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6 Tasty Creations From Calgary’s Secret Speakeasy


Finding a hidden gem is one of the best parts of exploring a city. Secret bars and clubs have been popping up around the world, and most of the time, you wouldn’t even know there was a happening nightspot right in front of you.

Model Citizen is one of Canada’s newest additions to the list of the great secret speakeasies of our country.

The team behind Model Citizen are also the famed restaurateurs who put Calgary on the map with Model Milk  and Pigeonhole – two of Canada’s hottest restaurants. Chef Justin Leboe, who leads the menus at all three spots, has won every title you can imagine for cooking excellence, and his new creations make Calgary taste buds drool year-round.

The locations are all known for rotating menus that are never the same, which has been translated to Model Citizen.

The speakeasy, which is located through an unmarked door next to Model Milk and up a set of stairs, is open three nights each week and features a rotating menu of delicious cocktail creations that changes every month.

The bartenders experiment with recipes that become some of the best drinks you could imagine. With weekly features and bar snacks from the Model Milk kitchen, no two experiences are ever the same.

Here are a few of the most drool-worthy creations from Model Citizen over the last few months to get you thirsty for your own secret speakeasy night out in Calgary.


1. Bobbing for Apples

Bobbing for Apples 🔻 Cognac, Grand Marnier, Lemon, Egg White, Topped with Cider #yyc #yyccocktails

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This wonderful creation was made by Model Citizen’s Beverage Director Madeleine MacDonald. This awesome cocktail combined an egg white and an apple with cognac, Grand Marnier, and cider.

2. Spicy Avocado Margarita

You know you are drooling just by looking at this take on a classic drink with some of the tastiest ingredients around.


3. Whisky Mama

Have a drink that Mama would love. This bourbon-based cocktail is the perfect way to cap off a night in Calgary.

4. Star Eyes

Who could say no to this refreshing rum-based drink with a side of art?


5. China Fight

China Fight – Cognac, Bonal, St. Germain, Orange Twist. #yyccocktails #chinafight #speakeasy

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Drinks like this are not only fun to taste, they are gorgeous to look at. Model Citizen’s staff pay close attention to every detail in their drink offerings, which explains why this secret spot is quickly developing a reputation as one of Calgary’s hottest bars.


6. The Classics

In true speakeasy fashion, you may have a go-to drink you must have at every watering hole you check out. Not to worry, as Model Citizen’s team of exceptional bartenders make every drink memorable – whether it is one of their limited offerings from the feature cocktail menus or a classic cocktail. Model Citizen’s menu changes constantly and so does the crowd at the intimate venue. To make the most of people watching the hip Calgary crowds, it’s recommended you arrive early and stay the entire evening. Follow the stairs beside Model Milk up through the red door to enter Calgary’s secret speakeasy.


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