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.
Rob is back in Halifax for Alexander Keith’s Birthday, a huge deal in the Maritimes. With a few days to spare before the big event, Rob begins his pub crawl in the lobby bar of Halifax’s most iconic hotel.
After bending his elbow with the Mayor of Halifax, Rob moves on to the first bar in Nova Scotia to receive a license after prohibition in 1948: The Seahorse. Once renowned as a Naval bar, it is now better known for pumping out some of Canada’s best musical acts.
This exclusive Halifax hotspot opened its doors in 1908. The Weagwoltic Club, located on the Northwest arm of Halifax, has been providing South-End families a place to relax, dine, and drink during the dog days of summer and beyond.
Known as one of the best Irish pubs outside of Ireland, Durty Nelly’s began as a pipe dream for owner Joe McGuinness. Join Rob as he learns everything there is to know about opening a truly Irish pub.
Known as Halifax’s most beloved hole in the wall, Bearly’s House of Blues and Ribs is no stranger to locals. Located on Halifax’s historic Barrington Street, the walls of this legendary neighbourhood bar has seen it all.
Warming up for Alexander Keith’s Birthday, Rob wants to take it easy the day of the event. He heads to the beacon of Halifax, The Halifax Citadel National Historic Site, to learn about the military’s historical relationship with alcohol.