Backdoor to Bourbon

Alley behind National on TenthBehind Calgary’s National on Tenth is the cleanest, most Louboutin-friendly back alley you’ll ever see. Stephen Phipps, Bourbon RoomIt’s also where you’ll find the new back door to the Bourbon Room. “Barchitect” Stephen Phipps built the in-the-know entree (but no secret knock required) for those who don’t want to mingle with the masses lining up for the National, on the other side of the building. In the world of Cocktail Lounge v. Beerhall, segregation is a good thing. Bourbon Room CalgaryInside, an intimate bar tended by bearded and plaided bartenders awaits your sophisticated swilling presence.Bourbon Room CalgaryThe rest of the room, which seats only 52, is too sexy to show without a blur…Bees Knees at Bourbon Room… which is how it might look anyhow, after a few of these. The Bees Knees, crafted from gin, lemon and lavender honey is my new favorite cocktail, speaking as someone who is not on the bitters bandwagon.Wild Rose Soul ClubBesides the vintage martini glasses, the anachronistic vibe continues, with the Wild Rose Soul Club spinning their 45s under Soul Train.Bourbon RoomDelicious nibbles from their new menu round out a boozy night. Try to resist the Crispy Pork Belly. Mmmm. I’ll be back to the new back alley entrance, Bourbon Room!Blue Besos

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