This Retro Convenience Store In Hamilton Serves Cold Craft Beer & Homemade Classics

A new take on the local bottle shop!

1101 Convenience's house brew. Right: A 1101 Convenience mortadella sandwich.

1101 Convenience's house brew. Right: A 1101 Convenience mortadella sandwich.

Formerly 1101 CaféBar, this Hamilton spot rebranded in 2021 to the vintage-inspired convenience store it is today. From Canadian craft beer to non alcoholic canned cocktails, the shop carries a wide variety of beverages, stored in coolers with a bold “Treat Yourself” adorned along the top. They even have their own house brew — the 1101 Pilsner.

The selection of snacks and spirits wraps around the old-school lunch counter, complete with a menu letterboard reminiscent of an outdated bowling alley.

If you’re looking for some of the best tacos in Hamilton, this Crown Point joint serves delicious takes on the classic, featuring locally-sourced ingredients. But, if you’re not in the mood for Mexican food, 1101 Convenience also serves hearty soups and fully-loaded homemade sandwiches, like the mortadella or porchetta favourites.

With all the menu items under $10, you can eat out without breaking the bank.

Once you’ve filled up on savoury snacks, try their ever-changing weekly desserts that look as good as the ones your grandmother makes — think flakey lemon squares and gooey chocolate chip cookies.

The sunny, retro decor and faux wood panelling make this store feel like a trip back to the 70s. In the warmer months, 1101 Convenience is the place to stock up for a park picnic or sit in for lunch before a day of exploring the lakefront city.

Located beside Bernie’s Tavern and run by the same owners, the pair of businesses is the perfect stop for an afternoon-turned-night on the town.

1101 Convenience

Price: 💸

Cuisine: Convenience shop with soups, sandwiches and a wide variety of craft beers.

Address: 1101 Cannon St. E., Hamilton, ON

Why You Need To Go: Go back in time with this 70s-inspired diner for a tasty homemade meal.

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