Maybe not your typical place to visit for happy hour but Wendy and I were anxious to check out the St. John’s Fish Exchange which recently opened downtown St. John’s, NL. Located at 351 Water Street, with a nice view of the harbour, it is a combination of big city chic with a nod to Newfoundland cuisine and culture.
We arrived closer to 7 than planned and good thing we were only stopping in for a drink because on arrival the hostess politely informed us it would be an hour and a half wait for a table unless we had reservations.
So word to the wise, make your reservations in advance to avoid disappointment.
We explained we were only staying for a glass of wine and the hostess happily showed us to the bar where we were lucky enough to snag 2 stools.
The bar area is impressive. A nice spot to sip your wine and chat. Wendy and I decided to order a calamari appetizer, recommended to us by our bartender and we really enjoyed it. The service was excellent and the bar well stocked with a nice selection of wine and beer. They also have a very fun specialty cocktail list that I recommend you order from (or at least read :-).
Jam Jam Martini – Seriously? A drink served with a cookie? Can it get any better than that? (Jam Jams are cookies made locally by Purity Factories and are a Newfoundland favorite)
We enjoyed our visit to the Fish
Exchange and look forward to returning to stay to for a meal and dessert (psst! try their bread pudding, chocolate torte, Bailey’s creme brule. OK OK try ALL the desserts).