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CTC Weekend Destination: Halifax, NS

Draughts, dance, dining.

27 January 2011
by Kathryn Harley Haynes

Depending on the demographic, the Halifax, NS, weekend can really get going on Thursday night. That’s when 20-somethings check out such hot spots as the Split Crow for its 9 pm to 10 pm “Power Hour,” which features an irresistible combo of $2.50 draughts and live bands, and The Seahorse Tavern; its dark basement vibe only adds to soul funky fun of the Mellotones—and it’s guaranteed to get everyone up and dancing.

The dancing continues Friday and Saturday nights at Tribeca and Club Soda and a host of other hip locales. Bearly’s House of Blues and Ribs delivers exactly that—the decades-old look of the place pairing perfectly with the hot blues to attract generation-spanning audiences. Pógue Fadó adds an Irish lilt (Celtic-inspired food and draught ales) to the live music scene. For more Maritime-Irish flavour, The Old Triangle Irish Alehouse has people pulling out their bodhráns during Sunday afternoon céilidhs.

For other Haligonians, the weekend starts with a Saturday morning visit to the Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market, a 3,900 sq-m (42,000 sq-ft), eco-advanced building on the city’s harbourfront, where the array of local produce and products ranges from cabbage and charcuterie to candles and ceramics. It then continues with a leisurely meal, often at local restaurants belonging to Taste of Nova Scotia, which is dedicated to presenting the best in Nova Scotia cuisine.

A weekend gallery stroll is a good way to work off some of that food or build up an appetite for the next meal. Among many choices are:

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