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St. James’s Gate Olde Irish Pub

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207 Wolf Street, a half block off Banff Avenue
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This Banff restaurant features expertly prepared Irish pub fare (with tasty twists), like Steak and Guinness Pie and Bangers and Mash, along with Irish whiskeys. The menu also offers local favourites such as beef, steak and ribs.


The Gate is an authentic Irish pub and restaurant with a warm, friendly atmosphere. The traditional furniture, bar, beer taps and antiques were procured in Dublin, Ireland and sent overseas to Banff in two shipping containers.


Great live music (Friday and Saturday nights) attracts visitors and locals. Celtic and Maritime bands are often featured, but classic rock acts also take the stage.

Menu Samples

  • Appetizers: Gate poutine; garlic steamed mussels; bruschetta; fighting Irish potchos; Paddy’s flatbread; pub nachos; lil’ Yorkies (stuffed with roast beef)
  • House Specialties: AAA top sirloin steak with mash, vegetables, Irish whiskey peppercorn sauce; chicken Parmesan with Dubliner cheddar, linguini, tomato and rosé sauce; maple salmon with bok choy, rice; Gate‘s baby back ribs with smoky BBQ sauce, mash or fries; BBQ prawn skewers with sweet chili soy glaze
  • Irish Fare: traditional ale battered cod and chips; Irish lamb stew; bangers and mash; steak and Guinness pie; shepherd’s pie; chicken, bacon and leek pie
  • Burgers (choice of mash, fries, tomato soup or emerald green salad): Gate‘s banquet burger (bacon, cheese, mushroom, caramelized onions and house sauce); cold apple chicken sandwich (caramelized Granny Smith apples, havarti cheese, sourdough); the Kenny burger (black bean patty and pepper Jack cheese); bison burger; Alberta prime rib sandwich; soy ginger tuna
  • Desserts: pint of Guinness (first item on the dessert menu); Bailey’s chocolate mousse; sticky toffee pudding; daily cheesecake

Monday: Happy hour 4 to 6 pm, $1 off draught.

Tuesday: Two-for-one appetizers 4 to 6 pm. $1 off draught.

Wednesday: Happy hour 4 to 6 pm, $1 off draught.

Thursday: Irish Night: 5-11 pm, $10 Irish fare and live entertainment. Irish Night: $1 off Irish beer; $1 off draught (5-11 pm).

Friday: Happy hour 4 to 6 pm, $1 off draught.

Sunday: 11 am-1 pm, $5 Caesars, Grehounds and Screwdrivers.

Mains$14 to $25

Drinks: wines $34, $8 for a 6-oz glass, $12 for a 9-oz, 11 choices; 23 beers on tap; over 35 scotches; eight Irish whiskeys; Irish coffee; Baileys coffee; buttery Irishman; hot Toddy

11 am to late
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