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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, like Steak and Guinness Pie and Bangers and Mash, along with Canadian inspired dishes from executive chef Chris MacDougall, runner up on Chopped Canada Season 1. St. James also offers a large menu of scotch and Irish whiskies with 55 options to choose from.


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.


Live music on 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: Wings; Calamari; Mussels; Crab Cakes; Irish Potchos; Nachos; Lil’ Yorkies: stuffed with roast beef; Ploughman’s Board; Cobb Loaf: baked brie and garlic butter stuffed sourdough, mango bourbon sauce
  • Entrées: Sirloin Boxty: AAA top sirloin steak with boxty waffle, whisky mushroom sauce, vegetables; Barley Salmon: Atlantic salmon, cream pear barley risotto, lemon dill butter; Irish Whiskey Chicken: goat cheese and spinach stuffed chicken, mashed potatoes, chef’s vegetables, whiskey mushroom sauce
  • Irish Fare: Guinness Battered Fish and Chips; Irish lamb Stew; Bangers and Mash; Steak and Guinness Pie; Cottage Pie; Chicken, Bacon and Leek Pie; Liver and Onions; Mac and Cheese
  • Burgers: Banquet Burger: bacon, cheese, mushroom, onion ring and house sauce; Kenny burger: black bean patty, cheddar, garlic mushrooms, roasted red pepper, chipotle mayo; Turkey Brie Sandwich; Steak Sandwich; choice of fries, mashed potatoes, garden or caesar salad, beef barley soup, poutine, lamb stew or onion rings
  • All day breakfast: two eggs any style, bacon, grilled tomato, baked beans, tater tots, sourdough bread; served until 4 pm
  • 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 $27

Drinks: wines $36, $9 for a 6oz glass, $13 for a 9oz, 12 choices; 23 beers on tap; over 35 scotches; 8 Irish whiskeys; Irish coffee; Baileys coffee; buttery Irishman; hot Toddy

11 am to late
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