The first in an ongoing series of date ideas for those of you who are hitting planner’s block when it comes to your significant other (or your friends/family). This blog will give you the perfect date in Halifax for the one who likes hole in the wall places. Whether it’s a casual Friday, or a more special occaision, you want to make sure you avoid getting into a rut or a routine. Read on for the details:
Pick them up (or grab a metro) and head down to Halifax’s North End (where else?) to kick off the evening. Stop by The Independent Mercantile Company to get lost in a store full of unique trinkets and things. From furniture to knick knacks, this place has something to catch anyone’s eye. It can be a little pricy, but there is a sale section. You can also just spend time looking around, it might give you a good idea on what to get them for Christmas.
When your stomachs start to growl, take a short walk in the autumn air to Kitsune Food Co. It doesn’t get much more “hole in the wall” than this. The restaurant is focused on take-out, but if you’re lucky enough to snag one of the four tables, you’ll be delighted to watch your food be prepared. There is little that they will love more than the expertly, and beautifully crafted dishes here. The menu is vast for a small restaurant with gyoza (dumplings), sushi, kara-aghe (fried chicken), japanese vegetable curry, miso soup, seaweed salad, goma-ae, sushi pizza and MORE.
I mean come on, look at those dumplings?!
After you’ve shared a delicious and hearty meal, you can either continue the evening, or choose one final destination. If they’re a night owl (of course they are, they’re “hole in the wall people”) you can squeeze one last activity in before a night cap. If they aren’t, you can go straight to a drink at the end of the night.
If they’re up for the challenge, take them for a retro video game run at in one of the secret corners of the city. You can try the basement arcade at Stillwell (Barrington Street), or if you’re up for the drive: The Chocolate Lake Arcade (Best Western Plus Chocolate Lake, Halifax), The Daily Sweets Arcade (Daily Sweets Convenience Store & Variety), or the Bowlarama in Spryfield (it’s been a while since I’ve been. Hopefully none of these have closed!). They’re sure to love any of these little known locations. Just remember to bring your loonies and quarters.
To end the night stop in at one of the many underground bars in the city. If you can coordinate getting the password ahead of time and it’s the weekend you can sneak into the LITERALLY underground bar: Noble. Located underneath the Middle Spoon downtown on Barrington. Where the atmosphere is incredible and the drinks are strong (most importantly). Once you know the password, you say it to the bartender upstairs who will then ominously lead you down the stairs, passed the kitchen, and through some dimly lit halls into a small, intimate room with a few tables, perfectly curated playlists, and a wicked bar.
If it’s a weeknight, or you’re looking for a palce a little less secret, head over to Tom’s Little Havana for a classic good time in the hole-in-the-wall bar. You can get great drinks, and play some of their board game collection whjile you unwind from a day of adventure!
These are just a few of the MANY incredible businesses in the Halifax. Want to hear about more? Let me know in the comments who to write about next. (The one who only eats meat? The trendy one?)