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.
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.
Housed in The Lower Deck's historic warehouse, Beer Market swaddles visitors in an 1800s tavern atmosphere while filling stomachs with selections from a menu of traditional and upscale Nova Scotian fare. Open meals with savoury appetizers such as panko-crusted wild mushroom risotto cakes or the Beer Market nachos, a mountain of peppers, onions, and mixed cheeses dotted with peaks of salsa and sour cream. A main course of bacon-wrapped pork tenderloins bathed in bacon pommery demi-cream emanates pleasant scents as it rests on plates or travels through the air toward the centre of a dartboard. A Montreal Monster burger smothering a beef patty in lean smoked meat, egg, and house-made pickles, meanwhile, unites disparate ingredients in a symphony of hunger quenching. At the end of the meal, desserts such as triple-chocolate banana cheesecake interrupt any remaining taste bud squabbles like diligent deus ex machinas.
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.
Named Best Martini and Best Cocktail by the Coast, Bitter End Martini Bar & Restaurant lives up to its name by doling out sumptuous edibles and extravagant cocktails into the wee hours of the night. Challenge barkeeps on the spot to concoct a favourite drink, an unlisted spirit, or a dove from behind a scarf to prove the depth of his or her mixology knowledge. Swirl the frothy Caramel Apple martini ($10), the snappy Envy martini ($10), or the sour I've Got a Secretini ($10) while you thoughtfully appraise the bold paintings on display, portraying European architecture, photogenic cows, and matching hand models.
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.