Banff is known for a great nightlife where people from all over the world gather in the evening to have fun, share stories over a pint, enjoy live entertainment, and/or dance the night away...
For a Big Night Out, many will start at one of the local pubs...
- Mel's Bar above Melissa's Missteak restaurant on Lynx Street, Tommy's Neighbourhood Pub on downtown Banff Avenue, The Pump & Tap in the basement of the Sundance Mall on Banff Avenue offer great drink specials. The Banff Ave. Brewing Company upstairs in the Clocktower Mall offers locally brewed beer and a pool table.
- Relax with a couple of delicious martinis and appetizers at the Saltlik Lounge on Bear Street or grab a thin crust pizza and some regional beer at The Bear Street Tavern.
If someone's in the mood for dancing, they'll head to one of the three night clubs ...
- Dancing Sasquatch (open seven days a week) Banff's newest entertainment venue featuring Canadian DJ talent. Cabin themed bar with a rockwall entrance on the lower level. Lots of wood upstairs around the two bars and large dance floor. Some seating at the front windows looking over Banff Avenue and in a back 'sauna' style room. Located main level on the 100 block of Banff Avenue.
- Hoodoo Lounge (open Thursday through to Tuesday) A smaller club with two bars, booths to chill in, and open area that merges into a dance floor. Located just off Banff Avenue on Caribou Street, in the basement.
- Aurora Nighclub & Lounge (Open Tuesday through to Sunday) is the larger city-style dance club in Banff. It gets international dj acts to dance to on their bi-level dance floor. There`s an island bar in the middle of the club. Onyx Bar is on a raised portion of the club with two pool tables. Then the lounge area in the back with a fireplace, and trance-house dj offers an escape from the dance crowd.
If you want to hang out, play a game of pool, cheer on your favorite sports team, dj on a juke box, or listen to a touring band your options are ....
- Devil's Gap Heavy metal and rocker bar that occasionally has punk bands and live DJ's. Two foosball tables, graffiti art walls and one large bar. Located on Caribou Street on the second floor.
- Wild Bill's Check out their website for a listing of the great concerts coming to their stage, or go on one of their theme nights: Tuesday's Karaoke, Wednesday's Line Dancing, and Weekends Live Entertainment (bands).
- The Rose and Crown A band plays nearly every night of the week, they've got one side where the band plays, then the other side has two pool tables, a foosball table, and juke box. Located on Banff Avenue on the corner near Caribou Street, upstairs
- Bruno's For open mic night on Wednesdays, and a local crowd. Located just off Banff Avenue on Caribou Street
- Elk and Oarsman Most weeks local bands play on Saturday and Sunday starting around 9pm. It's also a great place to cheer on your team especially during Hockey Night in Banff on Thursday nights. Located on the second block of downtown Banff Avenue, on the second floor.
- The Saltlik Lounge Offering Jazz/R&B/Singersongerwriter artists-bands starting around 9pm every Thursday. Sip on martinis, ask the bartender for your favorite cocktail, and nibble on their after-hours menu from 11-12pm Located on Bear Street.
- The Buffalo Paddock has got video games, pool tables and darts, or you can catch the latest game on 16 inch TVs! There is a DJ and dancing on Saturdays, and even a karaoke room. Located on Banff Avenue in the Mount Royal Hotel.
On the ski hill you'll be able to warm up with a hot toddy or cool down with an ice-cold pitcher of beer...
- At Sunshine Village Ski Resort stop into the Java Lift to escape the cold and warm up with a specialty coffee or hot chocolate located in the Sunshine Inn, or the centrally located Trapper's for a cold pitcher of beer and some food in a true mountain pub. At the base of the Sunshine gondola, you can have a bite or a drink at The Creekside Bar & Grill while you're waiting for your bus or for others at the end of the ski-out.
- At Lake Louise Mountain Resort you`ve got Temple Lodge with rustic charm at the back of the mountain, the Kokanee Cabin on the front of the mountain offering Starbucks coffee or a pitcher of cold beer on the huge patio while music or bands provide entertainment .
- At Mount Norquay ski hill, the second floor in the Cascade Lodge boasts the Lone Pine Pub and Restaurant for your apres ski snack or warm up drinks.
For the arts lovers and music enthusiasts, The Banff Centre is great for a cultured night out....
Most in-town hotels also have plenty to do after hours as well...
- Banff Ptarmigan Inn’s The Meatball Pizza & Pasta has a floor-to-ceiling fireplace, tasty Italian snacks and a whole menu of martinis to warm you up after a day in the cold. Located on Banff Avenue between Elk and Moose Street intersections.
- Mount Royal Hotels, Tony Roma`s Fireside Lounge is great for a more relaxed night-out Located on Banff Avenue downtown at the corner of Caribou street.
- THe Banff Springs Hotel's, The Rundle Lounge with it's spectacular vistas of the Spray River and Bow River Valley, and of course Rundle Mountain is the perfect place for evening cocktails.
- The Juniper Hotel's, Juniper Lounge and Restaurant at the base of Mount Norquay offers a superb vista of the vermillion lakes area, cozy lounge, and a great stop after skiing at Mt. Norquay. *If you don't have a car, ask about their free taxi vouchers!