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The Carlton Music Bar & Grill

$$ - $$$,
1685 Argyle St, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 2B5, Canada
+1 902-422-8340
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  • Excellent41%
  • Very good28%
  • Average19%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible3%
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Bar, Canadian
$$ - $$$
1685 Argyle St, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 2B5, Canada
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a great time here . We have been here a few times and it's always a great spot to have a casual meal and listen to some tunes .

1  Thank easterntreker
Jennifer H, General Manager at The Carlton Music Bar & Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Well Hello and Thank you 'Easterntreker'! Glad to hear you enjoyed yourselves. We've had a recent run of some terrific Artists in house. This, coupled with our new Chef and his fabulous food, is making for a great combo. Jen

Reviewed 9 August 2017

The downtown location is excellent and will only get better after the Argyle Street rehabilitation is complete. The venue is intimate and the sound quality is very good. The service is excellent and the new menu is very good. The entertainment is wonderful. We saw...More

Thank nwaynesworld
Jennifer H, General Manager at The Carlton Music Bar & Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 10 August 2017

Hello "nwaynesworld"! Thank you so much for the "shout out". As we keep moving toward our re-build, it will be important to hear from folks about what they like and don't like. Lots of great shows lined up for the end of summer and into...More

Reviewed 4 August 2017 via mobile

The short version is I figured out why The Carlton is struggling for business. (For the whole story read beyond this paragraph). They clearly don't understand how good customer service works and they don't appreciate good paying customers (in a mostly empty bar). I'm saddened...More

1  Thank dvinson
Jennifer H, General Manager at The Carlton Music Bar & Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 10 August 2017

Hello dvinson, I can only say that this was extremely painful to read, and what you describe is not reflective of how we wish to treat our guests. If you had not written this, I would not know, nor would our new owner. We do...More

Reviewed 24 July 2017

I used to love this place, but the new owners have done very strange things to it. The menu is weak and frankly trying too hard. I've tried it twice. The first time my meal was mediocre at best. The last time I ordered a...More

1  Thank Lara C
Jennifer H, General Manager at The Carlton Music Bar & Grill, responded to this reviewResponded 10 August 2017

Hello Lara, First let me apologize for the length of time it has taken to respond. It took some doing to "claim" the Trip A page for The Carleton, as our new owner takes over. We are here, quietly working on many things before we...More

Reviewed 14 July 2017

I haven't been here for a while however the last experience was amazing. Food, service, ambiance was so inviting. Typical of Nova Scotian Hospitality! It was really calming and nice.

Thank Brewster8861
Reviewed 21 June 2017

Don't get me wrong, I love the concept of The Carlton, live music every night, but the layout of the place is not great. It's really small and tight and most angles you can't even see the stage. It needs a major redesign but that's...More

Thank wayne c
Reviewed 28 April 2017

Food is very tasty and menu is good with great variety. Entertainment is usually local and and very talented.

Thank bonniem307
Reviewed 16 December 2016

Always keep an eye on what's happening at The Carlton. They get some of the best music performers from all over Canada. The atmosphere is intimate for music and no matter where you sit you are never far from the stage. The food is often...More

1  Thank Anne Louise D
Reviewed 15 December 2016

Best bar in town to hear live music. Great service, excellent selection of wine, beer & cocktails, and great food--delicious, large portions. Have dinner and drinks and stay for the music; shows usually start at 8pm.

Thank Loren154976
Reviewed 7 December 2016

This is a spot of much energy collected over the years with many bands and musicians. Sadly the construction around the venue has accelerated its possible demise. In fairness a landmark of long duration may be no more at least as it was.

Thank travellingsinclairs
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Bar, Canadian
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Bar Scene
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 2:00 AM
11:30 AM - 2:00 AM
11:30 AM - 2:00 AM
11:30 AM - 2:00 AM
11:30 AM - 2:00 AM
11:30 AM - 2:00 AM
11:30 AM - 2:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1685 Argyle St, Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 2B5, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Nova Scotia  >  Halifax Region  >  Halifax
  • Phone Number: +1 902-422-8340
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