The Bank and Baron Pub

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CAN$30 and under
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We welcome you to The Bank & Baron, reclaimed within The Bank of Nova Scotia building, which is recognized among one of Alberta's most historical. This grand space has been unlocked and a new downtown landmark awaits you.

The Bank and Baron is located in the heart of Calgary's infamous Stephen Avenue, the pulse of downtown. This avenue was named after George Stephen, 1st Baron Mount Stephen. He was the financial genius behind the creation of the Canadian Pacific Railway, the President of the Bank of Montreal and is remembered as one of the greatest philanthropists of his time. In honor of the significant history Baron Mount Stephen imparted into the fostering of Calgary's culture , we have brewed The Bank & Baron P.U.B.

The Bank & Baron is a place where a Traditional Public Urban Bar taps into a historical avenue destination. Crafting any event from a momentous occasion to an exquisite celebration can be effortlessly drafted.


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3.9based on recent ratings
3.9
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3.9
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4.1
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3.9
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vipLindsayP
Calgary
21 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

The Bank & Baron is an excellent after office hours stop for a great happy hour with happy hour food items that do not disappoint

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vipCooyo
Calgary
14 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience3

Always a great place to stop by. $5 pints every day is tough to beat. Service is a little slow sometimes but other than that its a place I feel confident returning to

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AlvaroR
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Elegant and sophisticated atmosphere with beautiful attention to detail. Service was friendly and very attentive. The mimosas were great and the food was fantastic. Ordered the lobster roll and eggs benedict - both were excellent sized portions, fresh and full of flavor. Would highly recommend this restaurant!

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marins
Calgary
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience4

The building is amazing. The service was terrible and the food was not good. One in our party got food poising.

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Mighca
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall1Food3Service4Ambience1

We were just glad to get out of there. The extremely loud music and booming base coloured our entire experience. We couldn’t talk comfortably across the table!!!

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Julz
Calgary
9 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience4

Excellent service! Point out Dhar our party of 5 arrived at different times and 2 were at a table at the back, 3 were seated at the front, and it took us 15-20 minutes before we realized that we’d all arrived but were seated separately.
Food was very delicious
Menu is small so easier to choose
Local beer on tap.

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UniqueExperience
Calgary
17 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Relaxed, quite with good food

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
6 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food & ambience

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Christine
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2Food3Service2Ambience1

Underwhelming. When I was served my drink in a glass that looked like it was grabbed from the dirty dish pile, I left. Gross.

I’ll try it again another time bcs hey, stuff happens and the old bank part is really cool.

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MamaJo
Calgary
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience4

Fish & chips were blah. Too much batter and greasy and fish wasn’t fresh. Unfortunately, four at our table ordered the same. Slow service. Music too loud, although waitress had it turned down. I think it got turned up again a little later.

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vipMarjorieM
Calgary
13 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience2

Went with a bunch of friends before a show at Theatre Calgary. I expected something entirely different. The service was ok - she was nice and accommodating- but the music was soooooo loud and the food fairly fair. Had never been there before but they advertise w Theatre Calgary. I wouldn’t go back- and neither would the 5 other people I was with. If you really just want to eat in a loud bar - it is fine but if you’re looking for anything else - more bistro or restaurant -like, this isn’t the place. At least it wasn’t for us.

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JanaK
Calgary
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Beautiful building; we love these older building being redone into modern. Great food.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

The place is good overall, but I found it a bit overpriced. I also felt like we were forgotten by the server and my stake arrived barely warm

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vipOpenTable Diner
Calgary
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Music was too loud. Hard to have a conversation.

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WendyA
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall2Food2Service2Ambience2

The pub is ok at night, but I would not recommend for Sunday Brunch. In -25 degree weather the staff was late and we were left waiting outside. The meal was not great at all, and breakfast is pretty hard to mess up. Disappointed for sure!

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MART
Calgary
8 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

Everything was great - unfortunately our first drink request (strawberry lemonade) and meal request (fish) was unavailable on this date.

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PaulN
Calgary
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall2Food4Service2Ambience5

Cold by the door and they wouldn’t close, wines not available, beer was warm, they did try and the food was good but overall disappointing

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EarlF
Calgary
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We had a very enjoyable dinner and the service was excellent. Our server was very busy but attended to our table masterfully. And the beer was nice a frosty cold!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Food and service were excellent! Was not overly impressed at the reserved table at the door where we were seated.

