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The Beaver Bar at Samesun Backpackers is where you can chill out with friends and meet new people. It has earned a reputation for being one of the best pubs in Banff and still holds on to it. Beers and food come very cheap here, and to add to it, they have live music, karaoke nights, theme nights and happy hours. Home of the Agwa Bomb, Beaver is a must visit while in Banff.
Earl's Banff, part of a popular Canadian chain, serves up spicy dishes quickly by very friendly and attentive servers. The certified Angus beef is excellent, and so tender you could cut it with a spoon. The pesto pizzas are a departure from the traditional tomato paste variety, but are light and delicious. A small bar at the back dispenses a staggering variety of cocktails and other mixed drinks. The restaurant is open from 11a till late. Contact the restaurant for further details.
Hungry for steak? Then you should drop by at Saltlik, the famous steakhouse on 221 Bear Street. With comfortable seating and a relaxed ambiance, this steak joint certainly serves the best steaks in town. Check out the chili-rubbed baby back ribs for a bit of fire, or if you're looking for something a little more traditional, their famous skirt steak. The restaurant is warmly lit with a fire roaring in the background; go to Saltlik for casual ambiance and the perfect steak dinner.
When in Banff, don't miss on a chance to visit Elk & Oarsman. A favorite with the locals and tourists alike, this eatery is a haven for foodies. Elk & Oarsman delights them all with a special menu that changes each week. Enjoy pizzas, burgers, fries, steak sandwiches, ribs with beer and live music in the background. Vegetarians won't be disappointed either with selections for them on the menu. And of course, you can do all this while cheering for your favorite team in the game airing on television.
Banff Ave. Brewing Co. is a neighborhood pub that is most well known for its local variants of beer. This place has several beers on tap available, some of which include the Banff Ave Blond Ale, Head Smashed Ipa and Czuggers Pilsner. Their food goes well with the beer, and includes dishes such as Spicy Buddha noodles, Loco Moco, in addition to a menu for kids.
As Canmore's only brewpub, this mountain lodge restaurant holds a special place in the hearts of Canmore's visitors. The brewery boasts six cold and fresh draft beers with charming names like Drooling Moose Pilsner and Grumpy Bear Honey Wheat. The menu offers a selection of casual fare featuring burgers, pizzas, steaks, ribs, pastas, and the sort of finger foods that beg to be washed down with more ale. The huge patio is complete with a beautiful stone fireplace and is a popular spot for an outdoor Drooling Moose. And don't forget their Monday to Friday Happy Hour, the perfect time to get in cheap drinks with the locals.