Checking in with Downtown

Part 7: Amazing April | April 3, 2024

Happy April everyone! We are only a few days into this new month, meaning the rest of it stretches out in front of us, full of possibilities. This month is made even sweeter with the arrival of spring, which will bring with it more activity and excitement. An easy way to make your days even better would be to take a stroll downtown and thankfully there are plenty of amazing options for you. Regardless of whether you are looking to grab a delicious drink and bite to eat or an exciting event, the downtown core has you covered. Keep reading for some suggestions on how to make your April days that much more amazing!


Escape Manor: Located at 103 King Street East, this lounge and event space offers their customers everything anyone could ever need for a great night out. In addition to a lounge that features upscale casual fare and shareables, cocktails, craft beer, wine, puzzles and games, they also offer both escape rooms and axe throwing. They have four escape room themes to choose from – the Magician’s Assistant, Prohibited, The Final Viewing and The Asylum, any of which are sure to impress and test your skills. Regardless of whether you want to visit the lounge for a cozy night with drinks and games or instead want to try one of the high-energy experiences, Escape Manor is a great place to visit. You can find more information about Escape Manor and book an experience through their website here, and then follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

Zen Lounge: Located at 69 John Street South, this lounge hosts a variety of exciting events that are sure to impress. Each week they host Fiesta Fridays and Shanghai Nights Saturdays, both sure to be the perfect way to kick off your weekend. In addition to these weekly events, they also host unique one-off events that are sure to be a great time. For example, this week they are hosting Back to the Kitty – The Official Liquid Kitty Reunion 2.0 after the success of the first event in January of this year. Taking place on Saturday, April 6 from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., this event will be full of nostalgia and good times. Hosted by Master T, Darrin Laidman and original owner of Liquid Kitty Francis Zanetti, this event will feature music by DJ Verseone, Danny Walton and High Power DJ and will act as the perfect opportunity to reminisce over the good old days. You can get tickets for this event here. You can find more information about Zen Lounge and get on the guestlist for their events through their website here, and then follow them on Facebook and Instagram.


Aijo Sushi: Located at 161 King Street East, this restaurant specializes in elevated sushi rolls and Korean and Japanese dishes, all of which are sure to be delicious. Their extensive menu includes items such as miso soup, edamame, tempura udon, a variety of sushi rolls, chicken donburi and more! Visit them for an amazing spot for lunch or dinner, and enjoy the comfy atmosphere and delicious food. You can view their menu online through their website here.

M&N Desserts: Located at 105 Main Street East, this café is the perfect spot for you to grab a delicious lunch. Their menu includes items such as house blend organic coffee, fresh baked daily croissants, cookies and muffins, a variety of salad options, pulled pork, BLTs, sausages and more. Each day of the week they have daily specials with a different food option and either coffee or pop included, sure to be the perfect option for lunch.


Visiting any one of the businesses above will add plenty of extra excitement or joy to your April days, making them that much more amazing! The businesses listed in this blog post are only a small portion of the incredible ones within the downtown core, so come visit for yourself! You can find a full Downtown Hamilton BIA directory here.

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The Downtown Update is the e-newsletter sent by the Downtown Hamilton Business Improvement Area to keep both members of the BIA and interested supporters of Downtown up-to-date with activities and issues in the core of our community.