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Early liquor service hours approval for Calgary Stampede

The Stampede is an annual world-renowned event and AGLC 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 2022 Stampede which runs from July 8-17.

This blanket approval applies to all Class A, B and C liquor licensees (such as bars, lounges, taprooms and convention centres) 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.

On Parade Day (July 8) along the route, liquor licensees can begin liquor service at 7 a.m.

Private events that obtain individual prior approval from AGLC may start serving at 6:30 a.m. Any group wishing to hold a special event are required to apply for a liquor licence. Hours for special events are determined on a case-by-case basis.

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

AGLC reminds Albertans to use their DrinkSense while enjoying Stampede festivities. For more information about DrinkSense, visit


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