Home to Atlantic Canadian's only locally brewed Queer Beer and one of the city's most popular gay venues, it sports a handyman vibe with roughshod walls and tire-tread tables. Karaoke and retro nights mix it up with DJs, leather nights and best chest contests.
Reflections is notorious for being the undefeated champs of the category Best Place to Dance in the Best of Halifax readers' poll. On top of this amazing feat, they also hold virtually every other nightlife title. This no labels club brings in world class DJs, great local and international bands, hosts theme parties and drag shows, and caters to anyone as long as the goal is to have fun. If you are ready to break a sweat, this nightclub is calling for you. Watch out for Refs' big move 5187 Salter Street in the fall of 2013.
NThis store is your destination for retro, new and used video games for buying or renting. This is the last stop for super friends, guitar heroes and games people of all sorts.
If Freak Lunchbox sold only traditional candies like jellybeans and jujubes, it would "just be a grocery store," says co-owner Jeremy Smith. So he's happy to stock unusual treats, weird novelties and delicious sweets that keep the store true to its name, which has been selling candy to young and old since 2001.
1595 Bedford Highway (Sunnyside Mall), 405-4052
The Seahorse's long wood tables have packed them in since 1948. Best known as a live music venue, the stage walls stained with the sweat of various punk, indie and metal bands, it also offers a renovated back room suitable for private parties, a full menu including Seahorse wings and Horsepower Propeller Beer.
Few plates and bowls in Halifax are this green. Halifax's much-loved vegan and vegetarian restaurant prepares its local and organic centric dishes with a serious focus on natural—meaning these eats are fresh, unrefined and unprocessed. The coffee is fair trade, the wine is organic and the sour dough bread is out of this world. Try the Wild Card salad, one of Heartwood's famous bowls or their new selection of gluten-free burgers. And did we mention brunch? Yep, you guessed it, the weekend brunch rocks too.
For all you goth, rockabilly, punk and horror fans out there, you've got a source for your armour. Fashionably Dead carries clothing, footwear and accessories for men and women, and even baby stuff. Check out the local artists' work displayed on their walls.
Vegans, veggies and carnivores join hands: There's something for everyone at this sophisticated restaurant, perhaps the only place in town where a seitan (wheat meat) entree is at home with free-range chicken and beef. Organic and locally grown produce makes its way into every pizza, sandwich and salad. Fish and roasties is great value for your money, like fish and chips except without the deep fryer. Make a toast over locally brewed beer and wine with the reassurance that your Arctic char was caught by non-invasive means.
If you haven't had a drawn out breakfast at Mary's, you haven't lived. Its perhaps the only north end Halifax eatery with a vegan brunch, with all the Lebanese delights and a menu full of options that'll run you under 10 dollars. Cheap doesn't mean the skimp on size thought, hefty portions abound here.
The character-filled Minato is cozy but there's enough space to put down your shopping bags and enjoy some good sushi. Maki, sashimi and other Japanese treats are well represented, but leave room for their spicy Korean dishes, including bee-bim-bap and noodles.
Halifax's oldest vegetarian restaurant claims to offer healthy food cooked with caring and nourishment. If that Neatloaf (brown rice, tofu and grains) could speak, it would declare, "love you". Vegetarian and vegan dishes are influenced by a variety of international tastes, and thankfully, desserts such as fruit crisps and tofu truffles aren't forgotten either. Menu items change seasonally.