Bars & Grills

ARGYLE BAR & GRILL
With two patios and a friendly setting, the Argyle is a popular spot to enjoy a martini, munch on a gourmet pizza from the wood-burning oven, sample from the international menu and relax with friends. 1575 Argyle St. http://www.theargyle.ca

CELLAR BAR & GRILL
Neighbourhood restaurant attracts a steady stream of regulars who appreciate the comfortable, casual atmosphere, fireplaces and affordable food, including gourmet pizzas, pastas, seafood and steak. Open daily. 5677 Brenton Place: 492-4412. 1516 Bedford Hwy., Bedford: 835-1592.

CHEERS BAR & GRILL
Known for years as one of the downtown’s most popular night spots, Cheers offers fine steaks, reasonably priced lunches, fresh seafood and appetizers. Lunch and dinner served from 11am to 9pm. Drinks and entertainment until 4am Monday to Saturday. 1743 Grafton St. 421-1655.

DOFSKY’S GRILL
Serves up gourmet pizzas, pastas and great seafood. Kids’ and weekend brunch menus. Cambridge Suites Hotel, 1583 Brunswick St. 425-4278.

DR. SHARP’S ROUTE 2 ROADHOUSE
Family and casual dining. New menu features daily lunch specials. Monday and Saturday Night Movie Nights ($24.95), Tuesday Wing Nights, Wednesday Steak and Ale Nights, Thursday Tex Mex, Friday Night Tableside Magic. Mill Cove Plaza, 961 Bedford Hwy. Bedford. 835-3336. http://www.drsharps.com

DUFFY’S BAR & GRILL
Features a full menu, daily luncheon and dinner specials, seafood specialties, pasta and snacks. Large selection of scotch, wine and on-tap beer. Nightly specials and Saturday brunch. Spring Garden Place, 5640 Spring Garden Rd. 421-1116.

THE FIRESIDE
Comfortable, casual spot with fireplaces throughout. The menu ranges from traditional dishes to eclectic and unique creations. Cocktail lovers shouldn’t miss Martini Monday. Open daily. 1500 Brunswick St. 423-5995.

JAMIESON’S IRISH-HOUSE & GRILL
Unassuming on the outside but inside it’s a cozy Irish pub with fine food, imported beer, live music and a welcoming atmosphere. Daily Irish food specials featuring dishes such as corned beef and cabbage, Guinness beef stew and steak and kidney pie. 5 Cumberland Dr., Dartmouth. 433-0500.

STAYNER’S WHARF PUB & GRILL
Serves soups, salads, seafood, steak and more, decorated with photographs of the events and personalities that make Halifax what it is. Live music on weekends. Open 11:30am to midnight. On the waterfront, next to the ferry terminal. 5075 George St. 492-1800.

TRAPEZE GRILLE & BAR
An upscale, casual dining experience on the Halifax waterfront. Trapeze boasts a selection of appetizers, entrŽes and delectable

ARGYLE BAR & GRILL
With two patios and a friendly setting, the Argyle is a popular spot to enjoy a martini, munch on a gourmet pizza from the wood-burning oven, sample from the international menu and relax with friends. 1575 Argyle St. http://www.theargyle.ca

CELLAR BAR & GRILL
Neighbourhood restaurant attracts a steady stream of regulars who appreciate the comfortable, casual atmosphere, fireplaces and affordable food, including gourmet pizzas, pastas, seafood and steak. Open daily. 5677 Brenton Place: 492-4412. 1516 Bedford Hwy., Bedford: 835-1592.

CHEERS BAR & GRILL
Known for years as one of the downtown’s most popular night spots, Cheers offers fine steaks, reasonably priced lunches, fresh seafood and appetizers. Lunch and dinner served from 11am to 9pm. Drinks and entertainment until 4am Monday to Saturday. 1743 Grafton St. 421-1655.

DOFSKY’S GRILL
Serves up gourmet pizzas, pastas and great seafood. Kids’ and weekend brunch menus. Cambridge Suites Hotel, 1583 Brunswick St. 425-4278.

