Start your evening at these top happy hours in Calgary

Grabbing dinner and a drink after a long day at work is a luxury that’s so much easier to justify when you can hit a value-priced happy hour. Here are some of the best places in the city that feature early evening deals for the budget conscious. Now that’s something to be happy about! Image credit: iStock.com/ultramarinfoto.

Craft Beer Market

1
345 10 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2R 0A5

This roomy craft-beer-lovers’ haven on 10th Avenue offers daily specials, but the main attraction is the Thank Goodness It’s Friday! happy hour from 3 pm to 6 pm on Fridays. Local draft and wine on tap as well as highballs all go for a nice price. The same deal applies all day on Sundays.

Catch Restaurant & Oyster Bar

2
100 Stephen Ave SE, Calgary, AB T3Z 3J7

Calgary’s premiere seafood restaurant serves up happy hour drinks, but also dishes out deals on the fruits of the sea. The High Tide Happy Hour runs from 3 pm to 6 pm daily and features an oysters and bubbles option (Prosecco and chef’s choice oysters) as well as pints and prawns (tempura prawns and draft pours).

Cibo Urbano Cucina

3
1012 17 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2T 0A5

Is any hour happier than one where you can get pizza on the cheap? A two-level, redbrick Italian spot on the 17th Avenue Southwest strip, Cibo holds a daily $5 pizza happy hour weekdays from 3 pm to 5 pm as well as a late-night pizza happy hour every night of the week for the hour prior to closing.

Bar C

4
340 17 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2S 0A8

Care to share a bottle of wine while the evening is still young? Stylish lounge Bar C offers 50 per cent off its entire wine list Tuesdays through Fridays from 4 pm to 7 pm – perfect to enjoy on the patio with some of the establishment’s tasty small plates.

Murrieta's Inc

5
200-808 1 St Sw, Calgary, AB T2P 1M9

Murietta’s has long been a downtown destination for food and wine, and the Stephen Avenue contemporary bar and grill mainstay offers a solid happy hour aimed at the after-work crowd. From 3 pm to 6 pm, this restaurant in the Alberta Hotel building offers a happy hour menu that features appies, draught beer, wine and spirits.

Anejo Restaurant

6
2-2116 4 St SW, Calgary, AB T2S 1W7

Why take in happy hour when you can do halfy hour? This contemporary Mexican eatery and tequila bar on the Fourth Street Southwest restaurant row goes half price on all tequila and tacos from 3 pm to 5 pm every day. If the idea of a mid-afternoon tequila shot isn’t your thing, Añejo also offers happy hour beer and tasty margaritas for a good price.

Goro & Gun

7
245-225 7th Avenue SW, Calgary, AB T2P 2W3

Ramen and Japanese bar snacks are the perfect post-work drink pairing at this cool and casual downtown Japanese restaurant. On the second floor of Scotia Centre, Goro’s weeknight happy hour runs from 3 pm to 6 pm. Snacks include sushi, tempura and edamame with beer, wine, sake and cocktails as accompaniment.

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