If a good back bar contains a couple of rows of top-shelf spirits, Proof’s is nothing less than a ceiling-high liquor library for spirits nerds.
Reading the shelves—bottles of Campari Cask Tales, Japanese whisky and gin, rare bourbon—is as thirst-quenching as the menu, illustrated with fantastical creatures and winking drink titles like Beet Pray Love and Because You Like Coldplay. Cocktail wonks will favour a slate of lower-alcohol drinks that make the most of sherry, aperitivo and other obscurities. A woman alone at the bar might just want to order a Girl With Curls—whether she is one or just appreciates a stiff cocktail at a civilized bar where one can drink alone and still feel among friends.
1302 1st Street SW Calgary