With over 400,000 people, Halifax walks the line between big-city hustle and bustle, and small-town charm. There’s plenty to do here but nights out can still feel intimate. That’s an excellent combination when you’re fishing for Halifax hookups. There’s plenty of opportunities for getting laid here.
We’ve been in Halifax hookup bars from Hydrostone to the South End and there’s a lot to like. Unfortunately, there’s also plenty of reasons to feel underwhelmed. For every great bar in this city, there are two lousy spots. That’s true for hookup apps and sites here too, by the way. Options abound but there are more duds than real deals. It’d be understandable if you were out in Inverness and struggling to get laid. In Halifax, though, it should be a cinch.
That’s why we’ve used our extensive experience to create this list of the best Halifax hookup apps, sites and bars. This is a list for everyone, whether you’re a student at Saint Mary’s or a 40-something bachelor hitting the scene. If it’s been some time since you’ve had a hookup in Halifax, this should end your dry spell.
Keep on reading and give our suggestions a try. Once you have, let us know how it went in the comments.
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Since its 2000 opening, the Bitter End has been voted over and over the best cocktail lounge in Halifax. The bartenders put a lot of love into their work but they aren’t pretentious. That means tasty but classic concoctions — you won’t be wondering why there’s a sprig of asparagus in your drink.
Not to be too blunt about it, but nothing turns a woman on like a sexy cocktail lounge. Of all the hookup bars in Halifax, few make the immediate impact that the Bitter End does. Walk into this cosy, dimly lit lounge and you are instantly aware that you’re somewhere special. Forget the name; the endings here are anything but bitter.
People are pretty open-minded about sex these days. Both men and women enjoy it and there are many means for arranging a brief fling. While hookup sites and apps have become as numerous as the stars in the sky, many just plain suck. Luckily, there’s one that has stood above the rest for well over a decade: Adult FriendFinder.
AFF is not only the best of the many Halifax hookup sites, it’s the best we've seen period. In our annual review of hookup apps and sites, this site routinely crushes the competition. It has a massive global user base of more than 90 million people and an easy search function. Prefer women with C-cups, or men with a foot fetish? You can be that specific.
AFF is all about the hookups, so there’s never any confusion. Everyone on there wants the same thing. And that includes a lot of men and women in their 30s or older. In fact, if you’ve found yourself aging out of most other hookup sites, AFF will feel incredibly welcoming. Even if you aren’t the most attractive person on the site, you’ll get laid.
When you're tired of wasting time and money trying to find a hookup in Halifax AFF is going to be your best option.
Across the country (and the world), Adult FriendFinder has a loyal following who would pick it over any other site. Though it’s not an app (like Tinder), its browser-based navigation is still easy to use on your phone. Try it out and you’ll likely be done with the other apps and sites for good.
If a cocktail lounge isn’t your preference, you’re probably more of a tavern type. In that case, we have to recommend East of Grafton on Argyle Street. This all-wood watering hole makes you feel like you’ve entered a homey log cabin. A log cabin that just happens to serve some of the best food and drink in the city.
Like Halifax itself, East of Grafton mixes global influences with local pride. Their lunch and dinner menus offer a tour of international cuisines. Their drink menu, on the other hand, is Canada-focused, with local craft beers and in-house made mixers for cocktails. All of it adds up to a great place to bring a date or meet someone new for a drink.
If you’ve been here long, you’ve probably realized that this city is an amazing place to find older women. College students can be fun for a while but cougars are where it’s at when it comes to Halifax hookups. Of course, the trick is figuring out how to know which older women are interested. The answer is Cougar Life.
With over seven million global users, Cougar Life is the easiest, most reliable way to meet women over 35. This app is the highest quality of its kind. That’s why it’s topped our annual list of cougar apps and sites for three straight years. It’s the absolute best way for guys in their 20s and cougars to connect. You don’t have to be in your 20s, though; men of all ages meet experienced women on this app.
Cougar Life’s success lies in the way that it makes casual sex easier for women. Most 35-and-older women don’t have time to hang out in bars every night. Even when they do, it can be tough to approach a younger guy. Will they be rejected? Will the other bar patrons judge them? That possibility of judgment and rejection is why so many mature women turn to Cougar Life.
In cities across Canada, you’ll find that Cougar Life is full of activity. It’s a great night-out companion, especially as it allows you to see who’s available tonight. If you’ve never been with an older woman, you really don’t know what you’re missing out on. Take our course on dating women over 30 to gain confidence and then experience the best Halifax hookups of your life.
When you’re looking for a good crowd these days, your best bet is hitting up a beer garden. They offer a breezy, friendly atmosphere for drinking while making hangouts super easy. You can get a group of friends together or just come down and meet somebody new. Every city should have at least one good beer garden because they are such good options for finding a real hookup.
