Calgary is quickly growing into one of Canada’s hippest cities, competing with our famous eastern neighbours. One sign that a city has achieved cool status is its friendliness to the hookup culture. If you’re looking to get laid, the number of solid hookup bars around should put a smile on your face. That’s not even to mention the numerous online options where you can score Calgary hookups.
It’s true, our city of just over 1.3 million people is a great place for casual sexual encounters. Unfortunately, just because there are willing partners, doesn’t mean you always know where to find them. If you’re at the University of Calgary or Mount Royal, maybe hookups come easy. For the rest of us, the city can be a big, lonely place at times.
That’s why we’ve compiled this list of the best options. We want to make it as easy as possible for you to enjoy a night out. From Britannia to Pineridge, these are the bars where people consistently turn up for late-night fun. You’ll also have improved luck meeting someone with our favourite online platforms (even if you’re out in Carbon).
You don’t have to take our word for it. This list was made with the help of locals, so if you’ve seen anything we’ve missed, comment below. Also, tell us how our suggestions worked out for you.
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Our favorite spots to find Calgary hookups
Wherever you live in the city, these Calgary hookup options are sure to improve your social life. Go on, get out there and have some fun.
Habitat Living Sound is one of the best spots to find hookups in Calgary
What Habitat Living Sound lacks in venue size, it makes up in the quality of its music and sound. You’ll always see a lot of single girls tearing it up on the dance floor. There’s always an amazing drink special on and the vibe is laid back and friendly. Great music, good drinks and pretty girls always add up to a good time!
Open from 9 p.m to 2 a.m. Wednesday through Saturday, the weekends are the best time to meet girls. Be sure to arrive no later than 10 p.m. if you want to avoid a lineup!
Calgary's best hookup app has been AFF this year (try it free)
We have to start with AFF when it comes to the best hookup apps in Calgary. There are so many hookups that are only starting online now that you just can't avoid using apps. We've tried them all and found that AFF (and Tinder if you're really attractive) are the best options for single guys.
The thing that works in AFF’s favor is its commitment to making hookups easy. Many others spread themselves too thin trying to be all things to all people. Every local who signs up to AFF is there for Calgary hookups, and that’s why it works. There’s a reason it repeatedly lands at the top of our annual list of the best hookup apps online.
We haven't found a faster or easier way to meet a lot of women for hook ups in Calgary!
AFF is extremely popular in Calgary right now and you need to give their free trial a look below if you haven't already. There isn't an easier way to find hookups 24/7 out there right now. Too many hookups start online to ignore it any longer!
The best Calgary pickup bars we've tried
Our city knows how to party. So it stands to reason that some of this country’s best singles bars are located right here. Here are some you shouldn’t miss:
Grab a cowboy hat and head to Ranchman’s Cookhouse & Dancehall
Ranchman's is a nightlife icon and has been the favorite Stampede hot spot for nearly five decades. This is the place to go if you like live country music. In fact, the likes of Keith Urban, Kenny Chesney, Toby Keith and Paul Brandt have all rocked the Ranchman's stage.
Even when there’s not a live band playing, Ranchman’s is a big draw for single girls looking to dance, drink, party or do all three. The action starts on Friday with free line dancing lessons at 7 p.m. The evening gets rowdier from there as cowboys and cowgirls drink, try their luck on the mechanical bull and dance. The upbeat and friendly vibe makes Ranchman’s an easy place to get to know new people, so head on over and get laid in Calgary.
Lolita’s Lounge has a bit of everything
Head over to Inglewood for one of the best venues and hookup bars. Lolita’s Lounge provides a stage for acts of all types. Friday nights are for jazz, while other nights get more eclectic (catch a magic or comedy show if you want). If you’ve been to Lolita’s just once, you’ve only seen a fraction of what it has to offer.
Though Lolita’s Lounge is a great entertainment venue, it’s also an intimate bar. Get a booth and get close and comfortable with someone sexy. On a nice day, take your drinks to the patio, maybe even have a meal. No matter your style, this unique lounge provides ample opportunities for sexy hookups in Calgary.
Enjoy a cold one and the company at Last Best Brewing & Distilling
If you’re looking for a laid-back bar for meeting girls, this relaxed brewpub and beer garden will fit the bill. Famous for its in-house beers and delicious food, Last Best Brewing & Distilling has a lot of seating both inside and out, making it an ideal place to meet girls no matter what the weather.
