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The Red Shoe Pub

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Bar, Pub, Canadian
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11573 Route 19 | Box 94, Mabou, Nova Scotia, Canada
11:30 - 23:00
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Sun 12:00 - 23:00
Mon - Wed 11:30 - 23:00
Thu - Sat 11:30 - 02:00
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6 reviews
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We loved this little pub and it's great atmosphere and the amazing feeling of community and music all in one. He locals were friendly and engaging. A great intro. To Cape Breton.

Thank Deb N
Toronto, Canada
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91 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2017

Visited for dinner in July last summer. The food was underwhelming and a bit expensive for the area and the return. This place is famous for it's live music so if you are planning to eat here make sure that there is a live performance, unless eat elsewhere.

Thank Michael M
Ontario, Canada
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 26 January 2017

When planning our trip out East I found a very small add in a travel book for this little pub. I marked it down on a list of places to eat if nearby ! My husband came home from work that day and said someone he worked with said we HAVE to try this little pub when we are there,... More 

Thank KernFly
North Olmsted, Ohio
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 January 2017 via mobile

Was on the trip with a small tour group of 6 women. This little place was recommended to us by a few of the locals. What a gem! Great music good atmosphere, people of all ages just having fun. Live music, traditional dancing. I gave a 4-star because the accommodations or rather tight.

1 Thank Elizabeth R
Boston, Massachusetts
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50 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 December 2016

I found this place by accident, hearing some foot stopmin music (fiddle and piano) on a Sunday evening. It's mostly a local crowd, but also with a handful of tourists that are heartily welcomed. The crowd joins in with singing, dancing, and added musicians. The beer is plentiful (although lacking Guinness on Tap... it's only flaw). Food is surprisingly good,... More 

Thank teb4s
Sydney, Canada
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36 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 November 2016

This is a small restaurant but different. If you plan to visit here and there is entertainment going on, you need to show up real early if you want a place to sit. It's too bad it wasn't bigger. The food is good but pricey and your portions are not huge.

1 Thank Ruth M
Oceanside, California
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20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 November 2016

Our hosts told us about this pub and we were very glad we went. We had to wait to be seated, but got a seat right before the live music started. We gladly shared our table with another couple and enjoyed talking to them as we enjoyed listening to the music. It was loud but we enjoyed every minute of... More 

Thank Janet G
Montreal, Canada
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20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 November 2016

I've been to Cape Breton many times but have never ever stopped at the Red Shoe Pub before this trip. That's my sad loss! This place is fantastic! Toe-tapping, foot-stomping music, fiddlers, people dancing the jig, and really good food and even better beer. I liked it so much the first night that I extended my stay in the area... More 

1 Thank Eldor G
Grover Beach, California
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145 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 October 2016

This is the pub where Natalie MacMaster plays when she is home. A great place to enjoy a Ceilidh and eat very good pub food. The musicians were talented and the food bountiful. We had 3 twenty oz drafts, 2 Bulwark Ciders and a Bavarian coffee. Dinner was Seared Scallops, a Celtic Club and chowder. All this for about $75... More 

1 Thank Ranger93433
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174 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 October 2016

The Rankin Family were icon performers singing Celtic and Cape Breton Island music. The Red Shoe Pub owned by the family was on our itinerary and was a must visit. We arrived early evening and already the place was full, we were lucky to get a table to ourselves, others arriving later waited until a table became free. It was... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Bar, Pub, Canadian
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Groups
Open Hours
12:00 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 02:00
11:30 - 02:00
11:30 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 11573 Route 19 | Box 94, Mabou, Nova Scotia, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Nova Scotia  >  Cape Breton Island  >  Mabou
We stumbled accross this place this past Saturday, which was the day after it had opened for the season. They are only open from June until October. It is very quaint, and it has the very best seafood chowder of anyplace we found in Nova Scotia or PEI. The waiter was super nice to our group, and honest in admitting he had only started the day before, and hadn't tried all the items on the menu yet. He went back to the chef on a couple of occasions to ask if he could change a menu item for us (which they did), and was very attentive to our lunchtime needs. This is a really good restaurant and should be added to Trip Advisor. Thanks, John Ward Smith

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