5 cocktails to try on the new Bourbon Room menu

New entrance, new sign, new drinks! The new menu reads like a mini-magazine with drink listings and a letter from the bartender!
New entrance, new sign, new drinks! The new menu reads like a mini-magazine with drink listings, cartoon illustrations and a letter from the bartender!

The Bourbon Room has only been around for a couple of years but it has already established itself as one of the go-to-venues for craft cocktails and drinks. Tucked away inside National 10th, this upper-level haven is home to some of the best drinks in town. These days, the Bourbon Room is looking to set itself apart from their well-known roommate and make it it’s own destination spot for Calgarians. They’ve started this by setting up a new back entrance for the bar through the alleyway (cut through the parking lot on 11th Avenue and you will get right to the door) and updating their food and drink menu.

Calgarians are getting into the spirit of things looking for their bartender to take their beverages to the next level – no shotgun pour and fills here. The updated Bourbon Room drink menu has a mix of established classics and new twists that will please any cocktail connoisseur. I recently sampled a variety of the drinks (purely for research purposes of course J) and whittled it down to these faves. You’re welcome.

Peche Bourbon

This drink is sweet, light and decadent. Made with bourbon, peach liqueur, ginger, lemon and peycauds bitters. It will go down easy (maybe too easy).


Refreshing is what comes to mind with this plant-oriented cocktail made with aquavit, white vermouth, apricot liqueur, cucumber and lime.


Another bourbon classic – this drink mixes in toasted oats, apple bitters, honey and lemon for a subtly sweet and gorgeous cocktail.

Blood, smoke & tears

The smokiness in this cocktail adds a rich complexity and depth of flavor that is becoming popular in mescal and agave-based drinks. Also contains blood orange, habanero salt and citrus.


If you’re a plum wine fan, you need to try the Musashi. This Asian-inspired drink is made of rye, smoked tea, rice wine vinegar and bitters.

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Irene Seto is a Calgary lifestyle influencer supporting local from all angles.

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