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Economy Shoe Shop Cafe & Bar

$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Canadian, Pub
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1663 Argyle St, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 2B5, Canada
+1 902-423-8845
11:30 - 02:00
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Sun - Sat 11:30 - 02:00
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Halifax, Canada
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20 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Went to this spot on Thursday November 24th before the Moosehead hockey game. Food was good, but while eating we were entertained by mice dancing across the floor. We notified the server, who replied, "I know, they're here all the time, they come from next door"....Well thank you very much, if they are in the restaurant where we sit to... More 

Thank FrenchyQueen
North Carolina
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328 reviews
141 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

There are vegan and vegetarian options. The servers are friendly. The setting at ine time may have been considered " cool kooky" But it seems idd and a bit tired. The coffee is good and there are some tea selections. Nothing special . Cute name that is what attracted us.

Thank rhamba k
Dunedin, New Zealand
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37 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Economy Shoe Shop became my local when I was living in Halifax. Lots of seating and great mix of beer and cocktails. Good place for a big group, especially if you want to chat.

Thank ellabooray
Galway, Ireland
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22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016 via mobile

Staff nice; however, the food, drink & atmosphere leaves a lot to be desired, we won't be back!! The wine list & food needs to improve.

Thank James R
Halifax, Canada
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21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

Just ok! Went here with my sisters for lunch while on vacation in Halifax. We shared munchies and food was just ok. Service was also just ok. Not sure if I would return.

Thank Kelli G
Halifax, Canada
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24 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

I used to go to the Shoe Shop often and stopped because the food wasn't that great. I recently went there after a 3 to 4 year hiatus and the food wasn't that good and the beer was warm. Please go, but when it busy. That usually seems to be when the beer is cold and food is better, but... More 

Thank Darkness0615
North Vancouver, Canada
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240 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

Good beer reecommendation by server. Fish and chips fresh and tasty. 2 piece serving ample. Fries mundane. Batter had something in it to elevate it from the mundane. My wife had the bacon gnocchi. Servers recommendation once again and right again. Place had loud enthusiastic jazz ensemble on a Monday night.

Thank Logan H
Key West, Florida
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157 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

First are the great nachos. Layered cheese and meat. Split them. Beer reasonable price and lots of options. IPA stouts etc. we had fish & Chips. A little light in the fish and heavy on breaking. Also had Fish tacos. Good fish order things they make and you will be happy. Also don't rush. This is a relaxed place as... More 

Thank Al M
London, Canada
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169 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016 via mobile

We enjoyed our visit here tonight. The waiter was fun and told us about how the bar was named. Economy is a place is Halifax and there was a shoe shop there. The owner found a sign and the bar had its name. The waiter was a fun guy! He recommended locations with live music down the way. Very eclectic... More 

Thank Sharon J
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016 via mobile

Checked out this pub online and thought the menu looked nice - a casual local place with a slightly more varied menu. Well it turns out, like many businesses in this city, their website is very out of date and their Manu has changed multiple times since. So instead of beef tips, charcuterie, or lobster clubs they have dissolved into... More 

Thank Samantha W

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$15 - US$30
American, Bar, Canadian, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:30 - 02:00
11:30 - 02:00
11:30 - 02:00
11:30 - 02:00
11:30 - 02:00
11:30 - 02:00
11:30 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1663 Argyle St, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 2B5, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Nova Scotia  >  Halifax Region  >  Halifax
  • Phone Number: +1 902-423-8845

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?