Nightlife in Dartmouth

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The Lower Deck Pub and Red Stag Tavern serve classic and reinterpreted pub grub amid a festive maritime atmosphere befitting their oceanfront settings. The Lower Deck Pub's menu rolls out appetizers including one-and-a-quarter pounds of mussels, steamed with fresh cilantro, oranges, bell peppers, garlic butter, and Alexander Keith's ale ($9.99). Fans of gourmet burgers can snag the Montreal Monster, layering smoked ground beef with an onion ring, a soft-fried egg, and house-made pickles ($12.99), or the house-made Harvest burger, comprised of chickpeas, lentils, black beans, and various protein-packed plants ($11.99. The deck specialties fling forth entrees such as the seafood grill, stacking charbroiled salmon, jumbo shrimp, Digby scallops, and pan-fried haddock ($23.99). Diners enjoy ocean views from the outdoor seating, as well as live entertainment seven nights a week, including a DJ every weekend and a puffin improv troupe every Monday.

1496 Lower Water St
Halifax,
NS
CA

Mixing modern aesthetics with classical form, BJM Danse crafts riveting pieces, choreographed by some of the preeminent names in contemporary dance. Patrons can marvel at muscular dance moves and impress past versions of themselves at time travelling dinner parties by witnessing the world premiere of BJM guest choreographer Cayetano Soto's Fuel. Rossini Cards sets the sumptuous, kinetic choreography of Italian ballet director Mauro Bigonzetti to the familiar, operatic tunes of Rossini. The Rebecca Cohn Auditorium provides ample space for dancers to undertake rhythmic feats, with balcony seating proffering clear views of the stage.

5183 Sackville St
Halifax,
NS
CA

Since its first year more than 25 years ago, Greek Fest has immersed attendees in Greek culture and culinary tradition with a four-day indoor and outdoor festival. Each day, visitors can explore a cultural exhibition spanning traditional crafts, art replicas, and religious artefacts; guided tours roam within the local Byzantine Greek Orthodox church to highlight colourful iconography and ornate interior architecture. A massive white-tented dome hosts live music played on painted mandolins while dance troupes perform regional dances. Children can work out extra adrenalin in a kids' area, where coaches supervise soccer-training zones to keep them away from wild vuvuzelas. A contest running throughout the festival can award two participants with a trip to Greece, allowing them to further explore Greek culture.

Foodies can placate their palates with a range of authentic Greek dishes, assembled from the grill and formed into plates of souvlaki, chicken-filled pitas, and beef donair kebabs. Mythologists can also explore the obsessions of Dionysus at a Greek wine tasting led by local sommeliers Costa Elles.

38 Birches Drive
Halifax,
NS
CA

In the years since its 1938 construction, the Chester Playhouse has seen use as a movie theatre, live performance space, and even the home of a puppet theatre company. The venue grew in size as it bounced between owners and occupants, but it maintains the intimate feel of its community roots, and almost none of the feral marionettes. The cheery blue building, resembling a beach house with its wide outer balcony and strand of flags along its awning, hosts professional productions and musicians throughout the year, along with playing host to after school programs and summer theatre workshops.

22 Pleasant St
Chester,
NS
CA

After spending 12 years in the corporate world, Chris Smith decided to relinquish his daily suit and tie to pursue a long-time dream of opening a neighbourhood pub. The Dartmouth native elicited the help of friends, family, and a background in carpentry to design and construct the dining room and secret passageways of Jamieson’s Irish-House & Grill, which opened in September 1999. The menu offers traditional Irish seafood, beef, and chicken dishes culled from world-renowned recipes, including Smithwicks beer-battered fish 'n' chips. A lengthy wooden bar houses more than 50 varieties of Scotch, Irish, or blended whiskey as well as several imported beers, both bottled and on draft.

5 Cumberland Dr
Dartmouth,
NS
CA

Since the 1960s, Porters Lake Pub & Grill has been serving up staggering portions of merriment in the form of live music, Halloween costume contests, and arm-wrestling tournaments. Today, the pub unfurls a lengthy menu that teems with seafood dishes, juicy burgers, and a surf 'n' turf entree that facilitates a garlic-sauce-infused rendezvous between a 6-ounce new york steak and sautéed black tiger shrimp. Some nights, the pub hosts live music, and on weekends, it cooks up brunch until 2 p.m.—late enough to recharge after morning tasks such as raking the leaves, but early enough to spend a productive afternoon decorating the neighbour’s yard with your leaves.

5228 Nova Scotia Trunk 7
Porters Lake,
NS
CA