If you’re looking for a great cocktail in Nova Scotia, why not try one of the best bars on the continent? The Best Bars in North America have been ranked for the very first time, and a bar in Nova Scotia was the only restaurant in the province to make the list!
Bar Kismet in Halifax was named one of the top 50 in the inaugural Top 50 Bars in North America awards, which were unveiled on Tuesday, June 7.
The list was created based on votes cast by the “Voting Academy”, a “balanced group of drink lovers” which includes bar and restaurant owners, bartenders and “cocktail connoisseurs”.
Bar Kismet, a family-friendly restaurant and bar located in the north of town, which also serves fresh seafood and pastas as well as a selection of creative cocktails, was named one of the best bars in North America for its down-to-earth attitude. and “unflashy bar program.”
Its cocktails have been hailed for their “inventiveness”, with notable offerings including its Charming Duplicity, a combination of “tart apple, refreshing mint [and] whiskey spice” which mixes Nova Scotia cider with Canadian rye whiskey, and Shorthand Love Letter, which, with gin, sherry, bitter ginger cordial and cocoa beans, is a drink “ botanical and pungent”.
Beyond the food and drink, Bar Kismet’s stunning decor was also praised.
“The menu matches the pristine whitewashed interior, brightened by greenery and the specter of a deep bar,” said the 50 Best Awards.
The restaurant has also been praised for its sustainability, winning the Ketel One Sustainable Bar Award, which is given to the bar on the Top 50 list that “demonstrates the greatest commitment to the environment”.
Bar Kismet wasn’t the only Canadian watering hole to make the top 50 — several other bars earned a spot on the list, with the top spot in the country going to Toronto’s Civil Liberties for its laid-back vibe and friendly staff.