Bar Sazerac

278 James St N, Hamilton
About Bar Sazerac:

When you are craving something different to drink in the GTA, then you should most definitely visit the Bar Sazerac, located on 278 James Street North, in Hamilton, Ontario. This place carries a strong connection to Mardi Gras and New Orleans, and it shows in every corner.

The place is located in between several other establishments, on a strip of older buildings in the heart of Hamilton. There is a parking lot across the street, and the place is a tiny, almost hole-in-the-wall place wedged between a smokehouse and a retail business. The bar itself is an excellent place to go on a date with your partner or take someone on a first date if you are trying to impress them.

It is serving custom cocktails, and the bartenders really make a show of preparing and serving the drinks, with sometimes crazy garnish on the glasses. It opens every day at 4 PM and works until 2 AM, giving the patrons plenty of time to taste some fancy drinks and have a good night’s fun. Apart from the drinks, there is some food served here, but it is mostly finger food to complement the drinks.

Bar Sazerac has been a topic of reviews online on websites like Yelp, Trip Advisor, Google Reviews and Facebook. I’ve used these to find out what patrons have to say about this bar.


  • Friendly atmosphere
  • Excellent cocktail options
  • Reasonable prices
  • Professional bartenders serve drinks with a flair
  • Charcuterie boards and finger foods


  • Very small place
  • Notes about pretentious servers

The Bar Sazerac has been in business since 2017. It has been decorated in a hipster-meets-industrial style, with many New Orleans and Mardi Gras influences like masks, wrought iron décor, and old musical instruments. There are natural edge wooden shelves that hold the many bottles of alcohol and other necessary ingredients for making all, and I mean all kinds of cocktails.

Even though it is small, it has a large natural edge wooden bar with seating and several small tables. The lighting fixtures have a retro style and cast an appealing light on the place. The bartenders here know their business, and every cocktail is served in the appropriate glass. Not just that, but they always make a show of preparing and serving any drink they make, and that includes showing off with fire and smoke.

To make things more pleasant for the customers, this place offers a small menu with finger foods and charcuterie items. There is a selection of cheeses, cured meats, olives and crackers to nibble on while enjoying the many cocktails. For the braver patrons, there is an oyster platter, served on ice and sauces.

Even though it is a small place, it supports the local artist community and often features art from local artists. If you are looking for a night out, but want to skip the classic pub, then you should visit the Bar Sazerac, as it will offer a delightful experience.