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The AGLC Board welcomes three new appointments - July 10, 2017

The AGLC Board is pleased to welcome three new appointments. Effective immediately, Gael MacLeod, who has been a Board member since April 2016, has been appointed as Chair. Ken Knowles, who was a Board member from September 2015 to March 2017, has been re-appointed. Finally, Barbara Ritzen has been appointed as our newest Board member.

More information about these Board members may be found here.

Patio season heats up with fewer rules - July 10, 2017

It is now easier for licensed venues to offer the type of patio experience customers want, thanks to new policy that includes fewer restrictions on how patios are built.

For more details, please refer to the:

Calgary bars, pubs and venues sparkle at Best Bar None Awards  - June 27, 2017

Fifty-eight Calgary bars, clubs, pubs and entertainment venues received Best Bar None accreditation for their commitment to high customer service and safety standards. The 6th annual Best Bar None Calgary Awards and Accreditation Night honour venues that demonstrated outstanding commitment to make their nightspot a safer environment.

From this group, nine venues also won awards for continuing to raise the bar on service and patron safety:

Bar/Lounge: National on 10th
Hotel Bar: Jetz Bar and Lounge (Best Western Port O’Call Hotel)
and Bar:
Buzzards Restaurant and Bar
Small Pub: Hudsons Canada’s Pub (Crowfoot)
Pub: Hudsons Canada’s Pub (Downtown)
Large Pub: Hudsons Canada’s Pub (Shawnessy)
Club: Ranchman’s Cookhouse and Dance Hall
Campus: The Last Defence Lounge (U of C)
Casino: Cowboys Casino

Best Bar None Calgary is a partnership between the AGLC, the City of Calgary and the Calgary Police Service with support from the Alberta Safer Bars Council. For a full list of accredited venues or for more information on Best Bar None Calgary, visit

Blanket approval for early liquor service during the Calgary Stampede - June 8, 2017

The Stampede is a major event in our province, bringing thousands of visitors to Calgary to enjoy the unique Stampede experience. Throughout the festivities, the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission is pleased to support liquor-licensed businesses with more flexible liquor service hours.

Bars, restaurants and lounges in the City of Calgary have the option to start liquor service at 8 a.m. during the 2017 Stampede, July 7-16. This blanket approval applies to all Class A, B and C liquor licensees in the City of Calgary. Licensees do not have to apply for this particular extension, which is for early service only. Closing hours for liquor service are not changing and all other rules guiding the service remain in effect. Licensees are expected to continue to offer service in a socially responsible way to ensure the safety of their patrons during these special hours.

Businesses on the parade route can contact the AGLC to request early liquor service hours of 7 a.m. for the Parade Day, July 7. Anyone holding a special event with the intention of serving alcohol must apply for a liquor licence. Hours for special events are determined on a case-by-case basis.

The AGLC regularly considers early service hours for major international sporting events or for major community events such as the Calgary Stampede.

A million reasons not to drink and drive this May long weekend - May 18, 2017

Students Against Drinking and Driving (SADD) Alberta and the AGLC unveil liquor store bags designed by 2016 SADD Liquor Bag Design Contest winner, Kimberlie Crowe. Kimberlie’s message is printed on one million liquor bags that are being distributed in liquor stores throughout the province starting this May long weekend.

Responsible Gambling Awareness Week - May 15-20, 2017

Campaign reminds Albertans to use their GameSense.

Bacardi Canada recalls 1.14 L Bombay Sapphire London Dry Gin - May 3, 2017

Edmonton... Due to the incorrect labelling of alcohol volume and potential health consequences, Bacardi Canada and the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission (AGLC) are advising consumers not to consume 1.14-litre bottles of Bombay Sapphire London Dry Gin – specifically with lot number L16304 W (etched near the base of the bottle).

The manufacturer reported some bottles were not properly diluted, resulting in an alcohol content of 77 per cent – not 40 per cent, as listed on the bottle.

Consumers with product bearing lot number L16304 W should not consume the product and are encouraged to return any product to a liquor retailer for a refund. Opened product should also be returned.

To date, no complaints or injuries related to the consumption of this product have been reported in Alberta.

For more information about the recall, please visit the CFIA’s

Alberta casinos host TournEvent of Champions - Mar 27, 2017

Twenty-eight lucky Albertans will head to Las Vegas for a chance to hit the jackpot! There is slots of fun to be found in Alberta casinos from now until late September, as Albertans compete for a chance to attend the Million Dollar Event in Las Vegas, Nevada. TournEvent of Champions is North America’s premier slot tournament making its debut in Alberta this year.

Don’t mix cheers and gears - Mar 8, 2017

A Lethbridge high school student’s message on impaired driving earns overall top prize in liquor bag design contest. Kimberlie Crowe’s message on the dangers of impaired driving makes a powerful plea to help keep Alberta roads safe for everyone.

What do your empties say about you?  - Feb 15, 2017

The AGLC is sparking a conversation with young adults, ages 18 to 29, on what it means to drink responsibly.

Change of tune hits a high note with industry - Feb 3, 2017

Policy amendment sets the stage for young performers to entertain in minors-prohibited licensed venues…more

Important information about fake driver’s licences  - Jan 17, 2017

Over the last several months, AGLC inspectors have uncovered a number of false Manitoba and Saskatchewan driver’s licences used in licensed premises in Calgary. Licensees should look for the following security features on Manitoba and Saskatchewan licences:

  • a prominent photograph in the lower right hand corner
  • raised lettering when feeling the card
  • evidence of holograms

For more information about fake driver’s licences, please contact the AGLC at 1-800-272-8806 or


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