The Coast’s first-ever plaque for Best Hotel Bar goes to the Fife and Drum. Nestled in the ground floor of the Casino Nova Scotia, the Fife is popular with hotel guests and locals alike, according to manager Joni Sawler. “We offer every guest warm Maritime hospitality, good food and great service,” she says. “And of course, there’s no cover.” With 19 single malts and a large selection of draughts you’ve got lots of toasting options when the band inevitably yells out “Sociable!” 1919 Upper Water, 428-7883

1st runner-up: Victory Arms Pub, 1515 South Park, 420-9781

2nd runner-up: Westin Nova Scotian, 1181 Hollis, 421-1000