Craft on Tap

The Waterfront River Pub has 18 taps and is proud to serve local Craft Beer as well as some of your more traditional tap favorites.

Craft Beer is brewed in small batches, using only the finest ingredients with no additives, preservatives or pasteurization.

When you drink a hand-crafted or “craft” beer you are enjoying a fresh, natural beer made using time-honoured methods. The focus is on distinctive full-bodied taste and aroma, achieved by using the best ingredients.

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Waterfront Summer Reflection


The Waterfront


Welcomes MacKinnon Brothers Brewing Company
 to our taps



  Tap #12 is now running Mackinnon Brothers

Cross Cut Canadian Ale.


An amber ale, lightly hopped with a sweet aroma, crisp initial taste and a smooth refreshing finish.  Using Northern Brewer Bittering and Czech Sazz Aroma hops, Canadian and UK malts and wheat from their Bath farm, it’s a crisp clean foam.


Grown Locally.                Made Locally.                  Sold Locally.


Welcome to our Taps Mackinnon Brothers.



Also running Muskoka’s Gold Medal Winning Canadian Cream Ale and Muskoka’s Detour - a left turn from a normal IPA, dry-hopped to create a truly sessionable brew with a rewarding aroma, big hop flavours and clean finish.


 Holy Smoke from Church Key Brewing Company is now also on tap.   A peat smoked Scotch ale, it pours dark brown with a light tan head. It is low in hop bitterness and its profile is dominated by sweet and smoky malts.


AND Granville Island’s 2012 Silver Medal Winning Hefeweizen is now running at The Waterfront.

An unfiltered wheat  ale,  ROBSON ST. HEFEWEIZEN is refreshingly replete with natural fruit flavours.


 AND Granville Island’s False Creek Raspberry Ale is now on tap.

Made for summer patio sipping, it’s a sharp and refreshing Canadian Brewing Award’s 2013 Silver Medal Winner.



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 The History of The Waterfront


Abandoned for many years, this historic limestone building is situated directly on the river and underwent complete refurbishment both inside and out in 2013.  The Waterfront River Pub and Terrace is a 150 person licensed pub serving solid traditional Canadian pub comfort food as well more inventive and leading edge cuisine.


Nothing could be more appropriate than a pub for this building as it was originally built as a brewery by Mr. Thomas Taylor, a brewer from Belleville, in 1857.   It remained as a brewery, passing to Brewer James Fisher from Portsmouth in 1863 (for 700 pounds!) and then in 1871 to a pair of brewers, Mr William Thomas and Mr John Bowey of Napanee, for 4700 dollars.   Neat factoid: The water and fixtures were included in the price.


In 1880, the property was obtained by Mr John Downey, a grain merchant, who subsequently sold it to the Dominion Bank in 1884 for 9000 dollars.  In 1889 The Dominion Bank sold the property to bankers J.W. Murray and R.H. Bethune of Belleville and it became part of the Seymour Power and Electrical Company along with the properties to the west along the river.  Seymour Power was  bought by the provincial government in 1916 and the property became part of the Napanee Gas Company.  In 1930 it was transferred to the Town of Napanee and it eventually became a marina sometime in the 1960s.  The marina closed in the 1980s and the property passed through several hands but mostly languished vacant until November 2011 when it was bought and began it’s resurrection into the building you see today – The Waterfront River Pub and Terrace.


It’s a fine and lovely building and when you come to visit, raise your pint in a toast.  If a building could talk, this one would tell you it’s awfully glad to come back to its roots.


 Beer Glasses Picture



Hours of Operation

We open every day at 1100 and have terrific lunch, dinner and late night menus.


Dining with the Dead

Dining With the Dead is Coming Back! Join Intuitive and medium Kerrilynn Shellhorn on Aug 27th!! Tickets are $50 and include a fabulous 3 Course Dinner.

We are now Sold Out for this Event but will be having another Dinner in early October. Follow us on Facebook for the details!


The Waterfront has a full line-up of bands for Summer Weekend Nights! Here's What's Going On!!!

9 August – Saturday – Andrew Mack
15 August – Friday - Kendra and Kings
16 August – Saturday - Jenica Rayne
23 August – Saturday – Saturday Night Glad Rags
27 August – Wednesday – Dining with the Dead
30 August – Saturday – Trevor Walsh
6 September - Saturday - PAINT
13 September - Saturday - Trilogy
20 September – Saturday – The Royal T’s
27 September – Kendra and Kings
4 October - Saturday - The Ben Vandergaast Trio