The port city of Halifax is constantly jam-packed with people from all around the world. Shyness, language barriers and cultural differences are no match for the party atmosphere in Halifax. On any given night you are sure to meet sociable and welcoming locals or internationals. Here are some of the best places to mingle.

Reflections Cabaret – Often revelled as the best place to dance east of Montreal, this LGBT friendly club always guarantees a party.  Cheap drinks, excellent DJ’s and out of the ordinary theme nights, including drag shows, has earned Reflections Cabaret a cult like following.  The cabaret licence means this bar pours drinks until 3am. Don’t forget your dancing shoes, or your deodorant. No cover-charge for students on Fridays.

The Liquor Dome – The Liquor Dome, or simply, The Dome, is on the lowest level of a building full of party hot-spots including Cheers and Taboo Nightclub. The Dome was once home to famous $1 drink nights, but a brawl in 2007 resulted in 38 people being arrested and an end to $1 drink promotions.  Fortunately, The Dome still serves up drink specials for as little as $2.50. Grinding on your classmates, or a complete stranger, is still free.

The Lower Deck and The Beer Market – Strategically located on the Halifax waterfront for over 35 years, this watering hole is a staple in Halifax. The Lower Deck and The Beer Market are known for an abundance of local and international beers as well as good food and live music seven nights a week. Inside, the wealth of old wood and classic decor won’t let you forget that you are near the ocean and the home of the Bluenose schooner. During the summer months, an outdoor stage shows off music that appeals to most; typically a blend of classic rock with an east coast flare.  Fun for all ages, but I would bring Mom or Dad before my kids.

The New Palace Cabaret – The New Palace Cabaret is undeniably Halifax’s trendiest nightclub. There is an enormous dance floor and pounding music every night.  Parties have been hosted here by several celebrities including the cast of The Jersey Shore. The New Palace Cabaret is where you are sure to see the best dressed in Halifax. Big parties, big name artists, big muscles and big breasts. Enjoy. 

Pizza Corner –This isn’t a bar or a club, but the nightlife in undeniable. It is tradition to end a night filled with  drinking and dancing in Halifax with a gigantic slice of pizza or a sloppy donair.  Pizza corner isn’t only a great place to grab a bite before calling it a night, but it’s also a great spot to people watch and even hook up.  Unfortunately, this isn’t a great place to go when you’re so drunk you can’t see straight.  Pizza corner is always littered with police anxious to whisk you away for public intoxication.  You have been warned.

Halifax is a fantastic party city and it is small enough that you can enjoy several of these venues in one weekend.  Dress to impress or dress down. Drink on a budget or spend big. Whatever your style, Halifax nightlife will cater to you.