Venture outside the bubble

There’s more to Kingston than Queen’s. Here’s what to look for

Tommy’s is open 24 hours a day from Thursday to Saturday.
Tommy’s is open 24 hours a day from Thursday to Saturday.
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The Sleepless Goat offers a unique study spot on Princess St.
The Sleepless Goat offers a unique study spot on Princess St.
Tucked away on Garrett St., the Brooklyn features a variety of craft beers.
Tucked away on Garrett St., the Brooklyn features a variety of craft beers.
The Boiler Room is home to Canada’s largest indoor climb.
The Boiler Room is home to Canada’s largest indoor climb.

Restaurants

Casa Domenico

One of the best Italian restaurants in Kingston, Casa Domenico is a great romantic date spot. With flavourful appetizers and pasta dishes, this restaurant will leave you wanting more. Although your bank account might take a hit as a student, the quality of the meal is worth it. No more Kraft Dinner for you!

Harper’s Burger Bar

Harper’s is one of the best spots in Kingston to grab a great and unique burger. It offers a variety of burger “styles” and the choice to build your own. With so many options to choose from, you’re sure to find one that whets your appetite. This restaurant won’t break your bank, but it will satisfy your burger cravings.

Tommy’s

How could you not love the old-school diner feeling of Tommy’s? With all-day breakfasts and tasty fish and chips, this is the place to go for feel-good food. Your wallet and your stomach will thank you for choosing this place! Oh, and did I mention that it’s open 24 hours a day from Thursday to Saturday?

Cafe Study Spots

The Sleepless Goat

Although The Sleepless Goat is further away from campus, it offers a unique study spot. With great food and drinks, this quaint café is good for pumping out a five-page paper. It also has board games and books for study breaks.

Coffee & Company

This quiet café is a great escape from the loud atmosphere of the Queen’s campus. Although it’s a great location to cram for exams and feed your coffee addiction, there’s a shortage of tables, so spots fill up quickly.

Starbucks

Every university district has a Starbucks filled with students typing thesis papers and solving equations, and Queen’s isn’t an exception. Just a short walk away from campus, the Starbucks at Division and Johnson Streets is a small, but comfortable study spot.

Bars

The Brass

The Brass is a great place to catch the game, share a plate of wings and take a breather from school. Their menu is well priced for a student budget and they have great nightly deals. With its pub-style atmosphere, The Brass is one of the best locations in Kingston to both eat and drink.

The Brooklyn

The Brooklyn is the perfect place to enjoy one of their many craft beers after a long week of classes. With a laid-back feeling, this bar offers a great setting for sharing a few drinks with friends while still having the opportunity to socialize. The Brooklyn is one of the city’s most popular bars, so fair warning: get there early.

Stages

Ready to sweat buckets and have a screaming conversation over dance music? Stages is one of Kingston’s top dancing bars for Queen’s students. With a huge dance floor and bar areas downstairs and upstairs, this place is great for letting off some stress. As long as you don’t mind waiting in a line, Stages is always a fun time.

Sporting Activities

Walking and Running

There’s a great running path right along the water that couldn’t be more perfect on those warm September days. Although the waterfront path doesn’t last long, it’s a great section that demonstrates the beauty of Kingston. If you’re willing to take a bus or a cab, there are also forest trails farther from the downtown core.

Rock Climbing

There’s an indoor rock climbing gym in Kingston called The Boiler Room. This gym is the home of Canada’s highest indoor climb, but it also has easier ones. No matter what level that you’re at, The Boiler Room is a great way to stay in shape while sharing a laugh with friends.

Skating

Why not take advantage of the ridiculously cold Kingston weather and go for a skate at one of Kingston’s rinks? In the winter, Market Square is turned into a skating rink that’s open to the public. There’s also a skating rink just north of campus, which is typically used by Queen’s students for pick-up hockey games.

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