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Jess + cocktails = the best relationship. I’m always in search of delicious cocktails downtown, so when I received this assignment I was more than ready to try out some new places and some new cocktails.
1685 Argyle Street – Downtown Halifax
Lot Six is a place I’ve been meaning to try but hadn’t yet had the chance. The bartender recommended a few drinks, including the 12th Year and the Ron Burgundy, but I went with his third recommendation: The Geisha Sour (Beefeater Gin, Dolin Dry, lime, Matcha Tea, rosewater and egg white).
It was sour and tart, and not something I would have picked out on my own, but I definitely enjoyed the departure from my usual selections!
2 – The Bitter End
1572 Argyle Street – Downtown Halifax
The Bitter End is known for its impressive martini menu and its popular happy house, so I knew I had to try a martini. I’ve been to The Bitter End before on busy Saturday nights and I had tried their fun, fruity cocktails, but never one of the martinis.
The bartender recommended all the martinis on the special Martini Monday menu, and I chose the Sour Apple Martini. It was delicious and tasted exactly like a sour apple!
3 – The Middle Spoon
1563 Barrington Street – Downtown Halifax
I’m no stranger to The Middle Spoon – the peanut butter pie is one of the best I’ve eaten anywhere in Halifax. Before I went, I checked out the menu and the Red Sole caught my eye. I waiting until I arrived to make my decision to hear the bartenders recommendation.
She and the two servers recommended the Red Sole as well as the Aphrodite’s Weakness. I went with my original instinct and tried the Red Sole (gin, lillet blanc, orange blossom water, fresh lemon juice, simple syrup, fresh seasonal berries, topped with soda). It was super fruity, light, and the blend of liquors and berries were perfect. This is a drink you’ll definitely want to try this summer!
4 – Gahan House
1877 Upper Water St – Downtown Halifax
This waterfront establishment is located right in Historic Properties. When you walk into Gahan House, you’ll be memorized with oceanfront views, high ceilings, big windows and yes, cocktails!
For a summery drink I recommend the appropriately named “Halifizz” with gin, cucumber, grapefruit and soda. Another favourite is “The Harbour Hurricane” made with three different kinds of tropical fruit juices. The names alone are enough to make you want to try a few of their cocktails and you certainly won’t be disappointed.
5 – Field Guide
2076 Gottingen Street – North End Halifax
My friend Lindsay and I went to Field Guide and each tried a cocktail that the bartender recommended. I tried the Love Below, which was gin, dry vermouth, rose petals, lemon, and Peychaud, and thought it was delicious – the rose and lemon blended together nicely, felt like the perfect drink for a warm summer night.
The bartender also recommended the Caribbean Cup, but I’ll save that for my next visit!
6 – Lion & Bright
2534 Agricola Street – North End Halifax
Located on Agricola Street in Halifax’s trendy North End, is a fantastic Café/Wine bar with no shortage of classic cocktails with an interesting twist.
Lion & Bright has two lists of cocktails, divided by stirred and shaken. Yes, they went there. Of course they make your classic “Old Fashions” and “Manhattans” but they can really impress you with cocktails such as “The Narcissist” and “The Last Word”.