Private Event Rental Information

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The Cellar is located at 299 Commercial Street (rear) in North Sydney, Cape Breton.  Opened in 2017, the bar is a licensed venue and offers a selection of light appetizers and local and domestic beers, wines, ciders, and classic cocktails. 

THE SPACE

The Bar
800 sq ft of mingling room + two small cozy vaults.

The Patio
500 sq feet of outdoor seating and socializing space extending from the cafe. 

The Kitchen
The licensed kitchen is equipped with one of each of the following: a standard oven, a refrigerator, a chest freezer, a three-compartment sink, and a microwave. There is approximately 50 sq. ft. workable counter space.

RENTAL FAQS

WHAT IS THE CAPACITY OF HIGHER GROUNDS/THE CELLAR BAR?

May 1 - Oct 1

50 inside the lounge area + 25 on our small private patio (weather permitting) for a total occupancy of 75. All 75 guests, however, are not permitted inside at once.

Oct 1 - Dec 31

50 inside the cafe bar.

WHAT TYPES OF EVENTS ARE SUITABLE FOR THIS SPACE?

The space is best suited for small intimate gatherings. We regret that as a licensed establishment, we cannot accommodate children's parties.

WHAT IS THE RENTAL FEE?

The rental fee is $350 plus HST for a four hour timeframe. For rental inquiries, please include details on the nature of your gathering, the number of people, food requirements, date and number of hours required.

HOW DO I BOOK A DATE?

A 50% deposit of the rental fee is due at the time of booking. The remaining rental fee balance is due 30 days before the event. In addition, we require a $200 damage deposit, which is refunded within 10-15 business days after the event, provided there are no damages. The damage deposit can be paid between the booking date and event date. The Cellar accepts cheques and all major credit cards. Contact us at cellar.bar@outlook.com

WHAT IS YOUR CANCELLATION POLICY?

If you cancel more than 30 days prior to your scheduled event, you will receive your rental fee deposit back. Within 30 days of the event, you forfeit your rental fee deposit. If you decide to move the date of the event, you may do so at no additional cost, pending availability.  

AUDIO & VISUAL SYSTEM SPECS

  • WiFi Internet access

  • In-house sound system, compatible with iPods, phones, laptops. Independent sound systems between inside bar and outdoor patio, and independent volume control between areas.

  • High-definition projector with projector screen

CAN I BRING MY OWN FOOD AND DRINK?

All food brought on site must be from an approved food vendor and cannot be homemade. Please discuss your food menu with us prior to your booking and let us know what caterer you have hired for your event.

If you have booked an outside caterer, we offer the use of our on-site kitchen for light food prep and heating. All cutlery, plating, glassware, napkins, etc. must be provided by the caterer/renter. Catering services must be arranged by the renter and is not included in The Cellar rental fee.

No beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) are permitted to be brought onsite. Drinks can be purchased from The Cellar. Special beverage requests can be arranged with us prior to the event.

AM I ALLOWED TO USE MY OWN BARTENDERS OR HAVE MY CATERER PROVIDE BAR SERVICE?

All beverage service at The Cellar will be exclusively provided through our in-house bar. We offer a carefully-selected assortment of canned and bottled local and domestic beer, wine, coolers, ciders and cocktails. Special beverage offerings can be requested and discussed with us prior to the event.

WHEN CAN MY VENDORS BE PRESENT ONSITE?

We only book one event per day to ensure the best experience for every client. Clients can set up one hour prior to the rental start.  You are welcome to coordinate any small deliveries to the bar throughout the day.

AM I RESPONSIBLE FOR CLEAN UP?

The Cellar will clean the space before and after your event including: sweeping, mopping, detailing the washrooms, and taking care of any minor repairs.

In order to get your full security deposit back, your caterer (or you) must complete the following breakdown procedures immediately following your event:

  1. Any décor brought onto the site should be removed at the end of the night.  You may store personal items (neatly packed and consolidated) overnight, but must make previous arrangements with a staff member and arrange a pick-up time.

  2. Tables and chairs must be put back in original positions. 

  3. All food and beverages must be removed from the kitchen. Please discuss this requirement with your caterer.

  4. Break down all boxes, separate out recyclable items, bag all trash, and remove from the kitchen at the close of the event.

CAN I DECORATE AND/OR REARRANGE THE ROOM?

Outside decorations are allowed. We do not allow anything to be hung from painted surfaces, and the host at the close of the event must remove all decorations. If you require furniture to be re-arranged, please discuss this in advance of your booking. Damage to premises and/or damage or stolen decor will forfeit deposit.

IS PARKING AVAILABLE?

There is plenty of free lot and street parking available near The Cellar. 

IS THE CELLAR WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE?

Yes.