Food & Drink Stories

Halifax is quickly becoming a foodie-destination for travellers, with a common “this is the best food I’ve ever had” response to our cuisine and restaurants. With a love for supporting local, living off the land and of course, our seafood, Halifax is breaking stereotypes that the only food we eat is lobster (I mean, we do still eat a lot of lobster). Spread the word or come try for yourself, that Halifax is an amazing city for fantastic food & drink.  


Alexander Keith’s Birthday Celebration

  • In Halifax and across Nova Scotia, one of the most anticipated bar days is Alexander Keith’s Birthday. A celebration that draws crowds similar to St Patrick’s Day.
  • For a tourist looking for a fun time and to celebrate with locals, this would be a highly recommended event
  • Next year is his 223rd birthday.

New Cocktail Bars in Halifax

  • The Watch that Ends the Night (Downtown Dartmouth)
  • Bar Kismet (Downtown Halifax)
  • Little Oak (Downtown Halifax)

Growing number of Halifax drink events

  • East Coast Cider Fest
  • Craft Beer & Local Food Celebration
  • Wine & Chocolate Tasting
  • Savour Food and Wine Festival
  • Nova Scotia Craft Beer Week
  • Halifax Seaport Beer Festival
  • Festival of Wines

Favourite Local Bars/Where to grab a drink

  • Lot Six Bar & Restaurant
  • Stillwell Beer Garden (seasonal) or Stillwell Bar
  • Stubborn Goat Waterfront Beer Garden (seasonal)
  • Durty Nelly’s
  • The Old Triangle
  • Field Guide
  • Little Oak
  • Battery Park (Dartmouth)
  • Highwayman Restaurant & Bar
  • Tom’s Little Havana

Growing Craft Brewery Scene in Halifax  

  • North Brewing Company
  • Sober Island Brewing
  • Unfiltered Brewing
  • Nine Locks Brewing Co.
  • Good Robot Brewing Company

New Restaurants in Halifax

  • Highwayman Restaurant & Bar
  • The Barrington Steakhouse & Oyster Bar
  • Mappatura Bistro
  • Riot Snack Bar
  • Eliot & Vine

Local Favourite Restaurants/cafes outside Downtown Halifax

  • The Canteen (Dartmouth)
  • Rubarb (Peggy’s Cove Area)
  • Editable Matters (Hammonds Plains)
  • Two if by Sea (Dartmouth)
  • Mic Mac Bar & Grill (Dartmouth/Waverley)
  • John’s Lunch (Dartmouth)
  • The Chicken Burger (Bedford)
  • Wharf Wraps (Eastern Passage)

Local Favourites in Downtown Halifax

  • The Bicycle Thief (Downtown Halifax)
  • The Barrington Steakhouse & Oyster Bar (Downtown Halifax)
  • Highwayman Restaurant & Bar (Downtown Halifax)
  • Chives Canadian Bistro (Downtown Halifax)
  • Agricola Street Brasserie (North End Halifax)

Growing number of Halifax foodie events

  • Halifax Oyster Fest
  • Food Truck Parties
  • Halifax RibFest
  • Craft Beer & Local Food Celebration
  • Wine & Chocolate Tasting
  • Savour Food and Wine Festival
  • Eastern Shore Cold Waters Seafood Festival

Farmers’ Markets in Halifax roundup

Many tourists know about the Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Marketing, but there are actually 7-9 unique markets in the region filled with local products, produce and charm.

Cuisine across the Harbour

Dartmouth is rapidly becoming a local hot spot for restaurants and bars. Just a quick ferry ride from Downtown Halifax, and less than 20 minutes from the airport, Dartmouth has a booming restaurant scene:

  • The Canteen
  • Stone Pizza
  • Beer Battery Park
  • Anchored Coffee
  • Il Trullo Ristorante
  • Portland Street Creperie
  • Yeah Yeahs Pizza
  • TIBS
  • Evan’s Fresh Seafoods & Restaurant
  • Celtic Corner