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Like any major sporty resort town, Banff offers its share of rowdy pubs, intimate après-ski hangouts, and small venues attracting regional musicians and, occasionally, international DJs.

Banff Nightlife


Multi-room Aurora ropes the under-30 set in for energetic live sets (usually hard rock), happy hour specials, casual games, theme nights with DJs spinning 80s, funk, and electro, even the occasional strip show (for charity).

110 Banff Ave., AB, 403-760-5300,
Tags: budget | nightlife | trendy | lounge | dancing | cover charge | open late | bar | billiards | rock music | electronica | private party space


Tucked away inside the Fairmont Banff Springs, this elegant yet intimate little wine bar is decorated with woodcarvings, faux stonework and brass chandeliers.

405 Spray Ave., AB, 403-762-2211,
Tags: romance | nightlife | expensive | smart splurge | hotel bar | notable wine list

Hoodoo Lounge

Barely legal, psychedelic Hoodoo Lounge reels em’ in for live music, DJ dance nights (beats, break, house, electro trash) and drinks specials. Plasma TVs entertain sports buffs.

137 Banff Ave., AB, 403-760-8636,
Tags: budget | nightlife | lounge | dancing | cover charge | open late | bar menu | billiards | rock music | electronica | college bar

Lik Lounge

Lik caters to the designer martini crowd, with one of Banff’s better selection of single malts and microbrews. Come for Live at the Lik Thursdays when things heat up to jazz, blues and flamenco acts.

221 Bear St., AB, 403-762-2467,
Tags: nightlife | moderate | trendy | jazz | bar menu | house music | martini bar

Pump and Tap Tavern

Tucked away in the lower level of the Sundance Mall, this lures would-be emo musicians and hockey players alike for very cheap drinks, good beer selection, great juke, and video games.

215 Banff Ave., AB, 403-760-6610
Tags: budget | nightlife | local favorite | pub | sports | billiards | happy hour | college bar | dive bar | juke box

Rose and Crown

This rollicking upstairs pub spotlights live bands nightly playing anything from funk and reggae to blues. Liberal happy hours and specials wash down fillers like Jamaican jerk salad and shepherd’s pie.

202 Banff Ave., AB, 403-762-2121,
Tags: budget | nightlife | dancing | local favorite | pub | open late | sports | bar menu | karaoke | billiards | happy hour | rock music

Wild Bill’s

Though bands run the musical gamut, this huge neon-decked buckin’ saloon proves that Canada has a l’il bit of country (Stetsons optional during calf-roping). The Tex-Mex food is mouth-watering.

201 Banff Ave., 2nd fl., AB, 403-762-0333,
Tags: budget | nightlife | dancing | local favorite | sports | bar menu | karaoke | billiards | private party space | country music

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