Halifax is a wonderful city with all sorts of people in it. Mostly nice open minded and kind but, I can't help but wonder if you were seeking out idiots when you walk down a "so-so" area of Halifax on your way to a pub and think that there wouldn't be a few dangerous people lurking about. It almost seems like you were looking for a confrontation. I like the North End hipsters haven but it is an area that blends in with some sketchy people.
I know in a perfect world that you should be able to travel anywhere and do what you like but, this is the real world and I worry about you when you put yourself in these situations.
If I was in your life, I would beg you to be a bit more aware of your surroundings and less concerned with finding ways to man-bash.. —Just a guy