Visitors to the Lower Deck Pub enter into a historic Halifax warehouse to treat their palates to cuisine from a menu of classic Nova Scotian seafood and upscale pub fare. Dining pairs or quartets can partake of such appetizers as Lower Deck's deep-fried pepperoni, served with honey mustard. To render the fish 'n' chips extra flavour-laden, chefs dip fresh haddock into Alexander Keith's beer batter, fry each morsel, and plate it alongside seasoned fries and chipotle tartar sauce. Charbroiled chicken breast and grilled back bacon convene on the chicken pesto grill sandwich, and half a pound of ground chuck prevents the bun of an East Coaster burger from floating away. Dinner crews finish meals with warm bites of rustic dark bread pudding, which, like a gingerbread man's graduation attire, comes with a cap of cinnamon, beer-infused butterscotch, and whipped cream.
Owner Todd Abbass founded Stayner's Wharf with the idea of uniting craft beer and cocktails with live entertainment and upscale seafood, steak, and pub fare. So there's plenty of drafts and European wine to be had while dining on top sirloin, pan-fried haddock, granola-crusted French toast, charbroiled burgers, and seafood chowder. The tavern's rows of cozy booths, dark-stained wood, and marble bar top add old-fashioned touches, like a ghost that says "Boo, sir!" and "Boo, ma'am!" Live music mingles with the laughter and conversation, enlivening the surroundings with musical styles ranging from Celtic folk to funk to mambo.
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.
Hailed as the place to go for the Best Cheap Drinks by the readers of The Coast, Oasis Pub and Eatery attracts sports fans with $10 pitchers of beer and a whole bunch of big screen TVs showing all the major sports and UFC fights. Over plates of chicken wings, burgers, or poutine layered with thin slices of King of Donair–licensed meat, friends gather together for weekly events such as open-mic nights, karaoke, and live music.
During Reel Babies movie showings, theatres transform into child-friendly arenas where new parents can enjoy recent releases while tending to tykes. Empire Theatres keeps the auditorium lights dim and lowers the volume on new films such as Our Idiot Brother, One Day, and The Debt, ensuring an environment conducive to child-care. Parents can transport their mini-me to the auditorium's "exersaucer", baby swing, and play mat, allowing young minds to expend energy otherwise spent solving Fermat's Last Theorem. Additionally, a changing table and bottle warmer ensures parents can remain in the theatre for all reunion scenes between protagonists and their coffee makers.