DR. SHARP’S ROUTE 2 ROADHOUSE
Family and casual dining. New menu features daily lunch specials. Monday and Saturday Night Movie Nights ($24.95), Tuesday Wing Nights, Wednesday Steak and Ale Nights, Thursday Tex Mex, Friday Night Tableside Magic. Mill Cove Plaza, 961 Bedford Hwy. Bedford. 835-3336. http://www.drsharps.com

DUFFY’S BAR & GRILL
Features a full menu, daily luncheon and dinner specials, seafood specialties, pasta and snacks. Large selection of scotch, wine and on-tap beer. Nightly specials and Saturday brunch. Spring Garden Place, 5640 Spring Garden Rd. 421-1116.

THE FIRESIDE
Comfortable, casual spot with fireplaces throughout. The menu ranges from traditional dishes to eclectic and unique creations. Cocktail lovers shouldn’t miss Martini Monday. Open daily. 1500 Brunswick St. 423-5995.

JAMIESON’S IRISH-HOUSE & GRILL
Unassuming on the outside but inside it’s a cozy Irish pub with fine food, imported beer, live music and a welcoming atmosphere. Daily Irish food specials featuring dishes such as corned beef and cabbage, Guinness beef stew and steak and kidney pie. 5 Cumberland Dr., Dartmouth. 433-0500.

STAYNER’S WHARF PUB & GRILL
Serves soups, salads, seafood, steak and more, decorated with photographs of the events and personalities that make Halifax what it is. Live music on weekends. Open 11:30am to midnight. On the waterfront, next to the ferry terminal. 5075 George St. 492-1800.

TRAPEZE GRILLE & BAR
An upscale, casual dining experience on the Halifax waterfront. Trapeze boasts a selection of appetizers, entrŽes and delectable desserts to suit any taste. Open Sunday to Wednesday; 11:30am to midnight; Thursday to Saturday, 11:30am to 2am. Casino Nova Scotia, 1983 Upper Water St. 496-4690.

Billiards

EASTSIDE BILLIARDS & LOUNGE
Upscale billiards and golf locale. The lounge is the picture of comfort, with plush loveseats, gentle hues of red oak and forest green, and soft lighting framing classic billiards and golf artwork. 189 Chain Lake Dr. 450-5550.

LOCAS ON SALTER
Located in a renovated 1940s-era grand ballroom with seven-metre ceilings, local art, plants and accent lighting. Enjoy gourmet sandwiches, flavourful soups and some of the best nachos in town. Meet new friends while playing billiards, snooker, darts, cards and board games. New members and guests welcome. 5187 Salter St. 423-2522. http://www.locasbar.com

Bistros

CHIVES CANADIAN BISTRO
Casual chic bistro known for its seasonal, local and creative menus, offering “intense comfort food, fancied up.” Chefs and owners Craig Flinn and Darren Lewis draw heavily on their East Coast roots,
classical training and international experience, using fresh, local and organic ingredients. Open Monday to Saturday, 5pm to 9:30pm. 1537 Barrington St. 420-9626

CROWN BISTROT
Executive chef Sean Doucet is a veteran of the dining scenes in Georgia and Boston. His menu focuses on fresh local flavours, emphasizing seafood. His lobster club is probably the largest lobster sandwich in Metro. Delta Halifax, 1990 Barrington St. 492-6443. http://www.deltahalifax.com

EPICURIOUS MORSELS
Specializing in French Mediter_ranean cuisine. The menu includes in-house cold smoked salmon, a variety of unique salads and lots of fresh seafood (try the lobster strudel or succulent grilled scallops).
Take-out available. Open for lunch and dinner, Tuesday to Saturday; weekend brunch. Hydrostone Market, 5529 Young St. 455-0955. http://www.epicuriousmorsels.com

JANE’S ON THE COMMON Contemporary neighbourhood diner offering “comfort food with panache.” Noted for its friendly service and culinary creations like smoked salmon on eggs Benedict, corn-bread crusted haddock and lamb burgers. Emphasizes fresh, local ingredients. Open for lunch and dinner, brunch on weekends. 2394 Robie St. 431-5683. http://www.janesonthecommon.com

SAEGE BISTRO
Enjoy seasonal flavours from the eclectic and modern menu. The upscale neighbourhood bistro boasts stone fireplaces, a solarium, comforting colours and trickling waterfall. Located adjacent to the Public Gardens. Open for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. 5883 Spring Garden Rd. 429-1882. http://www.saege.ca