Luckily, Halifax has a few, and for our money, its best is the Stubborn Goat Beer Garden. Their slogan is “Beer tastes better by the ocean,” and while we haven’t seen the research, we tend to agree. Located right on the water, we would happily spend every warm weekend here. Throw back a craft beer, eat some delicious food and have a day (and night) to remember.
If you’re a wine lover, you’ll want to head down to Bishop’s Landing. There you’ll find Little Oak, the best wine lounge in the city and a damn fine restaurant. Whether you’re out for dinner or are just looking for a nice drink, they’ll take good care of you. Get a seat near a window, or, better yet, on the patio for beautiful marina views.
With its impressive wine list and refined food, Little Oak does tend to draw an older crowd. If you’re in pursuit of a cougar, this is the place to go, for sure. You could try making a connection there, or agree to meet someone off of Cougar Life. Either way, if you enjoy an experienced lover, Little Oak will be one of your favourite Halifax hookup bars.
Halifax is a city that has something for everyone. If you haven’t found a method for arranging Halifax hookups yet, we’ve got a few more suggestions for you.
Two blocks up from the water, on Prince Street, you’ll find The Old Triangle Irish Alehouse. If you were to describe the ideal bar for hanging out with good people, it’d be this. Irish pubs just have something special that makes them a great time, every time. It helps that the food is always greasy goodness and the beers flow like a fountain.
The Old Triangle’s particular charms rest in its wood-paneled walls and great menu. And then there’s Whiskey Wednesdays and nightly live music that always puts patrons in a good mood. Local talent play their hearts out while you wine and dine. In comparison to other Halifax hookup bars, it might not be the fanciest spot. But it’s one that will always feel like home.
Are you a student at the University of King’s College or St. Mary’s? If so, you’re surely already familiar with Tinder. It’s the hookup app that all of your friends have been using to get laid. On college campuses across the country, Tinder is by far the most popular way to hook up.
Of course, it’s not just college coeds on Tinder. Most Millennials have tried it at one point or another, though many have deleted it out of frustration. For an app that has gained such massive cultural fame, it’s kind of amazing how many people hate it. There’s a pretty simple reason for that and it all comes down to demographics.
Of all the Halifax hookup apps, Tinder is the one most popular with the 18-28 demo. College students and recent graduates have a great time on this app. If you’ve reached your 30s, you’ll have far less success. That might seem unfair, especially if you feel you’re still plenty sexy. Unfortunately, stats don’t lie. Tinder is far less friendly to anyone past their 20s.
There’s another demographic that does especially well on Tinder: the incredibly good looking. It’s true, if you’re a guy and you’re not in the top 15% of looks, you’ll struggle. The hottest women also do best on Tinder, though it’s not so restrictive for them. If you’re a woman on Tinder, you’ll get at least a few matches. Meanwhile, the most gorgeous Tinder female users get so many matches, they don’t even bother to reply. They just enjoy the ego boost.
The overall direction of Tinder seems to be changing to be more geared toward dating. Still, if you’re a twenty-something, attractive single, Tinder will always be your most reliable method for arranging Halifax hookups. Enjoy it while it lasts.
Arranging a hookup is a skill that you can practice wherever you’re at. Any public space is a chance to make a flirty connection. Libraries, cafés, parks — wherever you find yourself, it’s an opportunity to make your day a little better. It’s not about being creepy or invading someone else’s space. It’s just about seeing an opening and going for it.
That includes grocery stores. A spot like Pete’s Frootique and Fine Foods is a surprisingly effective location for initiating Halifax hookups. For one, people tend to be in good moods in grocery stores because they’re surrounded by delicious food. It also helps that there’s plenty of potential openers; ask a sexy stranger for a recommendation or give a recipe. Connection made.
We love a coffee house for meeting friends and new people. The atmosphere in a good coffee house (i.e., not Starbucks) is warm and inviting. The employees generally don’t care if you hang out all day and a drink can last you an hour. It’s an ideal place to set up shop and get to know someone new.
There are plenty of good cafés in the city but our personal choice is Cabin Coffee on Hollis. Their log cabin design just reinforces that this is a place to get comfortable. Striking up a conversation with an attractive stranger can be simple. Catch someone’s eye and comment on their book or whatever they’re working on. Anything goes after that.
Located in the North End, Field Guide is more restaurant than bar, but it does both well. The key to their success is the obvious care and passion they put into everything they do. Their food is made in an open concept kitchen which showcases the preparation. They’re also focused on supporting local farmers and beer makers, so you can feel Nova Scotia pride while you’re here.
As a date spot, Field Guide is definitely one of the more interesting experiences in the city. Every item is like a piece of artwork, including your food that you can watch being made. The same care goes into the drinks. Have the bartender mix you up something strong or get a local craft brew. Whatever you’re in the mood for, Field Guide wants you to have a good time.
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