Going out with your friends is fun and exciting; you don’t need a special occasion to do it. You’ll find the best Halifax has to offer for girl’s night out on this list. Depending on your friend group, different ideas will be appealing, some may be old favourites, and some might just be your new favourite thing if you give it a whirl. Go make some memories together!
Go to the Spa This is a classic for so many good reasons. The spa is all about relaxation, often in a group setting, and pampering yourselves together is a great bonding experience. You can all get the same things done, or mix and match and meet up in between. There are several excellent spas in Halifax; below are three I’ve frequented and would highly recommend.
Cascades Day Spa
Address: 1405 Bedford Highway
Address & Phone: 5150 Salter Street: 902-431-8100
Address & Phone: 5540 Kaye Street: 902-444-1777
Remedy Facial Bar & Spa
Address: 5640 Spring Garden Road
The Niche Lounge is the perfect outing for a summer evening: great food and drink at great prices with a relaxed and cheerful atmosphere. Their patio is beautiful, a few steps down from busy Barrington Street so you can relax while being close to wherever else you may want to take your evening. The patio is currently under construction to become even better by the summer of 2020, so mark your calendars to celebrate! And if you want to continue your night out into the morning, they also serve a great breakfast.
Address: Salter at Barrington, Maritime Centre
If you like to party and like being out on the water, there are several options on the Harbourfront to do both. There’s the party boat, cruises on the Silva featuring different kinds of alcohol, and the best part is that if any of you are students, there are special rates. It’s a special kind of party night, one that will be very memorable. Just don’t forget to bring a sweater, because even the hottest nights feel a bit cool once you’re out on the boat.
Address: Waterfront, exact address depends on cruise choice
Hanging Out at The Oval Take advantage of long summer evenings and head to the Emera Oval at the Halifax Commons. In the winter you can skate and snowshoe, but in the summer the ice is replaced by concrete and your rental options open up even further. Roller skates, bikes, plasma cars…you can rent all of these for free with a government ID. Try something new together or engage in friendly competition. Just keep rolling clockwise and enjoy the weather!
Walk on the Waterfront
If you’re not quite sure what to do, the Waterfront is the best place to go. It’s crowded with stores, eateries, souvenir places, the Wave if you like to climb…the biggest decision you’ll have to make is where you want to start. The best part is that you can walk as far as you want, because there’s plenty of places to stop, eat, shop, and then easily find a cab or bus to move on to another destination. Have fun and enjoy your walk beside the Harbour together!
Shop at Dartmouth Crossing If you want to shop with a group, there must be options for everyone, or there will be grumpiness. Dartmouth Crossing solves this problem with easy walking between nearly every store you can imagine. Make a scavenger hunt type list where you visit a store for everyone, or hit a few stores together and then break off to do your own thing for a while. Make sure you try one of the many great restaurants in the Crossing to finish the day and examine your purchases.
Address: 34 Logiealmond Close
Sometimes you just want to glow in the dark and play mini golf; that’s when you head to Putting Edge. It’s a great way to play mini gold because it’s dark enough that no one can make fun of your technique, but bright enough that you’ll still get roasted for missing an easy putt. You’ll find groups of all ages there, but it’s easy enough to hang out on your own and have some friendly competition. Or maybe not so friendly, all bets are off when it comes to mini golf.
Address: 182 Chain Lake Drive
If you want a solid bar with great food, awesome beer and great music, Rockbottom is the place to go. Tucked away just under Spring Garden Road, this pub features a great range of food and drink options, so it’s perfect for a group with different tastes. They have their own beers available as well as other local options, and they have live music and karaoke on the weekends. They have different specials every night of the week, so all you have to do is pick your favourite and settle into one of their lovely high tables or booths.
Address: 5686 Spring Garden Road
Clay Café Clay Café is a great place to go if you’re feeling arty. The concept is simple: they have unpainted clay figurines, you choose one, choose your paints, and paint the figurine. It’s then baked in the kiln and you pick it up a couple of days later. They have a huge range of figurines so it works for any budget, and you can sit and talk together as you make things pretty and enjoy their coffee and tea on offer.
Address: 6413 Quinpool Road
Le Bistro by Liz
If you want to escape to Paris with your best friends, you can do it right here in Halifax! Le Bistro is a French-style restaurant with Parisian décor and great gourmet dining at affordable prices. Their menu celebrates French cooking with an Atlantic Canadian edge, and their wine list does the same. And of course, you have to stay for one of their incredible desserts, perhaps while you enjoy one of their live music nights.
Address: 1333 South Park
Ristorante A Mano’s is one of my favourite restaurants in all of Halifax, and it’s a great one to share with friends. Their Italian menu is easy on the wallet and a delight to the palate, which the wine list compliments perfectly. If you’re planning a special evening out in advance, maybe if someone’s coming back to town for a visit, you should consider booking their Italian Feast option, which lets you have several dishes you can share around the table, so everyone can try a bit of everything. Best of all, it’s right on the Waterfront at Bishop’s Landing, so it’s a great place to finish a Waterfront walk.
Address: 1477 Lower Water Street
Picnic on Citadel Hill
This is best enjoyed during the summer, as you’ll have more time in the sun. Sitting on the side of the hill with a picnic blanket and a basket full of goodies, you can watch downtown Halifax and gaze across the Waterfront. You get more room to goof around, talk as loud as you want, and when the sun goes down you can go down the hill and continue your evening downtown.
