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.
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.
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.
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.