Rogue's Roost Brew Pub & Eatery

Rogue's Roost Brew Pub & EateryRogue's Roost Brew Pub & Eatery

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

5435 Spring Garden Rd
Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3J 1G1

(902) 492-2337

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Added by eveninghawk on 11-20-2005

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Ratings: 18 |  Reviews: 13
Reviews by Buebie:
Photo of Buebie
3.26/5  rDev -15.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 4.5

Located in a great spot, parking is a bit hard to find on the street. There are however, a few lots nearby that charge a small fee.
This is a bit confusing as there is a coffee shop on the lower levle and entry to the pub itself is kind of hidden and not very welcoming, off to the side and up a set of stairs. But once inside that all changes. We went in after the sun was down, so the place was packed. Every seat in the house was taken, upstairs too, even the bar had people standing around and holding their beers.

I really would have liked to spend some time here, kinda bummed that this was not the case.
The brewing tanks behind glass were lit with a kind on the spot, this is our tanks museum feel. The bright fluorescent lights were somwhat overdone in this room. I couldnt even tell if the tanks were stainless steel or copper, thats how annoyingly bright the lights were.

The bar itself had a nice all wood old world appeal to it. I stood and had one beer, before the people in my group wanted to get the heck out of there. We had been standing and walking all day, so to stay was not an option. Prices were decent, the view out the windows was nice. The staff seemed rushed and not as friendly as other places.

If you are going, I highly recommend doing so, not at peak hours. When you can get a seat and not an overworked staff.

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Photo of ABrewtifulMind
5/5  rDev +30.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of ktat
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of sholland119
4/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I came here after a stop at Premier Wine & Spirits around the corner. Rogue's Roost is a smallish place located above a coffee shop. There is a small straight bar just inside the door with some tables in the smallish bar and dining room. There is also an upstairs area that I did not check out.

The place was fairly quiet late on a Thursday afternoon. I pulled up a stool at the bar and grabbed a very IPA. The rest of the draft list was not very interesting to me (a brown, a red, a raspberry beer) so I stuck with the IPA.

The wrap I had for dinner was really quite tasty. Not sure if this is the rule or the exception for their food, but I'd certainly go back to eat there again. Service was competent.

A good place.


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Photo of mmurphy525
3.8/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Rogue’s roost has a typical pub environment and the food is as you would expect from a pub. Prices are very reasonable and they have daily specials, happy hours, and staff beer pick that is on at a cheaper rate for the day.

The selection is very good with an extensive food menu and their beer selection usually consists of five or so varieties. I would characterize their beer as above average with the best being the seasonal creations (Russian imperial stout and barley wine). The barley wine is by far the best followed closely by the RIS.

With respect to brewpubs I would say this is Halifax's second best following Hart and Thistle.

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Photo of Long813
2.65/5  rDev -31%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3

I checked this place out recently after passing by it almost twice a day.

The location is a little iffy. It's located on a busy corner, but it is just above a coffee shop. It took to a few days to realize where the entrance was.

I found the place to be rather small. The lights were also very dim, giving off a really dull and damp vibe. I don't recall any visual or audible entertainment besides a small tv. I prefer to have light and be able to see, but that's just me.

On to the beer. They make there own house brews which is the reason I came to the place. I tried the oatmeal stout, the IPA and the brown ale. From what I had I thought they were very bland and non surprising. Very basic beer and nothing making me want more. I also tried the barelywine when I thought was poorly made.

The food was not bad, but it again wasn't anything special. Typical pub food, nothing else.

Over all, I was unimpressed. Nothing here makes me want to go back. They have a nice list of seasonal brews, but that's just a list. I also did not think the pricing matched the quality.

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Photo of Seanstoppable
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

There are a handful of pubs I frequent in Halifax. Rogue's is tied in first place with Henry House. I say that Henry House has the better food, but Rogue's has the better beer.

The interior, while not strictly small, tends to feel that way, due to the divider in the middle. There are a number of regular tables, as well as a number of higher tables along the exterior wall, which contains giant windows overlooking the street (I am a fan of these tables).

The bar tends to fill up these days while I am there (Rogue's trivia on Wednesday is pretty popular), but despite this I tend to still get pretty good service. Food doesn't take overly long to arrive, and my glass tends to stay empty only five minutes tops before a waiter asks if I would prefer another. Late arriving friends are also waited upon rather promptly.

Rogue's has a fantastic selection of their own ales. The Red, Cream, IPA, Brown, and Raspberry wheat are year round staples, with a seasonal beer also present. Samples are available on request, both as a free small sample, and a more traditional sampler tray. Most of their stuff tends to be fantastic.

Food is ok. You basically have your traditional pub fare. Everything I have had over the years is pretty good, though nothing has really been exceptional.

Pricing, beerwise, might be higher than your standard pub, but you generally get above standard beverages. Additionally, there tends to be a lot of drink specials, at least once a day, as well as an additional special on "Lorne's Pick" of the day.

Overall, I love going to Rogue's Roost. It is one of the top places friends of mine head to when going out for a drink. Even most of my family members who visit occasionally from Ontario love it, making sure they head down there at least once when they are in the city.