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Kate
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience5

Overall it was excellent, food was great, ambiance was good and we had a good time.
Only slight negative was the service. I want to preface and say that it was very busy on Friday Dec 13th and I know our waitress was rushing between tables, and doing her absolute best to make sure orders got into the kitchen. She was excellent in this regard and was very nice and positive. However, whenever she was at our table asking if everyone needed anything else, she had a habit of only listening to one person's order and then leaving. There were 6 people at our table and often she left in such a rush that the remaining 5 of us were not able to order additional drinks/ food. At one point while ordering additional drinks she turned around halfway through our table ordering and went to the bar, we had to call her back over as two people at our table still had not ordered food or drinks at this point (This was their second time trying to order with her). Understandably it was busy, and she was doing her absolute best and I commend her for staying positive and upbeat the whole time. But we would have ordered a lot more drinks or food had we been given the chance to.

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MarvinC
1 review
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall2Food1Service1Ambience4

Service was too slow. I had a double cheese burger and it was over cooked. The cheese was low quality and the mayo seemed to be under a heat lamp as the top was separating.

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vipColinA
Calgary
16 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great happy hour prices and service!

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

We stopped into the Bank and Baron before heading out to see A Christmas Carol. Service was great, we hit happy hour so value was awesome. The manager went the extra mile to make our evening awesome

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vipHugginThePost
Calgary
8 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2019
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience4

They could have done so much more with this place. Still beautiful, but could have been amazing.

The food was very average, but the cocktails were very good.

Service was really good.

I'd certainly go again, but it would be for drinks and not the food.

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LauraW
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

We were seated at a table that looked hastily erected by the hostess stand by the stairs to the washroom. It felt like we were squeezed in, which was unfortunate because we had reservations. It felt more like we were being served in the entryway rather than the actual pub/restaurant.

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MikeNesbitt
Calgary
8 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

1st time at the Bank and Baron Pub and everything was great. Service, food and ambiance.

The menu is not very big but has a very good selection of appetizers, salad, hand held and mains.

Timing of the food was not rushed so we were able to enjoy the appetizers and our beverages before the main course arrived.

Looking forward to our next visit.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience4

Full place and not enough staff.

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SueD
Calgary
5 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our server was amazing! So many people came in-including large groups and the load on the staff was crazy! She handled it all way better than I would have expected! Good for business, but not sure it was the norm.

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PearlU
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall3Food4Service1Ambience2

The servers were rude, we've been there for an hour an a half as we were waiting for our other friends and the girls kept looking at us and everytime we look there way they continue talking again

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vipSherry
San Antonio
20 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

Had the fish and chips and the fish seemed a little undercooked.

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GailH
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

The pizza and ribs were delicious. Great service. Inside was beautiful. Thanks for the enjoyable evening

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SteveS
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of the best on Stephen Ave. Always amazing service, great food and cheap beer!

-Steve

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trenaj
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We enjoyed dining at The Bank and Baron Pub. Our flatbreads were delicious and the beer battered fries were crunchy. The service was prompt and friendly. This establishment is sited in a former bank and has great ambience. Definitely worth a visit for a drink and/or a meal when in Calgary.

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Deliciousfood
Savannah
9 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience1

We were very disappointed with the hostess. We arrived early for our reservation and requested a low table since I have difficulty with mobility. She indicated she would seat us at a table the first one available. We went to-the bar to wait. The hostess was right behind us and proceeded to seat 2 other parties as tables became available. We confronted her but her explanation didn’t match what she promised us of having the first available table.

We were traveling to Calgary and this first impression of the city set a negative tone for us.

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

The atmosphere was very nice, servers were very friendly and had great hospitality. The overall beauty of the history in the building was very exquisite and learned a lot about the history of the building while being shown around! Highly recommend, food was also very delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
Calgary
7 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall2Food1Service3Ambience3

We ordered fish and chips, a salad and cream of mushroom soup. I am particularly fond of mushroom soup unfortunately it was heavily seasoned with cumin. Rather an odd choice and definitely not worth 13 dollars. The fish and chips were disappointing, small portions, overfried and there was no malt vinegar in the place. The tartar sauce was heavily seasoned with dill. Lovely building but poorly prepared food save yourself the visit.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Calgary
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience5

Wish there were more vegetarian and gluten free options. Service was excellent though!

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vipTysonP
Calgary
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Terrible server

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GregP
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall3Food1Service4Ambience3

Had the halibut with mango salsa. Fish was flavourless and the mango salsa wasn’t flavourful enough to compensate.

Bison on the bison nachos was dry and over cooked.

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SASA
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience3

Very slow service. Waited a long time in between drinks, waited very long for the bill, water was never really topped up. It didn't seem that busy inside so perhaps there was not enough staff. Our lunch took over 1.5 hours when usually it should be 1 hour tops. Food was great but the service was much too slow.

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