Open until 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, you can always find lots of single ladies here. Whether they’re enjoying beer and a bite with friends on a Saturday afternoon or heading there for a night on the town, you can’t go wrong with Last Best. The brews are always flowing and the music pumping. So expect a laid back party atmosphere and a lot of girls here after 10 p.m.
Bridgette Bar has tasty bites for a tasty date
If you’re using one of the good online options, you need spots to meet up. Bars are the standard option, but a decent restaurant can be just as useful. That’s why we suggest Bridgette Bar, which, despite its name, is focused on great food. With items like Grilled Lamb Sirloin and Roasted Halibut, theirs is one of the best menus in town.
Even if you aren’t looking for a meal, you can show up late to Bridgette and grab a bite. We’re not talking bar snacks, either. Oysters and fresh pizza are just a couple of the excellent offerings. Of course, a hookup spot needs to have drinks, and Bridgette Bar’s drink menu is just as impressive. Change up your routine and bring your sexy companion for something tasty.
Lobby Lounge at Blackfoot Hotel is Queens' best cocktail bar
The Blackfoot Hotel might not be your first destination in our city, but it’s worth the visit for the Lobby Lounge. Located on the top floor, this spot is one of the most sensual cocktail lounges in the city. Most nights, a piano player provides the atmosphere while the views bring the sex appeal. Hotel bars can be seedy, but the Lobby Lounge is anything but.
The food is also quite good and makes for a tasty lunch or dinner. If you aren’t looking for a meal, though, this lounge still has plenty to offer. The attentive servers will keep the craft cocktails coming while the cozy seats are perfect for two lovers. You can always head to the balcony for fresh air and a casual conversation. Whatever your plans, Lobby Lounge should be a stop on any sexy night out.
Enjoy a beer and some great company at National Beerhall
Beer and hookups go together like bread and butter. Not everyone likes colorful drinks, noisy bars and crowded spaces after all. That's why they head to beer gardens like National Beerhall. With a chill ambiance, an outdoor patio that's perfect for warm weather and a friendly crowd, you'll feel right at home.
Try some of their amazing beers and pair it with some grub. Don't worry, it's not your usual bar fare. The food in National is actually pretty good. With great food and even better beers, it's only a matter of time before you meet some singles for a night of naughty fun.
Honorable Mention Bars
These are only two great pickup bars in Cowtown, however. Here are three more you won’t want to miss:
The best clubs for finding hookups in Calgary
There’s no better place to party in this province than Calgary. You’ll always find a ton of sexy ladies ready to party at the most popular clubs. Here are the clubs we recommend:
Untitled is a cocktail lounge of a different flavour
You’re not going to find anything else like Untitled. Hell, you might not find anything else like it in the province. Untitled is a “Champagne Lounge” and that’s somehow exactly what you think and so much more. This is a sophisticated and stylish lounge where everything is centred around exquisite bubbly.
Whether you’re bringing a date or looking to meet someone new, Untitled provides the ideal backdrop. If champagne isn’t your drink, you might be a bit out of luck. Give it a chance, though, because their champagne cocktails are spectacular. Among the many hookup bars, this one unquestionably offers the most original experience.
Get your groove on with sexy girls at The HiFi Club
This is the best place in the city to hear live music — or to let loose on the dance floor. The HiFi Club in the city’s Beltline district hosts a tonne of well-known artists and popular local acts that draw in a lot of single gals. Known for its chill vibe and reasonably priced drinks, there are always a lot of ladies on the dance floor. Like we said, this is a friendly place, just make sure you don’t start grinding on girls or pulling any similar stunts because the security doesn’t tolerate nonsense or disrespect toward ladies.
Open until 2 a.m., Friday and Saturday nights are the best time to hit this club. It’s a good idea to arrive by 10 p.m. unless you want to chat up some cuties while standing in line.
Honorable Mention Clubs
Branch out and try some of these other clubs:
Best places to meet sexy Calgary girls during the day
Need a break from the usual club and bar scene? These daytime hangouts are always full of hot single girls.
Get your caffeine fix and meet some cuties at Analog Coffee
This trendy coffee shop has a youthful vibe that attracts a young clientele. From its eclectic decor to its commitment to single-origin coffee, this cafe’s ambiance attracts a lot of single girls. Known for its lattes, cappuccinos and espressos, this shop serves a variety of drinks and from-scratch baked goods and sandwiches. You’ll also find girls hanging out with friends or working on their laptops here, making it an excellent place to meet some new singles.
There are several Analog locations in the city, but we’ve found the 17th Avenue and Farmer’s Market cafes to be the best places to meet girls. That’s because of the sheer volume of foot traffic in those areas.
