Good Pub Guide Banff
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Good Pub Guide Banff

Good Pub Guide Banff ...

After a gruelling day on the ski slopes or a very challenging hike up those Canadian about a beer?

A cold one or maybe not so cold depending how you like it. Believe it or not Banff has some great places to call your local while you're visiting here.

Here are a few of my recommendations ....

St. James Gate Pub Banff

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St. James Gate

If you’d like to do Irish, check out the St. James Gate.

It's an authentic ye olde Irish pub that offers up a nice selection of pub food. They have a great selection beer as well.

Trip Advisor rates the St. James Gate as the #2 restaurant out of 108 restaurants in Banff. It's my favorite pub!!!!

Sometimes the atmosphere can make the dining experience. They have a roaring fire going in the winter and lots of little alcoves for a little privacy or romance. If the fire is waning, throw a log (or two) on yourself. It makes for a great dining atmosphere.

They have an insane number of beers on tap, all (except for Budweiser--really?) Irish and/or unique local beers, about 25-30 in all. Not high end gourmet, but good Irish food in a rustic atmosphere. You may want to try their liver and onions!!!!

A good pub guide Banff choice!!

Elk and Oarsman Pub Banff

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Elk and Oarsman

Was established in 2005.

The Elk & Oarsman is owned by the same company that runs the Irish pub, the St. James Gate in Banff.

The timber & river rock décor & beautiful stone fireplace make The Elk & Oarsman a favorite for locals.

The Elk offers the best in food, live entertainment, twelve draft selections and true hospitality.

In the summer....the rooftop patio offers an amazing 360° view of rocky mountain scenery. In the cooler weather their inviting wood burning fireplace will warm you as you relive a day on the slopes.

If you’re looking to grab a quick bite to eat or a nice cold beer, try the fun atmosphere at the Elk & Oarsman Pub & Grill located in Banff. It's a great deal by tourist standards!!!

Tourists from around the world frequent this pub with rave reviews..


"A sure bet is the Tuesday special of an Angus steak sandwich with fries and a salad for only $8.00 or the Wednesday ‘Everything Elk’ menu where, obviously, elk dishes are featured. "But I didn’t come to Banff for cuisine. And I didn’t need visions of Carmen Creek bison tenderloin dancing before my goggles as I braved black diamonds. I needed sustenance, and I found it at the Elk & Oarsman, a pub with a wood-beamed ceiling where everyone seems to gather. Seth Rogen look-alikes swilled the crisp house lager, and hardcore snowboard girls cheered hockey games on TV. Jean and I ate elk burgers, Tuscan-sausage pizzas and chicken wings — it was the kind of place I would go if I lived there."  ~ Matt Gross, New York Times News Correspondent

Check it out!

Rose & Crown Pub Banff

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The oldest pub in Banff is the Rose & Crown Pub & Restaurant which welcomes a a quarter million visitors annually. 

Serving up traditional pub food, the Rose & Crown also mixes in its fair share of Canadiana.

They serve food while live bands play seven nights per week. 

Slide on up to the 40’ cherry wood bar and enjoy the selection of tap beers served in a ‘proper’ 20 ounce pint glass.

When the weather is warm and the days are long, come on up to our rooftop patio and take in Banff from a bird's eye view.

Enjoy all their menu has to offer while accompanied by a stunning 360 degree vista of the majestic Rocky Mountains. An afternoon sipping Rose & Crown sized Margaritas and having lunch is an absolute "can't miss" Banff experience.

Come and see for yourself. Generally our patio season lasts from mid April to October, but if we get an unusually sunny and warm day we will do our best to get you up there to take in the view.

Pump & Tap Tavern Banff

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Pump & Tap Tavern

If you’d like to go British, try The Pump & Tap Tavern located on the lower level at the Sundance Mall. 

It offers a traditional British pub decor with a little Canadiana mixed in. 

The Pump & Tap Tavern offers great pub fare.

A little bit o Britain downstairs in Sundance Mall. One of Banff's cheapest places to drink and definitely one of the Best Banff bars to go to before hitting the nightclubs!

This basement pub is Banff's gift to homesick Brits. It is small, cluttered, and low ceilings. But this is all part of its charm. Come for a game of pool or for a lunch of traditional pub fare. This establishment is definitely on the good pub guide Banff list.

This Tavern's tiny kitchen turns out bowls of chili, British curry, baked beans on toast and pigeon wings (chicken, actually).

The Pump and Tap also features one of Banff's longest happy hours - beers are on special from 1pm to 5pm daily. European soccer on the big screen. Pool, video golf, foosball. Noon-2 am.

This British pub is actually run by real Brit's (not a simulated theme). The walls and ceilings a decorated in British photos and soccer memorabilia imported from the U.K.

Extremely popular with Brits travelling through or working in Banff.

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If you’re looking for a fun night on the town, there’s plenty of options for you in Banff.

Included are those with a little rustic charm and cowboy feel because after all, you’re in Alberta. 

So do as the locals do – grab your cowboy hat and boots, and head on down to one of these local favorites.

The atmosphere at Wild Bill’s Legendary Saloon will make you want to buy that cowboy hat and boots if you don’t already have them. 

Have some fun with the hands-on calf roping, line dancing, or even take a two-step lesson.  This bar serves up live music, and generous portions of food. It's lots of fun and reminiscent of hanging out at Billy Bob’s Texas in Dallas, but just not that big.

Voted the ‘best in Banff,’ Bruno’s Bar & Grill offers a somewhat contemporary decor mixed in with a rustic feel. It's named after the photographer Bruno Engler. The pub food is great (try anything salmon!), and enjoy the fun atmosphere made up of locals and visitors alike of all age groups.  Bruno’s is a very comfortable place to while away any evening and talk about your day in the mountains.

The Mad Trapper’s Saloon located at Sunshine Village ski resort. It's a casual bar offering yummy pub food and great barbecue from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily; during ski season, the saloon can be packed but it also offers a fun party atmosphere that’s definitely worth checking out.

The good pub guide Banff gives you so much to choose from tasty food to a fabulous selection of European beers. Everything you could crave.....can be found in this quaint world class village.... come visit Beautiful Banff...

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