Rare Bird (noun): a rarity; a kind of person or thing rarely encountered.
From our perch at the head of Chedabucto Bay, the largest bay on the Atlantic Coast, the Rare Bird Pub & Eatery is Nova Scotia's unique waterfront pub and eatery.
“Itís hard to believe youíre in a small Nova Scotia town when you see the Rare Bird, an impressive waterfront structure with a 40-seat patio overlooking the bay.”
– Progress Magazine
We could wax eloquent about our great food, unique décor, lively music and warm, friendly service. But we prefer to have our happy customers to do the talking.
So, given that we are at the heart of our seaside village, let us tell you about our home, Guysborough. Guysborough is rare indeed. First settled in 1629, Guysborough is one of the oldest communities in Canada. Discovered by British explorers in 1398, almost 100 years before the arrival of Columbus. The first commercial brewing operation in Atlantic Canada in 1659. On the rare scale, we’re right up there.
But rarest of all is our people. Some of the local sea worn boys didn’t think a bird for a mascot was quite right. But when we looked around, we thought Rare Bird just about says her all. Always quick with a friendly hello, a lively anecdote or a joke, Guysborough’s great people help make us the Authentic Seacoast.
With two floors of seating, the Rare Bird can accommodate up to 180 indoors, with private reception and meeting rooms available. Outdoors, our famous waterfront patio, described The Chronicle Herald as “one of the nicest patios in Nova Scotia”, can accommodate 80 with an additional 70 on our oceanfront courtyard. Learn more about planning your next event at the Rare Bird here.
With a full-service marina directly in front of our building, you can visit us by boat, or follow our Proprietor and land your floatplane in the Harbour and motor up for some great food!
The Rare Bird Pub is open from mid-June to October for dining, meetings, special events & weddings.
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History of the Rare Bird Building
The Rare Bird is located in the historic Jost Building, built in the spring of 1866 by Christopher Jost and his brother John. John had originally opened a store in Guysborough in 1823. The Jost Building was home to J&C Jost, a General Store serving the Guysborough community. In the memoirs of Clara Jost Marr, she wrote eloquently of what has long attracted people to Guysborough, “Were John and William and Christopher attracted by the beautiful scenery around Guysborough that they decided to settle there, or was it the young ladies?” Some things in Guysborough never change!
Around 1880, Christopher’s sons became involved and the store became B&G Jost. The B&G Jost store closed its doors for the last time at 12 noon on Sat. June 30, 1990, after 167 years of doing business in Guysborough. We toast the Jost family for their enterprising spirit and for helping to create the authentic seacoast. We’re proud to carry on this celebrated tradition.
Rare Bird Pub & Eatery – Guysborough, Nova Scotia – East Coast as she’s meant to be.