BARRINGTON

BARRINGTON Among the build­ings com­ing down (and go­ing up) you’ll find fine wines, great cock­tails and top-notch op­tions for your din­ner date.

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2 DOORS DOWN BAR + BITES

One door down from both of Craig Flinn’s ba­bies—chives Cana­dian Bistro and 2 Doors Down—you’ll find this am­bi­ent cock­tail lounge. It’s a warm spot to sip a creative bev­er­age or snack on some share­able bites. 1533 Barrington Street 902-474-4380

2 DOORS DOWN FOOD + WINE

Keep­ing the much-loved lo­cal flavour, but branch­ing out into more causal ter­ri­tory, is Chives’ younger sis. It of­fers sea­son­ally in­spired com­fort food, craft beers, lo­cal wines and creative cock­tails. 1533 Barrington Street 902-422-4224

AS YOU LIKE IT, TD TOWER

This down­town Hal­i­fax cafe has been serv­ing hot cof­fee and healthy break­fast and lunch (and cater­ing) since 1978. Whether you’re pop­ping in for a quick dose of or­ganic and fair trade caf­feine, home­made baked goods and pip­ing hot soups or a hearty sand­wich (break­fast sam­mies are served all day!). 1791 Barrington Street 902-422-6319

BABA GHANOUJ CAFE

Roy Khoury has been bring­ing great Syr­ian flavours to Hal­i­fax since 1992. In spring of 2014 he brought 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. 1701 Barrington Street 902-404-3144

THE BARRINGTON STEAKHOUSE & OYS­TER BAR

Mur­phy Hos­pi­tal­ity, AKA the fine Prince Ed­ward Is­lan­ders who brought us Ga­han House, has since es­tab­lished this dy­namic duo 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. 1662 Barrington Street 902-407-5001

BEARLY’S HOUSE OF BLUES AND RIBS

This south end favourite for live blues and Wed­nes­day karaoke is not afraid to shake things up: Re­cently Bearly’s has joined forces with Asado wood-fired grill, mean­ing its kitchen is serv­ing up Kansas Ci­tystyle BBQ, fried chicken, brisket and pulled pork. It won’t be easy on your heart, but nei­ther are the blues. 1269 Barrington Street 902-423-2526

OTHE BOARD ROOM GAME CAFE

This chill hang­out 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 Euro­pean menu, de­rived from re­gions of Italy and Hungary and brought to life by chef Gra­ham Ross. 1241 Barrington Street 902-423-7471

OCHIVES 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. 1537 Barrington Street, 902-420-9626

CIBOULETTE

This tiny cafe, and sis­ter to Chives Cana­dian Bistro, 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

A hid­den gem of a cock­tail spot above the Henry House, The Draw­ing Room is an el­e­gant bar that mixes creative and won­der­fully strong con­coc­tions to sip on. Henry House, third floor, 1222 Barrington Street 902-423-5660

ELLE’S BISTRO

Mary Elle Plan­etta, a long­time fix­ture at the leg­endary Cousins Restau­rant, opened this 30-seater restau­rant with the aim of bring­ing home­style, home­made lunch to down­town. You’ll find com­fort food—like soups, sand­wiches, burg­ers, all-day break­fast and her dad’s chicken parme­san—and house­made desserts here, plus hot drinks and cold beers. 1678 Barrington Street

FREAK LUNCHBOX, HAL­I­FAX

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. Check out its newly ren­o­vated flag­ship lo­ca­tion. 1729 Barrington Street 902-420-9151

HAR­BOUR CITY BAR & GRILL

Lo­cated in the Delta Hal­i­fax Ho­tel, this stylish eatery of­fers locally sourced fine-din­ing for break­fast, lunch and din­ner. 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 savoury chorizo mac ’n’ cheese or sat­isfy that sweet tooth with the ap­ple tarte tatin, over­flow­ing 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 boasts English-style ales, many brewed locally by Gran­ite. The menu mixes Bri­tish pub fare with clas­sic Mar­itime cui­sine, and don’t for­get the home­made bread pud­ding. 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

