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Unique Nightlife In Halifax

With the highest number of bars per capita in Canada, it’s no surprise that Halifax is known for its nightlife. But with so many amazing atmospheres to choose from deciding where to party can be overwhelming. But have no fear, from old favourites to new places, we’ve compiled a list of the most unique nightlife in the city.

1. Murphy’s Party Cruises
Location: Lower Water Street, Halifax (Along the Halifax Waterfront)

There’s no better way to truly let loose in our port city than by taking your party to the open water. And, whether it’s a country cruise with FX 101.9 or Hot Country 103.5, an open deck dance party on the Tall Ship Silva, a live band on the Harbour Queen, or a Moonlit sail, there’s no better way to do so than with Murphy’s Party Cruises—rocking the waters every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night in the summer!

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2. Timber Lounge
Location: 2712 Agricola Street, Halifax

The Timber Lounge isn’t your typical night out! It’s a restaurant, bar, music venue, the city’s premier indoor axe throwing facility, and the perfect place to unleash your inner lumberjack. So, grab your friends, throw on some plaid, and take aim for that bullseye! We promise it’ll be a night to remember.

🎯 🍁 Bullseye 😏🎯

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 3, Cosmic Bingo Location: 2901 Windsor Street, Halifax (The Halifax Forum) Bingo is no longer your grandmother’s game thanks to Cosmic Bingo at the Halifax Forum. Every Saturday night, the quiet bingo hall transforms into a lively party complete with music, strobe lights, drinks, and late-night snacks, giving a new twist on an old game.

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4. Pong Social Club
Location: 1741 Grafton Street, 2nd Floor, Halifax

Try your hand at table tennis at Halifax’s newest night club. Patrons of this new 5,000 square foot facility can enjoy punny snacks (Pongcorn, Top Spin sliders, Pongos AKA Pogos), sample a sweet selection of drinks, and play a round of ping pong—what more could you ask for?

So many balls… Everywhere. #pingpong #predrinks #coworkers

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5. Yuk Yuk’s Halifax Comedy Club Location: 1181 Hollis Street, Halifax (In The Westin Nova Scotia) There’s nothing like a good laugh on a night out and at Yuk Yuks, Canada’s National Stand-Up Comedy Club, you’re guaranteed one. With new comedians hitting the stage every week and a drink in hand, you’ll be cracking up all night long.

6. Superstar KTV Karaoke Halifax
Location: 2099 Gottigen Street, Halifax

Impress your friends by showing off your singing skills in your very own karaoke room! With over 120,000 songs, flowing drinks, and your turn at the mic, you’ll love letting out your inner superstar until the wee hours of the morning.

Ya, we have fun. #karaoke

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7. Halifax Golfzon Location: 3200 Kempt Road, Halifax Grab your buddies, your golf clubs, and prepare for a good time at this indoor golf centre & lounge, outfitted with four world class golf simulators that feature 170 of the world’s top golf courses and a driving range with swing analysis. Whether you’re a beginner to the game or a golf pro, you’ll love teeing off while enjoying a drink and late-night snack.

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8. Noble
Location: 1563 Barrington Street, Halifax (Beneath The Middle Spoon Desserterie & Bar)

You would never know when entering The Middle Spoon that hidden beneath is the speakeasy-style bar, Noble. All you have do is say the secret password! Intrigued? Sign up for the weekly password here, tell it to your bartender or wait staff the next time you’re at The Middle Spoon, and be lead to one of the city’s best-kept secrets.

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The 7 BEST hotel bars in Halifax

When you’re visiting a new city, it can be difficult to know where to find those hidden-gem, must-visit establishments without simply stumbling onto them! Don’t fret though, we’re here to tell you exactly where some of the very best-kept local secrets can be found in Halifax. And who knows – they might be closer than you think!

Once urban exploring, seaside adventures, and boutique shopping have finished for the day, your evening will just be getting started, but where to begin? Take a look below at our top 7 hotel bars in downtown Halifax:

1. LevelBar at the Prince George Hotel
1725 Market Street, Halifax

LevelBar is the welcoming centerpiece of the Prince George Hotel. It’s the first thing you’ll see as you enter the hotel lobby, yet it’s tucked away from the hustle and bustle of visitors to the high-end hotel. It’s a romantic setting, perfect for quiet conversations over drinks. An inventive menu features a variety of delicious mixed cocktails and light bites, and with immediate access to the Prince George’s outdoor patio, the bar provides an oasis-like setting perfect for sitting back and taking in the summer sunshine.

