine that are almost all available by the glass and bottle, plus a selection of local and international beers. Stop by between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. from Tuesday to Saturday to take advantage of Gravity's happy hour, or check out the great evening deals on wine on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Gravity also hosts live music performances on Friday and Saturday nights.
This Kensington hot spot is constantly buzzing with activity and chatter. While the comfortable atmosphere, ample seating and organic, fair trade coffee are certainly part of the reason for that, the cafe's selection of seven beers, around 10 wines, a cider and a few cocktails certainly doesn't hurt its popularity. Higher Ground also has a large food menu (which includes all day breakfast, sandwiches, wraps, salads, mac and cheese, quesadillas and more), so you can get more than just a drink if you're feeling peckish.
This cafe's name may mean "coffee" in Polish, but that's not all they serve. Of all the licensed cafes in Calgary, Kawa Espresso Bar has one of the largest selections of beer and wine. Along with coffee, it offers more than 40 kinds of beer and cider and nearly 40 wines, most of which are available in 5 oz. glass pours and bottles. One of the best times to take advantage of these extensive offerings is during the fantastic jazz performances on Saturdays between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. Kawa also has a delicious food menu, so events like its monthly Global Vegetarian Nights are well worth checking out.
Phil & Sebastian offers beer and wine at four of its five coffee shop locations across the city. At the Marda Loop, Mission and Simmons cafes, there's a small but well-curated selection of beers like Toolshed's Star Cheek IPA and McAuslan's St-Ambroise Oatmeal Stout, a selection of red and white wines and even a B.C. cider. Try one of them out during one of Phil & Sebastian's regular evening events, which include crib nights, pizza nights and stand-up comedy performances. The newly opened Stephen Avenue location offers two Toolshed beers on tap and four rotating wines.
They may be a local coffee roasting company, but Rosso Coffee Roasters also offers a selection of wines and beers (including some local Toolshed Brewing beers) at its cafes in Inglewood, Victoria Park and Studio Bell. Each of these spaces as its own vibe and style, so pick your favourite one and settle in with your drink of choice and a tasty muffin or sandwich. Rosso's newest location on 17 Ave. S.E. will soon be licensed as well.