Proof Cocktail Bar

Products and Services

  • Cocktails,
  • Happy Hour,
  • Bar,
  • Licensed,
  • Wine,
  • Beer,

Languages Spoken

  • English,
1302 1st Street SW, Calgary, AB T2R 0V7
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Opening Hours *Holiday hours

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The brainchild of Vine Arts liquor boutique owners Jesse Willis and Jeff Jamieson, Proof Cocktail Bar is a stylish 60-seat watering hole specializing in handcrafted cocktails and spirited creations. Headed by Nathan Head (of Milk Tiger Lounge), Tony Migliarese (of Cilantro) and bar manager Jeff Savage (formerly of Edmonton’s Three Boars Eatery), Proof offers Calgarians an unpretentious introduction to cocktail culture.

"Through the States and major cities in Canada you see this cocktail culture and a group of individuals who are passionate about spirits and cocktail making. And we believed it could happen here," says Proof general manager and managing partner Tony Migliarese.

Upon entry, Proof is split into two sides – the bar area on the left and a more intimate seating area and open kitchen on the right. The space was designed by Sarah Ward – the designer behind The Nash and Corbeaux Bakehouse – and exudes upscale, rustic charm. Proof is decorated with kitschy industrial lighting, plush leather bar seats and eccentric touches of decor like the bar’s infamous pelican lamp.

“We have strange and weird cocktails, but when you taste them they are so familiar to you,” Tony says. “There's ingredients you may have never seen before, but it all makes sense when you taste it.”

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The proof is in the potion at this upscale, old-fashioned cocktail bar that has quickly built a reputation for serving fine drinks. Sip cleverly titled drinks such as a Sailor's Solace and Fire in the Pharmacy and warm up with gin, tequila and more.

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This 18+ offering is an original creation found in the bitters section of Proof’s cocktail menu. The two-ounce drink features a whole egg, along with Amaro Lucano, Braulio, Buffalo Trace Bourbon, espresso, cinnamon and Suze Red Bitters.

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This First Street Southwest cocktail bar is run by the people behind Vine Arts Wine & Spirits, and Proof’s cocktails are just as well selected as the shop’s wines. With 300 cocktail-mixable spirits available, there’s no stumping the bartender. In the glow of its towering backbar, also enjoy a tidy and changing menu of small-plate dishes.

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