The Backlot

83% love it
Small two-level neighborhood bar
Enter through the alleyway into this neighborhood bar. It's a popular gathering place for before a night out at the more crowded dance clubs. One of Calgary's oldest gay-owned and operated bars.


    • steve201323
      steve201323 Over a year ago
      Hates it

      Its nice place and fun too.

    • kalis75
      kalis75 Over a year ago
      Loves it

      This place is awesome

    • happygomikey
      happygomikey Over a year ago
      Hates it

      It's OK
      Don't have anything bad to say about this place, but not overly great to me either. It's good for going with friends for a drink if you're in the area, but if you're young and you walk in, you will get gawked at (so maybe a good place for a hookup?) either way, good location, music is good level for chatting. Friendly guys.

    • Stallionguy2000
      Stallionguy2000 Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Super Place
      The Back Lot is a super place to meet after spending time with family in Calgary. The quiet bar, nice music or television, the Very hospitable owner and bar tenders are great! We spent each of our 4 nights in the Back Lot which was not too far from our hotel. Located at just about the foot of the Husky Tower. We would gladly go visit there again as we did meet some very nice guys that originally were from Saskatchewan, especially Dale the restaurateur! Great conversations had us laughing the whole night and later when we went back to the Holiday Inn Express downtown! We are coming back mid April to visit the Back Lot again and check out Twisted Element! Jeff we look forward to chatting with you again you cute bar hop!

    • Calgaryman
      Calgaryman Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Great Place
      Cozy place great for meeting friends for a drink

    • WorldTravelor
      WorldTravelor Over a year ago
      Hates it

      just my cup of tea
      great quiet bar with cheap drinks. started the evening here. then headed out. cute bartender named jeff too

    • CalgaryPrince
      CalgaryPrince Over a year ago
      Loves it

      The Best Bar in Calgary
      As far as Calgary Goes for Gay bars this place is very small, the only thing missing is a dancefloor and I like how its ''not'' sexual, its a normal bar with a bit of an urban modern feel to it. You can sit with friends chat and have a good time, I like it. If I want a Gay friendly place a prefer this then go to a straight bar because twisted element is one big orgy.

    • Ryan001
      Ryan001 Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Back Lot
      Great place to hang and have a good time with friends. Marc is great.

    • brezzzz
      brezzzz Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Where's the eye candy gone?!
      Backlot could use some updating. Investing some money into the interior would be a good idea. I'm really missing being able to glance up every now and then and see the eye candy on the tv screens.

    • yahoo
      yahoo Over a year ago
      Hates it

      Less and Less Appealing
      This bar is going down hill over time, with more street people wandering in and straight women. The bar seems to have stopped putting gay men on their TVs to please the street people and women sitting at the bar.

    • heathmac
      heathmac Over a year ago
      Hates it

      Neighborhood Bar
      A very nice bar .... very neighborhood, everyone knows everyone else .. so don't expect to make new contacts here. Great to have a drink in a familiar environment; don't be suprised if everyone is chatting around you.

    • rayray
      rayray Over a year ago
      Hates it

      not in the best area for a gay bar considering the myriad of str8 clubs on the same street......Been there a few times for a drink before going somewhere else. Not a fan of the video slide show of retro porn stars & their bits.

    • swcgy
      swcgy Over a year ago
      Hates it

      Not great..rather boring..crummy neighborhood.
      I was curious about this bar,as I had read about it.One night I went to it,and came away disappointed.Although it was a week night(and I knew it would not be real busy)it was almost totally deadsville. "YAWN . Stay home and save your money!

    • Artberry
      Artberry Over a year ago
      Loves it

      my last vist in 2006,
      been there a few times staff nice and friendly I hope to get back in 2008

    • m1975
      m1975 Over a year ago
      Loves it

      Small bar hidden away down an alley. Very friendly staff and a nice atmosphere. The rest room is a little odd tho as it's kinda open to the bar!