DOWN­TOWN

Find food from around the world—and our own back­yards—in down­town Hal­i­fax’s pubs, bars, restau­rants and take-out coun­ters.

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2 CROWS BREW­ERY

2 Crows comes to us thanks of three en­trepreneurs, Mark and Kelly Huizink and brew­mas­ter Jeremy Tay­lor. The brew­ery is all about mod­ern beers and creative craft brew­ing. 1932 Brunswick Street 902-422-0222

ARGYLE BAR & GRILL

The Argyle is a bar that wears many hats: It’s a great brunch date, a killer desserterie, a red-hot pizza-maker, a bang­ing DJ venue with an oft-packed dance floor—plus in the sun­nier sea­son (if/when we get it) it of­fers up side­walk and rooftop pa­tio ac­tion. 1575 Argyle Street, 902-492-8844

AS YOU LIKE IT, HOLLIS STREET

Like its twin on Barrington, As You Like It’s been serv­ing homey break­fast and lunch, and morn­ing cof­fees, since 1978. 1660 Hollis Street, 902-457-2525

ASAP MABUHAY BAR & GRILL

Chances are you didn’t know this place had seat­ing, but you’ve been lured down Blow­ers Road by the smell of its de­li­cious BBQ. A great lunch op­tion with an ar­ray of Philip­pine dishes on the buf­fet, and a latenight fave with Rocky’s ke­babs. 5237 Blow­ers Street, 902-423-5547

THE AUC­TION HOUSE

Serv­ing up cold drinks and up­scale pub food out of an ac­tual for­mer auc­tion house (it’s one of the city’s old­est build­ings, from 1765), The Auc­tion House isn’t just a restau­rant, but a live mu­sic venue, too. An ad­mirable burger list, ap- pies like deep-fried cheese curds, Irish pou­tine and cheese stout dip, creative brunch op­tions and sam­mies, sal­ads and desserts tempt any menu browser. 1726 Argyle Street, 902-431-1726

BAAN THAI RESTAU­RANT

Serv­ing au­then­tic Thai cui­sine to Haligo­ni­ans for over a decade, Baan con­tin­ues to de­liver thai-rrific food. Menu items in­clude (but cer­tainly not lim­ited to, check out the ex­ten­sive on­line menu) more than half a dozen cur­ries like the ever-pop­u­lar red, green and yel­low va­ri­eties, along with chicken sa­tay, Pad Thai and Tom Yum soup. 5234 Blow­ers Street, 902-446-4301

BÂTON ROUGE

Lo­cated in the land­mark Morse’s Tea build­ing steps away from the His­toric Prop­er­ties, this chain restau­rant looks noth­ing like a big-box spot. With gi­ant wooden beams, old brick­work and a gi­ant pa­tio, the down­town lo­ca­tion is great in the sum­mer months for a beer and some fin­ger-lick­ing food. Along with fam­ily restau­rant clas­sics like spinach dip and club sand­wiches, Ba­ton Rouge serves up-ca­sual seared Ahi tuna sal­ads, pork back ribs and sir­loin steaks. 1877 Hollis Street, 902-407-0007

BEAVER SAILOR DINER

Hand­made noo­dles, bit­ter­sweet bub­ble tea and Asian fusion snack dishes make Beaver Sailor Diner so spe­cial. Cheery ser­vice and brand­ing don’t hurt ei­ther. 1820 Hollis Street,902-932-9550

OBITTER END

This in­sti­tu­tion be­gan sling­ing its ex­cel­lently named drinks in 2000. Dozens of mar­ti­nis and other li­ba­tions await at this slick drink house, in­clud­ing the Elec­tric Cir­cus (vanilla and rasp­berry vodka, cas­sis, lemon, lime and simple syrup) and the Sail Away (vodka, melon liqueur, peach Sch­napps, lime juice). Plus small plates! 1572 Argyle Street, 902-425-3039

BLUE AP­PLES ARTS AND WELL­NESS CEN­TRE

This spot isn’t just a tea house and ve­gan-friendly cafe, it’s a com­mu­nity space of­fer­ing acupunc­ture, mas­sage ther­apy, yoga and spe­cial events cen­tred around well­ness, spir­i­tu­al­ity and aware­ness. You can also buy herbs, spices, nuts, teas and seeds to take out into your life. 5228 Blow­ers Street 902-444-8274

