HIS­TORIC HAL­I­FAX

Outdoor Lifestyle Magazine - - Patio Fare - By KIM­BER­LEY FOWLER – CAMP­BEL­LVILLE, ON

Ga­han. It’s a his­toric name amongst Is­lan­ders. In the mid-19th cen­tury John Ga­han was a well-known mer­chant in Prince Ed­ward Is­land with a busi­ness on Queen and Syd­ney Streets. To­day, known for brew­ing hand­crafted ales, Ga­han House has spread across the Maritimes with a new lo­ca­tion in Moncton set to open later this year and lo­ca­tions al­ready in Char­lot­te­town, Saint John (New Brunswick), Fredericton and, of course, Hal­i­fax Ga­han House Hal­i­fax has made its mark on the city’s his­toric water­front in a short pe­riod of time, of­fer­ing pa­tio-go­ers breath­tak­ing views, cozy com­forts, and end­less en­ter­tain­ment. The pa­tio, which has two dis­tinct spa­ces –a tra­di­tional pa­tio at the front and a side beer bar– was built to stand out.

“We’re for­tu­nate with our space to be on the wa­ter,” says Michael Roberts, di­rec­tor of op­er­a­tions for Nova Scotia with The Mur­phy Hos­pi­tal­ity Group. With the restau­rant-front sit­u­ated di­rectly on the har­bour, guests can en­joy views of sail­boats, big freighters and some of Canada’s top navy ships.

Lo­cated be­side CFB Hal­i­fax, reg­u­lars and tourists alike en­joy see­ing the Royal Cana­dian Navy’s fleet in ac­tion, and the base has nu­mer­ous he­li­copters which hover thirty feet over the wa­ter, some­times with navy per­son­nel hang­ing out the sides!

Ga­han House’s pa­tio seats 180 peo­ple com­fort­ably, but with th­ese spec­tac­u­lar views it’s no sur­prise that on a warm day in July or Au­gust you’ll prob­a­bly have to wait for a cov­eted spot. Whether you’ve got a crav­ing for seafood or craft beer (or both), you’ll find the ex­pe­ri­ence well worth the wait.

“We source fresh and lo­cal food as much as pos­si­ble,” says Roberts. Here, pop­u­lar pa­tio fare in­cludes fresh, lo­cally sourced At­lantic seafood like oys­ters, seafood chow­der, lob­ster rolls, and tra­di­tional brown bag fish and chips (brown bag in­cluded)! With a va­ri­ety of flavours of mus­sels to choose from in­clud­ing tar­ragon cream, beer, and white wine, you’ll have a hard time de­cid­ing what to order. But there’s no rush, things here are friendly and laid back.

This pa­tio is a place where you can slow down and take your time, and if you’re into craft beers then you’ll want to ex­plore the beer that made Ga­han House fa­mous. With a brew­ery on site there’s lots to sam­ple, but the lo­cal favourites are a good start, like their Blue­berry Ale, Beach Chair Lager and, for the first time this sum­mer they’re in­tro­duc­ing Har­bour Val­ley Cider.

The side beer bar of­fers swing­ing ham­mocks and chairs, as well as couches and har­vest ta­bles de­signed with com­fort and so­cial­iz­ing in mind. Dur­ing the week there’s of­ten live mu­sic, and with stand­ing heaters near the bar and beau­ti­fully sit­u­ated pa­tio light­ing, guests can en­joy the moon­light on the wa­ter all even­ing long.

Whether you’re just vis­it­ing or live in the Hal­i­fax area be sure to stop by the Ga­han House’s pa­tio, where you can en­joy a new brew, a menu that’s full of fresh, lo­cally sourced in­gre­di­ents, and staff who are friendly and wel­com­ing.

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