Pubs, Clubs and Taverns - General, Halifax
Nah, it has nothing to do with Jay Gatsby, I don't think...there was no Daisy or Big Egg or green light across the bay. It could be a jazz bar but not that I noticed...I'd understand the name reference, then. OR perhaps it's just someone named Gatsby who owns it and makes everyone THINK it's an F. Scott FItzgerald reference. Regardless, it was a fun place to hang out. We drank some local beers, enjoyed each other's company (b/c we hadn't had enough of that, right Bobby?), relaxed from the long drive for a bit.
Unfortunately, it wasn't the best night out. We did discover there is a secret back room for smokers (not so secret--it's labeled "smoking area" but it took us a while to see it) so, that was good. However, not eating all day: NOT so good for me. I ended up not feeling well at all and couldn't drink anymore beer. What a sad night...Halifax has a million great places to go out. And to eat as well--I had no excuse. Especially considering I could have gotten food right there--they serve food until 2am. We'll do it right next time Bobby, I promise.
Dress Code: Casual.
This was by far our favorite drinking hole in Halifax. Located in another great historical property, The Henry House, this pub was once the original Granite Brewery. It has since moved up the street on Barrington Street to a more commercial part of town. This location remains a pub however and on offer are all the Granite brews, including the trio of cask beers they are most famous for. Their strong ale is based on the UK's Theakston's Old Peculiar with a fruity palate and deceptive alcohol content (5.6%). The Best Bitter is their flagship beer and offers up one of the best interpretations of an English bitter on this side of the Atlantic. The Special Bitter is a "dry-hopped" version of the latter. The pub itself is in the basement of this old atmospheric building so you feel as if sitting in a museum aside from the fact that it is quite popular and lively. They serve beers in 18 ounce pints for CAN$ 5 and half pints for half price, convenient if you want to try all three.
Halifax has 5 universities and the East Coast navy. Thus there are a lot of places to go drinking and there will be a pub or bar that will suit just about everyone. Some of the more popular spots are:
The Dome (see other nightlight tip)
Split Crow (Duke St.)
Lower Deck (Historic Properties)
Seahorse (one of the oldest, Argyle St below street level)
Economy Shoe Shop (star watching! Argyle St)
Your Father's Moustache (Spring Garden Road) Great Saturday matinee music
Midtown Tavern (a favourite place for food! Grafton St under the Prince George hotel)
Old Triangle (Prince St. Irish ... see tip)
Bearlys (Great blues pub)
That's just in the downtown area. There are others scattered about the city and many more downtown than i've listed. Pub crawl anyone :))))
Everyone in Halifax is super friendly.. I met some guys from Texas while I was there, a cheerleading team, and tons of locals.. everyone was interested in learning more about you, and where you were from..
Here's a shot of my friend Jarret in Halifax.. Hmm.. how do you get three nearly underage girls to start talking to you? Well, if you're Jarret, you simply poke one of them, turn around, and then pose for a picture.. Seemed to work for him...
Dress Code: There is no dress code in Halifax, except maybe at the Liquor Dome..
Club Nîche is a supper Club and Lounge.
The club offers breakfast from 6.30AM (including for the guests of the next door Four Points Sheraton Hotel), lunches and dinners
Live Music at the weekends.
Dress Code: Inside formal to casual.
Terrace: as you are.
Believe it or not, Halifax has the largest pubs per inhabitants ratio in the entire country! You'll truly find a pub at each street corner in the downtown area and with students coming from all over the world to study at one of Halifax's universities, you'll soon see that none of the pubs are running out of customers!
Dress Code: Halifax is a pretty casual city dresswise...
There is no shortage of bars and nightlife options, being a univerisity town and all. Here are some great places:
1. Economy Shoe Shop - Many warmly decorated places to sit and have a drink. easy to meet friendly Halogonians here. They also have a separate bar for Belgian beer taps in the high rise room.
2. Maxwell's Plum - 60 Beer Taps! A great sports bar, with some flatscreens. Great Hamburger dish as well, with two hamburgers, and export beers from tap.
