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.

The New Season Started October 20th!!

We're here to Tantalize and Provoke Your Grey Cells Every Monday Night!

7:30 PM.

Awesome Prizes and Bragging Rights.

See you there!

November Cat

“The name ‘November’ is believed to derive from ‘novem’ which is the Latin for the number ‘nine’. In the ancient Roman calendar November was the ninth month after March.  As part of the seasonal calendar November is the time of the ‘Snow Moon’ according to Pagan  Beliefs and the period described as the ‘Moon of the Falling Leaves’.


“November always seemed to me the Norway of the year.”
–   Emily Dickinson



 It may be chillin’ down outside but we’re toasty in here!


Our new menu with tasty “warm-you-up” offerings like our Creamy Tomato Bisque and Penne Carbonara is now officially “Chef Approved”!!


On the taps, we’re now running Railway City’s Pear Infused Hoptoberfest (awesome!) and Churchkey’s Holy Smoke is back on Tap #17.


We’ll keep you warm from the inside out!!



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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.


Murder, Mystery and Mayhem at The Waterfront

Friday, October 31st

Join Us for Dinner on Halloween.....if you dare....Tickets are $40 for a Three Course Dinner. Costumes encouraged. (Insert Evil Laugh)

Dining With the Dead

Join Intuitive and Medium Kerrilynn Shellhorn on Nov 26th!! Tickets are $50 and include a fabulous 3 Course Dinner.

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We're still finalizing our Fall and Winter Line-ups but here's what's confirmed so far:

15 Nov - Saturday - Andrew Mack
22 Nov - Saturday - Smitty
29 November - Saturday - Stephen Mark Fisher
6 December - Saturday - Stephen Mark Fisher
13 December - Saturday - Andrew Mack
31 December - New Year's - Neil Carter
17 Jan - Saturday - Smitty
24 January - Saturday - Robbie Burns Day - Scottish Roots
7 Feb - Saturday - Smitty
7 March - Saturday - Stephen Mark Fisher
17 March - Tuesday - St. Paddy's - Irish Roots
28 March - Saturday - Stephen Mark Fisher