The Capitol Bar

973 King St E, Hamilton
About The Capitol Bar:

Located at 973 King Street East, in Hamilton, Ontario, The Capital is a nice little bar serving interesting cocktails, craft beers and wines over delicious Canadian-inspired food. This place has been in business for about 2 years, and in that time it has become a favourite spot for many patrons.

There is limited parking space near the bar because of its location, being a small neighbourhood bar. There is no TV and the unusual décor of the place gives it a quirky, yet pleasant feel where people can enjoy a drink or two with friends over some interesting food choices.

It is opened every day from 5 PM up to 2 AM, to the satisfaction of a great many patrons that enjoy a late-night fun. There are daily dinner specials, and on Fridays and Saturdays there is live music, and on Sundays there is Roast Beef Dinner with all the trimmings, offering a friendly neighbourhood atmosphere.

The Capitol Bar has been the topic of review of many patrons on websites like Yelp, Google Reviews, Trip Advisor and Facebook, and from these, I made the following list of pros and cons:


  • Great neighbourhood bar
  • Excellent cocktail options
  • Plenty of craft beers
  • Good bar food
  • Pleasant atmosphere and interesting décor


  • Limited parking nearby
  • Some people had complaints about prices

The Capitol Bar has opened in 2017, as a result of the owner’s Derek Weening love of the bar scene and mixing cocktails. After he moved from Toronto to Hamilton, where he worked as a bartender, he decided to open up his bar and chose this location. The place is small but interesting. There is a nice long bar with proper seating running half the length of the place, with open shelves for the bottles and a large vintage framed mirror in the centre of the bar.

There are smaller tables in front and one large table that can be used by a larger group of friends or by strangers that want to mingle. There is an exposed duct line on the ceiling, partially exposed brick walls and a lot of interesting framed artwork and other unconventional decorations across the place.

The bar serves a lot of interesting drink choices: white wines, red wines, draught beers, several signature cocktails, over 100 different bottles of whiskey to choose from and an appealing food menu. The food is mostly intended as a support for the drinks or a simple dinner, as there is spaghetti Carbonara, BLT sandwich, pressed cheeseburger, hummus, croquettes with mustard dip, pickled things, patatas bravas instead of the classic fries, mushrooms on toast and house-cured salmon.

In addition to the single menu orders, there is the cheese board with several kinds of cheese served with croutons, a cured meats charcuterie board and a daily feature dish. To make things more interesting about the patrons, there is a live band every Friday and Saturday, along with surprise daily offers that can be seen on their social network profiles.