343 King Street, East - Kingston, Ontario, K7L 3B5
Phone: 613-530-2550 ~  

(Formerly Sir John’s Public House)

343 King Street (near Market Square) Kingston, Canada    Contact Us:  613-766-9296

About The Public House, Kingston

The Public House (formerly Sir John’s Public House) occupies the building used by Sir John A. Macdonald as his law office from 1849 to 1860. Macdonald began his political career during this formative period and of course later became Canada’s first Prime Minister. He is credited as being the individual most responsible for Canada’s Confederation in 1867.The pub has a cozy atmosphere and reflects the style of the mid-nineteenth century when it was occupied by Macdonald. It is only fitting that today the building should be a Scottish pub heralding Sir John’s Scottish origins and his fondness for the drink. The pub features a good selection of imported and local beers and a large selection of Scottish single malts and blended whiskies. The menu is reasonably-priced and features many traditional Scottish dishes and contemporary casual dining. Customer favourites included the fish & chips, the Angus beef burger plate, the Forfar bridie meat pie, the turkey pot pie and the lamb shank. Other lighter and vegan plates are featured as well. A Sunday Brunch is offered from 10:30 to 3 p.m. and presents a variety of tasty dishes for just $10 each.  Several unch specials are available Monday to Saturday for just $10. From mid April to October 31 you can enjoy a beautifully decorated patio which faces King Street.

Sir John’s offers one of the best happy hours in Kingston.  From 4 to 6 p.m. enjoy Sir John’s Hospitality both in the main pub and upstairs in the Great Hall.  Great discounts for draft beer, local wine and feature liquor with snacks at the bar.  It is always popular with locals and visitors to Kingston as well.

In celebration of Sir John A. Macdonald’s 200th birthday we have opened an elegant Great Hall on the second floor above the main pub.  The Great Hall can accommodate up to 100 guests for reserved events and is open daily from 4 p.m. for food and beverage service.  The Great Hall features a vaulted ceiling, antler chandeliers and an impressive bar with a great selection of local wines, beers and Scotch whiskies.  The Great Hall offers a quieter dinner location to the busy pub downstairs and then turns into a popular late night destination for drinks and snacks.

Open daily from 11:00 to close (Sundays 10:30 a.m.) Lunch – Dinner -Sunday Brunch and Late Night Menus

Wednesday evenings from 4 p.m. are Country-Western Wednesdays featuring your favourite country tunes from 4 p.m.  Half-price chicken wings are featured on Wednesdays after 6 p.m. and don’t forget hospitality drink prices from 4 to 6 p.m.

Upcoming Special Events

St. Patrick’s Week

Daily from Monday March 12 to Saturday March 17 enjoy one of our feature Irish meals:  Dublin Coddle with Mashed Potatoes ($15); Fiddly-Dee Tater Totts with Vegetables & Cheese ($14); or Lamb Sheppard’s Pie with Carrots & Peas ($15).   St. Patrick’s Day we open at 11:00 a.m. had have live entertainment in the Great Hall with no cover charge.  Celtic Kitchen Party performs from 2:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  Manolo & Karvello present 4Play (St. Patrick’s edition) in the Great Hall from 11:00 to close (a small cover charge will apply).  You will enjoy traditional Irish  music in the pub level all day. Capacity is limited and first come first served.  We take no reservations on St. Patrick’s Day.

Reservations: 613-530-2550 or Paul.Fortier@foodandheritage.com


In the first floor pub on Tuesday evenings from 8:30 to 11:00 p.m. is our local Irish Session group performing traditional Irish tunes.  Come by and listen to some great music and enjoy a drink or snack!



  • Moosehead Lager (New Brunswick)
  • Innis & Gunn (Scotland)
  • Innis & Gunn (Scotland)
  • Guinness (Ireland)
  • Angry Orchard Cider (USA)
  • Proper English Ale, Skeleton Park (Kingston, Ontario)
  • Beaus Lugtread Lager (VanKleek Hill, Ontario)
  • Steam Whistle Pilsner (Toronto, Ontario)
  • Old Tomorrow Canadian Pale Ale (Toronto, Ontario)
  • MacKinnon Brothers Brewing Company (Bath, Ontario)
  • Hot Bot Brewing Company (Toronto, Ontario)
  • Tropical IPA, Riverhead Brewing Company (Kingston, Ontario)
  • 1840s Stout, Kings Town Brewing Company (Kingston, Ontario)


MONDAYS – domestic pints $5.31

TUESDAYS – 1/2 price nachos after 6 p.m.

WEDNESDAYS – 1/2 price chicken wings after 6 p.m.

THURSDAYS – tankards (34 oz.) $6.20 after 6 p.m.

SUNDAYS – $3.98 Caesars from 11:00 a.m. to 6 p.m. and tankards $6.20 after 6 p.m. / Brunch from 10:30 – 3 p.m.

We present Kingston’s best Happy Hour from Monday to Friday from 4 to 6 p.m.  We feature all draft beers, rail drinks, house wine and a feature Scotch whisky for $4.87 plus taxes.







SUNDAY BRUNCH   (served from 10:30 to 3 p.m.)


Summer patio at The Public House


343 King Street, East, Kingston, Ontario.