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Nightlife & Entertainment in Banff

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Any mountain resort worth its salt has a decent après-ski scene – something Banff understands very well indeed. Whether you’re cozying up by a roaring fire with a warming winter ale, or sipping a cocktail on a summer evening, Banff has laid-back nightlife for every season, and energetic clubs for any time of year.

 

Traditional taverns

 

Wooden chalets and mountain scenery make the perfect setting for locally-brewed beer and rustic watering holes. The town’s pubs and taverns offer a casual retreat after a day on the mountains, where you can play a game of pool or just snuggle into a corner with a house beer.

 

Banff Avenue Brew Pub

 

The town’s signature in-house brewery, Banff Avenue Brew Pub is the place to go to try out craft ales– though you may have a hard time choosing a favorite. You can even take a sneak peek around the brewery to see how the potent elixirs are created.

 

110 Banff Avenue, Banff AB T1L 1A9. Tel: +1 403 762 1003

 

Banff Avenue Brew Pub website

 

Live music

 

From Western-style saloons to British-style pubs, live music thrives in a variety of tiny Banff venues. With musical specialties ranging from heavy metal to folk, there’s something in the mix that’s sure to get your foot tapping to the beat, with great drinks served too.

 

Rose and Crown

 

Banff’s premier live music venue has a different band performing every night of the week, so it's no wonder this central pub attracts locals and visitors alike. It serves up traditional pub grub and quality beers alongside an eclectic musical menu – if blues, rock, or soul is your thing, you’re in luck here.

 

202 Banff Avenue, Banff AB T1L 1B5. Tel: +1 403 762 2121

 

Rose and Crown website

 

Wild Bill’s Legendary Saloon

 

Dust off your cowboy boots and prepare for a good old hootenanny, Canadian style. You couldn’t have a saloon bar without great country music, and Wild Bill’s delivers with a great line-up of local acts, as well as some bigger names from the folk scene.

 

201 Banff Avenue, Banff AB T1L 1H8. Tel: +1 403 762 0333

 

Wild Bill’s Legendary Saloon website

 

Cocktail bars

 

If you like your après-ski a little more well-heeled and chic, then opt for an upmarket cocktail bar, where the jazz music is hot and the drinks ice cold. Dress to impress, then sit back and relax, casually sipping a martini as you watch the sun go down over the mountains.

 

Divas

 

With old photos of Hollywood starlets gracing the walls of this elegant lounge, Divas will add a sparkle of glamour to your night. The bartenders impress with their creative cocktail skills. To keep things classy, why not order the specialty martini? Then sink into a spot by the fire and enjoy.

 

300 Mountain Avenue, Banff AB T1L 1J2. Tel: +1 403 762 3356

 

Divas website

 

Nightclubs

 

If you want to put on your dancing shoes and party the night away, Banff has a choice of thumping nightclubs. There are themed events, cheap drinks deals, and top DJs spinning tunes. For those who can shake off a hangover on the slopes, this is the highlight of Banff nightlife.

 

Dancing Sasquatch

 

In ski season, this is the favorite haunt for off-duty pro athletes and vacationing youngsters alike. Attracting internationally-famed DJs, there’s an eclectic music mix, from Motown to dubstep. Tunes are pumped through a mega sound system, and lasers light up the dance floor for late-night hedonism the Banff way.

 

120 Banff Avenue, Banff AB T1L 1A6. Tel: +1 403 762 4002

 

Dancing Sasquatch website