When you walk into your local watering hole you want it to feel welcoming, comfortable, and casual, and you want a good drink (along with some local pub fare). Known for its regulars as well as its staying power, here the top 10 Canadian pubs where you can whet your whistle and blow off some steam.
Montreal – McKibbins
With two locations, one of which is in the heart of downtown, McKibbins has cozy fireplaces, live bands, an incredible selection of authentic pub food, and is the perfect place to meet friends after work for a drink (or two).
Toronto – The House on Parliament
A Cabbagetown local pub, this local fave is frequented by all types of people of all ages and offers a wide range of local and international brews in a laid-back setting.
Ottawa – The Manx
Always jam-packed, The Manx in the nation's capital region serves up higher-end pub food, like crab cakes and gourmet burgers, as well as classic comforts including chicken and waffles.
Vancouver – The Flying Beaver
Microbrews and inspired dishes abound at this local Vancouver haunt – its unique locale allows patrons to watch the arrival and departure of the Harbour Air seaplanes on the Middle Arm of the Fraser River.
Calgary – Local 522, 510 or 002
They're all the same establishment and they all have bragging rights to scrumptious daily lunch and dinner specials, tasty finger foods, and popular happy hours from Monday to Thursday.
Halifax (Moncton, and Charlottetown) – Old Triangle Irish Alehouse
Order a drink and start with an appetizer of their bacon-wrapped scallops, followed by steak n chips or grilled vegetable pizza. Then finish things off with one more pint and a good chuckle with friends – there are three tried-and-true Old Triangle locations.
Fredericton – The Lunar Rogue Pub
This Maritime pub is true to its slogan – it really does offer old tradition done right. It's been a meet-up for locals since 1989 and has menus for everything from cocktails and shooters to whiskey, wine, brews, and coolers.
Winnipeg – Kingshead Pub
The perfect place to watch the game or unwind after a long day, Kingshead pub and eatery is renowned for its authentic English and Indian fare in the hustle and bustle of Winnipeg.
Saskatoon – Winstons English Pub
Winston's Pub is housed in the historic 100-year-old Hotel Senator – patrons can indulge their palette and quench their thirsts in this beloved local heritage site.
St. John's – O'Reilly's Pub
Proprietors Brenda O’Reilly and Craig Flynn were intent on capturing, presenting, and celebrating the ultimate Newfoundland cultural experience when they opened O'Reilly's in 1995, and since then, it's been the go-to local pub hotspot in Newfoundland.