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 is Nova Scotia's unique waterfront craft beer destination.
“It’s hard to believe you’re 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
Named by Where Magazine as “One of Canada’s 10 great craft beer destinations”, the Rare Bird serves up fabulous fish & chips, Guysburgers and Rare Bird Craft Beer from our back deck takeout window overlooking the beautiful Guysborough marina. Take out, eat on our expansive oceanfront deck, described The Chronicle Herald as “one of the nicest patios in Nova Scotia”, or take into Skipping Stone Cafe & Store during inclement weather. Unfortunately glasses of Rare Bird Craft Beer are not permitted in Skipping Stone.
But enough about us. 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 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 is open from late June to September for dining, meetings, special events & weddings.
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.