Best places for a glass of wine in Halifax

Whether you’re craving a glass of Cabernet or Pinot Grigio, you always have choice in Halifax. Would you prefer a dark basement wine cellar, a breezy seaside patio, or a warm and cozy fireplace nook? And although we're not exactly a wine-making hotspot, there a few regional gems that hit it out of the park every time. If you like bubbles, keep an eye out for Nova 7, which is so popular it’s almost impossible to keep in stock.

The Fireside

1
1500 Brunswick St, Halifax, NS B3J 3X9

This basement restaurant has been around for ages, and is a favourite spot on Monday nights due to their happy hour, which offers cheap (and delicious) martinis! It’s perfect for a girls’ night out or a glass of Shiraz on a cold Saturday. I love going here in the winter because it’s so cozy, with roaring fireplaces and big leather armchairs throughout the space.

Bitter End Martini Bar & Restaurant

2
1572 Argyle St, Halifax, NS B3J 2B3

Hip, cool and trendy, The Bitter End has a solid wine list and great atmosphere, particularly later on in the night. It’s also one of the few places in Halifax where you can get a decent selection of champagne, if you’re a big spender. Furthermore, their champagne cocktails are the pinnacle of creativity, so don’t miss the chance to try one of those.

The Bicycle Thief

3
1475 Lower Water St, Halifax, NS B3J 3Z2

Not only is it one of the best restaurants in the city – with the best view of the harbour – The Thief also has in-house sommeliers to assist in selecting the perfect glass of wine (or bottle) for you. Their wine list is pages long, with many bottles you can’t find in stores, and offers rare varieties that even the biggest oenophiles might not have tried before.

Onyx Dining Room & Cocktail Bar

4
1580 Argyle St, Halifax, NS B3J 2B3

Live Jazz on Thursdays? Count me in! There’s nothing better than sipping a glass of wine while listening to live music. Onyx has a fantastic wine list, particularly because they divide all the grape varieties into cheeky categories – such as Extroverted Whites and Pinot Lovers Unite – which makes it easy if you’re looking for something in particular or are unfamiliar with wine varieties.

Obladee

5
1600 Barrington St, Halifax, NS B3J 1Z6

Wine is Obladee’s speciality. The wine list boasts countless options from all over the world, although the biggest selection is by the bottle and not by the glass. If you can’t decide, get a flight (a selection of three wines to try) accompanied by a cheese plate. It’s a really fun experience whether you’re super into wine, or just enjoying a night out with friends.

Bistro Le Coq

6
1584 Argyle St, Halifax, NS B3J 2B3

French sophistication at its finest, Bisto Le Coq offers mostly Old World wines, which fits perfectly with its Parisian charm and elegance. They have a beautiful bar to sit at, and mouth-watering array of appetizers and hors d’oeuvres if you fancy a bite. I go here when I’m missing Paris and want to be transported back – it’s so good; it’s like a time machine!

Niche Lounge - Supperclub

7
1505 Barrington St, Halifax, NS B3J 3K5

From 4:00 pm onwards, every single day of the week, Niche offers $4 glasses of house wine. Welcome to Nova Scotia alcohol pricing! They also offer both a red and white from Nova Scotia’s most up-and-coming winery, Luckett, which you have to try if you’re visiting the region. Niche’s patio is quite the happenin’ spot in the summer, so I would recommend grabbing a glass and sitting outside if the weather permits.

Lion & Bright

8
2530 Agricola St, Halifax, NS B3K 4C5

Lion & Bright is a new favourite with Halifax locals; it has a cozy café atmosphere during day and transforms into a cool wine bar at night. The restaurant’s attitude is friendly and approachable, and they encourage their patrons take the same approach at their communal seating area. Although their wine list isn’t incredibly robust, the options are chosen carefully to pair perfectly with the day’s food menu.

Morris East

9
5212 Morris St, Halifax, NS B3J 1B4

With locations in Bedford and downtown Halifax, Morris East is a no-frills, casual (but cool) eatery, and makes a lovely spot to stop in for a glass of wine. Ask about their feature pour, which is a special wine – normally limited edition or seasonal – that you won’t find listed on the regular menu. If you love whites, try Tidal Bay by Blomidon, another excellent Nova Scotian wine.

Stayner's Wharf Pub & Grill

10
5075 George St, Halifax, NS B3J 1M3

A long walk along the harbour boardwalk followed with a glass of wine at Stayner’s Wharf is the perfect way to spend a night in Halifax. The casual pub and grill is inexpensive and a bit eclectic. The food isn’t anything to write home about (it’s good, just basic), but their wine list is varied and interesting. The patio is a prime spot for people watching as it’s right in front of the ferry terminal and directly across from the world-famous Nova Scotia Crystal.

If you’re up early, you deserve to be rewarded with a great breakfast. After all, it’s the most important meal of the day (or at least that’s what they say!). Whether you’re in the heart of downtown or out in the suburbs, there are lots of delicious breakfast spots in Halifax to choose from, and a few that even specialize in early-morning fare.
When it comes to planning a business lunch, finding the perfect spot can be a challenge. You need a place that’s not too noisy, with reasonable wait times and efficient service. And of course, it’s an added bonus if the food and atmosphere impress the people you’re meeting with, whether they’re colleagues, partners or clients. These Halifax restaurants have been tried, tested and approved by the city’s movers and shakers.
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