A weekender’s guide to Hamilton, Ontario

The Grit Pit, Steel City, The Hammer, The Armpit…Hamiltonians have tirelessly suffered through the underdog label for long enough. Finally, The Big Smoke’s scruffy little cousin is earning the nod for it’s sprawling art scene, craft breweries, culinary creations and photo-worthy landscapes. If you dare make the hour trip west of the 6, you’ll want to check out these Hamilton hotspots. [Image credit: iStock.com/benedek]

Collective Arts Brewing

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207 Burlington St E, Hamilton, ON L8L 4H2

Located on Burlington Street East, Collective Arts Brewing offers a thirst-quenching blend of music, art and craft beer. In partnering with the app Blippar, CAB manufactures each beer bottle (or can) which a unique piece of visual art on it. Scan the bottle with your phone to experience an animation, short film or piece of music (yes, we know, it’s awesome). As for flavours, a rich portfolio of nine different tastes are available on tap, ranging from blonde ales to dark IPAs. Drop by to fill your growler, tour the brewery, browse their art gallery and enjoy live music while sipping pints in their kid and pet-friendly beer garden.

Mixed Media

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154 James St N, Hamilton, ON L8R 2K7

#HamOnt monogrammed hats, local art, adult colouring books, greeting cards and stationery items stock this century-old storefront located in Hamilton’s creative hub, James Street North. Whether you’re a designer, painter or treasure hunter, Mixed Media’s curated assortment of hand-picked items will make choosing just one souvenir next to impossible.

Thai Memory

3
25 King William St, Hamilton, ON L8R 1A1

Hailing as the only Thai-chef owned and operated restaurant in Hamilton, Thai Memory is the go-to spot for authentic Thai cuisine. Ornate décor, suspended tropical greenery and hand-crafted wood tables invoke an exotic indoor garden vibe in this dimly lit locale. Their most unforgettable menu items include crispy roasted duck (coated with a spicy red curry sauce), the fish Cakes (garnished with peanut sweet chili sauce) and the Galangal coconut soup.

Uno Mas

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150 James St S Bsmt, Hamilton, ON L8P 3A2

Located beneath Mezcal Tequila & Tacos Bar, Uno Mas was inspired by the need to accommodate the waitlist of the trendy micro-sized restaurant upstairs. Skull décor, Mediterranean-influenced wallpaper, exposed brick, and candlelit high-tops summon a spooky Spanish twist in this contemporary basement bar. An exotic cocktail menu features Fire in The Fields, a smoky gin creation with muddled blackberries, lemon juice and torched rosemary garnish. For small bites, try their tacos, tapas and fresh buratta board.

The Augusta House

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17 Augusta St, Hamilton, ON L8N 1P6

Historic brick homes converted into cozy pubs and patios line the infamous Augusta Street (as known aa Hamilton’s built-in block party), and naturally, Augusta House is the mother ship. On a Saturday night expect the quaint space to be buzzing with live music, flowing craft beer and a raging dance floor. After a day pounding the pavement to discover the city’s local gems, this is a one of Hamilton’s best picks to kick back or get your party on.

Summertime calls for sunny patios with your best pals – and no one loves an outdoor hang quite like your top dog. You know, the four-legged fella who’s always the life of the party. While many restaurants in the city don’t permit animals, these Toronto patios will throw your dog a bone. [Image credit: iStock.com/EzumeImages]
Let’s face it: we don’t all have the luxury of retreating to a summer home in the Muskokas. But we all deserve a cozy escape. For some urbanites, a rustic oasis awaits on a balcony with paper lanterns and an inflatable kiddie pool. Whether you’re goin’ up country or nestling in for a city staycation, these Toronto shops have all the goods to enrich your cottage charm. [Image credit: iStock.com/tpuerzer]
Whether you’re celebrating a win or mourning a loss, post-game pints are par for the course for summer-leaguers. But deciding on which local watering hole to hit up almost always leads into overtime. From low key vibes to gourmet pub-grub, we’ve covered all the bases with these Toronto team hangouts. [Image credit: iStock.com/helenecanada]
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