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Bluebird

Chic Mid-Century Chalet

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Celebrate Happiness at Bluebird

Welcome to Bluebird… A wood-fired steakhouse with a mid-century love for cocktails and dinner parties that emphasize the party. Inspired by charming mid-century chalets, Bluebird will be a premier place to unwind after a day in the Banff wilderness. The restaurant explores rich Alpine culture and the primal instinct to seek shelter fire and socialize after a bluebird day. Bluebird delivers Steakhouse classics reborn, comfort foods to fit the mood, and well-loved classics in a stylish, historic, and iconic Banff building. Offering one of our premier private rooms this location is great for groups of all sizes.

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Private Venue
180
Guests
A wood-fired steakhouse, inspired by charming mid-century chalets, Bluebird is be a premier place to unwind after a day in the Banff wilderness. The restaurant explores rich Alpine culture and the primal instinct to seek shelter fire and socialize after a bluebird day. Bluebird delivers Steakhouse classics reborn, comfort foods to fit the mood, and well-loved classics in a stylish, historic, and iconic Banff building.

Capacity

168
seated
180
standing

Features

Three fireplaces including a floor-to-ceiling hearth, two bars, private patio, mountain views, AV capabilities, DJs/bands permitted, dancefloor, food stations for standing cocktail receptions. Guests are seated at long tables of 6-12.

Considerations

Minimum spend and set menu required. To acheive maximum seated capacity, guests will be seated on two levels. Upper Level is not wheelchair accessible.

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Main Hall & Lounge
100
Guests
Enjoy dinner and drinks in one of Banff's most iconic buildings. Complete with high-vaulted ceilings, a floor-to-ceiling hearth, a display kitchen, and a private bar that everyone will want to gather around.

Capacity

100
seated
100
standing

Features

Floor-to-ceiling hearth and floating fireplace, private bar, private patio, private washrooms, AV capabilities, food stations for standing cocktail receptions, banquette seating. Guests are seated at long tables of 8-10.

Considerations

Minimum spend and set menu required. Music & microphone volume cannot interfere with other guests and is managed at the discretion of the venue manager. The upper level of the venue is open to the public so guests will walk through the space from the front door.

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The Summit of Bluebird
76
Guests
The perfect self-contained event space with a private bar, fireplace, chic decor, private washrooms and full AV set up. Paired with fine dining and world class cocktails, your guests will be talking about this space for years to come!

Capacity

76
seated
85
standing

Features

Private fireplace, a large-scale private bar, private washrooms, mountain views, AV capabilities, food stations for standing cocktail receptions, balcony overlooking lower level, dancefloor, velvet banquette seating. Guests are seated at long tables of 6-12.

Considerations

Minimum spend and set menu required. Not wheelchair accessible. Music & microphone volume cannot interfere with other guests and is managed at the discretion of the venue manager.

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Rundle Room
44
Guests
A large warm and inviting space complete with an inset chestnut bar, emerald green velvet banquette seating and balcony overlooking the lower level's floor-to-ceiling fireplace.

Capacity

44
seated
44
standing

Features

Private bar, mountain views, divider wall to ensure privacy, balcony overlooking lower level. Velvet banquette seating. Guests are seated at long tables of 6-10.

Considerations

Minimum spend and set menu required. Not wheelchair accessible. No AV capabilities. Guests from the main dining room are required to walk through the space to access the washrooms on the far side of the building.

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Little Chalet
32
Guests
A warm and intimate private room with a fireplace, mountain views, and an inviting ambiance that will make you never want to leave.

Capacity

32
seated
0
standing

Features

Fireplace, guests are seated at 3 large tables of 10-12. Mountain views. Divider wall to ensure privacy. Space for cocktail reception available prior to dinner service.

Considerations

Minimum spend and set menu required. Not wheelchair accessible. No AV capabilities.

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Banff's Luxe Lounge
50
Guests
The perfect place to for a mid-century modern cocktail party. Enjoy a private bar, floating fireplace, and some of Banff's best cocktails at this premier event space.

Capacity

20
seated
50
standing

Features

Private bar, fire place, trendy mid-century modern decor, soft seating for 20.

Considerations

Minimum spend and passed hors d'oeuvres required. No AV capabilities.

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Main Dining Room
40
Guests
A charming and cozy midcentury-modern dining room. Complete with dark wood finishings, high ceilings, and a classic ambiance your group is sure to enjoy a combination of both classical and comfort dishes.

Capacity

40
seated
0
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Features

No minimum food & beverage requirement. Group is seated together at large tables of 6-10.

Considerations

Set menu required. Reservations available at select times only (5:45 pm or earlier & 8:15 pm or later) and subject to a 2-hour time limit. Guests are seated up on arrival (no cocktail space). Group is seated together but custom floorplans not available. No AV capabilities.