OLAYERS

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, HAL­I­FAX

Mezza Le­banese Kitchen of­fers the mul­ti­ple Best of Food award-win­ning shawarma and late-night Le­banese dishes we have all come to crave. Sure, it’s got­ten a se­ri­ous makeover but the that vi­brant spirit of Venus re­mains whether you’re in the busy lunchtime lineup or danc­ing on ta­bles, don­air in hand, at 2am. 1558 Barrington Street 902-425-8882

OTHE MIDDLE SPOON DESSERTERIE & BAR

Come for dessert, stay for the drinks. That seems to be the phi­los­o­phy at play in this chic bar where your night­cap can come in the form of cheese­cake or cock­tail called The Ul­ti­mate. Some of Hal­i­fax’s best bar­tenders serve up some of the most creative drinks in the city, putting an in­no­va­tive twist on clas­sics and tak­ing risks with mixes. 1559 Barrington Street 902-407-4002

MOMOYA

Haligo­ni­ans love their sushi, and Momoya’s lo­ca­tion and cozy in­te­rior make this restau­rant a pop­u­lar choice for chill­ing out over a drawn-out Ja­panese meal. 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 the ex­ten­sive wine and cock­tail lists, en­joyed thor­oughly dur­ing happy hour, which runs daily from 4pm un­til close daily. Warm weather brings the 100-plus-seat pa­tio hap­pily host­ing brunch-go­ers and late-night din­ers, en­joy­ing the food and drinks al fresco. Af­ter din­ner on Fri­day and Satur­day nights, re­cieve free en­try into Paci­fico. Mar­itime Cen­tre, 1505 Barrington Street, 902-423-6632

OOBLADEE, 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. “We’re a ca­sual, neigh­bour­hood spot that is se­ri­ous about wine and food but with­out the ‘se­ri­ous­ness’ that some­times comes with that,” says Heather. “Peo­ple re­ally en­joy them­selves—which is what it’s all about.” 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-meetsv­in­tage down­town bak­ery and cafe serves up hot drinks, and a se­lec­tion of fresh baked goods—beau­ti­ful desserts, but­tery crois­sants and breads. 1549 Barrington Street

PACI­FICO

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

QIU BROTHERS DUMPLINGS

Hos­pi­tal­ity grad Leon Qiu wants to bring peo­ple au­then­tic Chi­nese food. He’s pas­sion­ate about good eats—like his menu of pork, chicken and beef dumplings, spring rolls and steamed buns—but just as ex­cited to ed­u­cate Haligo­ni­ans about the tra­di­tions be­hind hon­est to good­ness Chi­nese cui­sine. 1335 Barrington Street 902-574-6611

SCO­TIA SQUARE FOOD COURT

Ooh heaven is a place on earth and it’s tucked inside this con­crete mono­lith. A food court to rule them all, Sco­tia Square boasts cheap, de­li­cious eats from Korea Gar­den Ex­press, A Taste of In­dia, Mamma Gratti’s, Thai Ex­press, Tin Pan Al­ley and Mezza Le­banese Kitchen. Sco­tia Square Mall 2000 Barrington Street

SNAPPY TOMATO

Tak­ing over the for­mer Papa Mario’s, 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

Co-owner and chef Andy Mok is the for­mer owner of the Sushi House on Quin­pool, but 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 both Viet­namese dishes and Thai treats. 1571 Barrington Street 902-422-2602

OSTILLWELL

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 (duck-fat pop­corn, Atari fries, a darn good burger) to soak ’em up. 1672 Bar­ring­ton­street 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—right in the Delta Barrington. 1875 Barrington Street 902-428-3676

UN­COM­MON GROUNDS

There’s no real mys­tery to its suc­cess: Each neigh­bour­hood­style cafe is clev­erly de­signed and com­fort­able, of­fer­ing locally roasted brew, fresh baked good, soups, snacks and sand­wiches. 1237 Barrington Street 902-404-7288

WEIRD HAR­BOUR ES­PRESSO BAR

A strange lit­tle space with a not-soweird con­cept—good cof­fee for all. Stop by this bright lit­tle nook next to Ur­ban Out­fit­ters for qual­ity es­presso based drinks and per­son­al­i­ty­packed ser­vice. 1656 Barrington Street

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