Nestled between Main St. and King St. W., Hess Village is Hamilton’s designated entertainment district, the heart of which houses over 10 bars and lounges along a cobble-stoned Hess St. This is the place you want to go to see and be seen. There's always something going on, whether it's daytime shopping or some nightlife.
Living near Hess Village is comparable in convenience as it is to living in a downtown Toronto neighbourhood. Everything, including transit, shopping, restaurants and groceries are within reach within a 10-minute walk or sometimes less. It's a trendy area with a lot of draw because it has a hand in all that's happening and hot at the moment.
Hess Village mixes new and old architecture in one of the hippest areas of town. It has a distinctly historical downtown vibe, and is the largest concentration of nightlife destinations in Hamilton. You'll find a buzz here of what's cool and what's up-and-coming. This is the area that sets the trends.
Hess Village is home to a younger Hamiltonian crowd, the one who strives to live downtown. There is also a growing immigrant population, making the area very multi-cultural. Of course, there are also your hardcore downtowners who have also resided in the area for years, making this a place that offers something for everyone.
Some of Hamilton’s best eateries are located here, and there’s pretty much all the entertainment you could ask for. With shopping and groceries around the corner from the city’s best venues for music and live entertainment, this is the place to be for the young urbanite. There's never a lack of what to do.
Living in Hess Village is perfect for those who don’t have access to a vehicle, as buses at nearby Jackson Square mall are always around. King and Main both offer great access to frequent buses, and there are more routes available around this area. Of course, the area is pedestrian friendly and bicycling is a popular mode of transportation.
Living downtown has its ups and downs. The nightlife crowd can be a bit busy for someone who isn’t a city person, and there are some less-than-desirable pockets of homes, but the main strip is always clean and offers a great selection of shopping. It's always a bit of a mix when it comes to urban living.
Living in this area of downtown Hamilton is relatively affordable when compared to the cost of living in other big cities, which is attracting young professionals and families here from other places. There is a lot to do that won't break the budget of most residents, though you can be lured into one too many nights out – and that can get expensive!
Located on the edge of Hess Village, this popular Mediterranean restaurant is located next to popular music venue, The Casbah.The food is quite authentic and flavourful, drawing those in the know from all over Hamilton.more info
This club and lounge is perhaps one of the best known establishments in Hess Village. It's been around for years and still going strong. It's a great place to hang out with friends.more info
A local favourite, this music venue is a mainstay in the community, and is known for its dedicated crowd and local hometown artists. It's a lot of fun with friends and drinks.more info
This concert venue is home to big artists multiple times each year, known for more classical music than those performing at nearby Copps Coliseum. There is always something going on here.more info
This cozy space at the north end of Hess Village features live acoustic, jazz and blues throughout the week. It's got a great vibe and is a great setting for just hanging out.more info
An Italian eatery and club at night, and café by day, Viso is ideal for a patio meal during the day or drinks in the evening.more info