Bar­ring­ton

The core of down­town Hal­i­fax of­fers up in­cred­i­ble cock­tails, craft beer, lo­cal wine and some of the city’s favourite eater­ies.

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2 DOORS DOWN FOOD + WINE

Keep­ing the muchloved lo­cal flavour, but branch­ing out into more causal ter­ri­tory, is Chives’ younger sis 2 Doors Down. Open for lunch, din­ner and an un­be­liev­able week­end brunch, with a menu of­fer­ing sea­son­ally-in­spired com­fort food. 1533 Bar­ring­ton Street, 902-422-4224

ACE BURGER COM­PANY, BEARLY’S

Tak­ing over the kitchen at south end sta­ple Bearly’s means more award­win­ning wares, more qual­ity Nova Sco­tian beef and a slightly dif­fer­ent riff on the menu you know and love at the north end’s Ace. 1269 Bar­ring­ton Street, 902-423-2526

AS YOU LIKE IT, TD TOWER

This down­town Hal­i­fax cafe has been serv­ing hot cof­fee and healthy break­fast and lunch (and cater­ing) since 1978, serv­ing or­ganic and fair trade caf­feine, home­made baked goods and pip­ing-hot soups and a hearty sand­wich menu. 1791 Bar­ring­ton Street, 902-422-6319

BABA GHANOUJ CAFE

Roy Khoury brings Bar­ring­ton Street cost-con­scious, veg­gie-friendly food in the form of Baba Ghanouj Cafe. All-day Syrian break­fast, lunch and din­ner op­tions un­der $15 live here. 1335 Bar­ring­ton Street

BEARLY’S HOUSE OF BLUES AND RIBS

A wa­ter­ing hole steeped in tra­di­tion, Bearly’s of­fers live mu­sic five nights a week, with mati­nees on Satur­days and Sun­days, blues jams on Sun­days and the renowned Karaoke with Mimi on Wednesdays. 1269 Bar­ring­ton Street, 902-423-2526

THE BOARD ROOM GAME CAFE

The only board-game cafe in the Mar­itimes of­fers up a warm at­mos­phere, cold beer, sand­wiches, espresso and over 400 games. For $5 you can play as long, or as many games, as you like. And if you need a game les­son, there are ex­perts on hand, too. 1256 Bar­ring­ton Street, 902-423-7545

CAFE CHIANTI

For 25 years and count­ing, Cafe Chianti has been well-known for its charm­ing, old-world at­mos­phere and a broad Euro­pean menu, de­rived from var­i­ous re­gions of Italy and Hun­gary. Chef Terry Vas­sallo shines in the kitchen. 1241 Bar­ring­ton Street, 902-423-7471

CHIVES CANA­DIAN BISTRO

Per­haps it’s the care­ful use of lo­cal, in-sea­son in­gre­di­ents or the unique twist on Cana­dian cui­sine. Per­haps it’s the re­laxed at­mos­phere, at­ten­tive ser­vice or the warm tea bis­cuits (a fam­ily recipe), but Haligo­ni­ans love this bistro—chives is a fre­quent win­ner in our an­nual Best of Food read­ers’ poll. 1537 Bar­ring­ton Street, 902-420-9626

CIBOULETTE

This tiny cafe does lunch sim­ply, lo­cally and won­der­fully. Whether it’s a grilled cheese with sun-dried to­ma­toes, a roast dressed up with lemon-basil aioli and caramelized onions or a fea­tured soup or salad, it’s al­ways right and re­ally fresh. 1541 Bar­ring­ton Street, 902-423-5282

THE DRAW­ING ROOM

Up above the Henry House is this swank din­ing and cock­tail spot. Words to de­scribe the place in­clude “el­e­gant,” “cos­mopoli­tan” and “clas­sic,” but it’s drinks defy most ad­jec­tives, mixing up strange and won­der­fully strong con­coc­tions of awe­some­ness. Henry House, 3rd Floor, 1222 Bar­ring­ton Street, 902-423-5660

