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:
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.