BLUENOSE II RESTAU­RANT

This fam­ily restau­rant is as much a down­town Hal­i­fax land­mark as the fa­mous ship for which it’s named. No-non­sense ser­vice with home­style Mar­itime fare, Greek en­trees and a good diner break­fast make Bluenose a busy spot. 1824 Hollis Street, 902-425-5092

BOS­TON PIZZA

A pop­u­lar fran­chise and re­laxed sports bar at­mos­phere and a wide range of menu items, in­clud­ing clas­sic pas­tas, burg­ers and of course, pizza. 1858 Granvillestreet 902-422-8600

OBURRITO JAX, BLOW­ERS STREET

Have you ever fallen for a bur­rito? A lot of food love sto­ries have started here. With a wall full of Best of Food awards, this down­town hot spot wins over the lunch crowd with in­cred­i­bly fresh and flavour­ful bur­ri­tos, gluten-free bur­rito bowls and ooey-gooey que­sadil­las, but also woos many a night owl with mid­night Jax chicken. 5215 Blow­ers Street, 902-406-0088

CABIN COF­FEE

This rus­tic down­town cof­fee house is a favourite with cram­ming stu­dents, busi­ness folks on break and fam­i­lies need­ing a shop stop on the week­ends. That is to say, Cabin’s cof­fee, break­fast buns and chill vibes are for all. 1554 Hollis Street, 902-422-8130

CANVAS RESTO LOUNGE

A restau­rant within the Cam­bridge Suites Ho­tel, Canvas’ at­mos­phere is ri­valled by its creative plate pre­sen­ta­tion. This mod­ern, ca­sual-meet­sup­scale spot is sort of like fine din­ing with­out the prices, serv­ing up burg­ers, sand­wiches and ap­pies in­spired by the sea­sons, and a boast-wor­thy wine list and cock­tail menu. 1583 Brus­nwick Street 902-425-4278

OTHE CARLETON MU­SIC BAR & GRILL

This land­mark mu­sic joint is un­der new own­er­ship but is still very much The Carleton. The sounds of lo­cal and na­tion­ally tour­ing mu­si­cians fill this award-win­ning bar and restau­rant’s walls most nights of the week while chef Michael Do­lente brings en­thu­si­asm for lo­cal cui­sine to the table (as well as the match­stick frites and aioli, which have been a favourite since open­ing). 1685 Argyle Street, 902-422-6335

CHEERS BAR & GRILL

Cliff Clavin and Norm Peter­son would love down­town Hal­i­fax’s take on Cheers. There’s never a dull mo­ment at The Dome’s more ma­ture sib­ling bar, where you can take in karaoke, killer DJS and video par­ties and live mu­sic ev­ery Thurs­day through Satur­day. Sure, ev­ery­body doesn’t know your name, but the beers are cold, the com­pany’s great and the dance floor’s packed any given night of the week. 1741 Grafton Street 902-421-1655

DHARMA SUSHI

Hideki Ya­mamoto opened Dharma Sushi to hun­gry mouths back in 1995, and its been serv­ing up rock­ing rolls, fresh sashimi and de­lec­ta­ble Ja­panese cui­sine ever since. Now un­der new lead­er­ship, the restau­rant con­tin­ues to ex­pand upon its de­lec­ta­ble dishes, of­fer cater­ing ser­vices and host a per­fect pa­tio sea­son. 1476 Argyle Street, 902-425-7785

THE DOME

Those look­ing for late-night or a bump­ing dance floor usu­ally find them­selves drink­ing up and get­ting down at The Dome. Lo­cal and vis­it­ing DJS keep the floor packed with top 40, hip hop, house and elec­tronic jams un­til the wee hours. Fri­day’s al­ways ladies’ night. 1726 Argyle Street, 902-454-9344 ext. 228

ODURTY NELLY’S AU­THEN­TIC IRISH PUB

Durty Nelly’s was com­pletely de­signed and built in Ire­land and shipped over to be re­con­structed in the heart of Hal­i­fax in 2009. The food ranges from tra­di­tional Irish fare (lamb shanks, fish and chips) to more creative ev­ery­day fare. So stop by be­fore the Moose­heads or af­ter a Nep­tune play for din­ner and a drop of the dark stuff. 5221 Argyle Street, 902-406-7640