ELLE’S BISTRO

Mary Elle Plan­etta, a long­time fix­ture at the le­gendary Cousins, opened this 30-seater res­tau­rant with the aim of bring­ing home­style, home­made lunch down­town. You’ll find com­fort food—burg­ers, all-day break­fast and her dad’s chicken parme­san—here. 1678 Bar­ring­ton Street

FREAK LUNCHBOX

If Freak sold only tra­di­tional can­dies like jelly­beans and ju­jubes, it would “just be a gro­cery store,” says owner Jeremy Smith. That’s why he stocks un­usual treats and weird nov­el­ties that keep the store true to its name. 1723 Bar­ring­ton Street, 902-420-9151

GINGERGRASS

Gingergrass of­fers de­li­cious Thai and Viet­namese dishes, with a sim­ple but pleas­ant at­mos­phere, per­fect for en­joy­ing spicy green curry, noo­dle dishes and spring rolls. 1284 Bar­ring­ton Street, 902-425-8555

HAR­BOUR CITY BAR & GRILL

A stylish eatery of­fer­ing lo­cally sourced fine-din­ing for break­fast, lunch and din­ner and lo­cal craft beers, Nova Sco­tia wines and spir­its. Delta Hal­i­fax, 1990 Bar­ring­ton Street , 902-492-6443

HENRY HOUSE

This gor­geous 1834 iron­stone build­ing used to be the home of Wil­liam Alexan­der Henry, the fa­ther of Con­fed­er­a­tion. Now, it’s home to a three-level res­tau­rant and pub. The menu mixes Bri­tish pub fare with clas­sic Mar­itime cui­sine, but don’t for­get im­pres­sive beer se­lec­tion. 1222 Bar­ring­ton Street, 902-423-5660

HIROSHIMA SUSHI EX­PRESS

What was Sakura Sushi Ex­press is now a sushi ex­press called Hiroshima, of­fer­ing up combo meals, maki, udon and soba noo­dles and other Ja­panese yum­mies. 1022 Bar­ring­ton Street, 902-405-8899

INDOCHINE BANH MI

All the banh mi sand­wiches, Korean tacos, spring rolls sal­ads and bub­ble tea smooth­ies you’d find at the South Park Street lo­ca­tion of Indochine. 1701 Bar­ring­ton Street

NO­BLE

Mod­elled af­ter a speakeasy vibe, with a fo­cus on culi­nary cock­tails, No­ble sat­is­fies the palate with cool jazz, an­tique decor and that feel­ing that you’re in on a big se­cret. 1559 Bar­ring­ton Street, 902-407-4002

LAY­ERS

Lay­ers makes fancy works of art in de­li­cious cake form (or moist, melt-in-your mouth cup­cake size). Its bright cheery store­front is right down­town so you don’t have to put a ring on it to get some­thing tasty. 1276 Bar­ring­ton Street, 902-446-2206

MENCHIE’S FROZEN YO­GURT

A Hal­i­fax lo­ca­tion for the US chain of serve your­self fro-yo. 1715 Bar­ring­ton Street, 902-405-7079

MEZZA LE­BANESE KITCHEN, HAL­I­FAX

Mezza of­fers the award­win­ning shawarma and late-night Le­banese dishes we have all come to crave. The vi­brant spirit of Venus Pizza re­mains whether you’re in the busy lunchtime lineup or danc­ing on ta­bles, don­air in hand, at 2am. 1558 Bar­ring­ton Street, 902-425-8882

THE MID­DLE SPOON DESSERTERIE & BAR

Come for dessert, stay for the drinks. Some of Hal­i­fax’s best bar­tenders serve up the most cre­ative drinks, putting an in­no­va­tive twist on clas­sics and tak­ing risks with mixes. 1559 Bar­ring­ton Street, 902-407-4002

