Working downtown has its perks---offices that are walking distance from a plentiful number of bars and restaurants is one---but if you live outside the core, the commute's not an easy feat. Next time you're headed home stop into one of these three joints to relax and wait out the traffic. They're just a few of many choices on packed, homeward-bound routes.
While not really out of town, this diner is nestled on the corner of a major beat home---the rotary. The after-work watering hole is dressed in retro chic and ready to serve you whatever drink and food you crave post-eight-hour shift. A new lounge---opening in the next month---will give you all the relaxing space you need.
7156 Chebucto Road, 455-4395
Jamieson's Irish-House & Grill
"A little bit of a hybrid, out in the 'burbs, and a true local spot," says owner Chris Smith of his Best Restaurant-winning Irish-House (according to this year's Best of Food poll for Cole Harbour). Two alcoves with wingback chairs, cast-iron fireplaces, a large variety of single malt scotch and wines by the glass will welcome you (almost) home.
5 Cumberland Drive, 433-0500
If listening to live music is your way of relaxing, you've come to the right spot. Winston's hosts local acts frequently, with two separate areas for performances. Fridays bring martini nights, and Thursdays give you a wine fest. There's also good news for steak fans: operator Scott Samways says the pub area's changing into a steakhouse in the next two weeks.
Clayton Park Shopping Centre, 278 Lacewood Drive, 443-7024