The sadly unavoidable truth is that every good powder day must come to an end, yes, even in Banff National Park. But when one lift . . err, door closes another one opens and in this case, it is the door to one of Banff’s many après ski environments.
The Best Après in Banff options are abundant, so we’ve put together a great little list of where to start your lively night on the town.
The right way to round off a day in Sunshine Village includes gathering your crew and making your way to the Mad Trapper’s Saloon, a Sunshine staple and undoubtedly one of the best Apres in Banff, Canada. Grab the group a fresh jug (or two) of tasty draft beer and sit down for some well deserved reminiscing of the days powdery events, but keep an eye on the clock, you still have to make time for the ski out or hitting the gondola ( if you don’t stay at Sunsine Mountain Lodge, which we strongly recommend to do so).
But maybe you need to get a little food in the belly before unwinding with a tall glass of brew. From breakfast to beer, consider the Creekside Bar & Grill for food specials, all day breakfast, happy hour and great live music all season. It’s the perfect way to warm up for your night on the town.
While the festivities at the Lake tend to wind down a bit early, there’s always time for some maxing and relaxing in the comfy couch cushions at the resorts Powderkeg Lounge. Pub classics like nachos, wings and pizza pair nicely with their large selection of domestic or imported brews and are a fundamental building block for a successful night out.
The Kokanee Kabin has a fun and friendly outdoor atmosphere of camaraderie and après party nature, easily making it to the top best Apres in Banff. It’s also great for people watching. The fun really ramps up with their live music entertainment and in spring during the resorts much-anticipated Slush Cup. Think outdoor beer garden, because, well, that’s what it is.
Fresh, locally crafted beer might be the next best thing to enjoying a great lap on the powdery slopes of Mount Norquay. So, find yourself a nice little table with a good view of the game at The Lone Pine Pub and pair that Calgary based Village Brewery beer with one of their delicious gourmet burger selections, or a salad if that’s your thing.
Banff Proper Microbreweries/Pubs
Now that you’ve made it off the hill, out of your ski gear and into town, it’s a good time to see what else Banff Après life is made of. We suggest you slide on over to the Banff Ave. Brewing Company and indulge in a few of their hand crafted, locally brewed ales. Can’t decide on just one? Try their sampler option and go from there.
A few of our other best Apres in Banff include town’s oldest Pub, The Rose & Crown, Tommy’s Neighborhood Pub and the Elk & Oarsmen, St James’ Gate Irish Pub, Toque.
It’s big, it’s busy and it’s all things ‘Berta. Wild Bill’s Legendary Saloon has become one of a Banff institution, serving up hot BBQ comfort food and old-fashioned Western hospitality with a side order of mechanical bull. (After a few drinks, it’ll seem like a good idea.) Their dance floor sees everything from square dancing and two stepping to folk rocking and mosh pitting. They’ll have something for absolutely everyone in your crew.
If you’re looking to minx and mingle with some other late night-fueled partygoers, Banff is the place to be. Granted you have enough energy left in those legs to get out and shake ‘em, Banff has some great dance hotspots. Try out the Hoodoo Lounge & Night Club, with a variety of beverage specials, live weekly shows and events and an every changing Sunday Funday act, it is truly where the locals go to party.
The Dancing Sasquatch is not to be overlooked for a great dance party destination with high energy DJs, a fun loving staff and a great selection of cocktails. Who knows, you might even get to party with the mythical creature himself.
Notable mention to the long standing Banff staple, the Aurora Nightclub that is currently undergoing major renovations, but when it’s back in action, it’ll be a must see.
But, maybe you’re not here for the DJs and the dancing; perhaps you’re in it for a dark room with loud music and rowdy fooseball games where the only dress code is no dress code at all. The Devil’s Gap is the only punk/metal/rock bar in Banff and it is more than worthy of a visit for the alternative live music, delicious cheap tall cans of beer and good vibes from an eclectic crowd. Pro Tip: Grab some Aardvarks pizza or poutine on your way home for a pre-hangover cure.
With over a hundred bars, pubs, restaurants and lounges we couldn’t cover them all and with plenty to see and do we encourage you to be brave and then do some exploring of your own. Check out our early Banff deals and book your holiday by mid November for great savings! Call our friendly Enjoy Banff team to help you design & plan your memorable Banff vacation. If you are not really sure whether to come to Banff and experience our legendary Apres, please browse our article 11 Reasons to Visit Banff this winter.