A fun thing you'll learn in your mandatory Psychology 101 course is that in your early 20s, your brain is super-soft—as impressionable as a Memory Foam mattress. You want to drink up as many experiences as life can give you—the same way a Memory Foam mattress will drink up any beer you spill on your dorm room bed (be warned!).
You wanna get out there, you wanna make memories, you wanna live! But your student budget can cause all this to come to a screeching halt, quick. Never fear: Here's a week's worth of good times, held 'round town at watering holes worth leaving campus for. Text your new frosh week friends and make some plans, already.
Morgan Davis Bearly's leans into its "house of blues" title every Monday night, with the legendary Morgan Davis schooling his audience on the history of the genre with his vintage cigar-box guitar. One-man band Davis has played with icons like Howlin' Wolf and has a mental songbook stretching back to the earliest point of Mississippi Delta sound. We dare you to walk away unimpressed.
Mondays, 8pm-9pm & 9pm-10pm, pay what you can, Bearly's House of Blues & Ribs (1269 Barrington Street)
The Big Sing The all-levels pop music chorus The Big Sing is worth making a bi-weekly pilgrimage to Gus' Pub, a north end institution. If you're looking to make new pals, this welcome crew has its arms open for you, belting along to everything from Taylor Swift to REM.
First and third Tuesdays every month, 6:30-9pm, $5, Gus' Pub & Grill (2605 Agricola Street)
Catherine Robertson's Comedy Hour
Halifax has a vibrant comedy scene, with a local comic offering a free-or-cheap set almost every night of the week. While they're all worth checking out, Robertson remains queen of the scene (and our hearts) with a polished delivery and relatable subject matter.
Wednesdays, 8:30-9:30pm, Bearly's House of Blues & Ribs (1269 Barrington Street)
Thirstdayz w/DJ Danderson While any night at legendary gay bar Menz & Mollyz is a party, Thursdays turn up hard with a mix of drag, burlesque, DJ-ing and general debauchery thanks to bar mainstay DJ Danderson. Expect a mix of funky house, garage, EDM and more to pour out of the speakers.
Thursdays, 10pm, $6 or 2 for $10, Menz & Mollyz Bar, 2182 Gottingen Street
Salsa Fridays Haliante Creative Studio wants to see you shimmy, shake and learn another move besides how to grind—so bust out your dancing shoes and head to the studio's standing Friday night soirée. Things kick off with a 45-minute intro lesson, followed by socializing and dancing until midnight—which means plenty of time to put your new skills to use.
Fridays, 8:15pm-12am, $8, 1678 Barrington Street
That '90s Night With nostalgia for everything pre-Y2K hitting a fever pitch culturally, it makes sense this monthly dance night at The Seahorse Tavern is routinely at capacity. With a mix sweeping from Nirvana to Destiny's Child, you never know what the DJs here will drop on your ears next—but you know you're gonna love it.
Monthly, Saturdays (see theseahorsetaven.ca for details), 10pm-2am, $8, The Seahorse Tavern (2037 Gottingen Street)
Constellate Stories A live story-telling session that sees people sharing true tales relating to a common theme descends upon north end spot Good Robot Brewing Co. once a month. A delicious dose of vulnerability and bonding await.
Monthly, Sundays (follow Constellate Stories on Facebook or details), 8-10:30pm, $7.50, Good Robot Brewing Co. (2736 Robie Street)
UPDATE: An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated That '90s Night happens on Fridays, when it is in fact Saturdays. We regret the error.