If you’re travelling around the island, hopping from golf course to golf course, you’re going to need some stops to fill up the downtime. Thankfully, our island is rich with a culture in hospitality, and is steeped in the theory that local is best.

4 Amazing Spots For A Drink Between Rounds When Golfing Cape Breton

Breton Brewing Company:

Located on Keltic Drive, just minutes away from the golf course, is one of the best places to tilt a cold one in Cape Breton. The atmosphere is intimate, the service is great and there is no shortage of great local beer to sample. There’s a good chance you’ll catch some local music, as there’s often live entertainment throughout the summer. This is the perfect stop after your round to cheers with friends, all while experiencing the down-home hospitality that Cape Breton is known for. Recommendation: Set your watch to island time with their Island Time Lager. It’s cold, smooth, and refreshing. Just what you need after 18 holes.

Glenora Distillery:

It may come as a surprise, but there is more to do on Cape Breton Island than golf. Regardless if you’re visiting from away, or a local Cape Bretoner wanting to explore the island, Glenora Distillery in Mabou is a must-visit attraction for any tourist. Step away from the ordinary but still satisfy your senses with the rich history, calming surroundings, and of course, some of the best whisky in the world. To really do Glenora right, we suggest taking a guided tour that will help you understand the complexities and passion that goes into producing a single malt whisky. Your appreciation for the craft only makes a Glen Breton Rare taste all the better. Recommendation: We suggest signing up for the Whisky Culinary Package, which includes a guided tour, a 3-course Nova Scotia Dinner overlooking the distillery, an evening ceilidh, and a stay at the Inn.

Big Spruce Brewing:

If you’re driving along the Cabot Trail, there’s a hidden gem just off the beaten path. Big SpruceBrewing is located in Nyanza, just outside of Baddeck. Their certified organic farm produces some truly delicious beer, and their cozy patio is always bustling with activity, making it the perfect spot to rub elbows with locals and fellow travelers. There’s a food truck slinging fresh farm-to-form bites, made fresh from Cape Breton sources ingredients. Add in a live fiddler playing in the corner, and you have yourself an old fashion kitchen party. Don’t forget to fill up your growler with your favorite beer before you leave, so you can take apart of Big Spruce with you. Recommendation: We recommend the beer flight that offers you the opportunity to sample everything from Kitchen Party Ale to the Silver Tart.

Eileanan Brèagha Vinyards:

Eileanan Brèagha (pronouced AY-len-an BREE-ah)overlooks the Bras D’Or Lakes and is Cape Breton Island’s first and only estate winery. It’s home on Marble Mountain in River Denys sits it in the perfect location that produces wine as good as its views. Explore the landscape and sample some of Nova Scotia’s finest wine in their tasting room. Recommendation: No traveler in Cape Breton should go without drinking Nova Scotia’s most famous wine, the L’Acadie Blanc. Light, refreshing, and buying a bottle will impress your guests the next time you host a BBQ after your round of golf.

Please be sure to always have a designated driver, and always drink responsibly.