*Listed in alphabetical order.
Cannibale divides its classic cocktail list into revival, pre- and post-prohibition eras, but it’s the original creations, like the crisp One Night in Budapest, featuring pear liquor and pear shrub, that mark the staff here as great modern mixologists.
831 1 Ave. N.E., 403-454-5808, cannibale.ca
While no slouch in the classic cocktail department, partner Christina Mah’s “True North” cocktails, featuring Canadian ingredients such as Eau Claire spirits, Highwood Crossing oats and maple syrup, set this cocktail list apart.
110 8 Ave. S.W., 403-262-8100, kleinharris.com
As the more than 300 spirits behind the bar attest, experimentation is key to Proof’s popularity. Drinks like Confessions of a Pocketknife, a spicy riff on an old-fashioned with Tool Shed’s stout and Drambuie, make for great late nights.
1302 1 St. S.W., 403-246-2414, proofyyc.com