Pipa Restaurant and Bar was established in 2009 by Victoria and Luis Gaspar, long time veterans of the restaurant industry in Halifax. Currently the first and only Portuguese or Brazilian restaurant in the Atlantic Provinces, Pipa has expanded the world cuisine options available in the area with fresh, authentic dishes and family recipes. Pipa also offers a unique selection of world wines as well as Portuguese and Brazilian wine, beer, and liquor, unavailable anywhere else in the city. Passion for good food and good service won Pipa the title of one of Canadas Top 10 New Restaurants of 2009 by Where Magazine.
The restaurant boasts two dining rooms and a cozy bar set in the historic Carleton building on Argyle Street - one of the oldest buildings in Halifax dating back to 1759.
Beautiful stone walls and bright Mediterranean colours are the backdrop to the original two rooms, which include a full hand carved circular bar and seating for up to 40. Other interesting features include large fireplaces, the upper levels stained glass walls, and wood floors made of timbers collected after the 2003 hurricane Juan.
One year later the Atrium was revealed. Once a gentlemens smoking room and restaurant, The News Room, in the 1980s, the Atrium was boarded up and hidden from civilians eyes for almost 20 years. Restored and exuding a certain elegant retro vibe, the Atrium is surely one of the citys hidden gems. The soaring pyramidal glass roof, original checkered floors, and chandeliers are sure to wow. Be immersed in the atmosphere of a European courtyard, and enjoy plant life and bright airy spaces all year round during casual dining or special events.
Pipa also received the Restaurant Association of Nova Scotia award in 2010 for Best Design and Décor.
The restaurant currently has seating for 120, and is available for bookings of up to 180 people. However, the restaurant does not stop there! Having the keys to a few connecting rooms, the Gaspars hope to reveal the mystery rooms within the upcoming year.
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What better way to spend an evening than sipping caipirinhas or sangria and digging into some light tapas or hearty dishes, while enjoying the laid back sounds of Brazilian bossa-nova and traditional Portuguese fado.