The best of Halifax is still Downtown!

November 25/16
The best of Halifax is still Downtown!

The Coast’s Best of Halifax awards have become a badge of honour among businesses in Halifax and beyond. Those small but mighty little gold, silver, and bronze plaques signify that among The Coast’s large readership, you’re in.

As usual, it’s clear that the Best of Halifax is Downtown. Here's a complete list of BoH-winning businesses Downtown for 2016 (click business name for more information)

Food & Drink

Best Bar:

Gold Winner - Stillwell
Silver Winner - Durty Nelly’s Authentic Irish Pub
Bronze Winner - Lot Six

Best Bartender:

Gold Winner - Shane Beehan, Lot Six
Silver Winner - Steve Cross, 2 Doors Down and Temple Bar

Best Beer Selection:

Gold Winner- Stillwell

Best Brew Pub:

Silver Winner - Gahan House

Best Caesar:

Gold Winner - Durty Nelly’s Authentic Irish Pub
Silver Winner - Stubborn Goat Gastropub

Best Cocktail:

Gold Winner - Lot Six
Bronze Winner - Temple Bar Cocktails & Kitchen

Best Martini:

Gold Winner - The Bitter End
Bronze Winner - Lot Six

Best New Bar:

Silver Winner - Stillwell Beergarden
Bronze Winner - Highwayman

Best Tea:

Gold Winner - World Tea House

Best Wine List:

Gold Winner - Obladee
Silver Winner - The Bicycle Thief
Bronze Winner - Chives Canadian Bistro

Best Atmosphere:

Silver Winner - Lot Six

Best Bakery:

Gold Winner - The Old Apothecary

Best Butcher Shop:

Silver Winner - Getaway Farm Butcher Shop, Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market

Best Chef:

Gold Winner - Craig Flinn, Chives Canadian Bistro

Best Wings:

Bronze Winner - Halifax Alehouse

Best Chowder:

Silver Winner - Gahan House
Bronze Winner - 2 Doors Down

Best Cookie/ Cupcake / Doughnut:

Gold Winner - Layers Cakes
Silver Winner - Scanway Bakery + Cafe
Bronze Winner - Susie’s Shortbreads, Downtown

Best Desserts:

Gold Winner - The Middle Spoon, Halifax
Bronze Winner - Layers Cakes

Best Donair:

Silver Winner- Johnny K’s Authentic Donair

Best Farmers Market Stall:

Gold Winner- Noggins Corner, Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market
Silver Winner- Schoolhouse Gluten-Free Gourmet, Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market
Bronze Winner- Getaway Farms Butcher Shop, Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market

Best Fine Dining:

Gold Winner - Chives Canadian Bistro
Silver Winner - The Bicycle Thief
Bronze Winner - DaMaurizio

Best Food Delivery:

Silver Winner - Mezza Lebanese Kitchen

Best Fries:

Silver Winner - Stubborn Goat Gastropub

Best Gluten-free Friendly:

Silver Winner - The Wooden Monkey, Halifax
Bronze Winner - Schoolhouse Gluten-Free Gourmet, Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market

Best Hotel Restaurant:

Gold Winner - Gio – The Prince George Hotel
Silver Winner - Tempo Food + Drink – Delta Barrington Hotel
Bronze Winner- elements on Hollis – Westin Nova Scotian Hotel

Best Ice Cream/Gelato/Frozen/Yogurt:

Bronze Winner - Cows Ice Cream

Best Indian:

Bronze Winner- A Taste of India

Best Italian:

Gold Winner - Ristorante a Mano
Silver Winner - The Bicycle Thief

Best Late Night Food:

Silver Winner - Willy’s Fresh Cut
Bronze Winner - Mezza Lebanese Kitchen, Barrington Street

Best Liquor / Wine Store:

Gold Winner - Bishop’s Cellar

Best Lunch Specials:

Silver Winner - Piatto Pizza + Enoteca

Best Patio:

Silver Winner - Gahan House

Best New Restaurant:

Bronze Winner- Highwayman

Best Pasta: 

Gold Winner- Ristorante aMano

Best Pizza Pie:

Bronze Winner - Morris East, Halifax

Best Place To Watch The Game:

Gold Winner - HFX Sports Bar & Grill
Bronze Winner - Niche Lounge

Best Poutine: 

Gold Winner- Willy’s Fresh Cut
Bronze Winner- Smoke’s Poutinerie, Blowers Street

Best Pub Food: 

Gold Winner - Durty Nelly’s Authentic Irish Pub
Silver Winner - Henry House

Best Restaurant: 

Bronze Winner - 2 Doors Down

Best Ribs: 

Gold Winner - Boneheads BBQ
Bronze Winner - Baton Rouge

Best Salad: 

Bronze Winner - 2 Doors Down

Best Seafood: 

Bronze Winner - The Five Fisherman Restaurant & Grill

Best Server:

Bronze Winner - Maggie Phillips, Chives Canadian Bistro

Best Thai:

Silver Winner - Talay Thai, Halifax
Bronze Winner - Gingergrass

Best Vegetarian Friendly: 

Bronze Winner - The Wooden Monkey, Halifax

Best Use Of Local Ingredients: 

Gold Winner - Chives Canadian Bistro
Silver Winner - The Wooden Monkey, Halifax

Public Life

Best Festival:

Gold Winner - Halifax Jazz Festival
Silver Winner - Halifax International Busker Festival
Bronze Winner - Halifax Pop Explosion

Best Gay Bar: 

Gold Winner - Reflections Cabaret

Best Place for a First Date:

Gold Winner - The Board Room Game Café

Best Place to Dance:

Gold Winner - Reflections Cabaret
Silver Winner - Pacifico
Bronze Winner - Midtown Boomers Lounge

Best Place To Play Pool: 

Gold Winner - Locas Billiards

Best Party Venue: 

Gold Winner - Pacifico
Bronze Winner - Reflections Cabaret

Best Place To Volunteer: 

Bronze Winner - Hal-Con

Best Trivia Night: 

Gold Winner - The Board Room Game Cafe

Shopping + Services

Best Aesthetician: 

Bronze Winner - Lindsay Wilson, Remedy Facial Bar & Spa

Best Antiques Store: 

Silver Winner- Urban Cottage Antiques & Collectibles

Best Barbershop 

Gold Winner - Sailor Bup’s Barbershop, Halifax
Bronze Winner - Saint Lou’s Gentlemen’s Barbershop

Best Comics Store:

Gold Winner - Strange Adventures, Halifax

Best Flower Shop:

Gold Winner - The Flower Shop

Best Furniture Store: 

Gold Winner - Attica Furnishings
Silver Winner - Kew, Halifax

Best Gym:

Bronze Winner- Cyclone Group Fitness

Best Home Decor Store: 

Gold Winner - Attica Furnishings

Best Hair Salon: 

Gold Winner - Bowtique Hair & Makeup
Bronze Winner - Spirit Spa

Best Hotel: 

Gold Winner - The Prince George Hotel
Bronze Winner - The Westin Nova Scotian

Best Jewelry Store: 

Gold Winner - Fireworks Gallery

Best Manicure/Pedicure: 

Gold Winner - Spirit Spa
Bronze Winner - Remedy Facial Bar & Spa

 

CONGRATULATIONS

Kudos to those who own bragging rights to the same categories several years in a row. Much admiration to new businesses who dethrone reining category champions - it’s a good sign for your future!