Bars & Breweries

It’s no secret that Hamilton’s food scene is excellent, but there has been an explosion of independent bars and breweries popping up in the city recently. 


Bar Sazerac 
Jonesing for a fancy cocktail? Bar Sazerac is your place. Located on James St N with a great little private patio. 

Bernie’s Tavern
Relaxed bar and grill with a killer tap list. By the same folks who brought you Shorty’s Pizza (yes, you can get a slice with your pint). 

Sister restaurant to a Toronto original, Farside is a laidback bar with craft beer, classic cocktails and snacks.

Red Church
Part cafe/part bar/part gallery across from Gore Park.

The Brain
Cozy, eclectic bar on James N serving up a rotating list of craft beer and cocktails. 

The Capitol Bar
Fantastic cocktails and wine list, great food and even hosts a weekly Sunday Roast Dinner. It’s become a neighbourhood favourite on King East 


Blackbird Brewery
New kid on the block in the former Rousseau House in Ancaster. Part brewery, part restaurant.

Clifford Brewing Co – representing the East End. Try the East Hamilton Lager or Devil’s Punchbowl IPA.

Collective Arts – located on Burlington St, besides great beer (and gin) this brewery is known for their ever-changing cans that feature the work of artists. Offers a great tasting room/bar and frequently hosts events ranging from live music to comedy nights. 

Fairweather Brewing Co – another West End brewer with some experimental flavours and a huge patio and event space. 

Grain & Grit – West End brewery with a great selection and beautifully designed cans. If you like IPAs, try Homebound.

Merit – Fantastic beer selection in a great space and menu on James N.

Shawn & Ed – Dundas brewery opened by two Mac grads (Shawn & Ed, obviously). Great Lagers and beer pies – yes, you heard that right.