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.