Nov
29
2010

Live Music in Halifax

Halifax is known for its nightlife and there is no shortage of great music whether you’re looking for that east-coast sound or want to dance the night a way there is something for you. 

If there's one thing the East Coast is known for, it's for their great music, good beer, and legendary hospitality.  Whether you like jazz, blues, classic rock or some classic East Coast fiddle music (don't judge it until you've danced to it), Halifax has something for every type of music lover.

East Coast Music


Obviously, I couldn't just pick one venue for traditional East Coast music. This is what the downtown Halifax experience is all about!

The Alehouse

The oldest pub in Halifax and still one of the most popular to this day, you can hear the live music playing from down the street and bar patrons usually pack the cobblestone street out front. Great music, friendly staff and lots of beer on tap...what more can a Halifax girl ask for?

At The Alehouse, servers dress in period costume and serve traditional maritime microbrews, all to the sound of live Celtic entertainment.

The Lower Deck

Also, don't miss The Lower Deck, located next to the harbour in Halifax's Historic Properties. This bar is the go-to place for good music, good beer, and a good time.

The pub features live music every night of the week, with everything from classic rock to retro. Experience the infamous Maritime hospitality firsthand-- the laid-back and friendly atmosphere of this pub make it a favorite with locals and visitors from across the country. My favorite cover band, Shameless, is a regular here—I dare you not to dance when you hear the music start.

The Old Triangle

Looking for fiddle tunes? Try the favourite Irish pub, The Old Triangle.


Jazz Music: Stayner’s Warf Pub & Niche Lounge


Stayner's Warf Pub, located right along the Halifax Harbourwalk, is a local haven for jazz enthusiasts. There are always live jazz music performances from local and visiting acts on stage and delicious seafood in the kitchen. There are also weekend matinees, so if you're going for a stroll along the waterfront, stop in and see who's playing.

At Niche Lounge live jazz music sets the tone Thursday to Saturday. In the summer months, the music moves outside and the 100-seat patio fills up quickly.

Blues Music: Bearly’s House of Blues & Ribes

Bearly's House of Blues & Ribs offers live blues music four nights a week, with bluegrass/roots jam sessions every Saturday night. The ribs are also worth mentioning, along with their award-winning karaoke Wednesdays.

Finding the Local Talent


Want to experience some of Halifax's very best up-and-coming musical talents?

Seahorse Tavern

Look no further than the Seahorse Tavern. Known as the place to check out original homegrown talent, the tavern features open mike nights, and lots of local bands. Halifax favourites, the Mellotones, play their unique funk and R&B music here on a regular basis.

Tribeca

There’s also Tribeca, named after the trendy New York neighborhood. Low lighting and exposed brick walls set the tone for the live music acts that perform here, which are an eclectic mix of DJ's and bands, ranging from electric to soul.

The Paragon Theatre

A cornerstone of the Halifax music scene, The Paragon Theatre always features live acts and was voted the best live music venue by local publication, The Coast. From hip hop artists to local bands, there's always a concert.

Dance Music

Like dance music but hate the crowds? Taboo Night Club offers an ultra-chic alternative to sweaty dance floors. Taboo is known for it's limo service, red crystal chandeliers, private booths, and two spacious dance floors, where the DJ's spin everything from 80's power ballads, 90's pop, and current top 40 hits. The bar is open until 3:30am, so you really can dance the night away.


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Tara McClair

Tara McClair is a Halifax-based writer and freelance journalist who has been published in a variety of print and online publications. She loves road trips and travelling, although her heart will always belong to Nova Scotia. She recently spent time in Australia, where she shared a room with a seven-legged Huntsman spider named Henry.

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