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10 Spots for a Late-night Nosh Across Canada

From a Parisian bistro in the Prairies to a rooftop hideaway in PEI, these restaurants let you linger a little longer.

España, Vancouver

España, Vancouver

Mingle with the city’s restaurant industry crowd, which flocks to this West End Spanish bar for post-work noshing. Step outside your comfort zone with a chorizo Scotched egg served with date and Seville orange aioli or stick with the classic marinated white anchovies on toast and jamón ibérico. Wash it all down with a tasting flight of dry sherries, including the salty Tio Pepe en rama fino and the Hidalgo Napoleon Amontillado with notes of baked orange peel. Experience the heavenly combination of ham with the nutty notes of the Spanish fortified wine.

1118 Denman St., Vancouver, 604-558-4040, espanarestaurant.ca

Clementine, Edmonton

Photo: Shane Hauser

Clementine, Edmonton

Voted one of Canada’s Best New Restaurants 2017 by Air Canada enRoute, this Parisian bistro is also an ideal spot for a nightcap. Set in the Oliver neighbourhood, the art nouveau 36-seater proposes craft cocktails like the Timber, a mix of bourbon and Cocchi Americano with Angostura bitters and a hint of apricot. Feast on cured pork Escabeche spiced with sambal and served tartare-style with house sourdough rye. Satisfy your sweet tooth with a brownie made with Alberta’s own Jacek Dominican chocolate, topped with a dollop of plum Scotch semifreddo and buckwheat tuile.

11957 Jasper Ave. NW, Edmonton, 780-756-4570, barclementine.ca

Baijiu, Edmonton

Baijiu, Edmonton

Tucked away in the artsy Mercer building, this Asian haunt is set to an edgy hip hop soundtrack while Asian-inspired dishes are served family-style under dim lights. Hone your chopstick skills with the pork bao, prepared with slow-cooked pork shoulder, soy mayo and pickled cabbage. Don’t skip the house cocktails (Baijiu means booze in Cantonese), and toast with the Sakura Spritz, a bubbly concoction prepared with umeshu, sparkling wine, grapefruit, rose and hibiscus.

10359-104th St. NW, Edmonton, 780-421-7060, baijiuyeg.com

Meg’s Restaurant, Saskatoon

Dealing in spicy and aromatic Indian curry dishes, tandoori and quesadillas, this modest eatery, offering takeout, delivery and a 5 a.m. closing time, is popular among Saskatoon night owls. There is no alcohol; instead slurp on a yogurt lassi while snacking on the fan-favourite boneless dry ribs.

101 3rd Ave. N., Saskatoon, 306-477-1044, megsrestaurantsaskatoon.com

Batch, Toronto

Batch, Toronto

The folks behind Creemore Springs brewery bring their eclectic copper kettles and beer-brewing artistry to this bright and modern gastropub in downtown Toronto. Witness the beer-making process through large glass windows inside this two-storey 19th-century Victorian space. Then stay for the bangers ’n’ mash with apple moustarda or try the Welsh rarebit with house cream ale and Ontario cheddar. Quench your thirst with a pint of Batch witbier with orange, wheat and spice notes. In a hurry? Simply take a bottle home.

75 Victoria St., Toronto, 416-238-1484, batchtoronto.com

Bar Loïc, Montreal

Bar Loïc, Montreal

This quirky wine bar in a converted heritage bank building in the food-centric Saint-Henri neighbourhood masters the art of mixing high and low. Natural wine bottles are chilled in a camper cooler while locally sourced steak tartare and Quebec chicken grace the menu. For a post-midnight snack, order from the raw bar or peruse the charcuterie menu and pair your rillettes with a glass of bright, crunchy-cherry gamay.

5001, rue Notre-Dame O., Montréal, 514-439-6806, barloic.ca

Bistro l’Atelier, Quebec City

L’Atelier does its name justice with an open-concept restaurant spread over a multileveled room decorated with hanging light bulbs and a metal staircase. Order the house specialty: a trio of tartares that includes a classic beef version and a salmon tartare with passion fruit, lobster oil and tarragon. Chase it down with a signature cocktail meticulously created by co-owner and top mixologist Patrice Plante. Pro tip: Ask for a table on the tree-shaded patio on hot summer nights for great people-watching.

624, Grande Allée E., Québec, 418-522-2225, bistrolatelier.com

Little Oak, Halifax

Little Oak, Halifax

A stone’s throw from the boardwalk, this wine bar features contemporary and minimalist esthetics with light oak panelling and a white quartz bar. With a focus on seasonal seafood dishes and charcuterie plates, the menu changes often. Pair a plate of Thai mussels with basil, chili and ginger with a glass of bubbles by Nova Scotia winery Benjamin Bridge. On warm nights, grab a seat next to the floor-to-ceiling windows and enjoy the refreshing harbour breeze.

1475 Lower Water St., Bishop’s Landing, Halifax, littleoakbar.ca

Fishies on the Roof, Charlottetown

Fishies on the Roof, Charlottetown

From June to September the rooftop at Fishbones Oyster Bar & Grill transforms into an oasis for locals looking to enjoy grilled meat and a summer cocktail. Start with the Gin & Sin, a refreshing concoction made with gin and muddled raspberries. For dinner, sample the tuna sliders coming out of the open-air kitchen or try the summer steak finished with a mushroom and onion demi-glace and served with onion rings. The best way to cap the night off? Homemade cinnamon rolls, of course!

136 Richmond St., Charlottetown, 902-628-6569, fishbones.ca/fishies-on-the-roof

Celtic Hearth, St. John’s

Celtic Hearth, St. John’s

With a dash of Ireland and a pinch of Newfoundland fare, this friendly pub serves up traditional cod tongues and seafood chowder. Located in a historic 19th-century structure, the room is adorned with photos showcasing the building’s past lives as a pharmacy, hardware store and even a toy store. Head here for a taste of the famous Fisherman’s fish ’n’ chips, and stay to watch bands perform upstairs at Bridie Molloys.

298-300 Water St., St. John’s, 709-576-5990, bridiemolloys.ca

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