SEASONS BISTRO & WINE BAR
Dynamic menu strikes a balance between traditional and innovative cuisine. Vibrant, urban dŽcor. Unwind in the relaxed atmosphere of the wine bar. Diverse wine list. Chef Blair Burnside leads the culinary team. Holiday Inn Select, 1980 Robie St. 490-3331. http://www.seasonsbistro.com

SWEET BASIL BISTRO
Friendly and relaxed dining. Enjoy a cocktail on the cheery patio and soak up the ambience of Halifax’s lively downtown while surrounded by historic buildings, fresh flowers and a fragrant herb garden. Fresh ingredients and local flavours are this popular bistro’s hallmarks. Open for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch.
1866 Upper Water St. 425-2133. http://www.scanwaycatering.com/SweetBasil

THE WOODEN MONKEY
Specializes in local flavours with macrobiotic influences. The menu includes free-range chicken, fresh haddock, miso soup, nori salad and vegetarian dishes. Located in the historic Carleton Hotel building. Displays works by local artists. Open daily. 1685 Argyle St. 444-3844. http://www.thewoodenmonkey.ca

Cafés

ANNIE’S PLACE CAFE
Steps from Spring Garden Road. Friendly neighbourhood café serves hearty homestyle meals, all-day breakfast and tasty desserts. Open Monday to Friday, 7am to 6pm; Saturday, 8am to 5pm. 1513 Birmingham St. 420-0098.

THE BEAN SPROUT CAFE
Funky modern café is a place for kids to play while parents relax. The menu offers popular items like curry chicken wrap, turkey and swiss on foccaccia, chai latté and café mocha. Free wireless Internet access. For the kids, there’s a play area with toys, books, play kitchen and computer games. Glenbourne Plaza, 480 Parkland Dr., Clayton Park West. 404-3771. http://www.beansproutcafe.com

BLOWERS ST. PAPERCHASE NEWSSTAND & CAFE
The newsstand carries magazines and newspapers from around the globe, plus funky greeting cards. On the second floor, the café offers fair trade organic coffees, smoothies, chai ciders and sandwiches. Homemade soups, carrot cake, muffins and specials prepared daily. All day breakfast. Free wireless Internet access and on-site computers available for rental. 5228 Blowers St. 423-0750.

CABIN COFFEE
With its log walls and rock fireplace, this coffee shop serves up hearty homemade fare in a rustic setting. Relax in a big comfy armchair or an Adirondack chair as you sample from fair-trade coffee, espressos, homemade soups, sandwiches, chili, milkshakes, ice cream, banana bread and more. 1554 Hollis St. 422-8130.

CHEAPSIDE CAFE
Works of art hang on the wall and adorn your plate at this spot in the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, offering a menu to delight even the most discerning palate. Renowned Halifax restaurateur Unni Simensen puts her creative touch to the soups, sandwiches, salads, hot entrées, specialty coffees and afternoon tea. Open during gallery hours. Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, 1723 Hollis St. 425-4494.

THE COASTAL CAFE
Chef Mark Giffin brings his passion and creativity to breakfast creations like Belgian waffles and The Steph (berry salad with yogourt and homemade toasted granola). The lunch menu includes paninis, roast leg of lamb and daily soups and salads. Open Tuesday to Sunday for breakfast and lunch. 2731 Robie St. 405-4022. http://www.thecoastal.ca

COBURG COFFEE HOUSE
Popular student hang-out, located steps from Dalhousie University. The menu includes light lunches, sweets, bagels, fair-trade coffee, specialty drinks and more. 6085 Coburg Rd. 429-2326.

PERKS COFFEE LTD.
Locally owned and operated coffee house with a warm, inviting atmosphere. Meet friends and relax with breakfast, lunch and a cup of coffee, tea or a specialty drink. Also has locations at 6100 Quinpool Rd., Halifax Shopping Centre and Mic Mac Mall. 1781 Upper Water St. 429-9386. Map 1

SMILING GOAT ORGANIC ESPRESSO BAR INC.
Fair-trade organic coffee, plus exceptional espresso drinks, and organic apple cider. Sample from a variety of loose teas, baked goods, toasted bagels and grilled paninis. The first espresso bar in the city using the award-winning Clover VacuumPress coffee brewer. Open daily. Paramount Plaza, 1551 South Park St. 446-3366. http://www.smilinggoat.ca

