Three days left. Fifteen venues. A shitton of bands. The sum: too many choices to be made in the next 72 hours. If spontaneity's your thing, tuck this geographical list of bar-only Halifax Pop Explosion venues (there are nine) in your pocket today, so that when you---or someone you know----inevitably arrives at the Paragon at midnight for The Hold Steady and it's at capacity, you know what's what. Remember: These spots are only selling Molson family products for the length of the Pop Explosion, so if you're thirsty for something else, you'll have to wait until Sunday.
Downtown's where the Pop Explosion venues are more concentrated, with Argyle Street taking the cake. The Seahorse Tavern (1665 Argyle Street), Foggy Goggle (1667 Argyle Street) and The Carleton (1685 Argyle Street) are all official spots that go late into the nights. Turn the pizza corner to Grafton Street to get to Coconut Grove (1567 Grafton Street), but don't look for an HPX show at The New Palace (1721 Brunswick Street) as they'll still be cleaning up GWAR's bloody Wednesday night affair.
Tribeca (1588 Granville Street) is coupling HPX shows with its weekly DJ nights, so regulars can still expect the same late-night schedule with added early show bonuses (not the free kind of bonus, though---there's still a ticket price).
The thing to remember when walking along Agricola and Gottingen is that Gus' Pub (2605 Agricola Street) and The Paragon Theatre (2037 Gottingen Street) take their shows all night long---in Halifax, that's 2am---while The Company House (2202 Gottingen Street) shows end an hour or two earlier, though the bar is still open to 2am. Pick your poison, drink responsibly. You have to last to Sunday morning.