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

“Every year at just this time, 
families around the world all gather to remember,
with presents and with parties, 
with feasting and with fun, 
customs and traditions for people old and young
 Helen H. Moore

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

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

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

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And………Churchkey Brewing Company’s Holy Cow Chocolate Milk Stout now running on Tap#4!   Holy Cow was brewed using lactose and chocolate nibs in the kettle.  

Medium hopped with great roast coffee and chocolate notes. 

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Ambrosia in a glass.

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And on Tap #12……Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company’s St. Luke’s Verse.

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 St. Luke’s Verse is a gruit.

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Gruits are beers made with herbs, spices and other botanicals.  Copper in colour, St. Luke’s Verse Gruit Ale offers up an aromatic herb-and-spice bouquet of lavender accented by thyme and rosemary.

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Legend has it that young maidens who wanted to know who their true love might be would sip upon a lavender brew and chant St. Luke’s Verse, imploring the saint to reveal their identity in her dreams that night.

“St. Luke, St. Luke, be kind to me.

In my dreams, let me my true love see.”

We don’t know about that.

But we do know it’s an awesome ale.

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The Waterfront  –  keeping 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.

PUB HAPPENINGS!!

MUSIC IN THE PUB

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

6 December - Saturday - Stephen Mark Fisher
13 December - Saturday - Andrew Mack
31 December - New Year's - Neil Carter
10 January - Saturday - Ben Vandergaast
17 Jan - Saturday - Smitty
24 January - Saturday - Robbie Burns Day - Scottish Roots
7 Feb - Saturday - Smitty
28 Feb - Saturday - Ben Vandergaast
7 March - Saturday - Stephen Mark Fisher
14 March - Saturday - Ben Vandergaast
17 March - Tuesday - St. Paddy's - Irish Roots
28 March - Saturday - Stephen Mark Fisher
4 April - Saturday - Ben Vandergaast