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Additional Information

Our Sales Commitment

Minimum Food & Beverage Rates

All rates are subject to rate changes that apply over holidays or long weekends. Additional 5% GST and 20% gratuity is not included in the below rates.

Private Venue:

High Season (May - October, plus all Saturdays):

  • $16,000.00 - $24,000.00 minimum food & beverage requirement

Low Season (November - April, excluding all Saturdays):

  • $11,500.00 - $16,000.00 minimum food & beverage requirement

Main Hall & Lounge:

Year-round:

  • $14,500.00 - $18,500.00 minimum food & beverage requirement

The Summit of Bluebird:

High Season (May - October, plus all Saturdays):

  • $7,500.00 - $9,500.00 minimum food & beverage requirement

Low Season (November - April, excluding all Saturdays):

  • $6,500.00 - $9,500.00 minimum food & beverage requirement

Rundle Room:

High Season (May - October, plus all Saturdays):

  • $4,500.00 minimum food & beverage requirement

Low Season (November - April, excluding all Saturdays):

  • $3,500.00.00 minimum food & beverage requirement

Little Chalet:

High Season (May - October, plus all Saturdays):

  • $3,500.00 minimum food & beverage requirement

Low Season (November - April, excluding all Saturdays):

  • $2,500.00.00 minimum food & beverage requirement

Banff's Luxe Lounge:

High Season (May - October, plus all Saturdays):

  • $5,500.00 minimum food & beverage requirement

Low Season (November - April, excluding all Saturdays):

  • $4,500.00.00 minimum food & beverage requirement

Main Dining Room:

No minimum food & beverage requirement. Groups of 14 & more are required to dine from a set menu.

RATES FAQs

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 the mountain view terrace, dining room and lounge. A private booking is always subject to a minimum food & beverage spend which may vary depending on the time of year 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 a standing reception).

What is a minimum spend?

A minimum spend is the amount your group is required to spend on food and beverage before 5% tax and 20% gratuity are applied. Items such as food, wine, and drinks (all consumed on-site) 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. Off-sales, gift cards and takeaway items do not contribute to the minimum spend.

Audio Visual & Music

Private Venue Rental:

The following equipment is provided free of charge:

  • Wireless microphone
  • A speaker system into which you may connect an AUX compatible device, such as an smartphone or tablet (note: playlist must be pre-downloaded)

With a private venue rental, DJs, bands and live entertainment are permitted. Entertainers are required to provide their own sound equipment as our in-house system is for house music only.

The Summit of Bluebird, Main Hall & Lounge:

The following equipment is provided free of charge:

  • Wireless microphone
  • A speaker system into which you may connect an AUX compatible device, such as an smartphone or tablet (note: playlist must be pre-downloaded)

With these bookings, part of the venue remains open to the public. This means music must be played at an appropriate volume (controlled by the venue manager) and the microphone cannot be used for singing karaoke, chanting, etc. No DJs, bands, or additional sound equipment are permitted.

Little Chalet, Banff's Luxe Lounge, Rundle Room, Main Dining Room: 

A/V capabilities are not available for these rooms/area. No DJs, bands, or additional sound equipment (Bluetooth speakers) are permitted.

Group Policies

  1. A signed event contract and online credit card authorization form are required to complete any group booking.
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    • 30% non-refundable deposit will be automatically processed 60 days prior to the event date.
    • Events may be cancelled without penalty up to 61 days before the event.
    • Events cancelled with less than 61 days notice are subject to full cancellation charges and the full 30% deposit is forfeited.
    • Events may be postponed up to 61 days before the event, in which case the deposit is transferred to the new event date.
    • It is the responsibility of the client to act within the stated time frame, and to provide ample notice of postponement or cancellation.
    • 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 toward a minimum spend. In the case of separate bills, if the minimum spend is not achieved, the host is responsible for paying a venue fee in the amount required to achieve the minimum spend.
    • Only food and beverage consumed during the event count toward achieving the minimum spend. Venue fees are processed the night of the event and are non-transferrable to other dates or purchases.
    • Minimum spend rates are agreed upon at the time of booking and will not be reduced if Provincial public health measures limit the features or reduce the capacity of any event space. It is the responsibility of the client to stay up to date on all Provincial public health measures.
    • If there is a government mandated shut-down of in-person dining, the deposit would be refunded regardless of timing.
  3. Events NOT subject to a minimum spend:some text
    • No deposit is required in advance of the event date.
    • Events may be cancelled without penalty upto 7 days before the event.
    • Events cancelled with less than 7 days notice will be automatically charged 100% of the set menu price for the reserved number of guests.
    • If there is a government mandated shut-down of in-person dining, the above cancellation penalty is waived.
  4. We require a final guest count 7 days prior to the event date. After this time you will be charged the full price of the set menu for any ‘no shows’.
  5. 30-minute grace period for group reservations. After 45-minutes, group is deemed a ‘no show' and you will be charged the price of the menu for the reserved number of guests.
  6. In the case of separate bills, the credit card provided on the authorization form will be charged the price of the menu for any ‘no shows’ or any charges not paid in full.
  7. All events must be paid in full the day of the event, with payment presented on-site. We do not invoice.
  8. 20% gratuity + 5% gst will be added to the bill. Rental fees are subject to 20% gratuity + 5% gst.
  9. Damages: The client is responsible for any damages to or on Bluebird’s property and/or injury to the staff and/or guests caused by the client and/or client’s guests. Please note that verbal & physical abuse will not be tolerated towards any of our staff.

