Opened in 2000, Longwood Brew Pub is considered to be the city's first brew pub. Overlooking the lofty mountains, this brew pub is a fine place to tipple on some drinks and relish local food. The cozy setting is accentuated by a fireplace that casts a warm glow to the entire place. Take a sip of their craft brews like Raspberry Ale, Stoutnik, Irish Red Ale and Scottish Ale.
Set by the Salish sea, Thatch Pub and Restaurant is where you can feast on a fine meal while taking in the fine view of the horizon. This charming waterfront resto-bar is a great spot for a leisurely meal and a few round of drinks, after a busy day. Take a seat at its cozy indoors, or opt to sit at the porch and feast on a fine meal with the warm breeze blowing through your hair. Not-to-be-missed are the signature seared salmon and oyster platter, while the burgers, pie and classic fish and chips are also worth a try.
A famed neighborhood watering hole, Fanny Bay Inn is a great place to enjoy a round of drinks with friends. This old school is the perfect place to stop by for an enjoyable drinking session, and a scrumptious snack, after a busy working day. Its well-stocked bar boasts an impressive collection of imported spirits and bottled beers, as well as a selection of local brews and innovative mixed drinks. Along with its drinks the pub is also known for its scrumptious food, serving a host of delectable seafood dishes. Do-try their legendary oyster and shrimp platter, while the salmon burger and seafood chowder are also worth a shot.
Simonholt Restaurant in Nanaimo is one the best places in the city to dine while listening to soothing jazz music. The interiors are classy, featuring an elevated area where live performances take place. The restaurant has separate menus for brunch, lunch, dinner, tea and kids offering endless choices for guests. Specialties include the Hunter Chicken, Angus Top Sirloin, Simonholt Hash and the Vanilla Creme Brulee. The bar serves some amazing cocktails which go amazingly well with appetizers.