UNCOMMON GROUNDS
New York-style coffeehouse features gourmet coffee and tea, along with muffins, scones, cheesecakes and other desserts, all baked from scratch on-site. For lunch, try the European sandwiches and homemade soups. Monthly art exhibits and wireless Internet access. 1030 South Park St.: 431-3101. 1801 Hollis St.: 404-3117. Corner of Sackville and Argyle streets:
446-9115. http://www.coffeesoldhere.com

THE WIRED MONK COFFEE BISTRO
A historic downtown building has been transformed into a warm, welcoming space. Serves mochas, chai frappes and specialty drinks galore. The selection also includes organic tea and coffee, hot grilled panini sandwiches, desserts and more. Hosts live music and spoken-word performances. Wireless Internet access. 5147 Morris St. 422-2219. http://www.wiredmonk.com

Chinese

CHEELIN
Lauded in Where to Eat in Canada as “the best Chinese restaurant in Halifax” (1996 to 2007). Serves authentic Szechuan and Beijing cuisine in an intimate, charming setting. Buffet lunch on Friday and Saturday. Open for lunch Monday to Saturday, 11:30am to 2:30pm; dinner Tuesday to Sunday, 5pm to 10pm. Brewery Market, 1496 Lower Water St. 422-2252. http://www.cheelinrestaurant.com

GREAT WALL
Hosts Patrick and Ling Wong offer exceptional Chinese food in pleasant surroundings. Daily luncheon specials and weekly dinner specials. Dim Sum on Sunday, from 11:30am to 3pm. Free delivery downtown. Open Monday to Thursday and Sunday, 11:30am to 10pm; Friday and Saturday to 11pm. 1649 Bedford Row. 422-6153.

KING WAH RESTAURANT
The General Gao chicken is the highlight of the menu. Other popular items include pan-fried spicy shrimp and crispy skin roast pork. 6430 Quinpool Rd. 423-2587.

KINGS PALACE RESTAURANT
Choose from a variety of Cantonese and Szechuan dishes, including salt and pepper squid, tofu stuffed with shrimp, lemon chicken and Mu Shu pork.

Open Sunday to Thursday, 11am to midnight; Friday to Saturday, 11am to 2am. 6140 Quinpool Rd. 423-1247.

MU LAN TEA HOUSE
Offers a sampling of Chinese teas, light meals and pastries in a traditional tea house atmosphere; the air is filled with fragrance and music. Also offers recreational and educational programs, such as Mah Jong games, lectures on traditional Chinese medicine, Tai Chi,
literature and more. 1360 Lower Water St. 420-1994.

Contemporary Canadian
44 NORTH
Start the evening with drinks in 63 West Lounge, then head north. From your seat in the grand dining room, feast your eyes on the harbour views from spectacular full-length windows and watch the show in the open kitchen. Fresh regional ingredients. Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel, 1919 Upper Water St. 421-1700.

BOTANICA RESTAURANT & LOUNGE
Features signature dishes as well as regional favourites. All are designed to appeal to the eye as well as the palate. Citadel Halifax Hotel, 1960 Brunswick St. 422-1391.

RHUBARB GRILL & CAFE
Quickly emerging as a destination worth travelling to, Rhubarb offers a constantly evolving menu, showcasing local ingredients in creative new ways. Open for dinner Wednesday to Sunday, 5pm to 9:30pm. 8650 Peggy’s Cove Rd., Indian Harbour. 823-2160, ext. #2. http://www.rhubarbgrill.com

STONE STREET CAFE
Flavourful regional and continental cuisine. Traditional Canadian comfort food and local favourites, with innovative creations. Historic Properties, 1875 Barrington St. 420-6544. http://www.deltabrunch.com

STORIES
Inventive regional cuisine in intimate dining rooms. Chef Scott Vail has crafted a diverse menu selecting East Coast seafood, premium beef and local game and lamb. The Halliburton, 5184 Morris St. 420-0658.

desserts to suit any taste. Open Sunday to Wednesday; 11:30am to midnight; Thursday to Saturday, 11:30am to 2am. Casino Nova Scotia, 1983 Upper Water St. 496-4690.

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