Many great nights out all over the world begin, or are centric to, an epic event at a superb arena. Often, that event is your local sports team going all-out to get a win. In New Brunswick, there is no shortage of exciting teams, with many of the most-loved in the region being hockey teams. To start up a great night out, there’s nothing quite like the fast-paced, body-bashing thrills of hockey.
So, to help you plan your next great night out, we’ve assembled some of the best arenas in New Brunswick based on their proximity to restaurants and bars, as well as what they have on offer.
We begin with Moncton Coliseum, an almighty 7,200 capacity arena that first opened its doors in 1973. Over the years, it has hosted multiple AHL teams, and most recently, the Moncton Coliseum was home to the Moncton Wildcats of the QMJHL and the Moncton Magic of the NBL Canada. Unfortunately, the residency of those two sports teams concluded in 2018.
You will still be able to find many different entertaining events held at Moncton Coliseum, but if you wish to see the Wildcats or Magic in action, you’ll need to venture to their new home, the Avenir Centre, which is situated about one hour away by foot.
As a location to start up a great night out, Avenir Centre is preferred to Moncton Coliseum for its proximity to plenty of bars, pubs, and restaurants. For some food, you can venture into T Bones, Tide & Boar, or The Keg, but if you want to keep the good times rolling and seek a bar or pub, check out the Navigator’s Pub or tread a little further to get to Laundromat Espresso Bar.
The former home and launch pad of the likes of Jonathan Huberdeau, Mike Hoffman, and Charlie Coyle, the Saint John Sea Dogs of the QMJHL boast a fierce following at Harbour Station. The famous arena that was built in 1993 also hosts the NBL Canada team Saint John Riptide. Boasting a capacity of 6,308 on hockey night, 7,305 for the basketball, and 8,100 when there’s a gig, a home win or a lively event at Harbour Station is one of the best ways to start a night out in lively Saint John.
Harbour Station is in an ideal location if you’re looking to have a meal out before or after the game. A mere ten-minute walk away sits Rocky’s Sports Bar, Pete’s Pub, and Peppers Pub, with the eateries Saint John Ale House, and McGill’s also nearby.
Opened in 1996, the K.C. Irving Regional Centre stands as the largest arena in the northeast of New Brunswick, boasting a 3,524 maximum capacity. Its resident team, since 1998, has a knack for producing top-class, long-lasting NHL talent, with the Acadie-Bathurst Titan being the former home of Roberto Luongo and Patrice Bergeron. Prior to their move to Bathurst from Laval, the hockey team developed Mario Lemieux and Mike Bossy.
In 2018, Acadie-Bathurst Titan was crowned the QMHJL champions and Memorial Cup champions, leading to many a memorable night out in Bathurst. Close to the arena sits the St-Huberts Express, the Cast & Crew Gastropub, and a Subway, with Lou’s Pub about 30 minutes away by foot.
Plans for a great night out in New Brunswick can be made even better by enjoying a hockey or basketball game with friends before exploring the local pubs, bars, and restaurants. Of the three highlighted here, Harbour Station, home of the Saint John Sea Dogs, looks to be the best arena to base your night out around.