The Grawood Beer Bar & Eatery
Dalhousie University Student Union Building, 6136 University Avenue
This student-union-run beer bar pours up 16 draught taps, featuring local faves and domestics, and also is a fully functioning restaurant, serving lunch daily and hosting Wednesday night burger nights and Thursday wing nights. Though there’ll be plenty of opportunities to dance the night away to DJs and live music, there’s more where that came from, campus keeners. Test your brain at trivia on Wednesdays or play sex toy bingo/try a tune at
1360 Barrington Street
Nestled away in Dal’s Sexton Campus you’ll find the T-Room in all its no-frills glory. This fixture has been a spot for soon-to-be engineers to take a load off since
University of King’s College, A&A Building, 6350 Coburg Road
Kind of like hanging out in a friend’s basement, but with more philosophical debates and a members-only policy, The Wardy’s beloved by King’s students past and present. Exercise your brain further during bi-weekly trivia (Tuesdays) and your vocal chords during the twice-a-semester Queeraoke or check out local and touring acts (like Century Egg and Chudi Harris) for free if you’re a UKC student. Badass dance parties that pay tribute to genres like disco and new wave are a regular and beloved occurrence, as is
Saint Mary’s University, Student Union Building, 923 Robie Street
With 13 draught taps and affordable drink prices all around (look for solid happy hour deals and $3 cocktails on Fridays from 7-11pm), SMU-goers will want to make sure this is a place that
NSCC, 10 Atlantic Street, Dartmouth
So NSCC’s Ivany Campus (AKA the waterfront one) doesn’t have a pub of its own, but it does have one basically in its backyard. This Woodside bar serves up the classic pub grub and boozy options that one might need after a long day of learning. If you’d rather your study fuel with a side of tartar sauce, check out the other nearby institution, John’s Lunch.
Mount Saint Vincent University, Rosaria Student Centre, 166 Bedford Highway
OK, so your cab ride to downtown from Vinnie’s isn’t great, but Vinnie’s is. And the wet/dry status here means pre-19s can still have good, clean fun alongside their legal classmates—a score for those with late birthdays. Cash in on daily drink and snack specials after class and keep your eyes peeled for trivia, open mic, live music and comedy sprinkled amidst the many unforgettable Thursday-night ragers.
Art Bar + Projects
NSCAD Fountain Campus, 1873 Granville Street
The least campus-bar campus bar in town, this venue’s a favourite destination for not just NSCAD students looking to procrastinate finishing their latest work, but any local art-lovers in the know. One of the city’s