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Photo of nighthawk
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Rogue's Roost is a place I go to for the beer, only sometimes stopping long enough for food.
The atmosphere seems to be standard pub with a half-hearted attempt at a nautical theme. Lots of dark wood, and large glass windows that let you look out on Spring Garden. Windows at the end of the pub let you look into the brewing room, and gawk at the shiny steel tanks.
Service, overall, is decent without being particularly good. Competent, but they don't go the extra mile to make it a great experience, even when it's pretty quiet. That's not to say there haven't been times when the servers where quite good, but it hasn't been the common occurrence and there were times when the service was downright bad.
I'd recommend sticking to the pub food for the most part, they do nachos, deep-fried stuff quite well. The other food has been hit or miss for me.
The real reason you should come here is the beer. They brew some fantastic stuff on the premises, my favourites being the IPA and the Brown. It's a great place to get fresh beer on-tap. If only the local liquor laws would allow them to bottle it, so I could take some home with me.

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Photo of Deuane
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Located in a nice section of town and easy to find parking in the area. A nice copper topped bar is surrounded by an industrial nautical theme. Overall the place seems a bit smal and there isn't that much seating, but there is more than there seems. Nice murals on the wall behind the bar.

We sat at the bar during happy hour and had a very pleasant and talkative tender. Order some appetizers, hummus plate and chowda, and was pleased with both.

A modest, and passing average grade, six beers on tap, we had three of them. A cream ale hopped with Saaz, Old Yeller IPA...easily THE best Canadian "American" style IPA I have had and Oatmeal Stout which was nice and roasty.

Overall a very nice place that offered the best brew pub type experience in Halifax. Certainly a must do if just to have a pint or three of Old Yeller!

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Photo of NJpadreFan
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Rogue's Roost- Halifax

Amongst plenty of stores along Spring Garden St. Walked up the steps into a big open weird smelling pub. Small dining area up up stairs. A few people hanging out eating and drinking.Sat at the bar and had the fish and chips. My wife had the chicken quesidilla both quite good! I drank the Red Ale and the Cream Ale, both very tasty! Definitely some of the better beer and food I've had in Halifax but the atmosphere was lacking although it was a Tues. Afternoon. Seemed like more of a college kid type of hang out bar. Regardless, A must visit in Halifax!

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Photo of bobsy
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Good location on the Spring Garden strip in downtown Halifax. This brewpub is housed in quite an ornate stone building, which gives it an impressive atmosphere. An addition on Spring Garden takes you outside of the original walls to give you a great view of the street, and a gallery feel. The service was quick and attentive, and I have no complaints at all. At the time of our visit I believe there were 6 of their own brews on tap, plus some macro crap, which I believe is only in bottles. The pub's brews were all of very good quality, and the IPA and hefe were particularly impressive. The food was also very decent, but sticking to the traditional pub options of burgers, fish and chips, wings, etc. Prices were a bit higher than I expected for a brewpub, especially considering Halifax shouldn't have the big city premium that we have in Toronto. I do understand that they have a very good happy hour, so I recommend hunting that out.

I'll definitely go back if I return to Halifax.

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Photo of MMansfield
3.88/5  rDev +1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Only been here once. They have a decent selection of their own brews. I started off with the cream, it wasn't very flavourful. My friend was loving his IPA so I had one of those next. It was fantastic! Visit this place for one while in Halifax. They also have a good Hefewiezen.

I did not try the food, but people at the tabe said it was good.

The prices are very good considering many brewpubs in Halifax charge an arm & a leg.

The atmosphere is ok, nothing remarkable, but it's still a good place to have a pint with a few friends, or to bring a date. Not much seating however. I went on a chilly night, but I bet the patio available would provide a great night. It's location is desirable, right on the end of Spring Garden, a few steps from Barrington.

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Photo of francisweizen
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

located right across the street from the 24hr shoppers on spring garden road this decent brewpub has a kinda high class bistro atmosphere with many window facing tables, and rich looking uni kids as clientele. The food and beer quality, however was quite high although our service was bland and just minimal. Selection was ok with 4 or 5 taps and a few that had run dry and the food was absolutely phenomenal. Some of the best seafood chowder I have ever encountered in the maritimes was at this place on one special crisp afternoon in May. Prices were reasonable as well but this place was odd as the brewpub is hardly advertised and the workers know nothing about the brews! Still, the IPA here is one of the best/hoppiest in the maritimes, so it is definately worth a visist for some cheap happy hour IPA pints and bowls of chowdah!

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Photo of Mandrake
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

A nice little brewpub in downtown Halifax. They brew a total of 10 beers on premises, of which 6 are on tap at any given time. They also serve a selection of domestic macros and imports, but most of the poeple there seem to opt for the pub's own. The atmosphere is pretty relaxed, and not too noisy, even when the place is pretty full. In compliance with the city bylaw there is a separate room for smoking, so the air is fresh and breathable. The service there was a bit harried, and I think they were a touch understaffed for the number of people there, but the people were friendly and both my drinks and my food came quickly, so I have no real complaints. The food is better than average pub fare for the most part, though they appear to have some more upscale entrees for those who want them. Prices were pretty good, especially for beer. Food was a bit steeper, but nothing to complain about. Nice place, and one I'll certainly return to the next time I make the trip into the city.

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Photo of MsRogueRed
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

We made the trek up the hill to this Pub from the waterfront area. The pub is quaint, with a long bar and tables that look out onto Spring Garden. The brewtanks are located at the end of the establishment, and are viewable through large glass doors and windows.

Good selection of beers at reasonable prices. I can't remember the exact number of taps, but I was not disappointed with the selection, so there must've been at least 8 taps. They regularly feature: Rogue's Red, Bulldog Brown, Raspberry Wheat, Cream Ale, Oatmeal Stout and IPA. Seasonal brews include Peated Porter, Pale Ale, Barley Wine and Imperial Stout.

Definitely worth a stop if you're in Halifax.

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Rogue's Roost Brew Pub & Eatery in Halifax, NS, Canada
3.73 out of 5 based on 66 ratings.
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