EAST OF GRAFTON TAV­ERN

The lat­est from the RCR restau­rant fam­ily puts chef Luis Clavel in the driver’s seat and takes din­ers on a trip some­where un­ex­pected. Serv­ing brunch, lunch and din­ner menus of “com­fort food with a twist,” East of Grafton prom­ises to be a culi­nary ad­ven­ture. Re­cent stops in­clude: Manchego po­lenta fries, tuna poke, chi­laquiles and rab­bit pou­tine. 1580 Argyle Street 902-428-5680

EAST SIDE MARIO’S

Af­ter a long ab­sence, Mario is back in down­town Hal­i­fax. Come in for some sweet $10 lunch specials—in­clud­ing the beloved all-you-can-eat gar­lic loaf, soup and salad!—or build your own pasta, fea­tur­ing more than 200 “pasta-bil­i­ties.” 5287 Prince Street, 902-334-0303

THE FIVE FISH­ER­MEN RESTAU­RANT & GRILL

In a build­ing that was orig­i­nally a her­itage Na­tional School and an art col­lege, the chefs at Five Fish­er­men are well-versed in the art of pleas­ing cus­tomers. For over 30 years, pa­trons have kept com­ing to Hal­i­fax’s pre­miere seafood restau­rant for the fa­mous mus­sels, steamed and served with four sauces, and the fresh, beau­ti­fully pre­sented seafood. A mul­ti­ple win­ner in our Best of Food read­ers’ poll for Best Seafood. 1740 Argyle Street, 902-422-4421

FREE­MAN’S LIT­TLE NEW YORK, DOWN­TOWN

Con­tin­u­ing the tra­di­tion of uber-latenight food and drinks on Grafton is the sec­ond of three Free­man’s lo­ca­tions. Pizza is the star of this menu, but there are many op­tions to de­light both the post-bar crowd and those eat­ing at reg­u­lar meal times. 1726 Grafton Street, 902-444-7008

FUJIYAMA RESTAU­RANT

Yokoso: Wel­come to one of the best Ja­panese restau­rants in Hal­i­fax. Good sushi at great prices, Fujiyama is the kind of place where you can take your time and savour your meal. Nes­tled in next to Pizza Corner, Fujiyama has be­come one of down­town Hal­i­fax’s best restau­rants for au­then­tic or fusion cui­sine. 5244 Blow­ers Street, 902-492-1133

OGIO

Toss out any pre­con­cep­tion about ho­tel restau­rants: Gio has re­de­fined fine din­ing in ho­tels and in the city. Al­though it shares space with the Prince George, it stands alone and apart from the others, with a chic, shim­mer­ing in­te­rior and thought­ful menu of creative eats and cock­tails. 1725 Mar­ket Street,902-425-1987

GRAFTON STREET DIN­NER THE­ATRE

If you’re wor­ried about un­com­fort­able din­ner con­ver­sa­tion or need a night away from Net­flix, let Grafton take care of the en­ter­tain­ment at this in­ter­ac­tive the­atre. Choose sev­eral menu op­tions from a set three­course meal, while the tal­ented comedic team presents a ro­tat­ing sched­ule of pop-cul­ture par­o­dies. 1741 Grafton Street, 902-425-1961

OTHE GREAT WALL RESTAU­RANT

The Great Wall could be con­sid­ered one of Hal­i­fax’s seven won­ders, turn­ing out sig­na­ture Can­tonese and Szechuan dishes such as ginger fried beef, salt and pep­per squid and Gen­eral Tao chicken for over 20 years. 1649 Bed­ford Row, 902-422-6153

HAL­I­FAX ALEHOUSE

A stone’s throw from Ci­tadel Hill, the Hal­i­fax Alehouse, sit­u­ated in a brick-fronted his­toric build­ing, pays homage to the past with tra­di­tional wood-heavy decor, live Celtic bands and cheeky cos­tumes for the staff. 1717 Brunswick Street, 902-423-6113

OHFX SPORTS BAR & GRILL

With a beer se­lec­tion al­most as mammoth as its wall of LED screens, the city’s new­est sports bar is pretty far from your typ­i­cal sports bar. HFX Sports Bar & Grill of­fers up­scale pub food—from fish tacos to Philly cheeses­teak spring roll to chicken and waf­fles—and drinks aplenty in which to root for the home team (or clos­est ap­prox­i­ma­tion). 1721 Brunswick Street, 902-420-0015

Ba­ton Rouge MEGHAN TANSEY WHIT­TON

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