Whether it’s the Blue Jays, Raptors or Halifax Mooseheads, there are going to be times when Canadians – especially Maritimers – want to get together to watch the game, and nothing pairs better with a big-screen TV than a pint of domestic beer. Halifax doesn’t have too many sports-specific bars, but those that it does have get the job done perfectly.
Halifax has more universities than seems logically permissible – eight schools in a city of 300,000. The population balloons from September till May, creating a student-driven economy that focuses on their priorities: organic ingredients, cheap prices and creative decor. You can eat at any of these beloved hangouts for under $10 and feel like a local while you're there.
The Caesar is a true Canadian classic invented in a Calgary hotel in the 1960s. But this beloved Canuck cocktail is just as popular in Halifax as it is on the Prairies. The vodka flows freely, the Clamato juice is plentiful and there’s lots of pepper to go around. From downtown to the North End, sally forth and seek your perfect Caesar.
Haligonians will often boast that their city has more pubs per capita than anywhere else in Canada – a claim-to-fame so commonplace it’s proclaimed on Nova Scotia’s tourism website. Their proliferation keeps the happy-hour drinks well priced. These pubs are among the best places to enjoy drinks on the cheap.
When it comes to barbecue and burger restaurants, Haligonians are somewhat spoiled compared to the rest of the Maritime provinces. In addition to southern, slow-cooked fare such as ribs, brisket and pulled pork, Halifax features establishments that go above and beyond to create burgers using outstanding ingredients prepared with original recipes.
Charcuterie is all about savouring cured meats. Charcuterie boards have popped up on menus all over town since Ratinaud French Cuisine opened with a mixture of house-made meats to accompany its beverage list. Here are some of the best of these delectable meat samplers.
The Celtic spirit is potent here in Halifax, especially in its distilled form. Few beverages can ease that raw waterfront chill from your bones quite as effectively or as pleasantly as a "wee dram" of whisky. Here are a few noteworthy places to further your acquaintance with this masterpiece of the distiller's art.
With Halifax located along the Atlantic Ocean, many people assume the city specializes in seafood. However, Halifax's steak scene is surprisingly diverse, drawing inspiration from culinary traditions from around the world, including American, Canadian, Japanese and Australian cuts and dishes. Whether you like yours bloody or dead, take your meat craving to these steakhouses.
When you find yourself in the middle of a thriving pub culture such as Halifax’s, it's important to know chicken wing destinations that will offer you and your friends wings of the highest calibre. Thankfully, the eateries of Halifax provide you with a superb array of delicious options, ranging from sports pubs to fine dining rooms.
Donairs, which are either Turkish or Greek in origin, are a firmly established part of Halifax's culture, and they offer a convenient and filling meal or late-night snack. They're often filled with vertical rotisserie-cooked meat and served in a flatbread, accompanied by fresh vegetables and sauce. Here are the top spots to fulfill your donair cravings.
Haligonians love their pizza, but we’ve become accustomed to budget pizza shops that cater to hungry students, busy families, the post-bar crowd and people in pajamas. Salvatore’s and Tomavino’s have been quietly leading the gourmet pizza front for years but now a brave new Halifax craves local ingredients, authenticity, artisanal technique and a good wine pairing!
Halifax loves craft brews. It seems like a new craft brewery pops up every other day, and naturally, the variety of Nova Scotia beers is steadily growing. Many local restaurants and bars pride themselves on offering a wide craft beer selection. Here is a roundup of some great places to visit when you’re thirsty for new and interesting suds.
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