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.

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for news on Tap Takeovers—when we allow local craft breweries to take over our taps for a night.

“I wondered if my smile was as big as hers.
Maybe as big.
But not as beautiful.”

― Benjamin Alire Sáenz, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

The month of May is thought to be named for the

Greek goddess Maia who was identified with the

Roman era goddess of  fertility, Bona Dea, whose

festival was held in May. 


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 Spring is nature’s way of saying, “Let’s party!”  ~Robin Williams



Granville Island’s Raspberry Ale Now on Tap!!




The Waterfront is doing PAINT NITE!!

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May 19th!!!!


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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.


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Hours of Operation

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



We're Always Adding Cool Events and Awesome Musicians - Here's What's Confirmed So Far For 2015!!

2 May - Saturday - Ben Vandergaast
5 May - Tuesday - PAINT NITE!!
9 May - Saturday - Stephen Mark Fisher
10 May - Sunday - Mother's Day Brunch and Special Dinner!
17 May - Sunday - Traditional Irish Session - 3:30 PM
19 May - Tuesday - PAINT NITE!!
30 May - Saturday - 60's and 70's Theme
12-14 June - Riverfront Festival
13 June - Saturday - Ben Vandergaast
20 June - Saturday - Saturday Night Glad Rags
27 June - Saturday - Texas Tuxedo
30 June - Tuesday - Dining With the Dead
4 July - Saturday - Neil Carter
11 July - Saturday - DECADES
18 July - Saturday - Saturday Night Glad Rags
25 July - Saturday - Crashm3randa
1 Aug - Saturday - Neil Carter
8 August - Saturday - DECADES
15 August - Saturday - Saturday Night Glad Rags
5 September - Saturday - Trilogy
12 September - Saturday - Andrew Mack
15 September - Tuesday - Dining With the Dead
19 September - Saturday - Saturday Night Glad Rags
26 September - Saturday - Stephen Mark Fisher
3 October - Saturday - Neil Carter
10 October - Saturday - Stephen Mark Fisher
31 October - Saturday - Saturday Night Glad Rags
14 November - Saturday - Stephen Mark Fisher
17 November - Tuesday - Dining With the Dead
5 December - Saturday - Stephen Mark Fisher