The Wildest Little Street in North America

strip-clubs-Dwntown-NairobiThere are many noteworthy nightlife strips in North America, but the street that has the most bars per square foot is in the most easterly province in Canada, Newfoundland. George Street is found downtown St. John’s, the province’s capital city, and only spans two blocks. Within these blocks, however, are bars, pubs and eateries crammed in, side by side and atop one another. George Street has a main stage which has hosted many famous musical acts such as Blue Rodeo, the Bare Naked Ladies, the Masterless Men and more.

A twist of Irish-Newfoundland culture inspires a plethora of artists to visit George Street, where you can get “Screeched In” as an honorary Newfoundlander by reciting a Newfoundland hymn and kissing a cod fish. If you’re lucky enough to visit during one of their two annual festivals, you will pay one entry fee to the street and have access to all the bars, with the ability to bring your drinks from bar to bar. During George Street’s Mardi Gras, there is a costume contest and creative contestants invest a lot of time, planning and money into fabricating their award-winning costumes. It is truly a sight to be seen!

If you find yourself downtown St. John’s on George Street, and you would really like to immerse yourself in the Newfoundland culture, try some Newfoundland Screech, a type of strong rum that is a traditional spirit. For eats, order up some cod tongues (a delicacy!) or fish and brewis. Newfoundlanders have many of their own authentic cuisines, as well as an abundance of fresh seafood. Cod, mussels, salmon, oysters, tuna, scallops and shrimp are just a few of the selections you’re sure to find on George Street! There are also many diverse dialects around the province of Newfoundland. Even for Anglophones, understanding the thick Newfoundland accents can be a real challenge! Most importantly, don’t forget your rain coat! Newfoundland weather is very wet, but that doesn’t stop people from going down to George Street to enjoy all it has to offer!