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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. Named after the original Guinness brewery, the traditional furniture, bar, beer taps and antiques were procured in Dublin, Ireland and sent overseas to Banff where it was reassembled.


Great live music (Thursday, 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: Irish poutine; garlic steamed mussels; bruschetta; fighting Irish potchos; calamari; nachos; lil’ Yorkies (stuffed with roast beef); wings
  • House Specialties: AAA top sirloin steak with boxty waffle, whisky mushroom sauce, vegetables; maple salmon with bok choy, rice; Gate‘s baby back ribs with smoky BBQ sauce, mash, coleslaw; seafood boxty (mussels, salmon, prawns, capers, waffle, white wine dill cream; mac n’ cheese; Madras coconut curry
  • Irish Fare: traditional ale battered cod and chips; Irish lamb stew; bangers and mash; steak and Guinness pie with emerald greens salad; shepherd’s pie; chicken, bacon and leek pie; liver and onions
  • Burgers (choice of mash, fries, potato leek soup or emerald green salad): Gate‘s banquet burger (bacon, cheese, mushroom, onion ring and house sauce); the Kenny burger (vegan patty and pepper Jack cheese); bison burger; Cajun chicken burger; turkey brie sandwich; Alberta prime rib sandwich; ploughman’s sandwich (ham, aged cheddar, apples, pickle); steak sandwich
  • Desserts: sticky toffee pudding; salted caramel cheesecake; chocolate almond torte; strawberry rhubarb crumble

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

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

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

Thursday: Irish Night: 5-11 pm, $13 Irish fare and live entertainment. Irish Night: $1 off Irish beer; $1 off draught (5-11 pm). Happy hour: $1 off draught, 4 pm to 6 pm.

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

Mains$17 to $37

Drinks: wines $36, $9 for a 6-oz glass, $13 for a 9-oz, 12 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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