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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.
This basement pub is Banff's gift to homesick Brits. It is small and cluttered with low ceilings - but this is all part of its charm. Come for a game of darts or pool or for a lunch of traditional pub fare. This tavern's tiny kitchen turns out bowls of chili, British curry, baked beans on toast and pigeon wings (chicken, actually). The Pump and Tap also features one of Banff's longest happy hours-beers are on special daily.
Devoted to the memory of Bruno Engler, Banff's famous mountain explorer, this cafe has great coffee, cold beer and an eclectic menu. Bruno serves up big sandwiches, samosas and wraps. Grab a snack, and relax on one of their colorful couches. You can also drop by for dinner - they are known for their bison burgers - but local consensus has it that it's better for brunch, lunch and the all-day breakfast. There are two computer terminals for Internet access, but perhaps the greatest feature in the bright cafe is the electric massage chair in the corner. For just a dollar you can get a surprisingly satisfying rubdown.
In its many years in business, Wild Bill's saloon has given most locals and visitors a Wild Bill story to tell. The pub has the brass railings, turned woodwork and Western memorabilia of a true frontier bar. Traditional North American dishes are available as well as the standard nachos and fries bar fare. Enjoy huge hamburgers, rare steaks and lots of locally brewed beer. There is live music most nights and you'll always see someone out on the dance floor.