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The best place to be in Halifax, each night of the week 

From Monday to Sunday, how to make the most out of night life in this city

That 90’s night, The Seahorse Tavern - RICHARD LANN
  • That 90’s night, The Seahorse Tavern
  • Richard Lann

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

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, Fridays (see for details), 10pm-2am, $8, The Seahorse Tavern (2037 Gottingen Street)

Joe Murphy and the Water Street Blues Band When Murphy and Co. hit the stage, Spring Garden pub Your Father's Moustache can rock so hard that the book store downstairs heaves to the rhythm (true story!). See why there's a Halifax subculture who wouldn't dream of missing the long-standing Saturday matinee as a mix of dance-floor heating blues and zydeco (a Louisiana and Acadian blend of R&B music). The all-ages crowd's got better moves than you.
Saturdays, 4-8pm, Your Father's Moustache (5686 Spring Garden Road)

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)

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