The Public House

(Formerly Sir John’s Public House)
343 King Street, East (near Market Square) Kingston, Canada
Contact Us:  613-766-9296

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Brunch is now served Saturday and Sunday!

Join us Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30 to 3:00 p.m. for our brunch service.  We feature 13 innovative brunch plates from $9 each!  Our Canadian fry-up features two eggs, bacon or sausages, home-fried potatoes, smokey brown beans and toast & jam for just $11.  Feature beverages include our Brunch Caesar, mimosa or red eye each for just $5.95.  Reservation: 613-766-9296.

Follow this link to view our Saturday & Sunday brunch menu:


Our happy hour is back!

We are again offering happy hour specials daily from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. including all domestic pints for just $6.19 (20 oz) and our house gin (1 oz) & soda with lime for just $6.19.  Check out our happy hour menu with 9 food items for just $6.95 by following this link: happy-hour-new

Take Out at The Public House

Take out is always an option at The Public House.  See our value menu with options for just $6.95 or order from our regular menu.  Call ahead (613-766-9296) or order over the counter.  Payment is with cash, credit card or debit.  We can offer curb-side pick up with payment (credit or debit) in your car.  Normally turn around time is less than 10 minutes; however you are welcome to call ahead (613-766-9296) and specify a pick-up time.  See the details and menu by following this link:  Take Out Menu at The Public House

The Public House & COVID-19

We are now open for dine-in with limited capacity and covid-19 protocols in place.  Our patio remains open, weather permitting with heaters and wind shields in place.  All guests will be required to wear face masks on entering the premise.  If you don’t have a face mask we will sell one to you for $1.50.  Mask must be worn at all times except when enjoying food and beverage.  We appreciate your assistance with this as we work towards the eradication of covid-19.

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Order your BBQ box for delivery

We have great prices for your DIY bbq box.  This is ideal for Canada Day or any special back-yard event!  Check out our value pricing.  We can delivery to your door!  FOLLOW THIS LINK TO SUMMER BBQ BOX

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.  While touches of the past remain, the pub has a contemporary atmosphere. The restaurant features a great selection of imported and local beers and wines.   The menu is reasonably-priced and features many pub classics. Customer favourites included the breaded fish & chips, the Angus beef burger and the lamb shank. Other lighter and vegan plates are featured as well.  From mid April to October 31 you can enjoy a busy patio which faces King Street.  Beginning Canada Day we will be offering our ANNEX PATIO.  This is an adjacent street-side patio which allows us to encourage social distancing and expand our seating for guests.  Our HAPPY HOUR, offered daily from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. offers lots of food specials for just $6.95 and discounts on domestic draft and a house gin and soda!

The Public House is open daily from 11:30 to close.  The kitchen is open normally until 10 p.m. but later on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.

Indoor seating is now permitted with social distancing and mask wearing regulations. The LOFT is open from Friday & Saturday Saturday nights from 4:30 p.m.  At THE LOFT almost everything is just $6.95; including a large selection of beer, wine and cocktails.  See our menu and more details below.

We are proud of Kingston’s past and our relationship with Canada’s first Prime Minister.  Macdonald began his political and law career here in Kingston. He is credited as being the individual most responsible for Canada’s Confederation in 1867.  Inside the pub you will find objects relating to Macdonald and a plaque on the outside of the pub commemorates his association with the building.

Live Music at The Public House

No live music is currently available due to covid-19 restrictions.

The Loft  (where almost everything is $6.95)

THE LOFT is located on the second floor above The Public House and is NOW OPEN Friday & Saturday nights from 4:30 p.m.  Almost everything on the menu is just $6.95.  See our feature meals and beverage menu.  Draft, wine and an assortment of cocktails and pairs of shooters are priced at just $6.95 too.  Guest may order from our most popular dishes from the main Public House menu as well.  Enjoy our friendly staff and some of the best value in downtown Kingston.  This space is available for private reserved events with a covid-19 capacity of 50 guests.  Direct your inquiries to 613-766-9296 or use the e-mail below.  See THE LOFT MENU HERE:   menu-loft

Upcoming Special Events & Features


follow this link to see our full summer menu: SUMMER-MENU-2020

Reservations: 613-530-2550 or

Draft Beer & Cider Selections


Skeleton Park (Kingston, Ontario)
Beaus Lugtread Lager (VanKleek Hill, Ontario)
MacKinnon Brothers Brewing Company (Bath, Ontario)
Riverhead Brewing Company (Kingston, Ontario)
Spearhead Brewing Company (Kingston, Ontario)
Calabogie Brewing Company


Moosehead Lager (New Brunswick)
Tennents Lager (Scotland)
Angry Orchard Cider (USA)
Cracked Canoe Light Lager (New Brunswick)
Guinness (Ireland)

New Summer Menu 2020

Details on our  new summer menu will be released soon.  Our lunch features are available Monday to Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and our $5.95 value meals are offered Monday to Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sunday from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Sunday Brunch
(served from 10:30 to 3 p.m.)

Follow this link to view our Sunday brunch menu:


343 King Street, East, Kingston, Ontario.

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