Access Times, Last Call & Venue Accessibility

Private Venue: Earliest access for event set up/start is 5:00pm. Last call is 12:30am, with an event finish of 1am.

Main Hall & Lounge: Earliest access for event set up/start is 5:00pm. Last call is 11:30pm, with an event finish of 12am.

The Summit of Bluebird: Earliest access for event set up/start is 5:00pm. Last call is 11:30pm, with an event finish of 12am.

Rundle Room: Earliest access for event set up/start is 5:00pm. Last call is 10:30pm, with an event finish of 11pm.

Little Chalet: Earliest access for event set up/start is 5:00pm. Last call is 10:30pm, with an event finish of 11pm

Banff's Luxe Lounge: Earliest access for event set up/start is 5:00pm. Last call is 10:30pm, with an event finish of 11pm.

Main Dining Room: Earliest access to the table is 15 minutes prior to your reservation time. Reservations are permitted at 5:45pm & earlier or 8:15pm & later and subject to a 2 hour dining time.

Please note, earlier access may be arranged for an additional minimum food and beverage spend. Please contact a Sales Manager for exact pricing.

Venue Accessibility

IS THE VENUE ACCESSIBLE?

Accessible - yes (main floor only)

Elevator - no

Wheelchair compliant bathrooms - yes

Wheelchair ramp - no

The main floor of Bluebird is wheelchair accessible. This includes Main Hall & Lounge, Banff's Luxe Lounge, and the Main Dining Room. The Little Chalet, Rundle Room, and Summit of Bluebird are not wheelchair accessible

Wedding Specific Information

DECOR POLICY

Our staff are focused on preparing the space for an impeccable meal service and are therefore unable to set up décor.

  • All décor needs (assembling centerpieces, unpacking décor, putting out place cards according to a seating plan, etc.) must be left in the hands of your Wedding Coordinator or friends & family. Special Event Rentals Banff is a local company that aids with set up should more extensive assistance be required.
  • Bluebird uses tea light candles on all tables as part of the regular dinner set up. Guests are permitted to bring in additional candles for décor as long as the flame is contained within a votive.
  • We have very limited storage available at the restaurant, therefore we are not able to store décor at the restaurant in advance of the scheduled access time or after the event.

WEDDING CAKES

  • Bluebird does not make wedding cakes, however there are many exceptional bakers within the Bow Valley and we would be happy to make local recommendations for a professional wedding cake should you require one.
  • There is a $3.50/person cake cutting fee to cut, plate, and serve the cake to your guests. There is no charge for a small ceremonial cake if you choose to cut and plate the cake yourselves (we will provide cutlery and plates). There is no charge for cupcakes and clients are responsible for the set up of a cupcake station.
  • Cakes may be delivered and stored at the restaurant the day of the event. Please ensure the cake is packed safely and labeled with your reservation name & details (for example: Smith Wedding, June 15th, The Bluebird, Main Dining Room).
  • Please note, by bringing your own wedding cake, the client assumes full responsibility for the event guests. Bluebird will not be held liable for any allergic reaction resulting from the consumption of cake, frosting or fillings.

DO YOU HAVE A PREFERRED LIST OF VENDORS IN BANFF?

  • We work with many amazing florists, stylists, bakers and photographers in the Bow Valley. Please speak with your Sales Manager for our favorite local vendors.

MAY WE HOLD OUR WEDDING CEREMONY AT THE RESTAURANT?

  • Bluebird is first and foremost a dining room and we are therefore limited in terms of ceremony space. On occasion, and only with a private venue booking of the entire restaurant, we may be able to host your ceremony. Please note we are not able to remove all the tables from the dining room and therefore cannot set up a traditional ceremony space with rows of chairs. 

IS THERE A DANCEFLOOR?

  • For a private venue rental, there is not a dedicated dance floor, however tables can be moved after dinner service to allow for dancing (which we highly encourage!).
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