Bar­ring­ton

One of the city’s most sto­ried strips, Bar­ring­ton is con­stantly evolv­ing to be­come a bet­ter—and tastier—ver­sion of it­self.

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2 DOORS DOWN FOOD + WINE

Keep­ing the much-loved lo­cal flavour, but branch­ing out into more causal ter­ri­tory is Chives’ younger sis 2 Doors Down. Open for lunch and din­ner daily, of­fer­ing sea­son­ally in­spired com­fort food, craft beers, lo­cal wines and cre­ative cock­tails. 1533 Bar­ring­ton Street, 902-422-4224

AS YOU LIKE IT, TD TOWER

This has been serv­ing hot cof­fee and healthy break­fast and lunch (and cater­ing) since 1978. Pop in for a quick dose of caf­feine, home­made baked goods and pip­ing-hot soups or a hearty sand­wich. 1791 Bar­ring­ton Street, 902-422-6319

BABA GHANOUJ CAFE

Roy Khoury has been bring­ing great Syrian flavours to Hal­i­fax since 1992. He of­fers cost-con­scious, veg­gie-friendly food: All-day Syrian break­fast, lunch and din­ner op­tions un­der $15 live here. 1701 Bar­ring­ton Street

BAR­RING­TON STEAK­HOUSE & OYS­TER BAR

Mur­phy Hos­pi­tal­ity, AKA the fine Prince Ed­ward Is­lan­ders who gave us Ga­han House, brings this dy­namic duo to down­town. This res­tau­rant com­bines a 60-seat lo­cal oys­ter bar and 100-seat steak­house, fo­cus­ing on aged, grass-fed Mar­itime beef for a de­li­cious din­ing combo—and adds a pa­tio for good mea­sure. 1662 Bar­ring­ton Street, 902-407-5001

BEARLY’S HOUSE OF BLUES AND RIBS

Bearly’s of­fers live blues four nights a week, with live mu­sic mati­nees on week­ends. Hal­i­fax’s hottest blues jam hap­pens every Sun­day night and the award-win­ning Karaoke Wednesdays brings the hope­fuls to belt out a few (off-key) notes. 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 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—also known for cook­ing up Ital­ian magic at Trat­to­ria della Nonna—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 the Best of Food 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. Dear pani­nis of the world, you should all take a hint from Ciboulette. 1541 Bar­ring­ton Street, 902-423-5282

THE DRAW­ING ROOM

Get your swank on in this gem of a cock­tail spot above the Henry House. It’s an el­e­gant and ro­man­tic bar with del­ish ap­pe­tiz­ers, that mixes strange and won­der­fully strong con­coc­tions of awe­some­ness. 1222 Bar­ring­ton Street, third floor, 902-423-5660

ELLE’S BISTRO

This 30-seater res­tau­rant aims to bring home­style, home­made lunch to down­town. You’ll find com­fort food—like soups, sand­wiches, burg­ers, all-day break­fast and her dad’s chicken parme­san—and house-made desserts here, plus hot drinks and cold beers. 1678 Bar­ring­ton Street

FREAK LUNCHBOX

THE source of every candy imag­in­able, and kooky toys and gifts, the Freak has been do­ing its thing— draw­ing cu­ri­ous sweet toothes off the streets—since 2001. 1729 Bar­ring­ton Street, 902-420-9151

GINGERGRASS

As real as it gets, Gingergrass of­fers de­li­cious Thai and Viet­namese dishes, with a sim­ple but pleas­ant at­mos­phere, whether you’re in the mood for pho or a spicy green curry. 1284 Bar­ring­ton Street, 902-425-8555

HAR­BOUR CITY BAR & GRILL

Lo­cated in the Delta Hal­i­fax, this eatery of­fers lo­cally sourced fine din­ing. With a wide se­lec­tion of lo­cal craft beers, Nova Sco­tian wines and spir­its, you’ll be able to wet your parched whis­tle. In­dulge in a chorizo mac ’n’ cheese or sat­isfy that sweet tooth with the ap­ple tarte tatin with maple wine ice cream. 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, pub and pri­vate din­ing fa­cil­ity. In keep­ing with the au­then­tic spirit, Henry House serves English-style ales, many brewed lo­cally by Gran­ite. The menu mixes Bri­tish pub fare with clas­sic Mar­itime cui­sine. 1222 Bar­ring­ton Street, 902-423-5660

