5 must-visit bars in Halifax

By / Wine + Drinks / September 16th, 2019 / 11
Halifax bar The Lower Deck

Halifax is the biggest city in Atlantic Canada and a hub for anybody who loves live music and cold beer. If you want the authentic Nova Scotian experience, head down to the waterfront where you’ll be met with the sound of Celtic music and the chatter of people dining on patios.

Here are five places that could be your next favourite watering hole, whether you’re a local or a tourist.

Lower Deck

Few places in Halifax can match the energy of the Lower Deck. If you want to see how East Coasters party, you’ll have to spend at least one night at this bar that’s been a local favourite since 1972. There’s live music every night of the week, and they currently host the popular band Signal Hill.

The Carleton

You haven’t officially been to Halifax until you’ve stopped by the Carleton. It’s located in one of the oldest buildings in Canada, which was built in the 1760s. They’ve won several awards such as the ECMA Music Venue of The Year in 2017 and Music Nova Scotia’s venue of the year in 2018. Their lineup features some of the top bands from Canada and the world.

Durty Nelly’s

If you want to feel like you’re spending the night in Dublin, stop by Durty Nelly’s for a pint. You can catch some live Celtic music while perusing their menu that contains Irish favourites like fish and chips, shepherd’s pie, and bangers and mash. You can also find western options like their burgers and kale Caesar salad.

Halifax Alehouse

You can find the Alehouse at the base of Citadel Hill. If you’re from the Halifax area, you probably already know about their legendary wing night, but they also have a full range of delicious options to fill you up. Don’t worry if you like to stay out late. The Alehouse is open until 3:30 am every day of the week.

Split Crow

The Split Crow opened in 1749 shortly after the founder Mr. John Shippey received the first Nova Scotian liquor licence. They may not be in their original location, but 250 years later and the Split Crow is still one of the most popular bars in the province. There’s arguably nowhere that better encapsulates the feel of Nova Scotia.


Daniel Yetman is a freelance writer who left the shores of Nova Scotia to pursue his MFA in Writing at the University of Saskatchewan. When he’s not binging on dark chocolate and kimchi, he’s jetting around the world to try the local cuisine.

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