This week we wanted to take the opportunity to highlight one of our favourite places to hang out in the city. As you might have heard, Halifax is often celebrated for its nightlife. There’s really something for everyone in the city, from dance clubs to Irish pubs and everything in between. If you find yourself looking for a classic Halifax establishment with top notch musical talent, an inviting atmosphere and an exceptional menu look no further than the Carleton.
Located on Argyle street, the Carleton is the spot for after work drinks or nightly entertainment. Local celebrities, including Matt Mays and Joel Plaskett, frequent the venue so don’t be surprised if the house band has some familiar faces. It also doesn’t hurt that the space has won Music Nova Scotia’s Venue of the Year award from 2009 – 2012, and the East Coast Music Award in for best venue in 2012.
Depending on the night of the week, the Carleton has something for everyone. Saturday nights feature a more rock show appeal with the house band the Carletones taking the stage by force. On other nights of the week you can expect a mix of acoustic artists and rockers from here or away. No matter the night, you can rest assured that there will be music worth listening to as the Carleton takes their talent seriously. Holding just over 100 people, you know that regardless of the show you attend you’ll be part of an intimate music experience. The management of the venue has been known to say if there isn’t talent worth booking, you’ll at least have a great place to eat a (fantastic) meal.
Aside from everything we’ve mentioned above, what makes the Carleton so special? Well, the building was the first stone house in the city – it’s actually the oldest residential building in Halifax. Built in 1759, it’s been known as the Carleton Hotel or the Carleton House for over a century. It was originally the home of Sir Richard Bulkeley, the first governor of Halifax. The Carleton as we know it has been in operation since May 2008.
So if you’re looking for something a little different from your typical bar scene, or you find yourself craving a real musical event – visit the Carleton. You won’t be disappointed.