HIGH­WAY­MAN

A sib­ling res­tau­rant to Field Guide, Bar­ring­ton Street’s High­way­man serves up Span­ish in­spired eats, art­fully cre­ated cock­tails, craft beer and a ro­man­tic at­mos­phere straight out of the res­tau­rant’s name­sake Al­fred Noyes poem. 1673 Bar­ring­ton Street

LAY­ERS

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

MEZZA LE­BANESE KITCHEN

Mezza Le­banese Kitchen of­fers the mul­ti­ple Best of Food award-win­ning shawarma and late-night Le­banese dishes we have all come to crave. 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. That seems to be the phi­los­o­phy at play here, where your night­cap can come in the form of cheese­cake you’ll dream about or a killer cock­tail. 1559 Bar­ring­ton Street, 902-407-4002

MOMOYA

Haligo­ni­ans love their sushi, and Momoya’s lo­ca­tion and cozy in­te­rior make this res­tau­rant a pop­u­lar choice. If you’re in­tim­i­dated by the mouth-wa­ter­ing sushi and sashimi menus, check out the num­ber of daily spe­cials and as­sort­ment plates. 1671 Bar­ring­ton Street, 902-492-0788

NICHE LOUNGE

Niche’s broad menu is well-matched to its ex­ten­sive drink lists. Warm weather brings the 100-plus seat pa­tio, that hap­pily hosts brunch­go­ers and late-night din­ers, en­joy­ing the food and drinks al fresco. 1505 Bar­ring­ton Street, 902-423-6632

OBLADEE, A WINE BAR

Brother-and-sis­ter team Heather and Chris­tian Rankin are the brains be­hind Obladee, re­fresh­ing 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 as an apothe­cary, Laura Ma­cleod’s pop art-meets-vin­tage down­town bak­ery and cafe serves up hot drinks, fresh baked breads and desserts. 1549 Bar­ring­ton Street, 902- 423-1500

PACIFICO

This spa­cious night­club and lounge fills up with mu­sic and bod­ies every week­end, thanks to its state-of-the-art sound and light­ing, its classy vibe and its killer DJS. 1505 Bar­ring­ton Street, 902-422-3633

PARS RES­TAU­RANT

The fam­ily-run eatery of­fers stan­dard fare such as char­coal-cooked ke­babs, but the own­ers rec­om­mend try­ing their ko­re­sht—va­ri­eties of stews used in Per­sian cui­sine, typ­i­cally served along­side white rice. 1261 Bar­ring­ton Street, 902-431-7277

SCO­TIA SQUARE FOOD COURT

Oooh heaven is a place on earth and it’s tucked in­side this con­crete mono­lith. The food court to rule them all boasts cheap, de­li­cious eats from Korea Gar­den Ex­press, A Taste of In­dia, Mamma Gratti’s and Ke­bab Kitchen. Sco­tia Square, 2000 Bar­ring­ton Street

SNAPPY TO­MATO

This take-out spot cooks up pizza, burg­ers, subs and sand­wiches. 1283 Bar­ring­ton Street, 902-457-5005

STAR ANISE VIET­NAMESE NOO­DLES

At this down­town des­ti­na­tion for in­ter­na­tional cui­sine a va­ri­ety of dishes tempts 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 cook­ing up a chang­ing menu of del­ish snacks to soak ’em up. 1672 Bar­ring­ton Street, 902-421-1672

TEM­PLE BAR

One door down from both Chives and 2 Doors Down, you’ll find this am­bi­ent cock­tail lounge a spot to sip on a cre­ative bev­er­age and snack on some sharable bites . 1533 Bar­ring­ton Street, 902- 474-4380

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 made with lo­cal in­gre­di­ents. 1875 Bar­ring­ton Street, 902-428-3676

UN­COM­MON GROUNDS

A neigh­bour­hood cafe of­fer­ing made-with-love hot drinks, baked goods and a so­cial space for en­joy­ing both. 1237 Bar­ring­ton Street

High­way­man. LENNY MULLINS

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