After a day of exploring Nova Scotia, it’s great to pull up a stool and enjoy one of the many great pubs around the province. Whether it’s Halifax, where there are over 30 pubs and sport bars downtown (including six breweries), or craft brew pubs from Cape Breton to Yarmouth, there’s a bit of Nova Scotia culture to be celebrated inside those walls.
A warm, friendly atmosphere that boasts the best in Nova Scotia beer, live music, and local cooking mixed in with traditional pub fare waits for you at almost any pub. But you don’t have to take our word for it. Nova Scotia Tourism recently asked some of their bloggers and online community for their favourite places:
“I love Rogue’s Roost. That would probably be my favourite! It’s cozy, got solid seasonal beers on tap, decent food and you can see the tanks for beer brewing through the glass door at the back.” – Meghan Stewart, blogger
“While not a pub, Stillwell Beer Bar would have to be a must. Constant renewal of their 12 craft beer taps from the Maritimes & Quebec and special tap takeover events makes this unique for NS. It also has THE BEST pub snack food in NS. Other nice spots are Paddy’s Pub in Wolfville, Lane Privateers in Liverpool and Port Pub in Port Williams. All three have great food options while offering a number of craft beer on tap. Paddy’s and Port have take home growler options.” – Jim Cyr, blogger
“Rogue’s Roost. They make their own delicious beer on-site. You can actually see the brew kettle depending on where you sit.” – Patrick J.
“Tom’s Little Havana in Halifax. It’s unique and has a great ambience.” – Lee S.
“If I still lived in Halifax, Nova Scotia, I’d be at THE OLD TRIANGLE down on Prince Street.” – Faith D.
“Celtic Corner in Downtown Dartmouth.” – Cora Lee M-B.
“The Lower Deck. I love it because it’s super casual and the music is great! A must for all visitors. ” – April L.
“The Red Cap Restaurant in Pubnico. It isn’t really a pub, but it has a laid back atmosphere, live music by local Acadian musicians, and great homemade Acadian food like Rappie pie.” – Denis A.
“The Knot Pub in Lunenburg.” – Ryan C.
“Every time I’m going through Mahone Bay I stop at the Mug & Anchor for lunch. They have an Irish pub menu at great prices and authentic atmosphere. It backs onto the Bay and there’s always a nice sea breeze in summer on the patio.” – Haley M.
“The Piper’s Pub in Antigonish! It’s a great little pub in a great little town.” – Allana M.
“The Port Pub. Love the sunny deck, looking out across the tides, and the dykes near Port Williams etc. Local brew as well.” – Martin D.
“The Port Pub because it’s a great reward after a long hike at Cape Split.” – Clare T.
“The Library Pub & Wine Tavern in Wolfville has great atmosphere, cozy little corners to snuggle up with a date, and a great selection of drinks – both beer and wine.” – Helen M.
“My favourite is Paddy’s Pub in Kentville. I’m going there this afternoon to meet friends.” – Ellen D.
“Rare Bird Pub – Guysborough’s best kept secret! Enjoy a plate of fish and chips with a pint of Rare Bird Craft Beer on the deck overlooking Guysborough Marina.” – Allison T.
“Big Spruce and Garrison’s!” – @jendoucet3469 (Instagram)