Where to grab a pint in Banff

Food, Nightlife — By shelaghmcnally on August 22, 2011 at 3:30 am

Photo courtesy of The Rose & Crown

Nothing beats having a brew against the backdrop of the magnificent Rocky Mountains. Local breweries have created some outstanding ale made with the pure glacial water of the region. Check out some of our favorite watering holes for beer.

Opened in 1985, The Rose & Crown is Banff’s oldest pub with a wide selection of local and international beers. Saddled up to the 40-foot long cherry wood bar to enjoy the 10 beers on Tap served in a proper full sized 20-ounce glass. It also features live music nightly and has become a must-play for Canadians bands touring the area. Stopping off for a drink at the bar has become a local tradition for natives and visitors alike.

St. James Gate Olde Irish Pub is a little piece of Ireland in the mountains. The perfect place for a post-hike pint, this pub offers a wide selection of draft beer along with imports and microbrews. Grab a place by the stone fireplace and enjoy a whiskey or some traditional Irish stew flavored with Guinness or some Shepherd’s Pie, Fish and Chips. The pub also offers cigars to accompany that whiskey.Since you’re in the West you need to experience a true frontier saloon.

Photo courtesy of Banff Ave Brewing Company

The Banff Ave Brewing Company located on the second level of the Clocktower Plaza opened in 2010 and creates tasty beer using premium hops and malts. They create fresh and modern brews that are favorites with locals. Enjoy beers with catchy local names such as Pilsner, Banff Ave Blond Ale (a mild kolsch style) and the Reverend Rundle Stout, making this brand new pub an automatic local’s favorite. Enjoy traditional pub food as well as dishes like Buddha Noodles (a thai-style option), a variety of salads, Banana and Panko Stuffed Chicken and a vegetarian dish called The Fist Pumping Hippy. Open daily from 12 pm to 2 am at 110 Banff Avenue.

Wild Bill’s Saloon offers western hospitality and a stomping good time. Enjoy the live music in a saloon with brass railings, turned woodwork and Western memorabilia. There’s a wide range of locally brewed beers a well as huge hamburgers and steaks. Bring your boots and your hat so you’re ready for the dance floor.

Tags: Banff oubs, beer on tap, cold beer, microbrewery, rocky mountains, western saloons