The Great Canadian Hotel Bar Hop: Hilton Saint John's York Bistro Pub
This is not so much a bar hop as a bar marathon that runs (get it?) the entire length of Canada. If you have the stamina, so do we.
Here are three pieces of trivia regarding Saint John, New Brunswick that you can use to impress your friends: 1) it is THE first official city in Canada; 2) it is located on the Bay of Fundy, whose tides rise and fall, twice a day, a staggering four-storeys each time; and 3) it is the home of that favorite beer of many a beer-lover: Moosehead.
Directly on this city’s harbor you’ll find the Hilton Saint John with its newly-opened York Bistro Pub. Now, with Saint John being the home of Moosehead Breweries and all that, you can, of course, expect to find Moosehead Beer on the pub's drinks menu. But if you only have a brewskie, you’ll be missing out.
The pub specializes in seasonal ingredients and incorporates on-the-money drink trends in their menu -- elderflower, pomegranate, cucumber, agave syrup and the like. Their house cocktail is, not surprisingly, called “The York” and is made with vodka, Triple Sec, mango, lemon and is topped off with club soda.
York Bistro Pub is comfortably contemporary in style, and is filled to the rafters with business-types enjoying the beverages – both locals and travelers from mostly Toronto, Montreal and New York – but the true gift York Bistro Pub gives is its outdoor glassed-in terrace overlooking the Saint John Harbor and the tidal circus-ride that is the Bay of Fundy. So go now before the snow flies to get in your view while drinking something with a cucumber note followed by a beer chaser. You know the brand to order.
The Hilton Saint John has rates in October at $129 CAD ($132) for a King room or, for an even better deal, book the Wine Dine Getaway for $159 CAD ($163) and get a $50 CAD credit at York Bistro Pub.
[Photos: Hilton Saint John]