3. Yuk Yuks (next to the Westin Hotel Lobby) - Hit or miss depending on the comics, but some of them are hilarious!
Dress Code: none really, but shoe shops has a great female population so look sharp
Reflections is a gay-friendly nightclub in downtown Halifax. They have live music, hot DJ shows and special shows and events, It's a great place to go dancing and there's always something happening here. Great light show, all different kinds of music, karaoke, drag shows, wrestling and hot dance music. Check out the website for events and the entertainment line up.
Dress Code: Anything goes
The Economy Shoe Shop - "Where art flows like wine" as their advert says.
I really enjoyed spending time at "The Shoe", as the locals call it. Many artists and local actors mingle with everybody else at this bar/restaurant. They were packed full of people everytime I went there but the staff still takes good care of you.
When you've had enough of the crowds indoors, you can see if there are any tables and chairs out front on the patio.
Afterwards, there are plenty of cabs roaming Argyle St. to pick up tired passengers. All you do is wave one down and they will pull right up to you. It is REALLY easy to get a taxi in downtown Halifax.
Dress Code: Come as you are.
Fyfer and Drum and the upper and lower deck!
Fyfer and drum always has great live bands from the east coast and the upper and lower deck is true maritime drinking. Old fashioned pine tables and benches with the ale coming around at a fast pace with the music celtic of course. They encourage you to sing along.
Dress Code: anything goes at these spots - however most will be in shorts and tshirt or jeans.
PUBS worth checking out: My Father's Moustache, Thirsty Duck, Tickle Trunk (if you're young!), The Lower Deck (A must!), The Split Crow, The Fife And Drum, The Golden Triangle, O'Carroll's, Maxwell's Plum (go here if you miss your favourite brew from home), The Midtown Tavern (cheap food and cheap drinks), Peddler's Pub, The Seahorse Tavern (YEAH!).
Pubs near the water tend to have more irish/celtic music with bagpipes. So if you don't like it, head further away from the water. The pubs around Spring Garden Road has more rock/pop music :) (not all of them have live music)
Trendy/Late Night Food: Argyle Street Bar and Grill, East Side Mario's (no idea why, since it sucks), The seahorse (thin crust pizza's), Gatsby's, The Apple Barrel (definitely quantity over quality here), Alfredo Weinstein and Ho's (right next to the DO-ME).
So many and so little time. They are all within walking distance or crawling if you need to do a pub crawl. Watch out for Mardi Gras at the end of October. ALthough watching the sun rise on Halifax pier is great but not from the back of a Police Car. Hey I was a witness not a suspect.
The celtic music and live bands. Homegrown is the best!
I recently visited Halifax, Nova Scotia where I had a quite unpleasant experience. In less than a week I also met 3 others (two foreigners and one local) who had similar experiences at the same nightclub.
Outside of Palace nightclub in the downtown area, where I was standing for a few minutes after bouncers had told me they would not let me in because I had a pen on my person, I was harassed and subsequently arrested by members of the Halifax Regional Police Department. I did nothing that could justify their decision to arrest me, so I believe it was an unlawful arrest. They told me that I was drunk, even though I had had only two drinks and they refused to administer a breathalyzer test even though I told them I was not drunk and requested that they administer a breathalyzer test. None of the officers who were present would give me their name or badge number. I have never been arrested before. Even though I was not charged I was made to sit in a cold cell for 8 hours and I am dismayed at such an abuse of police power.
There is something fishy going on at this nightclub. The bouncers are rude and antagonistic, undoubtedly the worst attitude I have ever seen in a club, anywhere in the world. Yet this is the only club, pub or bar in Halifax with a constant police presence and the police are clearly very eager to arrest people on the flimsiest of pretenses. It is as if the bouncers are provoking people to provide an excuse for police to arrest them.
Club Soda opened in Summer 2010.
This is a place dance and party; there is room for 400 guests.
Club Soda is home to the city's best bartenders and hottest DJ's.
The Club's kitchen is open every day from 11:30AM - 9PM
The nightclub is open TH-Su: 10PM - 2AM.
On some nights the DJ's go live on Z103 FM radio from 10PM.