Cocktail Culture

A Special Calgary Cocktail Bar

Our Cocktail Approach

Escape the urban grind, step into our world, and enjoy a libation or two. Take refuge at Shelter.

The drink scene in Calgary has evolved over the past few years. Gone are the days where syrupy, overly sweet beverages could pass for a cocktail. Welcome to Shelter, a Calgary cocktail bar where we create pre-prohibition influenced drinks for a discerning clientele.

Relax with your friends or co-workers in our post fallout atmosphere, Shelter is a sanctuary for weary travelers to rest their minds and bodies. Satisfy your cravings with our creatively designed food menu, inspired by items that would be found in a fallout shelter.

Sip on a beverage chosen from our seasonally rotating drink list or sit back, relax and have our expert bartenders choose your drink adventure for you. As a premiere Calgary cocktail bar, our libations are vintage with a tasteful modern twist. The bar staff has carefully curated an extensive list of the most sought after spirits. At Shelter, you can find a cocktail to suit any mood or desire. From local liquors to imported wines, we have stocked our vault with all the finest spirits a person could ask for.

Your hosts for the evening will be your bartenders, rising stars in the Calgary cocktail bar scene. They will use their knowledge and skills to create you a drink of unparalleled quality – from the perfect summer sipper to something that will warm you from the inside out in the winter. Everything from the ice, to the shaker, and the glassware used to serve your drink has been meticulously chosen by our bar manager to deliver the best experience possible.

Located in the iconic Beltline neighborhood, you can desert the hectic outside world without ever having to actually leave the downtown core. Staying at Hotel Arts and want to melt away your travel tension? Come down and grab a bite or choose an expertly crafted cocktail from our seasonally rotating drink list. Enjoy beverages created with precision and executed with perfection, including unique ingredients like teas, petals, and homemade syrups.

As an intimate setting, Shelter is the perfect cocktail bar in Calgary to host private events. Whether you are hosting a simple get together with a group of friends, an office party, or hosting important business partners, Shelter is destined to be a premiere drinks location in the downtown core. The velvet couches were designed for both maximum comfort and to stimulate conversation with the people around you. Chill out with a handcrafted beverage, surrounded by pre-prohibition style and a hint of industrial glam. From the floors to the 16-foot ceilings and everything in between, every design element was meticulously chosen to create the perfect atmosphere to escape from your stresses and enjoy your evening.

There is nothing like expertly chosen food and drinks to help make the perfect evening. Our customers can pick a small bite or meal from our fallout inspired food menu or pick the perfect glass of wine, cocktail or beer from our drink list. We promise our patrons three things – food, drink, and shelter.