MOMOYA

Momoya’s cozy in­te­rior makes it a pop­u­lar choice for chill­ing over a drawn-out Ja­panese meal. If you’re in­tim­i­dated by the mouth-wa­ter­ing sushi and sashimi menus, check out the spe­cials and as­sort­ment plates. 1671 Bar­ring­ton Street, 902-492-0788

NICHE LOUNGE

Niche’s broad menu is well matched to the ex­ten­sive wine and cock­tail lists, en­joyed thor­oughly dur­ing happy hour, which runs daily from 4 un­til close. Warm weather brings the 100-plus seat pa­tio that hosts brunch-go­ers and late-night din­ers. Mar­itime Cen­tre, 1505 Bar­ring­ton Street, 902-423-6632

OBLADEE, A WINE BAR

Obladee re­freshes the down­town core with its Best of Food win­ning wine list, con­sid­er­able by-the-glass op­tions, cheese and char­cu­terie boards, a week­day lunch menu and an at­mos­phere per­fect for so­cial­iz­ing and un­wind­ing. 1600 Bar­ring­ton Street, 902-405-4505

THE OLD APOTHE­CARY

A hat tip to the build­ing’s his­tory, Laura Ma­cleod’s pop art-meetsv­in­tage down­town bak­ery and cafe serves up hot drinks, and a se­lec­tion of fresh baked goods and breads. 1549 Bar­ring­ton Street

PACIFICO

This spa­cious night­club fills up with mu­sic and bod­ies every week­end, thanks to its state-of-the-art sound, its classy vibe and its killer DJS. Do your thing un­der the gi­gan­tic disco ball, or wait for your jam while sip­ping on a cock­tail. Mar­itime Cen­tre, 1505 Bar­ring­ton Street, 902-422-3633

PARS RES­TAU­RANT

The fam­ily-run north end eatery of­fers stan­dard fare such as char­coal­cooked ke­babs, but the own­ers rec­om­mend try­ing their ko­re­sht, a va­ri­ety of Per­sian stews. 1261 Bar­ring­ton Street, 902-431-7277

PETRIE’S HAL­I­FAX FEAST DIN­NER THE­ATRE

You don’t have to sing for your sup­per; the cast of Hal­i­fax’s longestrun­ning din­ner the­atre takes care of the tunes. En­joy a two-act mu­si­cal com­edy along­side your prix fixe three-course din­ner. Mar­itime Cen­tre, 1505 Bar­ring­ton Street, 902-420-1840

SNAPPY TO­MATO

This Snappy take-out spot cooks up pizza, burg­ers, subs and sand­wiches, Le­banese spe­cial­i­ties and some gluten-free op­tions too. 1283 Bar­ring­ton Street, 902-457-5005

STAR ANISE VIET­NAMESE NOO­DLES

With this down­town des­ti­na­tion for in­ter­na­tional cui­sine, a va­ri­ety of dishes will tempt the more ex­otic taste­buds. Star Anise doesn’t skimp on bold flavours, of­fer­ing a va­ri­ety of Viet­namese dishes and Thai treats. 1571 Bar­ring­ton Street, 902-422-2602

STILL­WELL

A fam­ily-run craft beer bar, Still­well serves the best brews on 12 taps that ro­tate on the reg­u­lar and has Graeme Rup­pel (Coastal at Nite, No­mad Gourmet) cook­ing up a chang­ing menu of del­ish snacks to soak ’em up. 1672 Bar­ring­ton Street, 902-421-1672

TEMPO FOOD + DRINK

Whether you’re look­ing to sat­isfy a sweet tooth, see what all-day brunch tastes like or maybe you just want to tear into a big ol’ burger, Tempo of­fers a re­fresh­ing and colour­ful menu of bits and bites made with lo­cal in­gre­di­ents. They call it up­beat down­town din­ing. Delta Bar­ring­ton, 1875 Bar­ring­ton Street, 902-428-3676

Obladee. LENNY MULLINS

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