Uno Mas is the slightly wilder sibling of big brother Mezcal Tacos & Tequila (located right upstairs) with a name that urges guests to have “one more” taste of their European tapas and inventive cocktails. The cozy spot is jam-packed on weekends, with a thumping hip hop soundtrack.
Must-try: Order the Raclette Board and watch the gooey cheese get scraped onto fried toast by your server. It’s served with house preserves, mustard seed, seasonal jam, and prosciuttino or fried potatoes.
The Brassie Pub serves the greater good by staying open until 2 a.m. every day but Monday. The late-night menu kicks in at 10 p.m. and checks off all the late-night craving boxes: poutine, deep-fried pickles, chicken wings, and out-of-this-world nachos (topped with chili, chicken and steak).
Must-try: Sharing is caring when you order the Brassie Platter: a taste of cheese nachos, chicken wings, onion rings, fries, garlic cheese bread, and tortilla flutes.
This university hangout and popular date spot has been around for more than 25 years. Count on this Westdale Village mainstay for a late night menu that doesn’t skimp on options. Open until midnight daily (and 1 a.m. from Thursday-Saturday), the late night menu starts two hours before closing time and features 40+ items.
Must-try: Bean Bar has Hamilton’s largest cake selection. Take a look in the dessert display and choose whatever calls your name. For something savoury, opt for the baked brie topped with seasonal preserves.
This sports bar, part owned by Max Kerman of Hamilton’s beloved band Arkells, has all your bar favourites like fried pickles and curly fries, plus they’re open until 2 a.m. on weekends. With craft beer on tap, TV screens to catch the game, and even a weekend brunch, this casual spot should be your hangout next time you’re in town.
Must-try: There’s a whole menu dedicated to nachos (yes, you read that right), including Nacho #5: The Frank Thomas. It’s not made for one, but if you can eat it solo, it’s on the house.
Brux House delivers small plates and inventive cocktails in a trendy Locke Street restaurant. Veggie-based items like “bloomin” brussel sprouts and whole fried broccoli are surprisingly good. For something a little heartier, the mussels and frites are favourites. The full menu is open until 10 p.m. and then they switch to a late night menu which includes Belgian fries and beer nuts.
Must try: Visitors can’t get enough of the soft, salty pretzels served with an Emmental and beer fondue.
Open until 2 a.m, on weekends, Nique serves up late-night snacks that go great with a cocktail (or two). This spacious downtown restaurant gives a nod to Canadian culture with a mosaic of dishes like their famous sushi nachos made with wontons. The interior features an open kitchen, pop art on the walls, and a large square bar.
Must-try: Nique’s hummus kicks it up a notch, made with cauliflower and topped with poblano, pickled onion, olives, and pomegranate, served with the most delicious bread.
Buffalo used to be the only place to get these famous chicken wings until the first Anchor Bar franchise opened in Hamilton. Their saucy wings are an obvious choice, but the pizza is also great in this casual, popular spot in Jackson Square shopping mall, next to hotels and Hamilton Convention Centre by Carmen’s, open until 1 a.m. on weekends.
Must-try: The wings, obviously. If you’re a spice junkie, the heat scale is off the charts in the “Abandon Ship” sauce – though we don’t recommend it!
Collins Brewhouse has been around since 1841 when the Collins family settled in Dundas from Ireland. There are 12 beers on draft and a menu featuring everything from shareable apps to soups and salads to sandwiches and pub favourites. The full menu is served until closing time, which is 1 a.m. on weekends.
Must-try: For something comforting, the traditional fish and chips consist of a beer battered haddock fillet served with coleslaw and house tartar sauce. Ask for it crispy!
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