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The Merchant Tap House

$$ - $$$
Downtown Kingston
Bar, Pub, Canadian
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6A Princess St, Kingston, Ontario K7L 1A2, Canada
+1 613-547-1313
11:00 - 02:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 02:00
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Ottawa, Canada
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30 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a decent bar with great live music and beer selection. Classic pub food. There are better places to eat in Kingston but this is a great choice for the late night crowd to have a few drinks and enjoy a live band. Attracts a young crowd.

Thank Erin D
Winnipeg, Canada
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181 reviews
144 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 February 2017 via mobile

Service was excellent - Olivia. Drinks were good, and good selection. Nachos were pretty average, but were a good size. Will return, but will not order the nachos again!

Thank Stephen H
Delta, Canada
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39 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 January 2017

had a reservation for 10 people on a Thursday night. We called ahead as we were all going to see Jeff Dunham. We were seated quickly. That was the only quick thing about our visit. Drinks were painfully slow to arrive. Took 3 times of asking to get glasses of water. Food was delivered to our table in shifts...Strange as... More 

Thank tiffanyp956
Chicago, Illinois
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68 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 January 2017

We went here for lunch. The building is really interesting; lots of the original walls are still there. Wide variety on the menu; we ordered sandwiches and they were good. It was pretty empty inside the time we were there, but there were always people on the patio drinking whenever we passed by (it was next to our hotel). Service... More 

Thank DebAE
Markham, Canada
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78 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 January 2017

Great location in Kingston and within walking distance of all major hotels. They have a large selection of beers on tap and a have private rooms to accommodate groups. The service is good and the servers are pleasant.

Thank Markhamfamily
London, England, United Kingdom
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99 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 December 2016

I been here a few times- the staff are friendly, the service is quick and the food is good standard pub grub. It is famous for live music, but we were too early. ( not the Pubs fault!) Overall a good well run pub.

Thank Alexander F
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26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 November 2016

Popped in for a pint and a bite on a Saturday afternoon while staying at neighboring hotel. Service was quick and friendly (not many in restaurant) . Premium beer prices a bit high but in line with other pubs I guess. Food was pretty good (nachos...lots).

Thank Kellick
Ottawa, Canada
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 14 October 2016

the food here was excellent. There were 4 adults, 2 children and a baby. The staff was accommodating and very nice to the children. The portions were large (I couldn't finish mine but it wasn't for lack of trying). Everything was an excellent experience. I highly recommend this restaurant. It was mid price not budget but worth it considering how... More 

Thank patlaw939
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26 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 October 2016

Lots to choose from to drink, a large menu, and a unique space. They got rid of summersby on draft which I think was a big mistake and food quality was mediocre.

Thank jennifer777_11
1 review
Reviewed 9 October 2016

Was there with my niece for dinner around 6:30 Friday October 7th 2016 for dinner. We were in a bit of a hurry and expressed that to the waitress who in turn got our meal to us super fast and it was delicious, both our meals. The staff was so friendly and di such a great job that we went... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 7 - USD 13
Bar, Pub, Canadian
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 6A Princess St, Kingston, Ontario K7L 1A2, Canada
  • Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Kingston>  > Downtown Kingston
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown Kingston
  • Phone Number: +1 613-547-1313
The Merchant Tap House offers customers a choice of over 25 draught beers. Our menu offers a crowd-pleasing variety of pub favourites and classic specialties, including Merchant's Fish and Chips, Merchant's 40 Creek Whiskey Burger, and the thin crust, gourmet bruschetta. Entertainment is never in short supply with live band performances Thursdays through Saturdays. The Merchant Tap House also features a huge 150 person-capacity summer patio overlooking the lake. Check out our website or Facebook page for daily specials and upcoming events!

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