Unveiling Calgary’s Hidden Gems: 3 Speakeasies We Adore in Our Community

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At Progressive Edge Dental Hygiene, we not only focus on the precision and care of dental instruments but also appreciate the finer things in life. In our vibrant community of Calgary, we’ve uncovered three speakeasies that transport you to a bygone era while delivering exceptional experiences. 


These hidden gems seamlessly blend the allure of the 1920s Prohibition era with modern-day sophistication. Join us as we explore the secret corners of Betty Lou’s Library, Prickett & Richard, and Paper Lantern – unique establishments that have stolen our hearts.

Betty Lou’s Library: A Jazz-Fueled Journey Back in Time

Imagine a clandestine entrance leading to a world where jazz melodies fill the air, and vintage velvet chairs invite you to unwind. Betty Lou’s Library is a speakeasy that pays homage to the American 1920s Prohibition era, seamlessly merging it with the artistic spirit of Paris’ Lost Generation. As you whisper the secret password into the antique telephone, a hidden door opens, revealing a swank Prohibition-era library. Chandeliers cast a soft glow over velvet brocade seating, creating an ambiance of elegance and mystery.

At Betty Lou’s, the bartenders craft original cocktails of superb quality, with each drink named after famous women of the Jazz Age. The venue hosts regular events featuring jazz bands, musicians, dancers, and even burlesque shows, ensuring there’s always something exciting happening behind the hidden door. It’s a haven for those seeking a unique blend of history, art, and exceptional libations.

Prickett & Richard: An Underbelly Haven for Cocktail Connoisseurs

Venture into the underbelly of Comery Block Barbecue, and you’ll discover Prickett & Richard, a hidden gem for cocktail enthusiasts. Accessible through a discreet entrance in the back alley off 17th Avenue and 6th Street SW, this speakeasy exudes an air of exclusivity. The steel door opens to a dimly lit space with a prohibition-era aesthetic, creating an intimate setting for socializing.

While reservations are recommended for a guaranteed spot, walk-ins are welcomed based on availability. Once inside, guests can indulge in meticulously crafted cocktails, each a masterpiece in mixology. Prickett & Richard stands as a testament to Calgary’s diverse nightlife, offering a sophisticated escape for those seeking refined libations in a hidden enclave.

Paper Lantern: A Vietnamese Escape in the Heart of Chinatown

Nestled in a Chinatown basement, Paper Lantern beckons those in search of a tropical and Vietnamese-inspired hideaway. Dark, fun, and intimate, this speakeasy offers a unique twist on the traditional concept. With strong drinks and small sharing plates, Paper Lantern provides an immersive experience, transporting patrons to a distant locale.

Reservations are recommended, and a two-hour seating limit applies during peak times. Despite the cozy setting, the bar maintains an upbeat atmosphere, making it an ideal spot for those who appreciate the fusion of culture and mixology. Paper Lantern exemplifies the diversity within Calgary’s culinary and nightlife scene, capturing the essence of global influences in a single hidden gem.


At Progressive Edge Dental Hygiene, we celebrate our vibrant community by not only delivering top-notch dental instruments but also sharing the best of what Calgary has to offer. These three speakeasies – Betty Lou’s Library, Prickett & Richard, and Paper Lantern – embody the spirit of secrecy, creativity, and community. As we continue to support local businesses, we invite you to explore and savor the hidden gems that make our community truly extraordinary.

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