2. Roy’s Lounge at The Westin Nova Scotian
1181 Hollis Street, Halifax

Tucked away in The Westin Nova Scotian, this bar is a cozy spot for a drink with old friends or for making new ones. Light wood accents, black leather furniture, and vintage architectural details mixed with contemporary design make for a pleasant environment to sip a cocktail and enjoy the comings and goings of the historic hotel. Whether discussing business, making travel plans, or just relaxing, you’ll be sure to enjoy your time at Roy’s. If you’re lucky, you may even get to meet Roy himself. Roy Clorey, the lounge’s namesake, has been mixing cocktails at The Westin Nova Scotian’s hotel bar for over 50 years!

3. Tempo Food + Drink at the Delta Hotels Barrington
1875 Barrington Street, Halifax

Make your way to Tempo Food + Drink and enjoy an urban eatery with an open kitchen and a contemporary twist. Tempo offers fresh regional cuisine, serving up breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Located on one of Halifax’s busiest corners and attached to the Delta Hotels Barrington, guests can sit back, relax and take in the hum of the city from the comfort of this trendy lounge. Enjoy happy hour every day from 4 – 7 p.m., or sip sensational $6 martinis during Martini Night Fridays. Tempo is the perfect place to end your day or start your night.

4. Stories Fine Dining at the Halliburton
5184 Morris Street, Halifax

Stories is one of Halifax’s best-kept secrets; its exotic and aromatic East Coast flavours, delicious cocktails and charming décor sets it apart from many of its peers. Stories showcases the region’s best seafood and game in an intimate dining room setting, as well as one of the best outdoor patios in the city.

5. The Arms Public House at The Lord Nelson Hotel & Suites
1515 South Park Street, Halifax

Located in the historic Lord Nelson Hotel and Suites, the Arms Public House (formerly known as Victory Arms Pub), features traditional British fare, as well as a variety of international dishes. As a traditional English-style “Public House,” the Arms is social and energetic and is always open to both locals passing by and out-of-towners visiting Halifax. The pub offers a warm and welcoming atmosphere steeped in British heritage with world-class food and beverage menus.

6. Seasons Lounge & Restaurant at the Atlantica Hotel Halifax
1980 Robie Street, Halifax

Constantly updating its offerings to serve what’s in season and trendy, Seasons at the Atlantica Hotel Halifax is a chic dining experience in a causal and comfortable setting. Every seat at Seasons overlooks the Halifax Common with captivating views of the city. Both the food and drink menus feature fresh, local ingredients and the finest Nova Scotian spirits to create mouth-watering dishes and thirst-quenching cocktails that will leave you wanting more.

#HFXBurgerWeek 🍔 @atlanticahfx

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7. Harbourstone Sea Grill & Pour House at the Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel
1919 Upper Water Street, Halifax

Enjoy fresh-caught seafood in a casually stylish atmosphere at Harbourstone Sea Grill & Pour House. Situated on the Halifax waterfront, inside the Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel , Harbourstone offers innovative dishes and creative cocktails in a prime waterfront location. The restaurant’s rustic nautical elements and marine-inspired décor make for a true East Coast culinary and beverage experience.

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Looking for more great bars in the city? Check out our list of The Best Hidden Bars in Halifax and enjoy everything from mysterious speakeasies to secret roof-top patios.

Natal day fireworks display over Halifax Harbour as seen from the Dartmouth shore

Top 5 Reasons to be in Halifax for the Canada 150 Celebrations!

Canada turns 150 this year, and here in Halifax, we’ll be marking the occasion the way Haligonians do best – by hosting a massive celebration commemorating a century and a half of proud Canadian confederation!

Haligonians are nothing if not gracious hosts, so we’ve compiled this list of the top 5 reasons to visit Halifax the 2017 Canada Day celebrations – trust us, there’s really never been a better time to visit!

1. There’s going to be a massive FREE outdoor Deadmau5 concert right on the Halifax Common!
Jul 1, 2017 5:00 PM – 11:59 PM– Halifax Commons
All ages concert with 19+ Licensed Area (I.D. Required)

This one’s a no-brainer as far as reasons to visit Halifax are concerned. Superstar DJ Deadmau5 will return to his Canadian roots on July 1st as the headliner for a FREE all ages show, on what’s been called “the world’s most transformative DJ stand“; the brand new CUBE 2.1. It will be Deadmau5’s first Canadian appearance with the CUBE 2.1 since it was unveiled in March in NYC to rave reviews, including a description of the set as “a canvas for a pure phantasmagoria”.

Bottom line: this concert is going to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience that you’re not going to want to miss. Oh and did we mention that it’s free?

