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The Pub Scene in Banff, Alberta

Nightlife — By conniemotz on August 7, 2010 at 12:00 am

The Pub Scene in Banff, Alberta

If you’re looking for a fun night on the town, there’s plenty of options for you in Banff including 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, generous portions of food, and a lot of fun that’s reminiscent of hanging out at Billy Bob’s Texas in Dallas, but just not that big.

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 and a daily Happy Hour from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m., which makes for a perfect stop before hitting the clubs.  Or if you’d rather do Irish, check out St. James Gate, an authentic ye olde Irish pub that offers up a nice selection of pub food and beer.  Grab some friends, a Pub Platter, some Guinness, and you’re set.

The Mad Trapper’s Saloon located at Sunshine Village in Banff is 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 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 especially through the live bands offered 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.

Voted the ‘best in Banff,’ Bruno’s Bar & Grill offers a somewhat contemporary decor mixed in with a rustic feel.  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.

Flickr.com Photo Credit: St James Gate by Placid Casual

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