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Bon Appétit Banff
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2014 Warren Miller No Turning Back
2014 Warren Miller No Turning Back
2014 Christmas
2014 Christmas


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Halloween House Party 2014
Halloween House Party 2014


2014 Halloween House Party at The Elk on October 31st

2014 Super Bowl Half Time Appies
2014 Super Bowl Half Time Appies
We Hunt Buffalo
We Hunt Buffalo

We Hunt Buffalo take guitar and synth sounds, seep them in a copious amount of fuzz, creating songs with hard-hitting stoner grooves and psychedelic overtones. It's a culmination of years playing music together in a small Vancouver, BC suburb.

Their debut EP was released in 2010 and introduced a new band that in the words of the Georgia Straight, were "dedicated to tracking down and capturing the dying breed of rock and roll". With a buzz around them in Vancouver, they crossed paths with Tanis Gibbons, an apprentice to Colin Steward at 'The Hive' recording studio. 2011 would see them cut a full length LP with Tanis, working through the nights at the Burnaby studio. The finished product was a re-working of the songs on their EP as well as some new tunes. This album lead to the band's first vinyl release. Discorder Magazine expressed "the trio definitely bring their own individuality to the sound, in a genre that can get fairly muddy" and "with bands like WHB around, it seems rock'n'roll is just fine". Fuelled by more local acclaim, the band continued to play regularly around Vancouver, seeing a growing fan base with every show.

In 2012 they decided to enter in 99.3 The Fox's annual SEEDS competition. Discouraged at first that their brand of rock wouldn't fit on Vancouver radio, the band was floored when they had learned they were winners in the competition, placing top 3 amongst 400 entries. This lead to a spot at The Commodore Ballroom, supporting Monster Truck. The Commodore appearances didn't stop there. They would go on to share it's stage with Chevelle, Matt Mays, Danko Jones and two nights with Steel Panther over New Years. Their song 'The Search' started gaining airplay in Western Canada and sparked multiple tours of the region where they would play with the Pack A.D, Electric Six and Nightseeker (Fubar's Deaner).

We Hunt Buffalo continue to strive to play dirty, grimy rock and roll. They are currently prepping an upcoming EP, set for release this Oct. Exclaim! magazine has an on-line preview of the title track 'Blood From a Stone'. They describe it as "a fuzz-bomb riff that would make Tom Morello proud…Indeed this is a headbanger's paradise." The band plans to expand their regional touring in the months to come. Stay tuned for their EP release and look for them on tour this fall.

2013 Christmas menu
2013 Christmas menu
Book your New Year Eve Reservations
Book your New Year Eve Reservations

New Years Eve at the Elk and Oarsman!

Complete this form and we'll phone you to take your credit card information, confirm the reservation and arrange to get your tickets to you.

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$35 TICKET: Limited à la carte menu available - doors open at 7 pm.
All tickets include:
-Champagne at midnight
-Fireworks on our rooftop patio
-Coat check and party favours
-Hair of the Dog Breakfast Buffet on 01/01 from 10am to 1pm
* Due to ALGC regulations we are not permitted to have minors in the building after 9pm

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119 Banff Avenue
(2nd Floor, Above The Ski Hub)
Banff, Alberta, Canada
Open 11 am - 1 am every day

Families welcome
everyday until 10 pm



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NEW*  Excerpt from Banff & Lake Louise, Alberta By Jeff Greif · in Canada, Destinations ·

"Back in the Banff on the last night, we took a seat near the rooftop patio overlooking the mountains at the Elk & Oarsman, a casual pub on Banff Avenue perched on the second floor above a ski shop. This was our last dinner in Banff and a sports bar was giving us a chance to try … what else? Some elk, of course, which tastes just like you’d expect – wild!  Along with some baby back ribs and a drunk roast chicken, it was all great washed down with one of the incredible Canadian draft beers. That night was a festive scene with a local band playing raucous music and people dancing. How many sports bars do you know have live music?  We spoke for a bit with Dave the owner, who said that most nights there’s a band playing and everyone is there to have a good time. And so were we. It was a fun way to end our stay in Banff.
Banff certainly wasn’t what I remembered from my teen tour, a simple place where dinner cost $5.00. With age comes sophistication, and that goes for me, too.  The mountains and the nature seemed to have aged with time, like wine, and for me were bigger, bolder and better, even if I was a little older."

Excerpt from Top Apres Ski venues in Banff:

Right in the heart of the Banff Avenue bar and restaurant strip, the Elk and Oarsmen is an airy, open-beam, second-floor space with its own cozy fireplace. Built around a slate-topped central bar, the restaurant offers an extensive menu that allows you jazz up après basics like nachos and potato skins with braised elk. There’s an extensive beer menu, a whiskey menu and a list of “thirsty desserts” like the lip-smacking Snowy Lane — hot chocolate spiked with Kahlua and vodka and topped with whipped cream. The pub often hosts live music, including a Sunday jam night, which is a good bet if you’re wanting to mingle with the locals.

Excerpt from the New York Times article (Jan 04, 2009):

"But I didn’t come to Banff for cuisine. And I didn’t need visions of Carmen Creek bison tenderloin dancing before my goggles as I braved black diamonds. I needed sustenance, and I found it at the Elk & Oarsman, a pub with a wood-beamed ceiling where everyone seems to gather. Seth Rogen look-alikes swilled the crisp house lager, and hardcore snowboard girls cheered hockey games on TV. Jean and I ate elk burgers, Tuscan-sausage pizzas and chicken wings — it was the kind of place I would go if I lived there."  ~ Matt Gross, New York Times News Correspondent

SBC Ski and Snowboard Resort Guide 2007 edition.

Banff and Jasper Locals Top Picks “Long time local and SBC staffer Allison Thompson is all about he Elk and Oarsman Pub.” 

“It’s an awesome pub with great après food and drink specials,” Thompson says.

Just wanted to thank you for a great evening for our group.  Everyone loved the steak special.  Sorry I didn't get to meet you.  Your staff was wonderful to us.  Thanks again for a great group dinner at the Elk.
~Linda Fogle - Ski Club of Lockport

New Years Eve Accolades 

I just wanted to say a big thank you to all the staff at the Elk and Oarsman for a wonderful New Year’s Eve experience. The food was incredible, the music great , the staff very efficient and friendly and to top this off with a rooftop view of the fireworks made for a truly memorable evening. My family from the UK could not have left Canada with a better impression, thank you. I will be back next year with more family members!

Gary M Crag
General Manager, Global Contracts
Enterprise Supply Chain Solutions
Nexen Inc

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