2. Halifax hosts the BIGGEST Canada Day Parade east of Ottawa!
Jul 1, 2017 10:30 AM – 12:00 PMstarting on the corner of Brunswick and Duke Streets, near the Scotiabank Centre

Featuring Tattoo performers, local artists and businesses, the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo Canada Day Parade is a spectacle not to be missed. Following the parade, either head over to the Halifax Commons for more family activities, or stick around and experience the 2pm matinee show of the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo.

3. The day will have something for the entire family – no one will be bored around here!

This is going to be the largest family Canada Day celebration in Atlantic Canada! The day will include:

  • Parks Canada Plaza
    Jul 1, 2017 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM – Halifax Commons

Visit the Parks Canada Plaza on July 1st for interactive camping lessons right in the Halifax Commons! The Learn to Camp program teaches young Canadians how to pitch a tent along with other camping basics and games!

From the Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market to Pier 22, the Halifax Seaport will be one of the most happening places in Halifax. From bouncy castles and face-painting to petting zoos and carriage rides, kids will be entertained all day long, while parents can enjoy live entertainment on the big stage outside.

4. There’s going to be FREE LIVE MUSIC EVERYWHERE
Jul 1, 2017 @ Halifax Commons ; Sullivan’s Pond ; Halifax Public Gardens

Do you love live music but can’t quite muster the interest required to learn who Deadmau5 is or look up exactly what “EDM” stands for? DON’T WORRY, there’s something for everyone in plenty of different locations around the Halifax region, so you’re sure to find something that interests you!

The Canada Day concert on the Halifax Commons not only features Deadmau5, but a wide variety of acts including local favourite Matt Mays, French-Canadian artist Izabelle Ouellet, Canadian new roots band ASHELIN, poet laureate Rebecca Thomas, and Stan Rogers Tribute presented by Neptune Theatre.

  • Free Concert At Sullivan’s Pond
    Jul 1, 2017 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM – All ages concert

Free concert at Sullivan’s Pond featuring Canadian artists, The Rock A Barons, The BBQ Kings and plenty of special guests.

  • Free Concert in the Halifax Public Gardens presented by Southwest Properties
    Jul 1, 2017 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM – All ages concert

Enjoy a FREE Canada Day concert by ECMA nominated singer and songwriter Ian Janes in The Halifax Public Gardens.

5. Halifax Common Official Fireworks presented by Dartmouth Crossing
Jul 1, 2017 10:00 PMHalifax Commons 

This year’s fireworks are going to be a BIGGER AND BETTER THAN EVER. Canada’s 150th anniversary has inspired event organizers to go above and beyond to create a spectacular fireworks presentation for Canada Day 2017. This year, spectators will be treated to a PYRO-MUSICAL fireworks display, where the show will be choreographed to music.

The Halifax Commons is definitely the place to be to view the entire experience. If you aren’t attending the Deadmau5 concert, check out the designated Fireworks Viewing area in the Emera Oval. Bring your friends and family and some chairs and blankets, and spread out in the green space of the Emera Oval to watch the spectacular display.

 **BONUS: on July 1, starting at 11:00 AM, enjoy FREE Dartmouth Shuttle/Ferry Service to and from Halifax. Shuttles provided by Metro Transit.**

For more Canada Day event information, check out HRM Civic Events’ Halifax-Dartmouth Canada Day 2017.

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Top 10 Beaches in Halifax you NEED to Visit!

There are many things that make the Halifax area an amazing place to live and visit, but for me, the one that stands above all else is the ocean.

The actual shoreline stretches approximately 150km in length, and the scenic Halifax drive along the coast can be done in about 3 hours (just under 200km) from Hubbards up the eastern shore to Ecum Secum.

The diverse coast includes many incredible beaches, several of them within minutes of downtown Halifax. So get your friends together, pack some snacks, bring a bathing suit and don’t forget your camera. Let’s go explore some of my favourite beaches in HRM!

TIP: Want to experience the beach without the crowds? Take a trip throughout the week or better yet plan, an evening trip and enjoy the crashing waves while you watch the sunset (bring a blanket), it’s the perfect date idea (you’re welcome). Feeling more adventurous? The best way to explore Nova Scotia’s hidden islands and beaches is by kayak. Contact East Coast Outfitters in Halifax, or Coastal Adventures in Tangier for more information.

10. McNabs Island Provincial Park

Not many people are aware that McNabs Island has a beautiful beach. Located just a couple km’s from downtown Halifax, McNab’s is usually an afterthought because you need a boat to get there. Being on McNabs is a unique experience in itself, with old forts that date back to the 1860’s. You can even make a night of it and camp, giving you more time to explore the 5km long island. The best beach is located at McNabs Cove, where you can sit and watch the boats come in and out of the Halifax Harbour

Getting there: You can get there by boat/kayak or you can charter a boat from downtown Halifax or Eastern Passage. On my recent trip out to McNabs with a few friends, we left from Fisherman’s Cove in Eastern Passage for only $20 return, and were able to bring our bikes on to the island! Visit mcnabsisland.ca for more info!

