The 6 Best Hidden Bars in Halifax


In some of the most concealed corners of our city locals and visitors alike can enjoy some of Halifax’s best cocktails, finest brewed beers and creative cuisine. Halifax has underground drinking dens, speakeasies, restaurants hidden down alley ways, on roof tops, and behind unmarked doors, all waiting to be discovered. These places may be hard to find, but they’re definitely worth the effort.

Here are the best hidden bars in Halifax. Keep your eyes peeled, because they’re all around you—half the fun is finding them!

  1. El Chinos Snack Bar

2398 Robie Street, Halifax

El Chinos is a 20-seater snack bar in Halifax’s north end. It’s a small intimate space specializing in tacos, dumplings and tequila. Yes, both Mexican and Chinese snacks! Opening at 6 p.m. daily, El Chinos is the evening companion to the Robie Street Station, a popular and delicious breakfast and lunch joint.

  1. Black Sheep Restaurant

1569 Dresden Row, Halifax

Have ‘ewe’ been to the Black Sheep? Maybe you’ve strolled past the sign on Dresden Row, off Spring Garden Road and wondered where the arrow will lead you. Well, hidden away from street view, down a small side alley, you’ll discover the Black Sheep Restaurant. Enjoy all day brunch and in the evening, creative cocktails, craft beer and small plates.

  1. Noble

1563 Barrington Street, Halifax (Beneath The Middle Spoon Desserterie & Bar)

Hidden beneath Barrington Street in the city’s downtown, you’ll discover one of the most mysterious venues Halifax has to offer. Noble is a new underground speakeasy-style bar tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the city noise, which adds to the allure of the experience.  Located underneath The Middle Spoon Desserterie & Bar, you need a password to gain access to Noble. A new password is given out every Thursday, all you have to do is subscribe to this ‘hidden’ page on The Middle Spoon’s site, and you’ll be added to the mailing list.

Upon arrival at the Middle Spoon, tell a bartender or wait staff the weekly password, and you’ll be led downstairs, through the kitchen until you come to an unassuming door. What’s behind the door? You’ll have to discover for yourself!

  1. Drawing Room

1222 Barrington Street, Halifax (Top floor of The Henry House Restaurant & Pub)

Only open two nights a week, Friday and Saturday, The Drawing Room is Halifax’s first speakeasy-style bar. Located on the top floor of The Henry House.

It’s a unique and elegant space full of character, offering creative cocktails and small plates. Over the years the space has maintained many of if its original period features, including exposed beams and a working fireplace. It’s the perfect place to relax and catch up with old friends.

  1. Tom’s Little Havana

1540 Birmingham Street, Halifax

Halifax’s favourite hole-in-the-wall, Tom’s Little Havana has found its new home on Birmingham Street (City Centre Atlantic mall), only a few blocks from its previous location.

It’s still the same ol’ Tom’s that Haligonians have always known and loved, with weekend brunch, diverse pub-style food, cold craft brews and weekly scotch nights. And every night is still games night at Tom’s, with a great selection of board games to play over a drink or two.

  1. The Red Stag

1496 Lower Water Street Suite 314, Brewery Market, Halifax

The Red Stag is your classic neighbourhood pub, in the heart of Halifax’s waterfront. Hidden away in the iconic Alexander Keith’s Brewery, The Red Stag serves up Nova Scotian hospitality with pub food favourites, cold draft beer and an epic patio with a waterfront view.

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Photo 1 via Black Sheep Restaurant Facebook page 
Photo 2 via The Coast taken by Riley Smith
Photo 3 via The Coast taken by Riley Smith