Grafton Street Dinner Theatre
If you want to combine dinner and a show, this is the place to go! The Grafton Street Dinner Theatre is a fantastic theatre experience with interactive shows of various themes and genres. They have a great menu including vegetarian and vegan options, and they have drinks for anyone, including non-alcoholic cocktails that are just lovely. Pick a show and pick a night and enjoy food and theatre all at once.
Address: 1741 Grafton Street
Shakespeare by the Sea
If you’re looking for an outside experience of theatre, you’ve got to check out Shakespeare by the Sea. This non-profit theatre group performs all summer long in Point Pleasant Park, as well as into the fall at their indoor theatre. They perform Shakespeare, of course—usually one tragedy and one comedy—and they also do a family-friendly play. In the fall they also do a show or two, with different options every year. Check them out and enjoy theatre in the park!
Address: Outdoor (Tower Road), Inside (5480 Point Pleasant Drive)
The Foggy Goggle This is a bar you go to if you want fantastic food, fantastic service, and fantastic drinks. It’s pretty fantastic, and that seems like hyperbole but seriously it’s great. They source local ingredients, their prices are reasonable, and they’re at the beginning of Gottingen Street, so you can walk right through the North End after supper. If you’re after something sweet, as great as the desserts are at the Goggle I would suggest walking up the street to either Vandals or Fortune Doughnuts for gourmet doughnuts in so many flavours.
Address: 2057 Gottingen Street
Halifax Girls Night Out Limo Service
If you want to go super fancy, it’s hard to go wrong with a limousine ride. The Sweetheart Limousine company provides limousines in both white and pink and they have special packages for Girl’s Night Out. After all, your friends are special, and why not get an awesome limousine to do a Halifax Club tour or a bar crawl? You can plan your package to create the perfect night with your ladies, and you can just relax and kick back.
Karaoke at Fickle Frog
There are a couple of places to go in Halifax for Karaoke, including Rockbottom Pub (see above). But the Fickle Frog is especially well-known for it. Enjoy food and drink while you watch everyone do their level best to sing their hearts out. You can do solo acts or groups, so why not play a girl group for tonight? And hey, if you can all sing well, maybe you’ll find a new calling in life.
Address: 5675 Spring Garden Road
There are two beer gardens in Halifax, and they’re both really fun places. The Stillwell Beer Garden on Spring Garden Road has fantastic food and beer options, and sells the best soft serve ice cream in the city all summer long (it’s great in all of its flavours). The Stubborn Goat Beer Garden is on the Waterfront, so you can look at the ocean as you sample a boardwalk menu and a wide list of local beers. Whichever you choose, you’ll have a fantastic outdoor pub experience for a great summer evening.
Stillwell Beer Garden
Address: 5688 Spring Garden Road
Stubborn Goat Garden on the Waterfront
Address: 1599 Lower Water Street, Summit Plaza
Laughter is the best medicine for a long week, a tough month, or just a happy day you’d like to make even better. Yuk Yuk’s is a comedy club where you can get this exact kind of medicine all week long. You can see the Maritimes’ finest comedians, get a glimpse at future talent on the ‘New Talent Showcase’ nights, or see one of the special shows. They have extensive snacks and drinks menus, and if you have a party of under 20 you can get a dinner/show package.
Address: 1181 Hollis Street (Westin Hotel)
Casino Nova Scotia
The Casino isn’t just a place to try your luck at games of chance. They have a restaurant with very decent food and some great specials (they have a prime rib and shrimp buffet on Fridays and Saturdays). They also host concerts, comedy shows, and other performances. Make a plan, enjoy your evening, and who knows? You might get lucky.
Address: 1983 Upper Water Street
Captured Escape Rooms
Sometimes you want to exercise your brains with your friends; you want to solve puzzles. An escape room is a great way to do that, and Captured Escape Rooms is a wonderful place to get acquainted with this activity, or to check out as seasoned veterans. They currently have seven different themed rooms, each with well set-up clues and helpful hints provided for a donation to a local charity. Put on your thinking caps, gather a group with a diverse set of skills (hint: someone should be halfway decent at math), and escape!
You can always spend a game night at home or at a sports bar, but if your crew really loves sports, why not see a game live? The Scotiabank Centre hosts the Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL hockey), the Halifax Hurricanes (basketball), and the Halifax Thunderbirds (lacrosse). The tickets are reasonable, there’s lots of food options within the centre (as well as apparently decent cheap beer), and they always put on a great show. Check out the site for the schedule of upcoming games, and keep an eye out for concerts or shows that are hosted there too; you might find something else of interest.
Address: 1800 Argyle Street
Freak Lunch Box
This is a magical candy store; it’s magical because Willy Wonka himself (Gene Wilder) came to see it. They have lots of bulk candy as well as retro candies from different parts of the world. They even have Jelly Bellies with each flavour in its own container, so you can get exactly what candy you want. They’re open until 11 most nights, so you can stop in at any time to pick out candy together, grab a milkshake, and recover some of your inner child by standing in a place that’s all about celebrating sweet teeth.
Address: 1729 Barrington Street
Cineplex Scotiabank Theatre Watching a movie together in theatres is a great night out, whether it’s a movie you’re all looking forward to, or just a movie you have to see to believe it got made. The Scotiabank Theatre in Bayers Lake is a great option for seeing movies because they also have a great arcade, a restaurant, and lots of options for movies so you have the option to watch things in 3D, or avoid watching things in 3D. When the movie’s over, you can enjoy the arcade together and then explore Bayers Lake together.
Address: 190 Chain Lake Drive
By: Adrienne Colborne