Chat up some cuties at Philosafy Coffee
“Enjoylife” might be the usual Wi-Fi password for this cozy cafe, but it’s obviously Philosafy Coffee’s motto, too. The friendly vibe, great coffee and delicious pastries as well as the abundant seating attract a lot of university students and young professionals. You’ll often find this coffee shop full of people studying or working on laptops.
Pop in for a delicious coffee, chai latte or iced drink and check out some of the cuties studying. It does get crowded in the evenings here, but that could work to your advantage. It may just give you an excuse to share a table with a gorgeous girl.
Meet lots of girls at Urban Athlete Fitness Studio
Bright and spacious, this gym has a fun, motivating atmosphere that attracts a lot of single gals. Boasting professional trainers and state-of-the-art equipment, this gym is famous for its boot camp classes. The co-ed classes are popular with both genders and can give you a chance to start up casual conversations with a lot of cute and fit girls.
Open until 10 p.m. on weeknights, evenings can be a great chance to get to know that good-looking girl who caught your eye. As for the weekends, there is no wrong time to go, except for too early. So sign up for a few classes and see how many hot girls you can meet.
Unwind at Societe Coffee Lounge
Rustic wooden interiors paired with industrial touches may be cliche for coffee shops, but you won't mind the typical look once you try their brews. Societe Coffee Lounge offers you a place to just relax with a cuppa after a hard day of work or school. Lots of singles have the same idea, so they hang out here pretty often too.
If you're tired of meeting the same old people at the usual bars or online, give this coffee shop a try. It's so easy to just walk up to someone, mug in hand, and start a conversation.
Other great hookup spots to get laid in Calgary
We’ve given you our absolute favourite local hookup options, but that’s hardly everything. Here are a few more reliable options for hookups in Calgary.
Calgary Folk Music Festival is a great place to meet girls
The Calgary Folk Music Festival is something of an institution. In fact, this longtime festival attracts more than 50,000 people to Prince’s Island Park each summer. The four-day festival offers roughly 70 national and international acts each year to its six daytime and two evening stages.
The day concerts are more family-oriented — not the best atmosphere for meeting girls. The evenings are definitely adult-centred with girls who are ready to cut loose. Not only will you get a chance to listen to some great music, but you’ll also have the chance to meet a tonne of single Calgary girls. It’s an opportunity you won’t want to miss.
Tinder is a decent option as well
If your first priority when it comes to meeting girls is their appearance, you’re sure to enjoy Tinder. All of Calgary’s hottest single girls are on here to find dates or casual flings, depending on their mood. That’s what makes it one of the best ways to meet some of the sexiest girls in the city — but only if you’re hot too.
If you’re not regularly mistaken for a male model, you may find your time on Tinder frustratingly futile. That’s because the people using this typically swipe right for really hot guys and girls. If, however, you’re confident in what you have to offer and you have an amazing Tinder bio, give it a go.
We can guarantee you that the sexiest single girls are on here, so why not try to hook a hottie?
Have an organic meetup at Bridgeland Market
You may meet more people at a big-box grocery store, but little local shops like Bridgeland have friendlier singles. They usually come here because they're regulars and it's just part of their routine of picking out baked goods and organic produce. Because of this, you're more likely to strike up a conversation with some singles just browsing through the aisles.
When you're tracking down casual hookups near you popular markets like these are great options. You find a lot more people who take their appearance and health seriously in an environment that makes starting a conversation easy.
The next time you need to fill up your pantry, head to Bridgeland for more than just groceries. You might be surprised at how many hookups start in unassuming places like a grocery store!
Vern’s is an underrated spot to find hookups in Calgary
We’re going to be honest: Vern’s is a dive. It looks grimy and hosts a mix of hard rock and punk bands. If that isn’t your scene, we completely understand. Consider, though, that sometimes the best place for a hookup is where everyone is having a good time. If that’s the criteria, then there is no question that Vern’s is a true hookup bar.
Vern’s is a bar where you’ll find college kids and 20-somethings throughout the week. The bands there tend to play hard and fast, and the crowds absolutely love it. Yes, it’s a far cry from Lobby Lounge, and that’s the point. Don’t be afraid to try something new. After all, Calgary hookups come in all shapes and styles.
Map of all the best spots to find hookups we covered
Now that we've gone over the best options for finding Calgary hookups you need to plan out how you're going to spend your nights. Use the map below to planning out your dating strategy and ensure that you're not wasting any time. Hit a few different places each night and get solid results.
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