This is a nice restaurant in one of the oldest Halifax buildings. Ideal for students, backpackers, tourist ...... well, just everybody.
There are 3 bars, the Backstage Bar, The Diamond Bar and the Belgium bar.
Monday night is Jazz night and on tuesdays there will be reading nights at times.
In short: There's always something happening artwise.
The Economy Shoe Shop complex is four establishments in one space, with various nooks, crannies and assorted dark corners. It includes "Backstage" and "Diamond" but one more or less flows into the next. It's a popular place for celebrity watching as well. Good but not really large menu, eclectic decor with a large tree in one corner, a street side patio in summer. Great place to go to relax and chat. Much of the furniture and decor is recycled from old buildings and second hand/antique places. They do Jazz on Monday nights and there are absolutely no gambling machines on the site. That's unusual these days. Food is great, atmosphere is relaxed and congenial.
Certainly THE place to be in Halifax on almost any evening. Always something going on (art, bands, filming etc.) within its cozy and European atmosphere. The food is very good and inexpensive as well... plenty of drink choices and plenty of nice people to chat with and things to do. I highly recomend this spot!
Favorite Dish: Seafood chowder
This is the place where everyone who is an anybody goes (including people in the entertainment industry).
This is more of a place to go get a bite to eat and sit down to gossip or have drinks while you are waiting for your food because it will probably take a while for your food to come.
The ambiance is relaxed but classy. Basically it's a bar / grill / cafe.
This place is 3 or 4 places in one, all connected...a very nice looking bar/restaurant with lovely decor including a large sculpted indoor tree and a beautiful skylight area at the back...you'll run into local celebrities or wannabees at this popular hot-spot!
Favorite Dish: The food is pretty good for the most part although the service tends to be slow...servers are usually chatty and outgoing while they're taking their time...I reccommend this place as a slice of life in downtown Halifax.
Despite the odd name, this restaurant is charming, cozy, and has a wonderful Mediterranean atmosphere. The prices are extremely reasonable, and the food is excellent. If one shares a (large) appetizer, the other 'starter' food choices are more than enough for a meal. This place also turns into a bar/club later at night, for serious drinking. A fantastic experience!
Favorite Dish: Artichoke Dip
Restored historic interior, interesting name, right next to the Seahorse Tavern to get a drink afterwards!
Favorite Dish: It's been awhile, but most things on the menu were good or looked good. If it's a nice day, be sure to get a spot outside on the sidewalk; that way you can watch the world go by on Argyle Street.