AN INTIMATE ROCKY MOUNTAIN VENUE
From our modern open concept dining room, to our sun drenched mountain-view terrace, you’ll find the perfect location for your next event in downtown Banff. The Bison is quickly becoming known as the premier venue for intimate, Rocky Mountain events. Our modern, open-concept space features breathtaking mountain views while our display kitchen provides a glimpse of what is to come. Have a pre-dinner reception around our oval bar, feast on regional specialties in our intimate dining room, and then wrap up a perfect night with after dinner drinks under the stars on our roof top terrace. The Bison is an ideal venue for cocktail style parties featuring exciting chef tasting tables, a fresh oyster bar & hors d’oeuvre stations. Complete your event with a live band or DJ, the Bison also offers space for dancing.
Bison Wedding Information
Capacities & Floor plans
Seated w/cocktail space:
82 (6 additional child or vendor seats available)
All guests seated together in one open area, oval bar with cocktail tables for reception, private terrace, wireless microphone, iPod connection, and a little décor goes a long way in our beautiful space.
Main dining room Group
15 - 32 (*not private)
2-3 tables with 10-12 seats each, guests are seated upon arrival (*no cocktail space).
Cocktail style buyout
Standing cocktail capacity: 120 (with seating for 50)
Chef attended food stations, high-top cocktail tables, limited dining tables, full-service oval bar, private terrace, wireless microphone, iPod connection.
Gallery: Space, Food & Mood
Regional, seasonal, Canadian.
Click menu option to explore
Group wine & cocktails
We recommend pre-selecting wines for your event which allows the host to enjoy the start of the evening while providing an elevated service experience. Our Wine Director has carefully chosen a select list of versatile wines that appeal to an array of tastes and pair perfectly with our group menus. When you preselect wine, we stock these for your event and your dedicated service team will automatically offer these wines to your guests upon arrival and throughout the dinner service. It is not necessary to preorder a certain number of bottles, you are simply charged by the bottle based on what your party consumes.
Advantages of pre-selection
Advantages of pre-selection
Looking for something else?
If you would like to choose wine from a more extensive selection, please ask your Group Sales Manager and we will connect with our Wine Director to find the perfect wine for your event.
To ensure availability & meet order deadlines, wine selections must be confirmed with your Sales Manager no later than 3 weeks before your event. Please note, restaurants carry a limited quantity of each wine on our menu. Without pre-ordering, we cannot guarantee we will have adequate quantity of certain wines in house.
$62 Canella Prosecco, Italy DOCG
$75 Summerhill Cipes Sparkling, Okanagan, B.C
$50 Five Peaks White Blend, Okanagan, B.C.
$52 Mission Hill Estate Pinot Gris, VQA Okanagan, B.C.
$65 Tinhorn Creek Chardonnay, VQA Okanagan, B.C.
$60 Cave Spring Riesling, VQA Niagara Peninsula, Ontario
$86 Kettle Valley Pinot Gris, Naramata Bench, Okanagan, B.C.
$98 Schug Chardonnay, Carneros, California
$60 Main Divide Sauvignon Blanc, Waipara, New Zealand
$55 Five Peaks Red Blend, Okanagan, B.C.
$49 Carmen Gran Reserva Carmenere, Apalta, Chile
$62 Joel Gott Cabernet Sauvignon, California
$65 Bogle Old Vine Zinfandel, California
$70 Cave Spring Pinot Noir, VQA Niagara Peninsula, Ontario
$70 Lake Breeze Meritage, VQA, Okanagan
$84 Truchard Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Carneros, California
$81 Moon Curser Syrah, VQA, Okanagan, B.C.
$98 Schug Pinot Noir, Carneros, California
$100 Decoy Cabernet Sauvignon, Sonoma County, California
Distillery Welcome Cocktails
Featuring hand-crafted Banff spirits Served to guests upon arrival
The Alpine Martinez $16
A straight spirit cocktail served on the rocks
Featuring Gin infused with Canadian spruce tips
Park Alpine Dry Gin
Dash Park Orange Bitters
The Sawback $16
Sweet with a lingering mild spice. Inspired by Banff National Parks forest rejuvenation philosophy of prescribed burn
Park Chili Vodka
Our Chef has designed our group menus to include vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, dairy free, nut free and shellfish free options. Dietary indicators are conveniently noted next to each menu item so guests can order with ease. Please note, we are not able to significantly change or substitute items and dishes are plated as described.
If a member of your group has more extensive dietary requirements, our Chef can create a fully custom menu to ensure each guest enjoys a delicious meal. Adequate notice (3 weeks minimum) is required and a fee of $30/person (in addition to the menu price) applies for custom menu curation
Audio Visual & Music
free of charge for Private functions:
- Floating microphone
- A speaker system into which you may plug an ipod or MP3 (note: playlist must be downloaded)
If we do not have the AV equipment you require, rentals can be arranged through Freeman AV Banff. Please note, certain restrictions on AV, sound and microphone use apply to different rooms and types of bookings. Please confirm what is permitted with your Sales Manager.
Minimum food & beverage rates
Main dining room groups of 15 – 32:
*No minimum food & beverage requirement
* Large parties are required to dine from a group menu.
Fully private buyout for groups of 33 - 120:
* $12,000.00 - $15,000.00 minimum food & beverage requirement (plus 20% gratuity and 5% GST)
* Rates vary by season and day of the week.
* Please contact a Sales Manager for exact pricing.
What is the difference between a private and a main dining room booking?
A private booking is when the entire venue is closed to the public, giving your group exclusive use of all areas, including mountain view terrace, dining room and lounge. A private booking is always subject to a minimum F&B spend which varies depending on the date and day of the week. A main dining room booking is when tables in the restaurant are reserved for your group dinner but the restaurant remains open to the public. Please note, main dining room groups are seated at dinner tables upon arrival (there is no space for standing cocktails).
What is a minimum spend?
A minimum spend is the amount that you are required to spend on food and beverage before 5% tax and 20% gratuity are applied. Items such as food, wine, and drinks count towards a minimum spend. If the minimum spend requirement is not met, the difference will appear as a room fee on the final bill.
Elevator - yes
Wheelchair complaint bathrooms - yes
*Please note, the doorway entrance is 28.5" wide which allow for standard wheelchair access.
To complete a group booking, we require a booking form to be filled out and sent back with a valid credit card.
For events with a minimum spend, a 50% deposit is required at the time of booking. Deposits are refundable up to 60 days prior to the event date.
In the event you do not achieve the minimum, a rental fee in the amount required to achieve the minimum spend will be applied to the host bill.
Both the host bill and individual guest bills count towards a minimum spend. In the case of separate bills, if the minimum spend is not achieved, the host is responsible for paying a rental fee in the amount required to achieve the minimum spend.
The Bison requires a final guest count one week prior to the event date. After this time you will be charged the price of the menu for any ‘no shows’.
30-minute grace period for group reservations. After 45-minutes, group is deemed a no-show.
Wines must be finalized three weeks prior to event date. The Bison does not allow guests to bring their own wine (no corkage).
The credit card provided on the booking form will be charged for your event unless otherwise specified (in which case a different card is required).
In the case of separate bills, the credit card provided will be charged the price of the menu for any ‘no shows’ or any charges not paid in full.
All events must be paid in full the day of the event, we do not invoice.
A 20% gratuity + 5% gst will be added to the final bill. Rental fees are also subject to 20% gratuity + 5% gst
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