Bars, Restaurants, Cafes, Street Parties and more

Sault Ste. Marie is alive and ready to entertain you.

A friend of mine once said, "You live twice if you live at night." I thought at the time it seemed like a clever thing to say, but with each passing year this seemingly simple statement became something that I read more and more into.

Every city has things to do during the day, but nightfall brings a whole new array of exciting adventures. The traffic may disappear, but that doesn't mean there isn't fun to be had, secrets to discover and nightlife to enjoy. Many doors that are closed in the light of day, open for business in the evenings.

One of the Sault's most famous local establishments, Loplops Lounge has something on the go each night of the week that they're open. The venue is well known for being a great place to listen to the best in live local and touring indie music as well as gourmet pizzas, tapas, and locally brewed beer and ale.

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(Photo Credit: LopLops)

Speaking of which, one of the city's newest businesses is Outstanding Breweries whose wares can be tasted in several establishments in the community. Outspoken is a unique, local microbrewery whose lagers and ales easily compete with more recognized beverages. Make sure to sample them before you leave town.

Coch's Corner, located in a heritage building on the corner of Queen Street and East Street has a friendly pub-like atmosphere and live acoustic music on Thursday nights with prominent local musicians James Case and Frank Deresti. If you want something a bit louder, the Algonquin Hotel further down the road is home to the Rock Star Bar, where you can catch some rock and roll and shoot a game of pool.

Outspoken Brewing

(Photo Credit: Outspoken Brewing)

Top Hat is the local dance club, and in the summers they expand to a giant outdoor patio called Smokey's. Smokey's is built behind the facade of an old movie theatre where young people dance through the night in the open air.

For something unique, zany and flavorful consider checking out the city's burgeoning chicken wing empire at Wacky Wings. This fully licensed restaurant has two locations, one on Lake Street in the east end of town, and the other on Great Northern Road. Or, if delicious burgers are what you're craving, try The Harp Bar & Grill, where you'll find a welcoming, home-like atmosphere and arguably the best burgers in town.

The Pub at the Algoma's Water Tower Inn and Suites is also a venue of interest that caters to many tastes. In addition to great food, there's exceptional live music to be heard, curated by Rusty McCarthy, a musician who has worked with the likes of Mary Margaret O'Hara, Tom Cochrane and many more.

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And, that's just the tip of the iceberg—there are many more bars, restaurants, cafes and street parties to discover. But all of that's just one facet of the city's nightlife. In the summer months, the boardwalk can be magical at night. Starting at the Locks, you can make your way along the St. Mary's River, past the Civic Centre towards the Art Gallery of Algoma. It's a serene way to spend an evening, watching the fishermen glide down the river in the warm evening air.

When your day is done in Sault Ste. Marie, get out and discover the nightlife. Meet new friends, enjoy music, explore the community, and as you lay down to sleep—thank yourself for living twice!





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About Craig West

Craig West is a musician, occasional writer, and former traveller, who now runs a recording studio. His academic background features a BA in English literature and he worked for many years as the Creative Director of an ad agency, where he also doubled as copywriter. Today he enjoys staying in one place, helping people who need an album recorded or a travel article written, and composing music.

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