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Best Patio Award 2024

Rundle Bar

Drinking outdoors is one of life’s greatest pleasures, even more so if you’re doing it amid the majestic Rocky Mountains, with libations from one of Canada’s brightest young bartenders.

The view from the Rundle Bar patio at the Fairmont Banff Springs hotel, the so-called Castle in the Rockies, is spectacular. With unobstructed views of Sulphur Mountain and the jagged peaks of Mount Rundle, the patio’s picturesque panorama changes with the seasons, from a snow-capped winter wonderland to a lush green valley glistening with brilliant turquoise glacial pools.

The drinks are equally stunning. Try the house sangria, a summer sipper that pours the great outdoors straight into your glass. It blends wine with Spirit Lake Tea made from white pine, sage and sweet grass, all ethically wildcrafted by First Nations peoples in Banff National Park.

Sam Clark, a three-time Diageo World Class Canada finalist and the Fairmont’s regional manager of bars and mixology, oversees the programs at all three western mountain properties (Banff Springs, Château Lake Louise and Jasper Park Lodge). Working closely with local distilleries, the Liverpool-born spirits enthusiast (who previously ran the bar programs at Glenkinchie Distillery) recently launched two new house spirits — Fairmont Untamed signature whisky and Fairview Winter Gin.

His new line of Mountain Series bottled cocktails includes Wild Flower, a citrusy martini made with butterfly pea flower–infused house gin, perfect for basking in the sunshine and for recreating the incredible Rundle Bar ambience at home.


Photography by (Drink) Rebecca Felgate, (Hotel) Chris Amat

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