Rum, murder, and fame. The East Coast of Canada is home to some of the oldest drinking establishments in the world, and their history is ready to be uncovered. Join host Rob Ramsay for happy hour as he toasts his way through some of the most historically significant bars in Halifax, Nova Scotia, with the people who make them iconic.
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Rob meets his old buddy Shane, a bartender in Halifax, who suggests that if he truly wants to learn the history of Canada, he needs to go on a pub crawl. First stop? The oldest licensed drinking establishment in Canada, The Split Crow Pub.
After running into some old friends at Power Hour at the Split Crow Pub, Rob heads over to The Press Gang, a downtown restaurant located in the basement of the second oldest building in Halifax. Rob sits down with Executive Chef Bryan Corkery for oysters, whiskey, and a lesson in Halifax history.
Located in the most recognizable brewery in Canada, The Red Stag Tavern has been hosting tourists and locals alike for pints of Alexander Keith's since 2006. Join Rob for a private tour of the iconic Keith's Brewery, and see where the man himself started it all.
Located across from the iconic Old Town Clock on Citadel Hill, The Halifax Ale House is located in a building built in 1893. Now a family owned business in its second generation, The Halifax Ale House has been a staple of Halifax nightlife since the 1990s.
Since 1862, The Halifax Club has been the most exclusive bar in Eastern Canada. A member's only club since it's inception, Rob is given a day pass to speak with Anne Symons, Membership Services Manager, as well as a few club members in the building's storied cigar lounge.
At the end of his pub crawl, Rob finds himself at the place to be on a Sunday night in Halifax, The Lower Deck. Seated in the Historic Properties of Halifax on the picturesque Halifax harbour, The Lower Deck was originally built by "a pirate with papers," Enos Collins.