Saint John After Dark: A Guide to City Nightlife

Reading Time: 3 minutes

While the thought of Saint John’s nightlife may make you cringe, there may still be a bar or two that you haven’t checked out yet. If you’re looking for a fun night out on the town, look no further than the following guide detailing the place(s) to be for each night of the week.

MONDAY: In order to beat the Monday blues, why not head to the Eighty Three Bar Arcade for $5 pints and glasses of wine, as well as $4 shots. The Saint John Ale House also offers $20 bottles of wine which make for a brutal Tuesday morning, but a great night out.

Rocky’s Sports Bar (Photo: TripAdvisor)

TUESDAY: Things slow down a little bit on Tuesdays, with the primary deal being at Rocky’s Sports Bar with $3 tacos and enough television screens to keep everyone entertained.

WEDNESDAY: Rocky’s is the place to be on Wednesday nights as well; with $0.55 wings, how could it not be?

THURSDAY: Are you looking to drop $100 on two pounds of wings and 16 quick rums, or is that just me? Regardless, stop by Pepper’s Pub for Thursday night “Game of Bones” – $5 pounds of wings, and $18 buckets of beer. However, if wings aren’t your thing, the Ale House has Flight Night, where flights of beer go from as little as $5.95. It is also worth noting that Bar Arcade has $4 Moosehead draft and you can enjoy $10 steak night at Rocky’s.

FRIDAY: Friday is the perfect night to see the best that Saint John has to offer. For dinner earlier in the evening, you have the option of $10 fish and chips from Rocky’s, buck-a-shuck at Grannan’s Seafood from 3:00 – 6:00pm (which is followed by Power Hour, two for one drinks between 11:00pm and 12:00am). After that, you can head over to McGill’s to dance the night away.

SATURDAY: The Saturday night hotspot has typically been O’Leary’s Pub; however, they have had some strong competition from Callahan’s Pub in recent weeks. The choice is yours: live music playing all the hits from the ‘90s at O’Leary’s or radio hits at Callahan’s. Wherever your jams originate, one of these bars is the place to be if you’re searching for a great place to dance.

For those of you looking for a more adult scene, check out the Bar Arcade. I say an older scene because, last Saturday, I saw one of my professors there. With that being said, no matter what age group you fit into, the Bar Arcade is guaranteed to have great music and fun games. Buck-a-shuck and Power Hour both extend well into the evening and make it a great place to start any wild Saturday night.

SUNDAY: Things slow down a little on Sunday nights, given that everyone is still in bed with nursing their Saturday night hangovers with some Gatorade. If you’re in the mood to soak up some of that alcohol, stop by Rocky’s for $10 pizzas. Of course, if more alcohol is what you’re after then make sure to stop by the Ale House for buy one get one starting at 9:00pm.

(Image: Breakhouse Inc.)

If you’re looking for nightly party scenes, don’t forget to check out Port City Royal’s Happy Hour specials from Tuesday to Friday, 2:00 – 6:00pm. Callahan’s does the same, from 4:00 – 7:00pm. McGill’s offers specials from 3:00 – 7:00pm every day of the week. Ale House and Churchill’s Bar & Pub both offer late night specials every night of the week, starting at 9:00pm.

The Baron would also like to remind you that drinking and driving is always a MAJOR NO-NO. You’re in university, and while we all know that our brains get pretty tapped out during exam season, do the smart thing and arrange to have a designated driver, take a taxi, or take advantage of the SRC’s Safe Ride Program. They are available from Monday to Friday, 6:00pm – 12:00am, and getting a ride home with them is absolutely free. The van is even stocked with soda and snacks, which is way cooler than your average Saint John taxi service, and they can be reached at (506) 650-0052.

Emily is in her fourth year of Political Science. She loves studying and academics which follows into her research work. She's a stern black coffee drinker and is a proud Acadienne. When she's not working or doing school work, you can find Emily listening to 70s music on vinyl and watching Parks and Recreation. If you ask her about parliamentary institutions, she won't stop talking.