If you’re looking for something fun to do at night in Banff, head to Wild Bill’s Legendary Saloon. Wild Bill’s is named after Bill Peyto who was a famous guide in the early days of Banff Park and extremely knowledgeable of the Rocky Mountains.
Conveniently located on Banff Avenue in downtown Banff, Wild Bill’s has been around for years and is a great place to hang out. The saloon is decorated with saddles, old farm tools, and other paraphernalia typical of the wild west, giving it a relaxed, rustic atmosphere. And, like many other restaurants and bars in Banff, Wild Bill’s has great views of the mountains.
There’s certainly a lot going on at Wild Bill’s – you can sit and chat while drinking a beer and eating a burger, watch sports on its big screen TVs, and listen music. Wild Bill’s also features a separate gaming lounge, dancing, and even calf roping. There is an energetic and upbeat feeling at Wild Bill’s – there is usually a live band and people dancing on the dance floor.
Wild Bill’s has different theme nights several evenings of the week. On Tuesday nights, Wild Bill’s hosts Redhot Karaoke, where aspiring singers (or people who just like to sing) sing their favorite songs on stage. On Wild West Wednesdays, the saloon offers line-dancing lessons. Check the Wild Bill’s website for the event schedule.
For those who come to Wild Bill’s hungry, there is an extensive menu of high-quality North American/Canadian dishes and pub fare to choose from. Appetizers and snacks (“Campfire Classics”) include potato skins, chips and salsa, nachos, and quesadillas. There is an interesting, hearty array of sandwiches (Alberta Beef Dip, Peyto Burger, Buffalo Burger, Elk Burger, among others), as well as some “legendary” entrees (fajitas, salmon, pork chop, baby back ribs).
Wild Bill’s Legendary Saloon is great for all types of groups and tourists. With its private dining areas, Wild Bill’s is great for celebrations and parties.
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