Food & Nightlife
There are plenty of Banff dining options including fast-food joints, steakhouses, fine dining, and various international restaurants. In general, the Banff restaurant prices can be a little inflated relative to other Canadian ski towns.
The following are some examples of the many Banff restaurants. The Balkan Restaurant (Banff Avenue) has Greek cuisine and some nights they have Greek dancing and plate smashing.
Mexican food is available at the Magpie and Stump (203 Caribou St Banff), along with half-price margaritas.
There are two Keg steakhouses (117 Banff Ave and 521 Banff Ave) which have familiar fare. Wildfire Grill has good food at reasonable prices. To be a typical Albertan and eat yet another steak, you can also try Saltlik Steakhouse (221 Bear St).
The Maple Leaf Grill and Lounge is an up-market restaurant with an extensive wine list.
Our favourite dining venues were a few of the pubs – see below.
Banff Bars & Nightlife
Banff has vibrant après ski festivities and nightlife. There are a variety of places to enjoy a drink, play pool or dance. Many of the pubs have live music, with some dancing later into the evening.
A classic Canadian pub is the casual Elk and Oarsman. English style pubs include the Pump and Tap Tavern and the Rose and Crown.
Our favourite for a casual feed and locally brewed beers was the Bear’s Den Pub. In typically Banff style, they sell a variety of t-shirts to remember your visit.
For some pumping nightlife, head to the Aurora Nightclub.