Steeped in history Barrington Street was widely regarded as the most fashionable street for promenading in Halifax, and by the 19th century it was considered as the main commercial district of the city. Although the origin of Barrington Street is reportedly unclear, one account suggests the street is named after William Barrington who served as a Secretary of War but was an “unknown” in 1749 when Halifax was founded. Others say the street name is derived from a misspelling of the Earl of Harrington, the Secretary of State.
Built in 1893 in the Late Victorian Plain architectural style, this commercial building is believed to have been designed by architect J.C. Dumaresq. Originally built by Max Cohn it was rented to Ungar’s Steam Laundry, and in 1895 Max Ungar purchased the property. Ungar’s made this their home into the 1950’s.
In most recent times the building became home to Granite Brewery as that business needed to expand from its previous home at the Henry House. From 2001 until 2009, 1662 Barrington housed the brewery and Ginger’s Tavern upstairs.
In fall 2015, local restaurateurs Sam & Isaac Murphy and Craig MacMillan began the transformation of the vacant space into what you see today. They hope you enjoy your stay at The Barrington and welcome you to join them in their philosophy that “a relentless commitment to great steak, fresh seafood, big wine and Maritime hospitality come together to create the ultimate dining experience.”