9. Chocolate Lake Beach

Let’s go inland for this one. Located just 5 minutes from downtown Halifax, Chocolate Lake is the perfect spot on a nice warm summers day for a quick getaway. A great spot for families (lifeguards are usually on duty).

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8. Conrads Beach

Just a 25 minute drive from downtown Halifax, Conrads Beach is a great spot to take off your shoes and walk in the sand. Located just a few minutes before Lawrencetown Beach, Conrads is one of the nicest sand beaches around. You can also take a stroll around the corner towards Stoney Beach (to your left, if you’re looking at the ocean) and explore one of the best spots on the east coast for kite/wind surfing and standup paddle boarding.

Getting there: The only downside is the parking lot can only fit about 6 cars, so you may have to park and walk a little bit.
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7. Clam Harbour Beach Provincial Park

Home of the annual “Sandcastle Competition” (August 24, 2014), Clam Harbour features a long white sand beach with a unique shallow tide stream that often means warmer water for swimmers. A true gem, located just 1 hour from downtown Halifax.

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6. Bayswater Beach

Located just outside Halifax city limits on the scenic Route 329 drive, Bayswater is yet another picturesque white sand beach. Sitting on the beach, you can even look across St. Margaret’s Bay and see the world famous Peggy’s Cove in the distance. This gem is located about 1 hour from downtown Halifax, but the drive is well worth it. Give yourself some extra time and enjoy the coastal views and unique shops along the way.

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5. Crystal Crescent Beach Provincial Park

Not only is Crystal Crescent a beautiful white sand beach (actually three beaches), it also features a great hiking trail along a diverse coastline. The trail takes you on a 13km loop mostly along the ocean, through some wooded areas and massive ocean rocks (similar to Peggy’s Cove). Located just 35 minutes from downtown Halifax, this is a must see area. As you are lying on the beach and soaking up the sun, you can see the Sambro Island Lighthouse, which is the oldest surviving lighthouse in North America (1759).

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4. Rainbow Haven Beach Provincial Park

Definitely one of the most popular “beach bum” spots on a hot summers day, Rainbow Haven simply can’t be left off this list. Located 30 minutes from downtown Halifax, Rainbow Haven is tucked away in a cove which can often mean less wind, and thus more heat from the sun. On a hot summers weekend, make sure to get there early!

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3. Martinique Beach Provincial Park

Considered the longest sandy beach in Nova Scotia, Martinique Beach stretches over 5km long and is a popular surfing spot (rentals available). In addition to the amazing sandy beach, there are plenty of boardwalks and wooded areas to explore. Martinique is also a protected area for the piping plover, as well as a wildlife refuge for migratory waterfowl. It is about a 1 hour drive from downtown Halifax and definitely one of my favourites.

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2. Lawrencetown Beach Provincial Park

Lawrencetown is probably one of the most well known beaches in Nova Scotia, primarily gaining popularity for it’s sometimes world-class surfing (rentals available). Lawrencetown is also the quintessential Nova Scotia beach, featuring sand, rocks, cliffs, beach grass, big surf and surrounded by wildlife. Whether you come here to surf, swim, soak up the sun, walk the dog, or just sit and breath in the ocean air, Lawrencetown is a must visit.

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1. Sable Island National Park Reserve of Canada

Did you know that Sable Island is part of Halifax? Located approximately 300km from downtown Halifax in the depths of the Atlantic Ocean, Sable Island is 42km in length and only 1.5km at its widest. The island is literally a sandbar (second largest in the world) and is well known for causing over 350 recorded shipwrecks. It is also one of the most beautiful and natural places I have ever seen. It is home to over 500 wild horses, numerous tropical birds and butterflies, sharks, whales and is one of the worlds largest breeding grounds for grey seals. It’s kind of cruel of me to put this on the list, because getting there is not easy (unless you have lots of disposable income). For about $3,000 you can get there via Adventure Canada’s boat tour or you can charter a flight through Maritime Air for about $5,000/day You can also use your own vessel, but you will need to get permission first. Last summer, I had the incredible opportunity to witness two friends become the first known people to ever paddle a kayak to Sable Island from mainland Nova Scotia. The project was called “Paddle to Sable” and was intended to raise awareness around mental health and raise funds to send kids to Brigadoon Village kids camp. If Sable Island is not on your bucket list, it needs to be!

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